You know that fable about the tortoise and the hare?
Well, a lot of the change we hear about (and attempt for ourselves) is the hare kind. It’s big and sweeping. It’s flashy. It’s impressive. It’s immediate. (I always wonder: Does it actually last? Is the foundation strong enough?)
Today I want to talk about
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This post is brought to you by my dishwasher.
Well, and my washing machine. It helped a little, too.
Let me explain.
So, as you might know, my husband and I are working on cutting back. We’re doing it slowly, each getting rid of
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Everybody has favorite things: your go-to sweater, that well-thumbed novel, the mug you always pick when it’s time to make tea.
I bet you have least favorite things, too. I certainly do. And those possessions were the first to go when I started my decluttering project.
It didn’t take
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I have a confession to make. It’s about my decluttering project.
Here’s the Situation.
I don’t actually go around my house every day and pick a thing to get rid of that night. I discovered, through trial and error, that I don’t work well that way.
Instead, I periodically
Keep reading Why Do You Keep What You Keep…and How Can You Let It Go?
At the end of last week, I hit a major milestone: I opened my Etsy shop.
That was one of the first dreams I admitted to myself and started working toward, back before this blog even existed. It’s amazing to stand here and look back toward the beginning.
But I don’t want to talk
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Last weekend, I got rid of a bookshelf. Yep — we’ve gotten far enough into our decluttering adventure to start getting rid of furniture! I was excited. It’s the first big thing we’ve let go of.
But when I moved the shelf out of its spot and into the “get rid of” pile, I
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Three months ago Saturday, my husband and I made a pact: every day for a year, we would each get rid of one thing.
It didn’t take long for me to catch decluttering fever. I changed the rules: at least one thing a day, more if they were related (like a bunch of CDs, or
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As I let go of one possession after another, there is one fear that keeps coming up: What if I cut too deep? What if I give something irreplaceable away and then regret it forever after?
Perhaps if you’ve ever decluttered (or even thought about it), you know the
Keep reading How Do You Quiet the Fear of Cutting Too Deep?
Yes, these are my actual dishes
I discovered something about myself while cleaning out boxes recently.
I own not one, not two, but three sets of dishes. We’re talking salad plates, dinner plates, bowls, service for 6 or 8 in each set. Look at them — that’s insane! Granted, dishes are useful, so I’m
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A drawing of my parents on their sailboat done when I was 6
A few weeks ago, I shredded my old diaries. As in, with a paper shredder. Yes I’m serious.
I can hear you now: Why would anyone do such a thing? I know, right? Precious record of your past, snapshot of a
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