Pandemic Time on my Hands!

My name is Carol and I am an addict. Isn’t that’s what it’s called when you’re struggling to pass Level 37 and you say to yourself, “I’m sure I can do better next time.”? Then you repeat the phrase after every attempt until an hour rolls by, then 90 minutes, then… The...

The Urge to Purge: Organizing Makes Life Easier

I can’t remember exactly when I first felt the urge to purge. Maybe I was trying to find someone’s phone number in the Mt. Everest of paper piles. Or maybe it’s when I first got interested in Feng Shui 10 years ago. Whatever it was, the challenge and...

The Sweet Sorrow of Parting With Your Stuff: De-Cluttering

The scrumptious smell of leather lured me into the store. When I admired the black leather vest the sales person was wearing, she took it off right then and there and handed it over. What? That was 25 years ago, and it’s been hanging in my closet ever since, waiting...

Hoarding’s On My Cluttered Mind

•••When does fun turn into collecting turn into hoarding?•••  “You are a clothes hoarder!” My husband’s words a week ago were startling because I’ve watched with disbelief the program Hoarders. Certainly not me. It was his emphasis on the word “hoarder” that got my...

For Women Only… or Mostly (to earrings lovers)

Show up wearing a cool pair of earrings and you got me. In fact, I may notice these before I even see your face. The jiggle, the color, the shape or the shine always makes me smile. De-cluttering my life is one thing, de-cluttering the earrings I’ve succumb to over...

Simplify your Space. Caress your Books.

Books gathering dust. Books that haven’t moved in 10 years. Books you can’t remember owning. Every house has them. But whenever I bring up this musty “elephant ” in the room, I usually hear (spoken with a very woeful look), “But I looovvve books.” Yes, but...

Keep On Top of Paperwork – 9/07

t all started when I looked for an e-mail I got a month ago. What did I do with it? Between the often ill-named files I’d set up to organize myself, the  junking of spam, and the long list still existing in my inbox, I never did find it. Oh, the time I wasted...