40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Week 6

  Rewards “Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.”  –  Stephen Schwartz Today is the end of my 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge. Many people jumped on board and sailed through to the finish, making much progress (if not every day, at least throughout the duration.) For others it was more of a struggle but they feel good about what left the house. Some may have started out with excitement only to see it fade after a week or so, but no matter. For those of you who participated, followed along, or did some level
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40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Week 5

Museum “Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”  –  Pablo Picasso This is the final week of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge, and what I want to say has already been very eloquently expressed by one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert, in a Facebook post originally made in 2013 and repeated in 2014. It caught my eye so I saved it and think it is worthy of sharing with all of you. It may not pertain to some, but will hopefully resonate with those of you who are fond of holding on to memorabilia. Here
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40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Week 4

Treasure “The home should be the treasure chest of living.”  –  Le Corbusier   Keeping any new routine going day after day can have its ups and downs, and my 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge is certainly no exception. In my message last week I discussed ways to handle the down side, but there is something to be said for the up side of this routine, too. And if you focus on the positives it will be much easier to sustain momentum. I’m doing much of my decluttering in my office/studio. It’s a small bedroom to start with
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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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