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A knitting project that makes me smile

24 January 2019 | Comments [2] »

It’s been quite a while since I blogged about knitting, but a recent finished project has making me smile so much I just had to share. As I’ve written here, I knit an afghan that took me about 12 years. It’s made from four colors of wool. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for that project, in green, beige, burgundy and brown. I love the color combination and I still had some skeins of that yarn left over. I decided to use it to knit a felted cat bed for my friend Shannon’s beautiful (and large) young cat, Cleo.

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Ask us anything!

26 October 2018 | Comments [0] »

The podcast I co-host with my friend, Shannon Wilkinson, Getting to Good Enough, is all about overcoming perfectionism so you can do more of what you love. We launched on June 15, and we’ve published 22 episodes so far. (We’ve actually recorded 24—we keep a buffer of two or three episodes.)

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Got questions about overcoming perfectionism? Ask the podcasters!

6 September 2018 | Comments [0] »

As I’ve mentioned here before, I’ve started a podcast with my friend, Shannon Wilkinson, a life coach in Portland, Oregon. The podcast is called Getting to Good Enough and it’s all about overcoming perfectionism so you can do more of what you love.

We’ve started a feature, Q & A on the 5s, where each episode that ends in five will showcase questions from listeners (and our answers). We’ve set up the GTGE Hotline (413-424-GTGE) where you can call in and leave a message. We’ll address your question or comment on the air in the next Q&A on the 5s episode, using your voice from the voicemail.

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New podcast! Getting to Good Enough

18 June 2018 | Comments [0] »

I am ridiculously excited to announce the launch of the new podcast Getting to Good Enough, hosted by me and pal and life coach Shannon Wilkinson.

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Announcing the Getting to Good Enough podcast!

11 May 2018 | Comments [0] »

I’m very excited that my friend and colleague, life coach Shannon Wilkinson and I are starting a weekly podcast called Getting to Good Enough. In it, we’ll discuss how letting go of perfectionism and embracing a “good enough” philosophy can make you happier and more productive.

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Special help for procrastinators

27 April 2017 | Comments [1] »

Do you procrastinate on certain tasks? I used to be a dyed-in-the-wool procrastinator. When I was a freelance writer, I waited until the last minute to work on my magazine articles. Heck, I didn’t even start writing my very first book (in 1999) until the day after Thanksgiving and it was due on January 2! Take it from me, that’s nothing to be proud of.

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Support for your New Year's resolutions

16 January 2017 | Comments [0] »

A few years ago, Shannon Wilkinson and I teamed up to teach a teleclass on how to actually do the stuff you set out to do every year. We shared the reasons resolutions don’t work, and more importantly, we talked about how to change that. We gave tips and strategies and guided participants through helpful exercises so they experienced a new way of approaching their resolutions and goals.

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Getting past the barriers to getting started

7 May 2015 | Comments [0] »

Do you struggle to create (or maintain) order? You may need to declutter emotional barriers first.

Recently, a client of mine shared that she struggles with keeping her kitchen as clean and orderly as she’d like. It suddenly became a more pressing issue because some workers would be over in the next week to make needed repairs.

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Worth repeating: Getting past internal barriers

9 April 2015 | Comments [0] »

I originally wrote and published this post in February 2011. I’m happy to say that my internal barriers to doing Quickbooks have pretty much vanished, though I still have some trouble making it a priority. (But at least I don’t dread it.) Perhaps you have some internal barriers that are getting in your way. If so, I hope you’ll find this helpful.

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Special offer for early registrants to Get Back on Track!

16 February 2015 | Comments [0] »

As I mentioned here before, my amazing friend and life coach Shannon Wilkinson is coming to St. Louis in mid-March and we’re putting on a fun in-person workshop called Get Back on Track on Saturday, March 14.

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Get back on track March 14 (a special event in St. Louis!)

15 January 2015 | Comments [0] »

I’m very excited to be offering a special in-person workshop with my friend and frequent collaborator, the fabulous life coach Shannon Wilkinson.

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Do your resolutions need a boost?

12 January 2015 | Comments [0] »

A few years ago, Shannon Wilkinson and I teamed up to teach a teleclass on how to actually do the stuff you set out to do every year. We shared the reasons resolutions don’t work, and more importantly, we talked about how to change that. We gave tips and strategies and guided participants through helpful exercises so they experienced a new way of approaching their resolutions and goals.

