Category Archives: De-clutter, simplify, downsize

A minimalist’s holiday decorations

I know some of you get your kicks from decorating every nook and cranny of your homes with Christmas decorations: you have every kind of Santa; you have nativity scenes and train sets wending thru winter wonderlands; your roof is … Continue reading

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How to create an unfriendly home

Minimalism taken to the extreme in this Amsterdam apartment is just plain depressing. Continue reading

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Throw a “come and get it” party! Offloading for charity

How do you make disposing of your treasures easy and fun, while also benefiting  a favorite charity? When I was preparing to downsize to a smaller home, I sold what I could on Craigslist, but still had way too much stuff that … Continue reading

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This is “my” house

Are things or people or pets really ours to “own?” In the grand scheme of things, the answer is no. A shift in language helps loosen the grip of our possessive tendencies. Continue reading

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A Down-Sizer’s Blessing

Down-sizing necessitates a great deal of reflection about what is and isn’t important, and about what our Stuff means in the grand scheme of things. Here’s a blessing for the process. Continue reading

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4 ways your brain tricks you into keeping stuff

Marie Kondo’s clutter-clearing success may be because she understands how our brains trick us into keeping stuff. Can behavioral economic theory help us fight these cognitive fallacies? Continue reading

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How to dispose of what doesn’t “spark joy”

You’ve done a major clutter clearing, and now you have piles of stuff to get rid of. Here are links to 20 places to sell or donate or recycle it. Continue reading

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Clutter Class collectibles

Clutter-clearing class at Clark College – not just useful, but also a lot of fun. So much Stuff, so many stories. You never know what students will bring up. Continue reading

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Clutter Clearing Class at Clark College July 15

Got paper piles? Heirloom overload? Photo fatigue? Overflowing closets? Free yourself from the tyranny of Stuff with my Clutter Clearing Class at Clark College, July 15. Continue reading

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The best value home pick-me-up? Designers agree…

Eight Portland designers agree that fresh paint provides the best bang for your buck to spruce up your living room. Continue reading

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