Tag Archives: clutter clearing

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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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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Setting an intention for your home: sankulpa

By the simple act of setting up your space with intention, you say to yourself and others, “Welcome! I value you.” Continue reading

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The tragedy of Pottery Barn, Ikea and Craigslist…

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

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Making the Best of Impermanence (sermon)

By popular request, the text of a sermon I delivered on impermanence and change at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver. Continue reading

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An Afterlife for your Stuff??

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

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The spaces between… the lessons of ikebana

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

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Too heavy a load? Check out Miss Minimalist.

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

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