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Worth repeating: We all have fear

25 June 2014 | Comments [0] »

I wrote this post five years ago, but it still rings true. Recently, I purchased a greeting card whose front bears this quotation from George Addair: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Distinguishing between when your fear is protecting you and when it’s limiting you can be a tricky thing._

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Mynd makes your iPhone calendar better

20 June 2014 | Comments [6] »

I’m an Apple fangirl. As I’ve written here many times, I love love love my iPhone. (I currently have a 5S). I’ve been using iCal for my calendar ever since I got my first Mac in 2008.

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How Fitbit is keeping me active

16 June 2014 | Comments [2] »

I’m a natural-born couch potato and I struggle with getting myself to get adequate exercise. I’m not someone who craves it or enjoys it, but I do appreciate that it’s important.

Last month, I took Shannon Wilkinson’s Change Artistry: Get Active group coaching program and it was hugely helpful in changing my mindset about exercise. It now feels much less like drudgery and I’m feeling very good about the exercise I’m getting.

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Got a project you need help starting?

9 June 2014 | Comments [0] »

Do you have an idea for a project or activity that would make you happy? Have you been dragging your feet on getting started? If so, I have great news for you!

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Do you need some help getting active?

29 April 2014 | Comments [1] »

We all know, intellectually, how important it is to be active, rather than sedentary. I did a quick Google search and found my way to the Johns Hopkins website, where I found these risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other conditions associated with inactivity:

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Get what you want in 2014

10 January 2014 | Comments [0] »

It’s January 10. How are the resolutions you sent working out for you? If you need a little extra support, you can still get $5 off Why Resolutions Don’t Work—And How to Get What You Want Anyway, the kit created by Shannon Wilkinson (my Declutter Happy Hour partner) and me.

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Creating resolutions that work

31 December 2013 | Comments [0] »

A few years ago, Shannon Wilkinson and I teamed up to teach a teleclass on how to actually do the stuff you set out to do every year. We shared the reasons resolutions don’t work, and more importantly, we talked about how to change that. We gave tips and strategies and guided participants through helpful exercises so they experienced a new way of approaching their resolutions and goals.

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Got a clutter emergency?

18 November 2013 | Comments [2] »

It can be overwhelming when you know guests are coming and your home doesn’t feel quite up to snuff. (My brother’s visit has me scurrying around taking care of small decluttering projects.)

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The Active Every Day challenge

1 November 2013 | Comments [0] »

My friend, Shannon Wilkinson, of Perception Studios has launched her Active Every Day in November challenge.

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Preventing late fees

21 October 2013 | Comments [0] »

This month, I forgot to pay my credit card on the 17th. I don’t know what happened. I never forget. But on Saturday, I realized that the bill was due two days before and I’d forgotten.

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Worth repeating: Self-care

10 April 2013 | Comments [0] »

I’m passionate about asking people to be kind to themselves and not let guilt about clutter (or anything else) get in the way of living their lives. It’s been almost six years since I wrote this posted, called Self-Care, but it remains one of my very favorite posts. I thought I’d share it again today.

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Less really is more

23 January 2013 | Comments [9] »

I just spent some time as a houseguest of my friend, Shannon Wilkinson, who moved into her lovely home in Portland just six months ago.

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Help for your resolutions

18 December 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’m all about goal setting. And I love doing it this time of year. This week and next, I’m working on taking stock of the year, seeing how well I did with the goals I set last year, and setting new ones for the coming year. I create measurable business-related goals.

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Juggling task-management systems

8 October 2012 | Comments [4] »

I know that somewhere around here I have a list—actually I think it’s more than one list—of potential blog post subjects. The idea is that if I sit down to blog without knowing what I want to blog about, I consult the list, where I capture ideas as they come to me, and voila a blog post presents itself.

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Two ways to learn from me about habits and routines

5 July 2012 | Comments [0] »

I think creating great habits and routines is the key to the good life. I tell clients that I can help them declutter, but unless they change their behavior—and that typically encompasses establishing new habits and routines—disorder will once again reign.

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Taking the show on the road (to Portland)

15 June 2012 | Comments [0] »

In April, Shannon Wilkinson and I taught a three-hour in-person workshop in St. Louis called Create Freedom and Ease with Habits and Routines. It was very successful and we enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. So now we’re offering it in Portland, Oregon, where Shannon lives, on Friday, August 3.

