Tag Archives: downsizing

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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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 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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Feng Shui Funnies

I’ve collected a lot of feng shui-related cartoons over the years. Here are a few to brighten your day. 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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