decluttering

Set Boundaries by Decluttering

Set Boundaries by Decluttering

Have you ever tried to let go of something that you knew deep down you didn't want anymore, but before you even get the chance to put it into a donation pile, a little voice inside your head convinces you to put it back?

I can't get rid of that...

I know the feeling, and many other women do too.

Maybe it's a gift from a loved one. Perhaps it's something you've been storing for a friend or family member until they get a bigger place. Or, it could even be the belongings of a relative who has passed away.

What do all of these situations have in common? They all involve other people's stuff.

How to Prepare for Downsizing

How to Prepare for Downsizing

People who are looking to downsize will often contact me for help. Whether by choice (hello new life in the city) or out of necessity, this can be an all-consuming project. It's hard to know where to even begin, let alone how to sustain the effort needed to finish.

How easy it would be if you could just rent a dumpster or two, fill it up, and call it a day. For some, that's do-able. For others, well, it's more complicated than that.

The Simple Wardrobe Strategy that Transformed My Closet

The Simple Wardrobe Strategy that Transformed My Closet

Have you been feeling blah about your wardrobe?

Maybe you've been feeling bored and uninspired. Maybe you've been struggling to put together your outfits. Maybe your clothes aren't fitting their best. Maybe you're just running out of space. Whatever the case, you're living the cliche of "a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear."

Oh man, have I been there. Many of us are in the habit of undervaluing our wardrobes. We let ourselves down by saying that it doesn't matter.

I know that for a long time, I dismissed my instincts to care about how I present myself as shallow. But it's not necessarily about other people's opinions, or fitting in with society, or about devaluing non-physical aspects of ourselves. I discovered that for me, it's about feeling my best and celebrating each day.

You Are the Queen of Your Home

You Are the Queen of Your Home

Recently I had the experience of parting ways with a housekeeper.

We were on our second cleaning with her, and it appeared that she missed something that I thought was to be included in our service. Hoping to clarify our understanding and negotiate what would be covered by our service, I asked her if she had time for a phone call.

At the end of our phone conversation, it seemed that we had agreed on what specific tasks would be included with the service. When I returned to my email on Monday morning, I was surprised to have received a message from her, expressing that she found my phone call to be "off-putting" and that she felt that I had accused her of not doing her job. Because of this, she stated that she would not be coming back.

This wasn't the first time I had to voice my concerns with this her. During our consultation, I expressed my need for green cleaning products and she assured me that was what she used in her work. The first time she cleaned, I smelled bleach.

At that moment, I realized I had to make an important choice. Let it go and accept the bleach even though I feel strongly about it not being used, or speak up and ask her not to use it again.

How to Declutter and Get Organized During Pregnancy

How to Declutter and Get Organized During Pregnancy

This is a long requested post that I finally feel qualified to write! It's true - I'm expecting my first child in September.

My husband and I feel incredibly blessed. For a long time, we didn't know if it would be possible for us. Now, though, I can see how perfect the timing is.

Confession time. For the first few years of my career, I worried a lot about how I could serve the women I felt called to serve without the experience of motherhood. I remember that being a heavy criticism about Marie Kondo when her book first came out.

I believe that it was easier for me to do this work on my own without young children to look after. I don't think the work I've done is going to make my life more difficult once I'm a mother if my pregnancy has been any indication of what's ahead.

I'm not used to my body not being my own, to needing naps, to needing to eat every couple hours. For better or for worse, I'm used to pushing through to get things done, and I'm realizing that's not a good option anymore.