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Since Joy helped me arrange my offices I have twice as many clients and they stay twice as long for consultations. They love the vibe of the space.
Ronnie Noize, Marketing Coach, Vancouver WA
So many great colors! The painters are in heaven – the head guy said, ‘this is the coolest place I ever painted.’
Cassandra Sagan, writer, Portland OR
Joy's creative color choices transformed a former warehouse into a cheerful workspace that really supports our call center staff in the stressful work they do.
Liesl Wendt, Executive Director, 211 Info, Portland, OR
Our seniors really enjoyed your talks on downsizing and de-cluttering. You made them really think about their priorities. We all learned a lot.
Kasey Frazier, Outreach Coordinator, Clark County Sheriff's Department, WA
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Tag Archives: clutter clearing
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
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
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
By the simple act of setting up your space with intention, you say to yourself and others, “Welcome! I value you.” Continue reading
One of my clients, a recent widow, is downsizing. Her husband loved beautiful things – heavy silver from Tiffany’s, elegant Spode porcelain, Riedel wine glasses for every sort of wine, hand-made serving platters, artisan-made furniture. This isn’t little old lady … Continue reading
By popular request, the text of a sermon I delivered on impermanence and change at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver. Continue reading
I love the satirical country band, the Austin Lounge Lizards. (Among their irreverent classics: “The Shallow End of the Gene Pool”, “There Are No Banjo Players in Heaven”…) This song, “The Other Side” tickles my feng shui, clutter-clearing heart. If … Continue reading
Many years ago I studied ikebana in Berkeley with Soho Sakai, a master teacher of the Sogetsu school. Ikebana has so much to teach besides aesthetics and how to work with plant materials. Life lessons. I go in and out … Continue reading
Francine Jay, otherwise known as Miss Minimalist, writes a post on lightening your load for today’s Zen Habits. She says she learned a lot traveling around Europe carrying way too much stuff, began packing light, and now translates that into tips … Continue reading