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More Motivation for Minimalism

Me and my daughter on the ocean, near an iceberg.

I’m years into my quest for less, and the more radical decluttering I do, the happier I am. There’s an urgency to it now though, that has nothing to do with the delight I find in simplicity. It’s my children. The earth is on fire, and their future is burning along with it. Our home…

There’s Always Less To Do

notebooks with a to do list saying LESS ... and dance

Do you always get through your to-do list? If you're laugh-crying at such a ridiculous question, you're not alone. If your answer is "usually, not always" then congratulations, that's awesome! A) Tell us how and B) Are there things you'd like to be doing but can't fit them in? Maybe this will help. The key…

I Need a User Manual

picture of old house with ivy

I drafted a post about needing a user manual for my house. A few neurons connected and it became a metaphor for me needing a user manual, for me. My house is over a hundred years old. The exact date of its construction unknown, the kids and I held a birthday party for its centennial…

A Messy Relationship with Gratitude and Greed

Be glad. Be good. Be brave. Eleanor Hodgman Porter

I'm a glass half-full, see the silver lining through my rose-coloured glasses kind of person. At a summer job as a teenager, my co-workers made me a name tag saying "Painfully Perky". I fill the "Good Things that Happened" box in my weekly planner to the brim. I've lived through trauma and abuse, and -…

Excitement!

me looking very happy

I did a thing. A fabulous impulsive thing I'm so glad about! I didn't set out to do the thing, but it was meant to be. I gave them my money - threw all sorts of money at them - and got an email saying thanks, things fill up quickly so we'll get back to…

No Need to Keep Notes

blue box for recycling

I’m giving a presentation soon to a new group, who aren’t familiar with my radical decluttering methods, but they are professional organizers, so … I’m tempted to ask them: What will you do with the handout after the session is done? I love Marie Kondo's approach: “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw…

The Sky’s the Limit

I'm so excited to be doing a workshop at the Professional Organizers in Canada Annual Conference in Toronto this November! The theme is "Unlimited Potential: The Sky's the Limit" and I'm hoping to take that literally with a trip up the CN Tower when my kids join me on the weekend there 😄. See the…

Let’s Get Sentimental

kids' painted welcome sign

We may not yet have paperless offices, but times have definitely changed when it comes to keeping mementoes. Most of my kids’ schoolwork is done through google classroom, my ticket stubs and boarding passes are QR codes on my phone, and I don’t get many airmail letters with exotic stamps from pen pals anymore. Cleaning…

Short and Sweet

screenshot of short email

Want to get your message across better? You don’t need specialized editing or grammar software, you can tighten up your written work with any word processing program.  I’m getting lots of editing work these days (could be because my answer to those requests is always YES PLEASE! MORE! MORE!) and thought I would share my simple…

Facing Illness With Grace

colourful sunrise

How To Be Sick Well I’m a bit unwell, and writing what I need to hear today. Awhile ago I had a (congested) laugh when I was coming down with a cold and googled ways to think about minor illness. I’ll talk about the helpful advice below, but the funny one was an article about…