How to "make do"

How to "make do"

I read a fascinating article from the Center for the New American Dream on The Art of "Making Do." The author, in her late 30s, and her family had moved to the U.S. from Barcelona six months ago. Recently, her 8-year-old daughter participated her school's science fair. The daughter chose to research and study ladybugs, and she and the author put together a display for the science fair by using materials they had available in their home...

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Discovering joy

Discovering joy

This morning I took my usual running route through Piedmont Park. My mind was deep in thought as I stared blankly at the asphalt in front of me, when a sing-song-y, “Good morning!” jolted me out of my running trance.

Immediately, I averted my eyes to see 1) who sounded so happy, 2) was this happiness directed at me, and 3) to respond in kind, and realized the cheerful voice was…

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Ask an organizer: Is this the worst you've ever seen?

Ask an organizer: Is this the worst you've ever seen?


"Is this the worst you've ever seen?" might be the most common question I'm asked, especially during my first meeting (consultation) with a new client. Many clients feel embarrassed at the state of their home, and underneath that question lies shame, judgment and humiliation. Honestly, my heart breaks every time I hear it…

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A walk down memory lane

A walk down memory lane

Back in April 2015, I attended the National Association for Productivity and Organizing Professionals annual conference in Los Angeles as a fairly new organizer (LIVE WITH LESS was a mere 1.5 years old). I was excited to learn The Minimalists were the keynote speakers, as I’d been reading their website for a couple of years and was inspired by their philosophy about minimalism. 

I loved their presentation then and, after watching the conference recording again the other day, I still love it today! Thought y’all might be inspired as well, so here are my notes...

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The "toy detox" - an interview with an in-the-know mom

The "toy detox" - an interview with an in-the-know mom

I’m delighted to share with y’all an interview I had with a mom who recently underwent a move that involved packing most of her family’s stuff to put into storage for a couple of months while their new home was being completed. Since many of her children’s toys were packed away, I was curious to learn how her children dealt with having less toys to play with, and I was fascinated to learn what has changed as a result. Read on for Kayla’s story....

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