50 pounds of mud.

There's this great moment from the 1978 Country Music Awards:

Dolly Parton has just won Entertainer of the Year. As she rises from her seat, her dress splits right down the front, and she walks onstage holding a fur coat over her midriff.
In typical...

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Spark this!

I was on the Netflix scroll last night and ALMOST stopped to watch Marie Kondo's show. I've read her book but never seen her in action.

I skipped it. I've always had a problem with the "spark joy" concept. As in, you should only hold onto things...

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And then he changed his number.

Once upon a time I had this super handy boyfriend. And a super messy garage.

The BF was an architect who didn't like sitting at a desk, so he designed and built stuff. This is how I came to have an exceptionally beautiful chicken coop which is now...

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Shh! I'm hiding.

I am being very quiet so I don't disturb my kid, who is taking her clean clothing out of the hamper AND HANGING IT UP.

You know this girl - she's gorgeous and hilarious and a track superstar and very, very, very messy. Her general stance on...

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Clutter Archetypes

Do you ever walk into your house, look around at the mess, and then turn around and walk back out? Well, okay, I don’t either, but I’ve felt the temptation. I am a homebody. I LOVE being home. But it stresses me out when it’s...

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And then I gave up. Again.

I have a mud room. Which is actually a hallway with hooks and cubbies. But instead of rain jackets and Bogs it holds overflow pantry staples, so there is no earthly reason to use it as a dumping ground for the Goodwill pile, old VW floor mats and...

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I'm not a hoarder. I swear.

I've been rearranging my pantry. To be clear, my "pantry" is a bunch of cubbies in the back hallway that have been converted to food storage since the pandemic hit.

I have never been a stockpiler. I had a brief affair with Costco, where I'd...

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You are the best.

Just a quick note to tell you that I am thinking about you. I am proud of you. I believe in you. And I think you probably need to give yourself a lot more credit for all the things you are doing well.

This whole lockdown thing has brought out a lot...

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It's my birthday!

Today is indeed my birthday, and also International Fact Checking Day! How cool is that?

Here is an indisputable FACT: I like being on lockdown. Huge apologies to everyone who is struggling, and thanks so much to those who are out...

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A little clarity.

Today I'm thinking about clarity, because it can be so hard to find. What do we do when we're not sure of the correct action?

It happens at home, too, and can be a cause for clutter, disorganization and a general lack of decision-making around...

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Don't let guilt be your guide.

Why is it so hard to get rid of things? There are so many reasons... Today I'm thinking about the stuff we keep because of GUILT.

That could be the scratchy socks you hate to toss out because, you know, someone made them with their own two hands!...

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Five a day for sanity.

This is the story of how I managed to get rid of a lot of clutter, learn the basics of home organization, and determine how much of my life was devoted to things I didn't care about.

I love stuff.

I like things that are cool, or beautiful, or...

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