How to Start Decluttering

Have you started your daily twenty minutes decluttering but been frustrated by how little difference it seems to make? You set the timer, head off to the attic and twenty minutes later you’ve managed to let go of one balding pipe cleaner. Before you get overwhelmed all over again, try these three strategies for getting…

Now what?

You’ve got the sixteen backup packages of toilet paper from Costco. Disaster is averted (for a while). But where are you going to put those enormous packages? If your basement is ready and waiting, with a clear path to the special set of shelves dedicated for emergency preparedness, this article isn’t for you. But if…

Thing Purgatory

Are you still punishing your things for not being quite right? Instead of releasing them to find new homes or go to their final resting place, have you opened up a branch of Purgatory in your basement where the things you no longer want, love or need are condemned to stay indefinitely? Do you hope…

Make 2020 Useful: Clothes Challenge

Last week: food There’s something exciting about a new decade, a chance to really do things differently. Instead of treading that well worn path to the gym, how about making 2020 into the year you use things up? It doesn’t have to be all frugal and austere-feeling, in fact it shouldn’t be. The goal isn’t…

Decluttering Food

Do mealtimes routinely find you standing in front of your full pantry feeling like there’s nothing to eat again? Let’s Play the Eat It Up Challenge Looking at what’s in your cupboards, write down a menu for tomorrow’s meals. Sounds easy, but you’ll soon come up against the fact that your pantry’s most likely full…

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…