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Today's piece of holiday advice

19 December 2017 | Comments [0] »

Yesterday, I watched a client part with the holiday decor that was weighing her down. Bags of decor left her storage room to find a new home with folks who will value it. It felt so good. It led me to write down this piece of advice for you. I’m willing to bet that you’ll be very happy if you implement it.

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Worth repeating: Amazon Prime, the ultimate clutter-free gift

11 December 2017 | Comments [0] »

A year ago, I wrote about what a great bargain (and clutter-free gift) Amazon Prime is. For $99 a year, I get not only free two-day shipping, but access to TV shows, movies, digital books, audio books, music, magazines, games and photo storage. I decided to run the post again this year, because I’m still thrilled by Amazon Prime. The benefits from last year remain. In checking it out again this year, I saw that I could borrow a Kindle book and synced audiobook free of charge. I love it! By the way, while I’m working on this blog post, I’m listening, free of charge, to the Hamilton Mixtape on Prime Music.

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Worth repeating: Holiday cards the easy way

30 November 2017 | Comments [0] »

I wrote this post two years ago. Today I will finish addressing my business’s holiday cards and I used exactly the same method, though I shortened the window by writing in 20 cards per day, rather than 10. I have 70 personal cards to send out—but I have in hand—so I’ll get those done in the next week (or less). I love Minted and particularly appreciate their beautiful (and convenient) envelope addressing! It really helps make the process effortless!

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Worth repeating: My love/hate relationship with homemade gifts

16 November 2017 | Comments [0] »

I almost never give an item I’ve knitted as a gift. And that’s because I’ve seen among my clients a real difficulty in giving up an item that was a gift. And it’s even harder to give up hand-made gifts, even if they’ve never been used or loved. Sometimes the gift recipient just doesn’t share the taste of the giver.

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Letterbox gives you a clutter-free way to keep your cards and letters

30 October 2017 | Comments [2] »

Today I was contacted by Letterbox, a new app debuting on November 30 designed specifically to help people hang on to the cards they receive, digitally and clutter-free.

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Limiting your holiday gift giving

26 October 2017 | Comments [2] »

I’m a big believer in not giving people clutter as gifts. In my clients’ homes, I often see how hard it is for them to let go of items they received as a gift, even if they don’t like or don’t use the item. As I’ve blogged about before I’m in favor of making the holiday season easier on gift givers by simplifying or limiting the gifts you give and receive.

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Amazon Prime: The ultimate clutter-free gift

5 December 2016 | Comments [0] »

I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for years—well over a decade, I’m sure. I first joined when pretty much the only benefit was free two-day shipping (and it cost $79 annually). Now the price is up to $99 but to me it’s an amazing bargain. The free shipping is great. But they have added some benefits that make the $99 expenditure well worth it, even you never have a thing shipped.

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Worth repeating: It's holiday card time

24 October 2016 | Comments [0] »

I’m thinking about holiday cards for my clients and colleagues and I’m whispering to myself, “Let it be easy.” In the past, I’ve tended to make holiday cards way more complicated than they need to be.

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Holiday cards the easy way

3 December 2015 | Comments [0] »

I finished doing my business’s holiday cards this weekend. I send out about 125 cards to clients and colleagues and this year I managed to do it without stress.

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Worth repeating: Keep it simple and give clutter-free gifts

22 December 2014 | Comments [0] »

And now for my annual plea not to give gifts that will clutter the recipient’s home. A nice bonus of most of these gifts is they don’t require leaving the house to purchase, so they’re great for Christmas procrastinators. I wrote this post two years ago and I stand by it today.

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My love/hate relationship with homemade gifts

9 December 2013 | Comments [1] »

I’m a little bit crafty. I love beautiful, handmade items. I knit as a hobby and especially appreciate hand knits.

But I almost never give an item I’ve knitted as a gift. And that’s because I’ve seen among my clients a real difficulty in giving up an item that was a gift. And it’s even harder to give up hand-made gifts, even if they’ve never been used or loved. Sometimes the gift recipient just doesn’t share the taste of the giver.

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Amazon Prime now available as a gift

26 November 2013 | Comments [0] »

I love giving gifts that leave no clutter footprint. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that every year this time of year I blog about giving gifts that don’t create clutter.

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Keep it simple and give clutter-free gifts

12 December 2012 | Comments [1] »

I’m all about letting the holidays be easy. And I’m also very keen on not giving gifts that might weigh the recipient down. I see in my clients a tendency to hang onto items that were given as gifts, even if the items aren’t used or loved.

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Holiday card update

26 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

As I posted on Halloween, I’m working really hard to make the sending of holiday cards easy this year. I’m happy to report that I’m succeeding!!

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It's holiday card time

31 October 2012 | Comments [2] »

I’m thinking about holiday cards for my clients and colleagues and I’m whispering to myself, “Let it be easy.” In the past, I’ve tended to make holiday cards way more complicated than they need to be.

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Easy (and clutter-free) gift giving

6 December 2011 | Comments [3] »

I shot a segment this morning on Great Day St. Louis about clutter-free gift giving, one of my favorite holiday topics.

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Keeping it simple this holiday season

29 November 2011 | Comments [0] »

As I’ve mentioned here before, ease is my driving force. I have this question, from Supercoach Michael Neill posted on my bulletin board:

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The holiday season is almost upon us!

