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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Say it, Martha!

Say it, Martha!

I love to read magazines. At the end of a long day, the ones to which I subscribe are a fluffy-mind-retreat filled with inspiration and ideas. For those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years, you know I like to share content I find share-worthy, especially when it directly supports what I do as a professional organizer....

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What if my children want this someday?

What if my children want this someday?

Downsizing has become more and more popular as empty-nesters decide to ditch the suburbs to move closer to the city after their children have moved away. Oftentimes, empty-nesters also give up square footage when they move from a home in the suburbs to a condo or townhouse, which means they’re forced to evaluate their stuff to figure out what will fit in their new space versus what they can let go of.

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Travel light

Travel light

When packing for a trip, paring down to the basics is not only practical, it’s also easier. Less stuff to schlep around is also much less stressful.

Do you really need to pack three pairs of shoes? Or could you get by with just two pairs? Can you mix and match your tops and bottoms? If you are flying someplace where you might need to wear layers, could you wear a cardigan on the airplane instead of packing it in your suitcase?

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Share an experience, not stuff

Share an experience, not stuff

Fictitious conversation between me and a client:
Me: "Tell me about this piece of jewelry."
Client: "I got it as a gift from my friend so I guess I should keep it." (or son, daughter, spouse, mom, etc.)
Me: "Do you love it?"
Client: "No, I don't - I don't even like or wear jewelry, but my friend gives me jewelry every year for my birthday."
Me: "Hmmm, does your friend (or son, daughter, spouse, mom) know you don't like or wear jewelry?"
Client: "No, I haven't told her."
Me: "But if you don't enjoy it, what if you let your friend (or son, daughter, spouse, mom) know you'd rather spend time with them instead of receiving a gift? Would you feel comfortable talking with them about that?"
Client: "Yes, that's a good idea."

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We expand to the space in which we inhabit

We expand to the space in which we inhabit

Human beings are a little bit like a raw egg in a frying pan. As the egg is dropped into the pan, the egg white starts to spread out in every direction.

Similarly, when a family chooses to upsize to a larger home, oftentimes they immediately run to the store to purchase more stuff (furniture, tchotchkes, etc.) to fill up any remaining empty space. I hear it all the time: "Well, we had the space for it, so we bought x and y...."

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