"No, I Don't Need Your Stuff."

When she was downsizing her home, my grandmother would bring goodies on her visits. I didn’t know she was downsizing for an eventual move at the time or that would have given me perspective, I’m pretty sure. I was just…

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What's The Magic Organizing Number? Two Answers for You.

I get this question often as you might imagine. People ask it in different ways. “Is there a magic number for how long to keep my things? A year or something like that?” There are two ways I can answer:…

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Organizing Memorabilia

Before you dive in … Before you dive in to organize your memorabilia, think about your reasons for wanting to do so. Some typical possibilities are: Connect your present with your past. Honor the past, without getting stuck there. Pass…

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Organize Your Way through Life's Transitions

Your life is in transition. You’ve had a major life event occur, or maybe a series of them over time. While change is difficult, it’s that place in between the old chapter and the new chapter that’s even more difficult….

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The House that Mom Built: It's not about our stuff

This is the story of how a person’s legacy can live on, in a unique way, though honoring all she stood for. And it’s about a house, too. It’s a story of how we let go of the past, keeping…

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The Spare Bedroom Quandary

If you have grown children, what are you making of their bedrooms, now that they aren’t living with you? Saving the room as it was ? Using it for a “miscellaneous” room — the place you put stuff you don’t…

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