True confessions of a closet clutterbug.

I am not neat by nature. I enjoy a tidy, sparkling clean space, but it's a struggle to attain and then maintain it. I would happily collect every kind of object, and am prone to stacks of paper on every surface. This is just to say that I get it;...

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Lessons learned in the aftermath of death.

The experiences I had this summer were wonderful and terrible. I feel so privileged to have spent this time caring for my mother. It was terrific bonding time for me and my sisters - we don't usually get to spend so much time together....

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Worry of the day: am I really taking all this stuff home with me?

I was doing pretty well here at my mother's house, going through things but saying a polite "no" to owning them. Then the glassware came out. I've rarely met a glass I didn't like. But I did pretty well and managed to identify glasses of mine that...

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What to do with the forgotten family heirlooms?

If your family is anything like mine, there’s a lot of inherited stuff lingering in cupboards and closets. It may be fine china, silver tea sets, childhood toys, ancient correspondence, favorite mixing bowls... or janky wooden spoons.

It's...

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Death in the family - uncluttering with love.

My mother died recently. It happened a lot more quickly than we'd expected, so we've all been caught off guard; everyone figured she'd go on and on. Here are the things I'm grateful for: she lived a long (84 years) and healthy life. She was...

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It's time to discard your landfill anxiety.

A lot of the people I work with are worried about all the stuff that ends up in landfills. I applaud this concern. We should ALL be distressed about the amount of stuff that gets thrown away. I mention the plastic island to my children at least...

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And now a word about setbacks.

I broke my ankle recently. Let's just say I was doing something glamorous and wildly fun. It's not actually true, but in this case I'll take fantasy over the mundane truth. 

The result of this little accident was 6 weeks on the couch. I...

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How did we end up with SO MUCH STUFF?

If you are anything like me, you sometimes look at the stuff in your house and wonder: Where did it all come from? I'm not much of a shopper, and I'm a pretty conscious consumer, but if I'm not constantly vigilant the stuff just...

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#housegoals

We've all got 'em. Whether it's Dwell, Architectural Digest or This Old House, there is some publication out there with the home of your dreams. And in those pictures it's pristine - tidy, gleaming, with fresh flowers in every room. Dreamy. But...

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Unclutter Coach's holiday shopping guide.

Okay, I know I'm a little late with this, but it turns out that I get stressed and fall behind at this time of year too!

You know I don't want you to buy a bunch of useless stuff for your loved ones that will turn from holiday joy to clutter in...

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The kids are alright.

If you have children, you know that they come with a lot of stuff. Baby equipment alone can make your home feel like it's bursting at the seams, and most kid's rooms are overflowing with clutter of every conceivable kind. I'm here to tell you that...

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On minimalism.

I am not a minimalist. In fact, I kind of hate the word. There is something about it that feels austere to me. I picture a bright white room with three things in it - a chair, a light fixture and a single painting leaning against the...

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