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midlife transition tips

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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planning for decluttering 2021

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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holiday shopping tips

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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decluttering hbits

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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second-hand store

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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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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clutter

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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