Digital decluttering basics

If your devices have turned into black holes that suck information into the depths of their operating systems, it may be time to do some decluttering and reorganizing.

Digital clutter is the worst kind. Bits and bytes of data hide in folders and...

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10 Things You DON'T Need in Order to Declutter Your House

It’s so easy to put off tasks that seem unpleasant. Which is why you might put off exercising until you’ve joined the gym, or bought nicer workout clothing, or found the perfect trainer. 

Or possibly you’re procrastinating...

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Less mail, fewer calls

I hate junk mail, you hate junk mail. Nearly everyone hates junk mail. You know who LIKES junk mail? Advertisers! Who still, apparently, make money by sending unrequested stuff to you by the bushel.

Here are a few of my favorite resources for...

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No one actually lives this way

Once upon a time we’d never heard of the novel coronavirus and went out into the world without thinking twice about the germs churning through the air.
 
In those halcyon days, I frequented a gym. It’s a women-only establishment,...

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If you want help around the house, you might have to compromise

My kids were never super excited about taking on household tasks. I know, it’s shocking.
 
And frankly, I didn’t always have the fortitude to watch them do things slowly and badly. Because I am an impatient human.
 
There's a...

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Make your front porch welcoming, for heaven's sake!

 

So I was walking around my neighborhood this morning. Trying to get a little exercise since it appears that I’ve become permanently fused to both the orange leather couch and the cowhide ottoman.
 
They are lovely but should be...

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Loitering in my cluttered living room

I’m sitting in my living room right now.
 
(Full disclosure, I have a whole home office and I only use it when I’m on Zoom or making videos. Otherwise, I sit on the couch. Which is probably wreaking havoc on my posture and joints,...

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Heirlooms: Undressing the Table

There are some heirlooms that carry greater sentimental heft than others. China and silver always seem to rise to the top of the “I feel guilty about getting rid of it” list. Maybe because these are often wedding items? That’s my...

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Heirlooms: The Value Trap

Once upon a time I hosted a little workshop about decluttering. In which one participant gave me dozens of justifications as to why she wasn't willing to part with anything. It's possible she was in the wrong room.

To each her own; I don't care how...

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What does decluttering help really mean?

My kids are Zoomers, or Gen Z, or whatever you want to call them. Actually, I’m surprised this generation hasn’t come up with a super clever name for itself, because they are an exceptionally sharp-witted group with a real facility for...

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Time to open the doors again

So spring is happening, begrudgingly.
 
I’ve got daffodils opening, but they’re being bullied by some pretty muscular weeds. And apparently the masks are coming off, which makes me realize how much I enjoy hiding behind mine.
 
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You are not your stuff

Have you watched Repair Shop on Netflix? Oh wait, it’s moved to Discovery Plus. What is Discovery Plus? When did tv get so complicated? Anyway, I 1000% recommend it, especially if you like the Great British Baking Show. Same chill vibe, same...

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