31 October 2011 | Comments [0] »

If you’re on the east coast, it probably felt more like Christmas than Halloween with the blanket of snow that fell.

The holidays are just around the corner. I urge you to do as much, but no more, than you want to do in terms of holiday prep and decorating. If you do like to decorate, give gifts and entertain at holiday time, now’s the time to start getting ready.

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Make your weekend count

14 October 2011 | Comments [1] »

At a meeting at the headquarters of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization the other day, the ICD executive director, Beth Quick-Andrews, paid me a big compliment. She mentioned a blog post I’d written a year and a half ago and how she thinks about its message often. She even told me when I’d posted it.

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Why I love Thanksgiving

28 November 2010 | Comments [2] »

I love the food, of course, and the companionship and camaraderie of a wonderful dinner. And I love taking the day off (which I did, in spades).

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A little holiday shopping help

16 November 2010 | Comments [0] »

My friend, the fabulous organizer Geralin Thomas, just shared on her Facebook fan page a link to a website that can save you some money on holiday shopping. It’s, where you can get coupon codes for free shipping from online vendors. Going there first might help you narrow down where you want to shop!

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Don't squander the holiday

28 May 2010 | Comments [2] »

It’s a long weekend in the U.S. Memorial Day weekend typically marks the beginning of summer. It’s been feeling like summer here in St. Louis for the past week or two, so it feels like it’s about time.

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Great Christmas recycling tip

23 December 2009 | Comments [1] »

I subscribe to the Weekly Quick Tip that organizer Aby Garvey sends out every week. Yesterday’s was fantastic. She said it came to her from a participant in one of her online workshops.

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Letting the holiday cards be easy

4 December 2009 | Comments [2] »

Yesterday I typed one of my favorite phrases, one that I learned from Supercoach Michael Neill. That phrase is “Why is it so hard to let it be easy?” I printed it out in a pretty font and posted it to my bulletin board. I want letting things be easy to be my theme for this month.

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Help for the holidays

24 November 2009 | Comments [0] »

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really lucky because we never host Thanksgiving dinner, so Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday I have to get ready for. My husband even does the cooking for our contribution to dinner. But I know I’m unusual. Many people are looking around their houses this week, thinking of what they have to do to whip it into shape for guests.

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Guest post on

12 November 2009 | Comments [2] »

I have the honor of being a guest blogger today at Gimundo, the popular good-news-only website and enewsletter. My post is on staying sane and organized around Thanksgiving guests.

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Declutter Happy Hour Thanksgiving special!

28 October 2009 | Comments [0] »

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I love Thanksgiving. And I’m really lucky because Thanksgiving doesn’t mean work for me. We’ve had turkey on the fourth Thursday of November every year since 1988 at the home of dear friends. My husband cooks our contribution. All I have to do is show up and eat. (And contribute to conversation.)

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R&R - practicing what I preach

18 June 2009 | Comments [0] »

I encourage my clients (and Declutter Happy Hour participants) to be sure and take breaks and build in rewards when they’re working hard (on clutter or anything else).

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Closing out 2008

29 December 2008 | Comments [0] »

As I posted a week ago, I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Traditionally, it’s the week that I get my ducks in a row, plan for the coming year and basically get my act together.

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A special time of year

22 December 2008 | Comments [1] »

Nevertheless I love this time of year. In particular, I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. First, that week is bookended by two days off, which is fabulous. And in between, no one really expects anyone to get anything done. Free of expectations of others, it’s time I can use any way I want. I’ve always used it as a time to get my ducks in a row. It comes right before the new year, a time ripe for goal setting, good intentions, and new beginnings.

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Reflections on holiday cards

18 December 2008 | Comments [4] »

As I posted in November, holiday cards are a big project for me. I do two sets: business and personal. Last year I only managed to get the business ones out. (And the sky didn’t fall.) Because of that, I’m bound and determined to do both this year. I’ll send out two hundred or so, in total.

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A fun and low-cost way to get organized for the holidays

7 November 2008 | Comments [0] »

If you want to avoid being stressed out by the holidays, now is the time to start planning for them. (Okay, planning for them before now would have been even more helpful, but let’s work with what we have.) As I posted yesterday I encourage you to simplify as much as possible. Streamline the holidays and make it easy on yourself.

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Streamlining the holidays

6 November 2008 | Comments [0] »

The election’s behind us and now it’s time to focus on the next big thing: the holidays.

Personally, I’m minimalist when it comes to the December holidays. No decorating. Very little gift buying. Yet I still feel a bit of stress, primarily over my holiday cards. As I’ve posted about before, I send out several hundred cards, each with a personalized note. So it takes awhile. And I’d better get started. There are a number of steps to this project:

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You gotta love Thanksgiving!

22 November 2007 | Comments [1] »

There are many things to love about Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday whose whole point is to be grateful for the wonderful things in our life.

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Holiday knitting frenzy

4 December 2006 | Comments [0] »

I knit every day, usually while watching TV. It’s how I relax. The bulk of the year my knitting needles have been occupied by Barbara Walker’s Learn-To-Knit Afghan, which has been a wonderful boost to my knitting knowledge, skills and confidence.

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The ritual of holiday cards

22 November 2006 | Comments [1] »

It’s November, so my mind starts thinking about the holidays and, more specifically, about holiday cards. My husband and I don’t really do Christmas, but I do always send out cards to a long list of people. For some of those folks, it’s the only time of year I communicate with them.

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