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New Year, Less Clutter: Tips for Decluttering Your Life

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New Year, Less Clutter: Tips for Decluttering Your Life

Have you heard the buzz about the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo? It’s a New York Times best-seller, so clearly, this how-to guide to simplifying your life has touched a nerve for millions of readers.

After the holiday buzz is through, it is the perfect time to delve in to the subject of clutter.  Time to clean up our lives and make way for the new year – something the Japanese do yearly as part of their New Year’s preparations.

But decluttering can be a scary proposition for those of us who like our stuff or just see it as too much of a process to begin.  The good news is that even starting small can lighten your mental and physical load. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Set and maintain boundaries. When well-meaning friends or family offer to share items with you that they’ve decided they don’t need anymore, politely explain that you’re on a mission to declutter – and stick to it. If shopping is your weakness, make other plans. When birthdays and holiday celebrations roll around, think experiences versus tangible items. Tickets to a sporting event, dinner at a restaurant, or an afternoon rolling up your sleeves to help a local charity all present the gift of unforgettable memories for your spouse or children.
  • Focus on one room at a time. Don’t start pulling out the clutter in every room at the same time, that is the ticket to getting overwhelmed. Begin with the outer edge of the room with the easy stuff, like trash. Then gradually work your way into the center of the room. Make three piles: one for trash, one for donation and one for keeps.


  • If you haven’t used it in one year … then it’s time to part ways. If you think you might use it within a year, put it in a box and come back to it in one year’s time. If you haven’t used it yet, it’s time for it to go.
  • Get rid of duplicate items. How many mugs do you really need? Pare down your inventory – you’ll be happier for it.
  • Load donations into your car, and dispose of them immediately. Don’t let donation piles sit around for months.
  • If you’re a parent, your kids are inevitably bringing home loads of artwork. Admittedly, it’s tough to part with any of it, but if you don’t, you’ll be swimming in a sea of glitter and construction paper. Purchase a large plastic box with lid, and save only your favorites from each school year – say, 10 to 15 items per child.


  • Schedule time for decluttering. Some areas of the home are just prone to clutter; for example, the kitchen island or counters, the home office desk or the table in your entryway. Make it a point to do a sweep nightly or weekly. Small steps now prevent overwhelming tasks later.
  • Assign one spot for incoming mail/papers. Create an inbox on the counter, then go through it once a week. Make a rule for yourself that your inbox must be empty by the time Monday morning rolls around.
  • Celebrate every success. With each bag that either goes into your car for donation or into the trash, praise yourself for a job well done.


Remember, the hardest part is just getting started.  Begin with these steps and you’ll be on your way to living with less clutter in the New Year.  And who knows, you may feel a little lighter too!





Meet Paul Gravette Co-CEO of Le-Vel

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Meet Paul Gravette Co-CEO of Le-Vel

Meet Paul Gravette

The Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Le-Vel, Paul Gravette, took a few minutes out of his busy day to talk to us about the business and give a little insight into one of the men behind the world’s fastest growing wellness company.  From advice Paul has received to what’s fueling his passions, get ready to be inspired!

Early Lessons

Before launching Le-Vel with fellow Co-Founder Jason Camper in 2012, Paul Gravette was a seasoned entrepreneur, having spent 25 years involved in technology, communications and other ventures. Early in his career, Paul says, he was fortunate to meet several businessmen who taught by example and had a profound influence on him – particularly with regard to their work ethic. “I learned in my first business experience that if you really expect to achieve your dreams, you have to understand that dreams don’t happen without sacrifice. “I was around people who held each other and themselves accountable and worked hard 6-7 days a week.”

As Paul built companies from the ground up, he often thought of the best piece of advice he ever received, “’Paul, you don’t have to be 26 or 66 to figure things out in life.’ I think of those words at least once or twice a month. Advice is abundant about how to develop yourself in the business world. The key is to take time and absorb the advice, so you can grow from it.”



Forming The Dream Team

When he first met Jason Camper, Paul says, “I knew his name, and he knew mine, but we’d never been in business together. We started chatting on the web, and I wanted to get together to sit down, notepads and pens in hand, and figure out what would make a very different and effective business model. When we first connected, one of the things that went really well for both of us was that we felt like we could shift an industry for the better, in a very positive direction.

We really focused on building a business that people could connect to for free. We wanted to build this business through a free customer network. We wanted to build a powerful customer acquisition model where a customer could simply refer two customers and get product free. We kind of grew from there.

“When we were first starting the company,” Paul continues, “we established our lanes to run in. That meant that I was going to go out and build the future network of this business and make sure the network felt a strong connection to our company and had the tools necessary to be successful. Jason was going to oversee the handling of the day-to-day operations, the infrastructure.

That said, we both had to wear a lot of hats; for instance, at the end of every day, if we needed to handle customer service issues, we did it. Shipping stuff out on our end, mailing out packages, whatever it took to get the job done and allow the company to grow. Today, it’s very different because we have many people who fill the spots we once held. I’m out in the field about 20 to 30 percent of the time. The other time, I’m working on everything we’re creating that allows us to continue evolving and improving: software, new projects coming in, reports within the software, studying the database, timelines for the business, everything.”


A Passion for the Business

So why build a company and an opportunity around health and wellness? “Talk to anyone as it relates to their health, or their parents’ health, and you quickly have a conversation going, because it matters to everyone” Gravette says. “Unfortunately, most people are not giving you the best report, which means a lot of people can benefit from improved health and wellness. My theory is that if you see a niche, carve it out! 

There are tens of millions of customers who love supplementing their health to feel better or would love to do it if they came across the right product and company, so being in the health and wellness industry is a great place to be to help people.  It’s very fulfilling when you lay your head down at the end of each day; I hear so many stories when I’m traveling. People tell me they can’t believe how good they feel now. What would give me more fulfillment than this? It’s one of those things you can’t help but be passionate about.”

If he hadn’t been an entrepreneur, Paul says he would have gone into “entertainment, media – or, I would have done something related to my passion since I’ve been a child, automobiles.” In Paul’s off-hours, you might be surprised to learn that “I have an eye for design – landscape, architecture, interior concepts. I’m very big on visualizing how it all comes together. I’ve designed multiple homes—the landscaping, where the trees need to be, the interior decoration including the furnishings and the best layout. So many people go in and want to do landscaping, or build a home, and they just go with the plan developed by a designer, but you can build your own plan.”


One Happy Man

When asked if there’s anything on his “bucket list” he has yet to tackle, he responds, “I don’t really think about things like that. I’ll tell you what, though — I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing — but if everything years from now is right where it is today, I’ll be one happy man. It’s not that I’m complacent, it’s just that I’m thankful for my life, my family, and my ability to help millions of people everyday.”

As he reflects over his life and his career, what accomplishment is Paul Gravette most proud of? “I’m proud of all of my surroundings. I’m proud of my faith, my family, and I’m definitely proud of Le-Vel.”