Follow at your peril.

Today I found myself scrolling through Gwyneth Paltrow's Instagram account. I do not like Mrs. GOOP. I find her annoying and self-congratulatory, and she is not someone I wish to emulate. But I followed an internet wormhole and was soon engrossed...

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No, you really can't have it all.

I wasn't paying that much attention to geometry in high school. But I'm pretty sure it describes the nature of space. Specifically, that it can be measured and that you are bound by the shapes of things. So stop trying to cram so much stuff into...

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Where do I begin?

How did we get to this place? So overwhelmed with junk that it's hard to even begin to throw it away. Well, American culture. But worrying about cause doesn't help us overcome the anxiety. (Think about that when you have enough room to sit and...

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How many is too many?

30 pairs of shoes? 17 Star Trek bobble-heads? When you're trying to unclutter your world, it would be so useful to have guidelines for the ideal number of socks, or books, or teacups. I appreciate minimalism, but I don't think it's right for...

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To every thing there is a season.

I have a friend who has an amazing album collection. He collected and curated through the 70's, 80's and 90's. He's slowed down in the digital age; though he'll argue vociferously for the superior quality of vinyl over digital recording, the ease...

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The value trap

Often people are reluctant to give away items that they perceive as valuable.

"I know I never wear those shoes, but they cost me $200!"

The value trap is a double bind; there is a practical component and an emotional one.

First, you may think your...

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No, you don't just need a new organizational system...

Organizing your stuff means developing systems to maintain it. These are really beneficial; filing papers instead of letting them pile up on counters, chairs and spare parts of the floor, for example, can really improve your life. But...

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Gifts - do I have to keep them?

The short answer? No!

One of the most difficult things to get rid of is a gift. We feel guilty about not wanting the things our loved ones have picked out for us. I’m going to teach you how to get over this. 

  1. Presents are not people....

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