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Things to consider before adopting a pet

14 June 2012 | Comments [0] »

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Saint Louis PetLover Coalition is sponsoring a regional pet adoption event at over 20 locations across the metropolitan area.

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The blogging continues

24 May 2012 | Comments [0] »

Today marks 30 days since I took on a 30-day blogging challenge with my friend and collaborator, Shannon Wilkinson. When she was in St. Louis to hold an in-person habits and routines workshop with me, we got to talking about blogging.

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The power of commitment

10 May 2012 | Comments [3] »

As I posted a couple of weeks ago, I made a 30-day blogging commitment with my friend, Shannon Wilkinson. We each vowed to blog daily, Monday through Friday, for at least 30 days.

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The 30-day blogging challenge

24 April 2012 | Comments [0] »

My friend and collaborator, Shannon Wilkinson, was in St. Louis last week for a visit. We held the workshop, Create Freedom and Ease with Habits and Routines, did some great bargain shopping at the Scholarshop and had some great discussions about our businesses.

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A very special opportunity

19 March 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’m really excited to be offering a special in-person workshop with my friend and Declutter Happy Hour partner, the fabulous life coach Shannon Wilkinson.

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A fabulous opportunity for personal growth

31 January 2012 | Comments [0] »

My friend and life coach Shannon Wilkinson is going to turn 45 in a little while. (Hard to believe when you look at that picture, isn’t it?) To put a positive spin on this milestone (which puts her into a different age group and jacks up her insurance rates), she’s doing a series of challenges related to the number 45. You can read all about it on her blog. In brief, between now and her birthday in mid-March, she’s exercising for 45 minutes, 45 times; she’s being still for 45 minutes, 45 times; she’s leaving 45 random love notes; and (here’s the part that could affect you), she’s offering to coach 45 people in 45-minute laser- coaching sessions for only $45.

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Low-cost ways to tap into my expertise

27 January 2012 | Comments [2] »

I love working one-on-one with clients (or supervising a team of organizers to help a client) and we get great results. But sometimes budgetary or geographic constraints make that impossible.

That’s why I’m glad to bring up some opportunities for ways you can tap into my expertise even if you’re on a budget or you don’t live in St. Louis.

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Here's your chance to Explore & Play More!

18 January 2012 | Comments [0] »

My friend and Declutter Happy Hour, Shannon Wilkinson of Perception Studios is a fantastic life coach. This I know from personal experience over the last six or so years. I’ve been lucky enough to do one-on-one work with her and know what amazing internal transformations she can help make.

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Goals, not resolutions

30 December 2011 | Comments [0] »

I’m not so keen on New Year’s Resolutions. I think we tend to make them when we get caught up in the hopeful feelings that a fresh, new year brings. But I think they’re frequently not realistic. And we don’t give them enough time. And when one goes by the wayside, we give up hope on all of them.

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Balance: $0.00

24 August 2011 | Comments [6] »

When I started Peace of Mind Organizing in 2005, I wasn’t afraid of investing in it. Organizing is a fairly low-overhead business, but I was interested in getting lots of training and benefitting from attending educational conferences with my peers. A look at my credentials page can give you an idea of how I spent money on my business and professional development.

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Listen in to some conversations with some smart folks

10 August 2011 | Comments [0] »

My friend, Maryann Devine of smarts and culture has put together an audio series, called Summer House, in which she has a conversation with someone who has something to share, as though she were sitting on the porch of her (fictitious) summer house chatting with them.

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Don't miss Explore & Play free coaching calls

8 July 2011 | Comments [0] »

Shannon Wilkinson of Perception Studios now offers free monthly coaching calls. This is an amazing opportunity to benefit from a really talented life coach who uses NLP and hypnosis techniques with absolutely no investment.

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Overcoming inertia

27 June 2011 | Comments [1] »

On Friday, I blogged about how I was going to work hard on Saturday so that I could relax on Sunday. That was my plan, rather than relaxing first or trying and failing to work on Saturday and then never getting to relax.

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Help for living your dreams

18 April 2011 | Comments [0] »

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a raving fan of life coach Shannon Wilkinson. She’s my partner in Declutter Happy Hour and has crazy mad skills at helping people make things happen for themselves. A skilled hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Shannon’s helped me immensely over the years.

