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Spring Cleaning and Clutter Clearing 2016

It's spring! And now that the bunny has come and gone and the eggs have all been found and collected, it's time for our second favorite annual springtime tradition - spring cleaning! We suggest starting with a good clutter clearing session followed by a thorough (and...

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Clearing Your Clutter, With Intention

Clutter clearing is a practice I have embraced since I was a child, yet even after all this time I continue to be amazed at just how good it feels to let go of things that are no longer serving me. Not only does clearing clutter bring greater peace and spaciousness to...

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Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to let go of what no longer serves you and make space for a magnificent new year! Each New Year we take the time to clear our clutter---physical, emotional, mental and energetic. As we strip away the non-essentials, we...

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How to Make the Most of a Move

When you move to a new home you have a fantastic opportunity to reinvent your life. It doesn’t matter if you're moving to a new country or a new apartment in the same building---you're not just setting up a new home, you're creating a new way of living. Between the...

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To Store or Not to Store?

In 2011, the self-storage industry in the US generated 22 billion dollars in revenue. And even though the average house is getting bigger, one in ten households now has a storage unit (an increase of over 65% over the past 15 years)*. Clearly storage is a popular...

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Solutions for Your Children’s Clutter

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of our children’s stuff---the outgrown clothes, artwork, schoolwork, sports equipment, musical instruments, toys, rocks, sticks, party favors and all the other things they get their hands on that eventually end up in our homes....

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Simplifying Your Child’s Room

I'm happy to say, I just finished clearing my children's playroom! This is the one room I avoided when I was doing my New Year’s clutter clearing---and for good reason! It is amazing to me what can my younger son can accumulate in this room. He loves to build and...

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Enjoying the Space

More and more I find my efforts in my home are less about decorating and more about editing, streamlining, and simplifying both my home and life so I am more present for what is. Unfettered by things, I am more available---free to go with the flow, join the dance, or...

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Organizing Solutions

  We have spent the past few weeks of our clutter clearing series discussing why we should clear clutter, types of clutter, how to clear, cleaning, and cultivating clutter-free habits. Now it's time to organize! If you have followed our tips and cleared your clutter,...

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What is Clutter? Defining the Many Types…

Last week we began our clutter clearing series by defining clutter as anything that we do not love, and we suggested taking the fifteen-minute challenge to get the process started and energy moving. If you took the challenge, then you have probably released the stuff...

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Free and Clear!

The more we clear clutter, the freer we feel. Make this spring the time to clear your clutter and claim your freedom. The less stuff we have to care for, clean, repair, maintain and organize the more time, space and energy we have for what’s truly meaningful to us....

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The Key to Clutter-Free: Making a Choice

Many of us have experienced clearing our clutter only to find it accumulate again (and again!), but the cycle can be prevented. At the root of the pattern of accumulating clutter is indecision. And the emotion behind the indecision is usually fear (the true source of...

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Time to Lighten Up!

I recently moved into a new apartment--a beautiful loft full of light that I absolutely love! As I was moving in, I realized I had the opportunity to only move in objects that I absolutely love as well. If you read this blog regularly, you know my sister and I often...

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Our Not So Simple Truth

After visiting a new friend’s house the other day, we were discussing how beautifully designed her home was and how she spontaneously and effortlessly cooked a delicious meal with tomatoes and herbs from her greenhouse. We both remarked on how this woman exemplified...

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On Simplicity…

I was recently clutter clearing my home office in anticipation of moving. While going through the bookcases, I looked at all the care, time and energy I had put into organizing all the papers and information I collected over many years into separate, labeled notebooks...

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Simple Home

How a Tear-Down, Temporary, Fixer-Upper Became a Dream Home A year ago my family and I spent a month in the mountains. Prior to this trip, I don’t think my husband had taken more than ten days of vacation at a time. This month was transformative in so many ways. For...

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Put Your Clutter On a Diet!

We're excited to share our second interview in a series of conversations with people we believe practice inspired everyday living! If you don't know her already, we'd like to introduce you to Lorie Marrero. She's a professional organizer, author of the Clutter Diet,...

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Living With Someone Else’s Clutter

If you’re the type of person who likes living in a clutter-free, organized space, it can be really frustrating to live with someone who doesn’t! I know from personal experience. Whenever my husband enters a hardware or athletic store he will always find something to...

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Getting Unstuck! What Are Friends For?

I recently returned from a trip to New York City. I lived there for about seven years and try to return often as I love energy of the city and always feel inspired when I visit. In addition, one of my best friends from childhood lives there so it's always great to...

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Simplifying and Organizing Your Home, Transforms Your Life

Close your eyes and imagine living in a home that is clean, organized, and clutter-free.  Everything in your home is useful, beautiful or cherished and sometimes all three.  Everything has a place and is easily accessible.  And the best part about this vision is that...

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