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Organizing expert Marie Kondo suggests that you ask yourself just one question when decluttering your home: “Does it bring me joy?” The idea that everything you own should bring you joy is lovely, but hard to put into practice. Chances are, you’re not going to feel “joyful” about a variety of things in your home…

Life is pretty challenging right now. From pandemic to raging wildfires, 2020 has been one long lesson of the different ways unforeseen circumstances can upend your life. We don’t know what’s coming next, but given what’s come before, it seems prudent to be as prepared as possible. https://www.ready.gov and https://www.readyforwildfire.org are two comprehensive sites that…

“Well, we did it!” Dan exclaimed. “We did? What did we do?” I asked. “We cleared out my mom’s house!” It’s always nice to see that my clients are happy. But in this case, I wasn’t really sure what Dan was happy about. After spending months sorting through and clearing out his mother’s Bay Area…

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is a well-known song by the Rolling Stones. It’s also  the theme song for downsizers who have unrealistic expectations about the money they’ll make selling things they no longer need or use. After a taking a break to talk about downsizing in the time of Covid-19, we’re returning this month…

Everyone expects that, as a professional Downsizer, my home must look like something out of a magazine shoot. And the truth is – it’s OK. It is reasonably well organized. I can find things when I’m looking for them. But while helping others downsize and organize is something I very much enjoy, I rarely have…

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance are well known as the five stages of grief. After a decade of helping people downsize and declutter, I’ve come to realize that many people go through these stages as they downsize, as well. Dan and Donna (not their real names) are an early-middle aged couple living with two young children…

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance are well known as the five stages of grief. After a decade of helping people downsize and declutter, I’ve come to realize that many people go through these stages as they downsize, as well. Over the next few newsletters, we’ll follow a real couple as they negotiate these stages going…

When my mother in law died at the age of 97, my husband and his three siblings were faced with cleaning out the East-coast home where she had lived for more than 60 years. Last month, I talked about the challenges in getting the siblings to agree how to get the house sorted out, packed…