Sharing about Privacy

presentation abstract - full text is in the conference brochure link in my resources page

People talk about privacy laws and confidentiality requirements with worry and annoyance. I see it differently, and love talking about it in ways that inspire people. I got to do just that last week at a conference in Toronto.  I don’t have many specific goals in life - I’ve written about this before - but…

The Best Clutter

two cats looking out through a doorway

In the video called My Furniture-Free Minimalist Apartment Tour, I was charmed by Youheum Son, an extreme minimalist. I could listen to her soothing voice for hours, but it was the hope of seeing more of her cat, Boru, that kept me glued to my screen. I scrolled through many of her other videos, wondering,…

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…

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…

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…

Get Started Decluttering Your Workspace

series of different shaped lightbulbs

Here's a video with an easy exercise to make a difference in your workspace. I tell a story, and somehow make a connection between light fixtures and writing things down at work... There's some Marie Kondo magic in there too. If videos aren't your thing, read further below for a quicker version, and for how…

What I’m Reading Now

Essentialism diagram of chaos to order

I’m a big fan of meditation and yoga, and everything I’m learning about buddhism is bringing me more and more wisdom and inner peace. I’m also irreverent and sarcastic, and probably used to make fun of people who talked about ‘inner peace’. Life is messy 🙂  So, while my reading lately has been spiritually enriching…

Finish Chewing Before Filling Your Fork: A lesson in decluttering

food on forks

It was in an article about the Queen of England that I read about this habit. She takes a small amount of food into her mouth, puts down her fork and chews completely before loading her fork for another bite. As someone who approached every meal as if it were a speed-eating contest ... I…

email Magic

picture of inbox with 0 messages

At my work, we had a productivity expert do a training session with us, and she asked how many emails we each had in our inbox. The answers - in a team of 15 people - ranged from 4 to 800. Everyone on the team works in a similar job, with a similar volume of…

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