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Taking time for yourself

7 February 2011 | Comments [1] »

One of the biggest pieces of advice I give to my clients is to be kind to themselves. That self-care is so often lacking. For many of my clients (the majority of whom are busy women) the biggest gift they can give themselves is time alone. A bubble bath. A cup of tea and a novel. Stealing away to a matinee.

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Getting past internal barriers

2 February 2011 | Comments [0] »

This the year that I’m all about creating new habits and routines. (At least so far.) In the past two months I’ve created strong habits surrounding cleaning up my yard and keeping the bedroom bureau top clear of clothing. I’ve also whittled my email inbox down to zero every day since January 2. (I’ll blog more about that another day.)

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How are those resolutions coming along?

10 January 2011 | Comments [1] »

It’s funny how the turn of the calendar page to a new year makes people want to change their ways and resolve to behave differently. It’s certainly true of me. While I haven’t set any resolutions, per se, I do set goals and I do try to create new habits.

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Why resolutions don't work (now with a workbook!)

15 December 2010 | Comments [1] »

Where are you on the New Year’s Resolution Continuum?

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You don't have to do it alone

26 April 2010 | Comments [0] »

Having just spent four days with professional organizers, who are among the most supportive and helpful groups of people I can think of, I’m pausing to think about how important support is.

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When is clutter a problem?

9 April 2010 | Comments [0] »

I gave a decluttering talk the other day and of the audience members asked, “But what if I get comfort from having all my stuff around me?” I told her it’s not a problem to be surrounded by her stuff — unless it is a problem. I asked her whether being surrounded by her stuff was affecting her ability to function. She said yes. So we talked a little about what happens when the cost of keeping stuff is higher than the cost of letting go of it.

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Ready to make a change?

10 March 2010 | Comments [0] »

I’m been fortunate to have a good deal of success in my life. Here’s one reason: I have a secret weapon, is my friend and life coach (and Declutter Happy Hour partner), Shannon Wilkinson.

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Follow up Friday

5 February 2010 | Comments [0] »

I wanted to update you on a few recent blog posts:

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How's 2010 looking for you?

27 January 2010 | Comments [0] »

January is almost over (already). As I’ve blogged about before, for the last couple of years I’ve been trying to add one big habit per year that will help me be happier and more productive. In 2008, it was clearing my desk at the end of the workday. In 2009 it was whittling my email inbox down to 15 or fewer messages every day. I’m going gangbusters on both of those.

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Why resolutions don't work (and how to get what you want anyway)

13 January 2010 | Comments [2] »

Where are you on the New Year’s Resolution Continuum?

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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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Quick update on my novel

20 November 2009 | Comments [0] »

I’m happy to report that I’ve written every day this month on the 50,000-word novel I’m writing for National Novel Writing Month. I’m well on track to accomplish my goal of the completion of a short novel during the month of November.

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Why I love Twitter

16 November 2009 | Comments [10] »

November 12 was the one-year anniversary of my signing up for Twitter. I have to admit that it took a little persuading on the part of my friend Shannon Wilkinson to get me to sign up. I didn’t get the concept and I thought it would be a mindless time suck. I had the rationale that I’ve heard time and time again from people who don’t understand Twitter that I didn’t care to read about the minutiae of other people’s lives, nor was I interested in writing about my own.

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The novel writing proceeds...

6 November 2009 | Comments [1] »

…which explains why the blog writing has dropped off a little. I’m very excited that I’ve been able to work on my novel-in-a-month piece of fiction each day since November 1.

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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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Stop the stashing

23 October 2009 | Comments [0] »

If clutter is an issue in your life, the prospect of having a dinner guest or houseguest can be panic-inducing. (Flylady calls it living in CHAOS, or Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome.)

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If you're into Internet marketing, here's a gold mine

14 October 2009 | Comments [0] »

I love exploring the possibilities of the Internet. It opens up so many possibilities, in terms of working with clients all over the world (the topic of the presentation I gave at the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers conference last month), working with organizers anywhere, finding great deals, and basically broadening my horizons. If you’re reading this, you’re probably into the Internet too.

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Facing down the fears lurking in the clutter

18 September 2009 | Comments [2] »

As Shannon and I discuss in Declutter Happy Hour, sometimes people don’t want to work on clutter because it’s just plain scary.

