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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…

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…

Are you looking forward to the upcoming holidays, but at the same time dreading all the work associated with decorating and making your home look festive for the season? As a Move Manager, and Professional Organizer with a background in interior design, I can decorate your house and find “new homes” for your loved, but…

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,…