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There’s a very simple way to declutter a home. It’s so obvious, most people don’t even think of it: Refuse to bring in new stuff. It’s natural to want new things. It’s easy to be swayed by sales. Costco has so many bargains! And who can say no to a gift? The problem is that…

If you’re ready to let go of some stuff, but you’re not sure where to start, try sorting and decluttering category by category. (You can get a list of categories here.) Begin with what’s easiest for you. Then, follow these steps: 1.     Create a work space. Clear a spot where you can work without being disturbed — for…

If your attic is full of stuff you no longer use but can’t bear to give away, a new study may offer you a simple solution. Researchers found that people were more willing to give away unneeded goods that still had sentimental value if they were encouraged to take a photo of these items first,…

As a way of encouragement, I often tell prospective clients that downsizing will help them feel much lighter. They probably think I mean it metaphorically, but I mean it quite literally. Decluttering and downsizing their home gives people the feeling they have physically lost weight — probably because our home environments have more impact on our well-being…

“It’s often said that the things you own expand to fill the space you live in, but the opposite, that they contract to fit nicely, never happens.” — Alan Henry, Lifehacker It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, clutter accumulates. For most people, where there is space available things arrive to fill…

Before Europeans arrived and literally outlawed the practice, the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest celebrated major life events with a Potlach ceremony — where they would give away their goods. The settlers were shocked, but the First Nation peoples actually ran their whole society on a gift economy – where the “richest” were the ones who gave the…

Several things cause arguments, tension and stress when downsizing. Deciding what to do with family photos is near the top of the list. For some it’s sacrilege to toss out any part of their family’s pictorial history. For others boxes full of unsorted pictures are useless clutter that has to go. There are no black-and-white answers,…

Everyone’s singing my theme song these days — Let it Go!  It’s from the Disney movie, Frozen, and that’s exactly what happens when people are buried in stuff they no longer use or need: they become frozen in time. If you – or someone you know – needs help letting go here are some questions…