This little lyrics snippet of a popular Christmas carol perfectly illustrates what being present looks, feels and sounds like…Read More
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for two very big reasons: 1) its focus is gratitude and 2) there’s no pressure to give or receive gifts. Gratitude and simplicity are two of my core values, all rolled into one big, beautiful holiday…Read More
If you were to open your pantry doors and take an inventory of what’s inside, what might you discover? This insight, my friends, is so valuable. It shows our disconnect between what we WANT to do and what we ACTUALLY do....Read More
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...Read More
Let's face it - we live in a stressful, hectic, busy world, and it can be difficult to find time for ourselves. This exercise by Margaret Townsend (thelivingbreath.com) from the August 2017 issue of Real Simple magazine can help…Read More
I've professed my love for my walk-in closet in previous blog posts, but haven't gone into depth on my clothing. Since I work with a lot of clients on their closets, I thought I'd share details on my side of the closet…Read More
What is it about guilt that makes us hold onto that ugly lamp that great aunt Sarah cherished, when it brings back ill feelings every time you lay your eyes on it? Guilt is such a powerful emotion, capable of turning even the most decisive of individuals into a waffling flip-flopper….Read More
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…Read More
From the June 2017 issue of Health magazine, in "Find a Deeper Happiness" by Ginny Graves, Graves writes about being rooted in the present moment in order to stave off feelings of depression or anxiety. Since I occasionally wrestle with an anxious mind, this excerpt resonates for me....Read More
"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…Read More
You can try a Closet Cleanse like I suggest in this article in the January 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine. Or you can take it a bit further. (Warning: This suggestion is not for the faint of heart.)...Read More
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...Read More
As I shared in my most recent e-newsletter (which, by the way, if you want to be added to the e-newsletter mailing list, please send me a quick email), I’ve been taking classes through the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) to obtain my specialist certificate in Life Transitions...Read More