There are a multitude of reasons I choose to live with less and embrace living more simply - here are my top three…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
I'm not sure if it's the Marie Kondo (author of the New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Joy of Tidying Up) effect or if more Americans are recognizing they might have too much stuff, but I've read a lot of articles recently about people's experiences with letting go of some of their possessions.Read More
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....Read More
A recent poll in Redbook magazine found that 8 out of 10 women consider themselves organized. And yet, nearly 3 out of 4 of those women spend 5-20 minutes a day looking for misplaced items every day....Read More
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.Read More
In the span of three years, my client lost both of her parents and her husband. It’s now been five years and she feels like the mental fog has finally lifted, and she needs someone to help her get her house organized so she can put it on the market.Read More
Two years ago, before I started my business, I thought long and hard about a name that would best represent what I do. When I came up with the name “Live With Less” it really spoke to me the way I hope it speaks to clients who need my decluttering services.Read More
My business is built on the fundamental idea that less stuff leads to less clutter which leads to more time to do the things you want to do which leads to more happiness. This TED Talk by Graham Hill is an excellent example of this philosophy.Read More
In order to maintain a clear, calm, clutter-free home, I’m constantly editing my stuff. Constantly. This applies to everything I own - furniture, clothing, kitchen items, bathroom items, accessories, decorative items, and so on.Read More
Every time I see a spinning pinwheel in someone’s yard, I think of my grandma and I smile. My grandma used to call them “whirligigs” and she loved seeing them. She passed away more than ten years ago, but memories of her are still fresh. Even though I don’t possess a whirligig doesn’t mean I don’t honor or remember my grandma.Read More
Sometimes people keep an item not because they love it or use it, but because they paid a lot of money for it. They may have bought the item in hopes of fitting an ideal or because they thought they loved it, and now they don't.Read More
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?Read More
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."
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...."Read More
Getting rid of stuff can be a highly emotional, highly charged experience. It's not necessarily something you want or will be able to do on a whim. That being said, if you're ready to sort and purge, I say go for it!Read More
Living in a 780 square foot space offers many advantages. Less area to furnish means less stuff to buy means less stuff to manage means less area and less stuff to clean. Since cleaning is one of my least favorite activities, I appreciate the time and energy saved by living in a smaller space.Read More
When you fill up your space with memorabilia from years past, it's quite possible you've got one foot in the past and one foot in the present. Not necessarily in a Back-To-The-Future time machine kind of way, but more of a This-Is-Your-Life time capsule kind of way.Read More