Decluttering: Garage Sale Week!

Decluttering: Garage Sale Week

This week, the path to a peaceful home requires dismantling our space and our schedule. Rooms are undone, and household routines are unrecognizable as we wreak this havoc. In four consecutive days of intense decluttering, I feel the house lightening up day by day. I feel me lightening bit by bit. Closets are being cleared, unwanted items have a chance at a new life, and we can feel the energy flowing through our home brighter and better than ever. The work of letting go of old stuff, even stuff we don't use, feels like both liberation and loss. My children rummage through the garage sale … [Read more...]

25 Reasons to Clear the Clutter

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I’ve always had a special way with clutter. We stick together—especially if office supplies and paper are involved. My college roommate practically deserves sainthood for the number of times she helped me box up pencils, pens, and paperclips, and more and more of them each time we moved. (Jen Anderson, I'll never be able to thank you enough!) But since becoming a mother, clutter has become more than a sticking point. When I’m overly stressed or sleep-deprived, clutter turns my irritation into a seriously dark mood. Suddenly, I can see only the flaws and the junk and everything wrong with my … [Read more...]