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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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Swedish death cleaning

Swedish Death Cleaning: A Savvy Celebration of Life (Really!)

What will become of all the possessions we have accumulated over our lifetime?  With  Minimalism in vogue these days, Swedish Death Cleaning, or “Döstädning”,  has rapidly garnered interest all over the world. It’s not a new Swedish phenomenon. And despite the ominous sounding name, it is not just about cleaning or dusting before one dies.  …

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Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

Most would agree that we have too many things. But how does this happen? And why does it feel difficult to declutter excess items? Let’s explore 3 common reasons…or what I call “clutter triggers”…as to why we accumulate too much. Knowing how we got here will make the decluttering easier to tackle.  And equally important: …

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The Surprising Downside of a Cluttered Life!

The advantages of decluttering….well, aren’t they obvious? On the surface, yes: less stuff to deal with…boom! But have you ever realized how insidious clutter really is? It’s more than just having too much physical stuff in your home. In fact, it negatively impacts your life in many other ways, including your health, your relationships and …

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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 (or almost) on their own. You’ve been married for a couple decades now (unless you’re starting over…or on your own again). Your career may be at its zenith. This is …

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