Stressed? Remember to Blow Out the Birthday Candles

One of the best things to do when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or angry is to BREATHE. This is true for children as well as for adults. I teach the children in my preschool class to breathe deeply by pretending to “smell the flowers” and then to “blowout your birthday candles.” We even pretend […]

Great Quote about Liberation from Fear

A good friend recently shared this quote with me.  I had not heard it before (although it is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Address). “…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens […]

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 […]