Free at Last: Purging Makes Room for New Ideas

This is what I call freedom! The last of my purging was done this week, so my brain has plenty of room now to grab new ideas floating by. The weight of all that stuff is off my back at last. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine feeling such satisfaction from an...

Simplifying Life Easier Said Than Done. Learning to Flex.

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE screams loud and clear in my head and feels more like a command these days than a mere suggestion. I’m making great progress because everything in the house seems to yell at me, “Do I need this? Do I love this?” How many people do you know who can...

Getting Knee Deep in De-Cluttering Territory

In my home, sardines couldn’t be closer. No matter how tightly you jam the hangers together, there’s only so much a closet can hold. My greedy self has just spilled over to the closet in the office space and that’s plain silly. My sweet husband worked patiently to...

The Memory of Grandpa Lingers But Doesn’t Clutter

Grandpa didn’t know this was a sugar scoop when he used it. He probably thought it was the top of his thermos bottle, which conveniently doubled as a cup for his afternoon tea at work. Everyday at 4:00 no doubt. Repurposed long ago for scooping by his daughter, my...

Clutter: That Monster Called STUFF

Clutter. I love it. I hate it. Stuff beckons me, but I know it can slowly — secretly — erode my health and peace of mind. My brain, of course, doesn’t know it’s clutter when I buy it, but 90% of it surely ends up in that category.  Studies show that physical...

Making Room for Change

Starting my new year off right means clearing the decks, I mean cleaning my desk. Wiping the slate clean so I can start fresh, if only in my mind, is rather like the Monday morning diets people promise themselves. Only this is one time, not 52. Clearing the clutter...

Gather Sentimental Clutter – 3/10

I’ve harped on clearing your clutter over the years because I believe it’s an important step to simplifying your life and reducing stress. Deciding what to do with extra stuff, or even recognizing that it as extra, is difficult. You don’t even notice it any more after...

De-clutter for a Mental Lift – 10/09

I know, I know. I’m like a dog working a favorite old bone. My bone? “Get rid of your stuff.” I repeat this subject because it’s so important to the quality of your life. I rank it third behind a good night’s sleep, good eats, and...

Clutter Steals Your Energy – 7/09

Do you watch while the blank spaces in your home automatically fill up over the years? This spawning is so gradual that you hardly notice until…. bam, you’re surrounded by “stuff”. In trying to find a couple of AA batteries in the junk drawer...

Clearing Clutter is Crucial – 5/08

Packing up to move has given a new meaning to my uphill battle of simplification. I started filling boxes two weeks ago, with the stuff I wouldn’t need for a couple. Surprise, surprise. Other than the dish I needed to contribute a peach cobbler to a potluck, I...