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Photos: this week

The work around here continues to be colored by my knee. Apparently you don’t just have ACL surgery and then hop up the next day to do the hustle. It takes six months before that can happen (and then another six months of intensive dance lessons from Leif Garrett). And so, two weeks (and change) [...]

Ok, no need to freak out now

Today is October 1. You know what that means, don’t you? Only 91 shopping days until Christmas.  Ok, 91 days actually seems like a lot, but what you need to do is to plan now, right now, to make this Christmas less insane than it has been in years’ past. First, eliminate anyone from your [...]

Taking a Break

I’m taking a break from the cyber madness. You know, we lost six weeks (more?) this summer to rain, and that sort of set me on the wrong path for how I wanted to be a summer parent (though, truthfully, I was already headed down that path). I wanted to have a schedule — albeit [...]

Decluttering Mom Psychologically Damages Preschool Son

Two-year-old Neighbor Boy: Look what I have! [shows off stuffed animal] Eli: Yeah, I used to have something like that. I once had something like that, but then my mom threw it in the garbage. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Decluttering+Mom+Psychologically+Damages+Preschool+Son’; addthis_pub = ”;

Try on everything in your closet

I was completely inspired by Michelle Slatalla’s recent column about cleaning out her closet. The idea is to try on every single item in your closet, get rid of things that don’t look good, and then I guess reconsider everything that does look good, so that you think about wearing that fancy velvet blazer with [...]

Makeup Bag Decluttering

I don’t really wear makeup. I used to, when I went to a Regular Job, but I haven’t in years. I don’t really have time, and Dave lovingly says I look better without it. Lately, however, when I look into the mirror, the image I see screams, “Dark circles! Old!” and it seemed time to [...]

Clutter Update

After my Goodwill haul on Monday, I did a thorough combing of the baby bins and took two huge bags of boy clothes to the 16-month-old across the street, and another big bag of clothes that would be too small for him went to Goodwill. I added a bit more to the bag of special [...]

50, 365, whatever, just clear the clutter out

Several people have asked me what I think of Gail Blanke’s new Throw Out 50 Things book. I actually read an article by Blanke in “Real Simple” about the benefits of getting rid of 50 things sometime in 2007, in the middle of my grand 365 Things Decluttering, so I wasn’t really surprised when her [...]

Tumbleweeds rolling through my newly-cleared-out inbox

The clutter in my email inbox has been bugging me since my massive decluttering, but I’ve only made sad minor stabs at it, until now. I got all inspired by an article in the New York Times, and finally cleared it all out once and for all. When I started, I had 1000 messages in [...]

Clutter Queen Indeed

You know what happens if you see a tempting-looking prize package in a magazine, and all you have to do is mail in a tip about how to set small goals, and you’ve maybe had a glass of wine and it’s 10:00 p.m.? You write up an email and send it in, and then completely [...]

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