Dealing with the “It’s Too Good to Give Away” Syndrome

So, here’s the scenario: You are decluttering. You’re doing a stellar job.  Lots of things are ready to leave your house and you will have more clear space! Uh oh, but then you come across that complete set of china (or antique bedframe or leather jacket) that you no longer have any use for.  You […]

Creating Your Best Life

I recently started reading Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael B. Frisch.  I confess I was a little skeptical at first (and you know how much I love lists).  But after reading a couple of chapters, I was feeling a sense of possibility and enthusiasm […]

Memorabilia: What to Ask Yourself When Deciding What to Keep

A friend just emailed me asking me for some organizing advice.  “Is there any need to keep cards we received for our wedding?” The answer to that question would be different for everybody.  So here is the big question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to keep wedding cards or any kind of […]

Piles on the Stairs: Proceed with Caution

The other day, I put a couple of papers on the stairs to take up with me next time I go up.  I told my husband that’s why I put them there.  Then he asked a very sensible question: “Should we get a basket to collect things on the stairs?” NO! Right now, those papers […]

Creating a Home Mail Center

We may not be sending handwritten letters to our friends anymore, but there’s always something still in the mailbox.  I wanted to give you three tips on how to create a home mail processing center. 1. Assign a home for incoming mail.  Whether it’s the corner of the table in the hallway or a paper […]