I no longer hate Christmas. Very much.

 

About a dozen years ago my kids made me stop saying "I hate Christmas."
 
Not interested in living with a bona fide Grinch, they seemed to think the holiday season would be more enjoyable if their mother stopped glaring and muttering...

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Quit shoulding yourself

If I allowed myself to indulge in the word “should”, here’s how a morning chat with me might sound:
 
“Well, I should get going on my newsletter, then I should try to get some exercise, then I promised my kid I’d...

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Have the home you've always wanted

A friend of mine is planning to move to Hawaii. It’s not going to happen for a year or two, which is kind of like making a 6 year old wait for Christmas for 10 years.

Instead of cursing her Oregon house for not being on the beach in Maui,...

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Productivity be damned!

Is it possible to spend one’s entire summer on a single project that never reaches completion? Why yes, thanks for asking.
 
I have, as previously mentioned in this blog, an enormous back yard. It’s got a LOT of grass in it, despite...

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Drowning in paper

Picture this: I’m hunched over my laptop in that trying time between dinner and bed when it seems as though you should be able to get something done but you are far too tired and brain-dead to accomplish anything.

I am trying to book plane...

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The only one who matters

Here's the best piece of advice I can give you if you're hoping to declutter your home, your schedule, your brain, or anything else.
 
KNOW THYSELF.
 
Deceptively simple, methinks. Here's how it works in real life.
 
In the Before Times,...

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You can't take it with you

 A few weeks after my father died, my mother tackled his closet. She told me it was one of the hardest parts of losing him. As she gathered his clothing for donation, she said, “I felt like I was just throwing him away.”


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HGTV is sending me mixed messages

Guilty pleasure alert - I love decorating shows.

But for real, they’re setting us up for a lot of house shame. I don't know about you, but my house does not have a stadium-sized kitchen with loads of subway tile. Or an...

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Turn off your brain!

One reason you might hire a me to help you declutter is because it can be really hard to stick with it on your own. You get distracted. At least that’s what you tell yourself. What’s really happening is that you’re hitting...

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In praise of near-misses.

A long time ago I got a divorce. It was traumatic, naturally. It was messy and upsetting for everyone. And for years afterwards, I was haunted by this thing that had occurred long before there was a house, or kids, or any kind of legal contract.

I...

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Doing What You Want - ONLY What You Want

I told a bunch of people recently that in the month of January I did only what I wanted to. For the whole month.

To tell the truth, I was a little nervous about what might happen because I have a secret fear that I'm lazy. What if I got through the...

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Museum of One

My mother was a docent for many years. Which made her a terrific museum companion, except that woman had STAMINA when it came to viewing art.

I’d be limping 10 paces behind begging for another espresso while she called over her shoulder that...

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