Clutter’s expiration date

Sometimes we don’t have to do much mental heavy lifting to figure out when something’s clutter – it comes with its very own expiration date neatly printed on it. It’s May 2017 (I would say it’s summer 2017, but this week’s unexpected snowstorm means I’m wary about officially labeling our seasons just yet). These free […]

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Why do you really want to get organized?

It sounds like a no-brainer – organization is good, I want to be able to find stuff, I hate how I feel when the place is out of control. But when you start decluttering, that often isn’t enough to get you past the initial rush of enthusiasm. You start off ready to conquer the world […]

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Sometimes clutter is really just trash

Do you have a rag bag? It was a staple of my grandmother’s home, the beautifully threadbare cotton clothes, sheets and towels that were too worn to wear anymore but still had plenty of useful life ahead of them as scrubbers and dusters and polishers. For years I had a rag bag too, and this […]

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A good home for medical supplies

This week I finally got to send away some things we’ve been holding onto for seven long years. They’re not mine, so I didn’t get to decide when they left, but I’ve never been so glad to get something out of my house as this particular bunch of medical supplies. You know how we hold […]

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Send it away Saturday: the missing manual

This Saturday it’s time to root through your file (or pile) of manuals and find one that you don’t need. Perhaps the three page multi-lingual instructions to your toaster. The very toaster you successfully use every single morning without reference to the manual. Or maybe like me you’re storing the manual for something you don’t have anymore. […]

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Send it away Saturday: tooth thingy

It’s Saturday, the day we find something to send away – what did you find this week? I came across this strange object at the back of a drawer in the bathroom.  You’re supposed to attach a wooden toothpick and use it to help clean your teeth. I  believe the technical term is “tooth thingy”. But […]

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Big cushion is a bore

This whole cushion thing is getting out of hand. I picked up a few mismatched seat cushions at the thrift store a while back and loved how the colors kind of worked together. It definitely didn’t look matchy-matchy. The chairs are hard, we need some padding, job done. But it’s increasingly obvious that one of […]

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Can you be too cautious?

When it comes to holding onto things, there’s undoubtedly a point at which you’re taking a risk. If you only keep one black t-shirt and it gets stuff spilled on it the day you absolutely positively must wear a black t-shirt and nothing else will do, then you’ve got a problem. But if you bought a […]

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Art for art’s sake

When you have a tote in the basement mentally labeled “art I’ll never display”, it’s time to take stock. How many dated prints and faded posters are hanging around your place? Just because something’s artfully rolled and stored in a cardboard tube doesn’t mean you need to keep it. How many of the pictures currently […]

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Is this you?

If this seems all too familiar, no wonder there’s clutter everywhere! Aiming for perfection often means we end up doing nothing. If I can’t write my novel this weekend, I may as well not start it. If I don’t sound like Jesse Norman already, what’s the use of practicing for my singing lesson? If my house […]

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