Be Kind

My father was reminiscing at the dinner table some forty years ago, searching for the perfect example to make his point. He leaned back in his chair and casually mentioned the epoch he was thinking of. “I think it was twenty years ago,” he began. We fell off our chairs in gales of laughter, unable…

Honest Labeling

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the clutter, consider easing into the organizing mindset by grabbing a sharpie and some blank labels. Take a look in the boxes and start making honest labels. “Wedding china I’ve never used but feel guilty getting rid of.” “Silverware that won’t be used unless I move into Buckingham Palace.” “Dresses…

Sentimental Stuff

If you have trouble letting things go, you’re not alone. Making decisions about our stuff is exhausting and difficult for many people. Each and every thing seems attached to us by a tiny invisible thread, and cutting those threads can leave us feeling unsettled. This quilt was a perfect example. The hand-stitching is uneven at…

Fix the Laundry Blues

On good days, there are overflowing hampers stuffed with dirty clothes and teetering piles of folded clean laundry on every counter, waiting to be put away. On bad days it feels like there’s a perpetual carpet of clothes on the floor, either dirty clothes that need to be washed or clean clothes that need to…