Sentimental Objects

Does your stuff have a you problem?

When I coach clients on how to handle their stuff, I talk a lot about how stuff isn’t really the problem, at least not in the ways they think it is. How you think about, feel about and interact with your stuff is what determines whether you stay organized or are dealing with the kind …

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Tried Marie Kondo’s method and still need help? Here’s why.

As a professional organizer, I’m often asked about the difference between my methods and Marie Kondo’s.  If you aren’t familiar with Ms. Kondo, I’d first ask, “where have you been?!” She wrote a book a few years back called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which outlined her KonMari method of organizing.  I deeply appreciate …

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Back to school guest post: Jacqueline Green

We asked some of our favorite parenting bloggers about their back-to-school routines. This week we’re thrilled to feature parenting coach, educator, and speaker, Jacqueline Green. What has historically been your biggest challenge with getting your children ready for the school year? I used to see the start of the new school year as a chance …

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Back to school guest post: Nicole Blades

We asked some of our favorite parenting bloggers about their back-to-school routines. This week we’re thrilled to feature novelist, freelance journalist, and mom, Nicole Blades. What has historically been your biggest challenge with getting your children ready for the school year? We’ve noticed that our son has a little anxiousness mixed in with his excitement …

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Kindness is underrated

Treat everyone you meet as if they were you. DOUG DILLON Kindness is underrated. We see it every day. Bully talk and chest-thumping are viewed as strong and desirable behavior. Yelling and screaming seem to be an acceptable way to get what one wants. There is so much anger, fear, and frustration swirling around these …

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How to sell used & antique furniture for cash

So … you’ve watched Antique Road Show or Design on a Dime and think you’re literally sitting on a fortune? Or you’re finally ready to sell (or let go of) some larger pieces of furniture and you don’t know where to start? There are many online options beyond Craigslist and eBay that you can use …

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Mindful Monday | Relying on objects

“I never said I wanted a ‘happy’ life but an interesting one. From separation and loss, I have learned a lot. I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world. We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced …

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How to get rid of toys without a tantrum

We LOVE kids even if we hate the stuff that comes with them. Or rather, the toys they accumulate that we’ve heaped on top of them. All while teaching them the same bad habits we learned as children when it comes to stuff. In the same way that sugar is addictive, so are gifts. We …

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Mindful Monday | 5 ways to give

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Khalil Gibran Worldwide Day of Giving is June 15. Imagine what could happen if every person on the planet sought out ways to extend generosity and kindness just for one day if meanness and …

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5 simple steps to decluttering

If you have ever lived with another person as an adult (kids at home have their own challenges), then you know that successfully sharing a space isn’t always simple. It often requires a level of compassion and compromise we only wish world leaders would exercise when creating policies that affect a nation’s neighbors. When you …

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