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10 Free Gift Ideas to Restore Meaning to Your Holidays

“It isn’t how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”  – Mother Teresa A few weeks back, I wrote about how to enjoy the holidays without overspending—and of course that’s possible. That post included tips on gift-giving without breaking the bank . . . since before we consider the radical idea …

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How the Home Edit Fall Short

LET THEM EAT … LABELS?! If you’re a Netflix watcher like I am, you’ve probably at least seen the trailer for The Home Edit.  The show caught my eye, and not just because it’s about one of my favorite topics: home organization.  It pops because it’s beautiful.  There are wide shots of color-coded walk-in closets, …

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How to Enjoy the Holidays WITHOUT Overspending

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”  – Will Rogers Here’s an unsurprising statistic—consumer spending around the holidays, particularly in the United States, has risen steadily since 2008.  We’re so used to seeing images of a frenzied mob on Black Friday that …

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Escape Information Overwhelm in 3 Simple Steps

“We’re the product. Our attention is the product being sold to advertisers.”  – Justin Rosenstein, The Social Dilemma In the United States, 2020 is a presidential election year—a vote that’s happening this week, in fact … which would seem to be news only to somebody who didn’t have access to the Internet or wasn’t alive …

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Where to Get Great (and Unbiased) Advice on New Tech

So you’ve done the inner work and decided that, yes—you DO need new tech. What inner work, you ask? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, which focus on deciding if you actually NEED new hardware or software in the first place. Once you’re officially shopping, it’s easy to get misled. Between …

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Making the Most of Your Current Tech

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Click here to read Part 1, which is all about deciding whether you need new hardware. In Part 2, we’ll focus on software. We all have a bad habit of grabbing the wrong solutions to our problems. Let’s say you’re having a terrible day.  Your boss just …

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Stop! Do You Really Need That New Tech?

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” —Aldous Huxley It’s fall. Big box retailers are churning out coupons inspiring us to spend money—seasonal decorations are already on the shelves … and is that really a Christmas Carol I’m hearing?! With the constant messaging from every angle, it’s super easy …

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OK, we all agree that stuff is a problem … now what?

Discordance is a big word to describe what can be a big problem—a lack of agreement or consistency, typically inside a relationship.  And stuff discordance is how I describe that lack of agreement when the issue is “stuff” and there’s friction and possibly even conflict between you and the people you share space with. If …

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What Is Stuff Discordance AND What To Do About It

Stuff discordance is a term I coined for any relationship where there are conflicting views/approaches to stuff that results in friction. Discordance means a lack of agreement or consistency. So if you and the people you live (or work) with don’t always agree or act consistently when it comes to the organization you’ve got stuff …

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