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A Motivation Manifesto for Decluttering Success

Did you include decluttering in your 2021 resolution list? Maybe it’s some variation on that, like “get organized” or “get rid of stuff.” Either way, the bottom line is, you want to clear space in your home. Fantastic! What’s your motivation? I can almost hear you say, “Wait, what: why are you asking this? Isn’t …

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5 Ways to Embrace your Midlife Transition!

Midlife is more than just a halfway point.  It’s a marker for the typical milestones experienced in your life’s journey. The kids are grown and (almost) on their own. You’ve been married for a couple decades now (unless you’re starting over … or you’re on your own again). Your career may be at its zenith. This …

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Plan Now for Decluttering Results in 2021!

Happy 2021! Do you know why you’re going to declutter this year? Sorry, I know … 2020 is barely in your rear-view mirror! But just like any resolution that you set, it’s important to identify in advance where you want to head and why you want to get there. Otherwise, it’s so easy to drift …

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How Holiday Shopping Hijacks a Decluttering Agenda

Does this happen to you, too? I create lists to stay on track with my goals and priorities: Shopping lists. Decorating lists. Dinner menu lists. To-do lists. And then, I digress: stuff I didn’t plan on buying starts entering the house. Once again, I need to up my holiday decluttering game!   We’re in the countdown now, …

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Control What Comes in with Four Decluttering Habits

I talk a lot about space clearing in our homes! Why? Because I’m a firm believer that too much stuff is not only physically oppressive.  It’s also emotionally, mentally, and financially heavy, too! Regardless if you’re just starting out, halfway there, or recently done with clearing out your house …. each room, each closet, and …

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Start Decluttering for Better Living

Let’s face it: having too much of anything is not always a wonderful thing (sorry, Mae West!) Whether it’s what we put in our bodies or what we stow in our homes, at some point, it’s time to start making better choices. When it comes to our belongings, it’s common to hang on to things long …

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8 Online Selling Options to Declutter your Home

Today my annual series on selling shares 8 of the top online selling sites, along with the pros and cons of each. Think it will be a relatively easy process to recoup some dollars? Well, possibly! There are many specialized online selling resources to choose from, with many others cropping up all the time. Which …

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Second-Hand Stores Can Be Your Decluttering Partners

As part of my annual series about downsizing or decluttering by selling, here is another method to consider: second-hand stores.    Today I’m sharing three of the most common: consignment shops, pawn shops and thrift shops. Each venue is unique with what it can offer. Equally important is understanding the entire selling process, from what …

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How an Estate Sale Moves Everything (But the Kitchen Sink!)

What if you could sell roomfuls of things without having to pack, load, unload…and then possibly do all of this yet again for the things that didn’t sell? Sound good? Then grab a seat because an estate sale may be just the ticket for you! It’s one more option for reducing your stuff when you …

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3 Considerations to Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Stuff

When you decide to release what you no longer need, use or love in your home, you’ve taken the first essential step towards decluttering for a better you! But now, what will you do with those things? There are four possible actions you can take: sell, donate, gift and dispose.  Each approach warrants a deeper …

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