All posts tagged: decluttering

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Does it Spark Joy?

  I pretty much have just enough time to maintain the status quo, meaning I can get what NEEDS to get done–done, but beyond that, Oy Vay. I have to remind myself that life is too short to obsess about the unfinished petty stuff–dusty baseboards, scuffed up walls, a playroom that looks like it was “tossed” by the Feds, etc… It’s all just a byproduct of a much loved home, right?  I, do, however, constantly try to find ways to minimize extra angst in my life. I mean life is not always very easy. The last thing I need is my own home to bring me down, stress me out, and be a giant buzz kill when sometimes everyone and everything else is jockeying for that position. So I keep hearing about this book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Her essential question is ‘Does this spark joy?’ “Keep only the things that speak to your heart, then take the plunge and discard all the rest,” she advises. “When you put your …

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Kicking the Decorating Rut–Part 2

Here we are ladies and gentlemen, to your left is ugly, to your right is does not match, behind us is what was I thinking, and upstairs is where the really rejected goes to hide. We are in the belly of the beast. Please, hold small children by the hand and stay with the group–this is no where to be alone. We will be passing out garbage bags. Your job is to fill the bag with the broken and useless remains around you. Please do not multitask as the monsters around will vie for your attention rendering you paralyzed. Once we finish we will be doing a second pass. Please follow the signs which will be visibly posted: This is not a drill. I repeat this is the real thing. Please follow directions and we will all get through this together. ************************************** Decorating Rut Part 1, Organizing and Fear    

Spring Staging and Redesign Decorating Tips

  Today I hauled out a desk I’ve had since college and painted it white.  I’m getting ready for our new home in DC.  The to do list that I’ve been staring at suddenly doesn’t have me beat anymore.  I’m ready for some change.  Sunshine and warm weather do that after a long, long winter.  I’m ready to tackle some projects and ready for action–says the sedentary girl sitting on the couch with her laptop with a cup of coffee and the Today show…  I’m currently living in a house that is up for sale.  Last June I was living in a different house that was up for sale.  Golly, it would be awesome if I can spend every spring prepping for buyers.  Not to brag, but I sort of kind of a little bit always have a nice house.  I follow my own advice.  At least I do.  My kids, not so much. EVERY single house I stage the owners always say the same thing—I wish we had made these changes earlier so WE …

Organizing and Fear

  My dear friend Amy Volk, in Virginia Beach, has an amazing business and blog–Simplified Living.  She writes about living better, and who can’t embrace that?  I love her blog posts everyday but yesterday’s struck a huge ginormous YES! in me when I read it.  I asked her if she would do a rerun over here and she said YES!  So without further ado I would like to introduce Amy Volk.  Make sure you stop by her blog and pay her a visit.  You’ll be glad you did.  Love to you Amy! There are a lot emotions tied to organizing and getting organized. I’ve talked a lot about perfectionism and  how paralyzing it is to getting organized, but the other insidious current lurking around is fear.  Fear happens for many reasons and because I’m no therapist, I won’t even try to figure it out, but I do see it crop in my organizing sessions with folks. Often when we acquire things, we feel good about having them.  Over time, these things may or may not be useful, but still we feel …

The Home Purge Game

  I’m having a garage sale in a week.  I hope you all come:)  Garage sales are not my favorite thing to “host” as they always end up being a lot of work for $37.42 not so much profit.  It is, however, motivating my husband to purge.  My 5 year old not so much.  I’m pretty sure he is going to try to buy back every toy that was his.  We’ll be losing money and gaining stuff…isn’t that the opposite of a garage sale? Well our house is all aflutter with “garage sale talk”… “Mom how much do you think I can get for this legless Mario Lego?  Five dollars?”  Clearly they are in for a let down.  That aside let’s talk purging. I’ve got an assignment for you over the weekend.  Take a garbage bag and set the timer for 12 minutes.  Pick EITHER garbage or donate.  DO NOT MULTI-TASK.  It’s EITHER Garbage OR Donate.  For 12 minutes you must try to fill the bag with whichever you chose.  Here is a list of …