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We all have fear

11 August 2009 | Comments [3] »

Recently my husband and I went to a family reunion held at a ski resort in Pennsylvania (it was the end of June and there was no snow). He and I rode a chair lift up to the top of the mountain to enjoy the view. I don’t ski and I’ve only been on a ski lift a handful of times. Neither of us heard the mumbling attendant’s instructions to pull the restraining bar over our heads and lock it in place in front of us. So we were riding up the mountain with nothing preventing us from falling out of the moving chair.

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Have a Declutter Happy Hour any time you want

11 June 2009 | Comments [2] »

At the end of March, life coach Shannon Wilkinson and I started offering a four-week telecourse called Declutter Happy Hour.

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It should be easy

7 May 2009 | Comments [0] »

In working with my life coach, Shannon Wilkinson, I’ve discovered that my driving force is ease. I like things to be easy. That’s why I love living in St. Louis, where the living is easy (recent highway closures notwithstanding) and didn’t like living in New York City, where the hassle factor is high. Ease trumps excitement in my book.

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It's amazing what you can do in a half hour (or less)

27 April 2009 | Comments [4] »

As part of the preparations for Declutter Happy Hour, the four-week teleclass I started offering with Shannon Wilkinson last month, I’ve been doing a lot of small decluttering projects around the house.

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Why not lighten the load?

22 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

Over at the wonderful blog, Unclutterer last week, guest blogger Gregory Go offered up a guest post on the Seven Benefits of Decluttering. If you had any doubt of the benefits of lightening the load and letting go of excess (and they include financial benefits!), hurry on over there and check it out.

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The vanishing day

10 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

I’m writing this at 6 p.m. Six flippin’ p.m! I usually blog in the morning and when I mess up my routine, things tend to fall through the cracks.

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Declutter Happy Hour starts tomorrow!

30 March 2009 | Comments [0] »

Our first “Declutter Happy Hour” session begins tomorrow, March 31, at 2 p.m. central. If you haven’t signed up yet but are intrigued, head on over to the Declutter Happy Hour website and check it out.

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The power of 15 minutes

20 March 2009 | Comments [0] »

A decade ago, Flylady told me to set my timer for 15 minutes and declutter. She told all of her followers, “You can do anything for 15 minutes.” I’ve put that into use over and over again through the years. And I blog about it a lot because it’s so true.

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Announcing Declutter Happy Hour!

18 March 2009 | Comments [0] »

Recently, I’ve been blogging quite a bit about how hard it can be to get rid of clutter, not just because it’s hard work that’s difficult to find the time to do, but because of emotional barriers to the work, or unhelpful beliefs that get in the way.

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It's tax time!

23 January 2009 | Comments [0] »

I can’t believe I’m thinking it’s tax time and it’s only January. I literally can’t remember the last time I filed taxes before April 15. I think it was in the 80s, when I filed Form 1040-EZ. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been self-employed since 1995 and in that time I’ve probably have filed an extension more often than I haven’t.

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Atwitter over Twitter

25 November 2008 | Comments [4] »

My friend and life coach Shannon Wilkinson convinced me a couple of weeks ago to give Twitter a try. Until I spoke with her, I didn’t get it. Why would I want to post short little messages to a social networking site? And why would I want to read what others were posting? Sounded like kind of a time suck to me. Somehow I felt a little too old for it (which turned out to be ridiculous).

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Networking in PDX

22 September 2008 | Comments [1] »

As I mentioned last week, I’m in Portland for the Garden Writers Association’s annual symposium. On Friday morning, I met with two Portland-area organizers and bloggers (both of whom have blogs that have been my blog of the week), Krista Colvin of Organize in Style and Brandie Kajino, The Home Office Organizer. Here’s a picture of Krista, Brandie, and me, taken by my fabulous friend and life coach, Shannon Wilkinson, who joined us.

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15 July 2008 | Comments [1] »

I’m always struck how clutter gets in the way of life. I have many clients who constantly feel an obligation to deal with their clutter. They plan to devote a weekend to decluttering, then they start to feel overwhelmed, so they don’t actually deal with it. (Until they call me.)

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Have you tried a coach?

6 May 2008 | Comments [0] »

I was never one for organized athletics as a young person. I was on the sixth-grade girls’ basketball team at Green Park Elementary, but that was the only time I ever was under the tutelage of an athletic coach. (I know, very impressive.)

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