40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Week 3

Necessary “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”  –  Hans Hofmann We are mid-way through the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge, and those participating may find their enthusiasm and intention beginning to wane. As with any challenge or goal, it can be much more exciting to imagine in the beginning than to actually execute as the days go on. But if you are doing this challenge or just wanting to get your home and life in better order, I offer some suggestions. If you are hampered by the fullness of
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40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Week 2

Discarding “To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. And if you no longer need them, then that is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a cupboard or drawer that you have forgotten its existence?”  –  Marie Kondo During this second week of my 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge I want to address the concept of discarding. The definition of discard is ‘to get rid of something that is not wanted or needed,’ which is exactly
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40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Week 1

Clutter “Clutter is not just the physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”  –  Eleanor Brownn I’m thrilled by the response to my 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge. So many of us have accumulated more than we really need and this is an opportunity for group motivation and support as we work on reducing the obvious physical clutter in our homes and offices. But what about all the things that aren’t as tangible yet fill our lives in equally insidious ways? I use the above
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40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge

Forty “There’s something about it that makes sense, Lent. You give something up, and everything’s more joyful.”  –  Elaine Stritch Today marks the first day of Lent. People all over the world are giving up something for the duration of forty days. You can pick a food or beverage — for some it’s alcohol, others choose sugar. Some people pick a habit and give up TV or shopping. Others decide on a behavior and eliminate negativity or gossiping. But being an advocate of simplifying and organizing, I say,“Why give up chocolate for Lent when you can give up clutter and
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Powerful, Interactive Workshop

Feeling like you’ve lost your sense of self?  Anchored in place by physical, emotional or psychological clutter? It may be time for Release & Renew: Uncluttering Your Life in Times of Change Join us on October 9, 2015 in Laurel, MD for a one-day workshop designed to help you Release whatever is holding you back and find the new perspectives you need to Renew your life. We are looking for women like you who are in the midst of life transitions and changes, and dealing with an inability to move forward.  You don’t have to stay in that negative place!  We
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Release & Renew: Uncluttering Your Life in Times of Change

Is someone in your life struggling to handle challenging circumstances, such as a relationship change, health issue or loss? I understand how difficult it can be to watch a friend or loved one navigate change alone, or to find yourself in a similar situation and feel helpless. Having gone through several of these transitions myself, I am familiar with the sense of isolation, burden and disruption that is produced. It was in  those stressful and confusing times that I began the search for ways to push past the resulting strain. And, I felt relief when I emerged stronger and more
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2015 Weight Loss Program

Did you overindulge during the holidays? Add too many new gifts and decorations to your already full home? Start your 2015 weight loss program now by letting go of things you don’t need or care about… things that no longer serve you. Challenge yourself to part with at least one old item (two would be even better) for each new thing that came into the house. Put donation boxes in visible locations. Start filling them as you put away your new things and un-decorate the house. Be ruthless. Love it or let it go! Release your excess possessions. It’s the
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Peace and Joy

We often hear the phrase, “Be present in the moment”, or similar reminders to slow down our pace, stop worrying, and see the beauty around us.  The holiday season is a perfect time to take those words to heart and begin a practice of awareness and appreciation.  By learning to let go of the past and stop agonizing over the future, we can fully enjoy and embrace this moment, this day, and our present life.  It helps us reduce stress and negativity, allowing instead the creation of memories that abound in happiness. The practice of living in the moment may
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Eight Great Ways to Simplify the Holidays

Like it or not, the holiday season is here and the countdown is on.  With so much to do and so little time, we often forget to be in the moment and enjoy these precious, special days.  Why not let go of the self-made chaos and simplify the holidays?  Try these eight great ways to get started.  1)    Avoid overbooking yourself.  Stop filling your calendar with things that create overload!  Your life is already hectic.  Give yourself time to enjoy the season, the process, your family, and your guests.  Be reasonable about your expectations.  2)    Schedule some ‘you’ time.  Go
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Client Story – Organizing with Seniors

As we age, challenges of mind and body begin to take place, occasionally with an obvious event, but often in very subtle ways over time.  A stroke or illness that is debilitating enough to require a lifestyle change alerts family to the need for different living and care arrangements.  In many cases though, friends and family members might not recognize the less evident decline that begins to affect daily routines.  And often the senior is hesitant to mention issues or ask for help. My client Sarah for instance, had already downsized and transitioned to an independent living apartment in a
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