Chaos to Action

Last winter, I went to see my counselor feeling very overwhelmed with my surroundings.  I own a 4 bedroom house, 3 1/2 bathrooms, finished basement, kitchen with an island in the middle, and a deck right outside the sliding glass door.  Besides my husband, my daughter, and myself in the home, I also have a small dog, and 3 cats that run around like they own the joint.  My dining room table is cluttered with useful mail encased by the junk.  It get's really overwhelming to look at the pile of papers on a table, that is meant to be eaten on....more

tidying up

Okay, let's take care of some housekeeping....more

PSST.................What's in your Drawers?

OK, let’s talk about your drawers.Are you hoarding rubber bands, twist ties, shopping bags or you tell me?Why? You don’t need 1,000 rubber bands, 50 twist ties from your bread wrappers or 25 paper bags.Really, you don’t. You might need a dozen rubber bands and a few of the other things. Why do you think you might need them? If you can’t come up with a good reason let them go.And No a Rainy day is not a good reason.The better question is, how many have I used in the past 6 months? If you answer is none then you really don’t need them....more

My Thrifted Bar Cart


Use It or Lose It

Stuff.Grandma used her stuff. Her nice dishes, crappy dishes, heirloom thingies, left over grocery bags, whatever it was, she used it. And if she didn’t have a use for it, she’d say, “Hey, I have something for you.” And then it was your job to use it.I was retold all this over the holidays when my Aunt Maxine told me to pick out some of Grandma’s old dishes. “I don’t need all this and I want to get rid of some clutter.” I guess we know her New Years Resolution.I picked up a pretty, yet oddly shaped dish, and asked, “I wonder what Grandma used this for?”...more

Tidying Books, KonMari Style

I love books. My favorite job ever was a student job working in the library at the University of Rhode Island (probably because I never worked a shift more than a few hours long), and my favorite task was taking a cart of books to be filed on the peaceful upper floors.I still love going to bookstores and libraries, even though I usually get books online now. The library has seriously come a long way in a few short years in their ebook and audiobook offerings.Still, it's nice to keep a small collection of books that were purchased during the years of reading books not on electronic devices. I am not a huge re-reader of books, so the bookcase is more for decoration and the happy feeling it gives me to look over at it than functional....more
I did my books in the spring but I've been itching to take another crack at them.more

Life-Changing Tidying Method

I’ve always believed in the transformative power of cleaning up and organizing. Not only your house which is a good place to start with, but also your mind, experiences, your past and present, your thoughts.Everything you own radiates energy.Every little thing in your house, car, office, every file on your computer, every message and picture in your phone brings its energy into your life. Some bring vibrating, positive energy and some – low, stagnant or even negative....more

The Life-Changing Magic of a Tidy Closet

After I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I couldn't wait to get started on my own "tidying marathon". I still haven't finished tidying the whole house and I started this process over a month ago. But I KNOW it is possible and am so excited about finally getting "tidy".I'm not sure how long Marie Kondo's tidying marathons last, but if she were in the US or I were in Japan, I would love to enlist her services to keep me focused on tidying for however long it takes. As it is, I am doing this myself, motivated by the version of Marie Kondo in my head who paints a picture of me surrounded by only things that bring me joy, sipping tea in my perfectly tidy home and making time to do yoga and take a bath before bed at night.Following the KonMari sequence, I started with clothes, then moved on to books, then papers, and am currently on "komono" (pretty much everything else - which is a lot!). Today I share my dramatic closet transformation....more

Making Room for Mess

This is what my dining room table has looked like the past three days. See the basket? It was stuffed with pictures, awards, drawings and the like. You are witnessing the beginning of my latest project. Turning pictures into treasures....more