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It’s okay to donate your nice things

January 16, 2023 |

  I’ve heard my clients say this more than once…….”Jill, this is too nice to give away!” My response is, “yes, that’s a nice __________, but here’s the thing, thrift stores LOVE nice things.” Clients often believe they should sell their items rather than donate them because it feels wasteful and they want to recoup some…

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Our tree topper has had a good run

December 1, 2022

This star has topped our tree for 24 years. This year of all years the star refused to light up, go figure. Our $10 star had a good run. I remember shopping for this star with my mom after she saw our star-less tree. A tree without a topper was unacceptable to my mom. She…

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Nifty Gifty Ideas for any Holiday

November 26, 2022

I stink at choosing gifts because I agonize over each gift, buy it, return it and cross my fingers they like it.  Then I wised up and decided to stop buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff.  It didn’t feel aligned with who I am (the Queen of decluttering). If you want to be…

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Follow my system to organize your home

August 16, 2022

Since I started painting as a hobby in 2020, I notice that the organizing and painting processes have some similarities. It starts with a goal.  In my mind,  I’ll have an image of the completed painting I’m aiming for. Just like an image of the uncluttered space you have in mind. Getting started can be…

if not now then when sign

It’s a waste of time to wait until you’re READY

June 15, 2022

Are you waiting until you feel READY to start organizing, decluttering, and letting go? That day may never come, so let’s do it anyway. You might as well start before you think you are ready otherwise nothing will improve. Let me tell you about my sister Chris. She’s retired, lives in Florida, and has ADD.…

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Get organized with virtual support from a professional

May 7, 2022

My virtual client transformed the top of her dresser! Isn’t this wild? (photos were shared with client’s permission)  And no, she did not shuffle the piles elsewhere, instead, she found homes for everything. It’s now a gorgeous dresser with sorted-out drawers. Clothing that was on its surface found a new home. The boxes of odds…

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It feels great to be prepared and organized for your death

March 7, 2022

Most of us like to avoid thinking about leaving this earth.  One of the best gifts you can give the loved ones is to tell them your end-of-life wishes and to have your important papers organized and easy to find. The box in the photo is what my dad referred to as his “death box,”…

your stuff doesn't care if you love it

Downsizing when it gets emotional

January 26, 2022

Downsizing is emotional for humans. You might feel bad about letting things go but your stuff doesn’t care whether you keep them around, toss, recycle or donate them to the nearest thrift store. Acknowledging this might make the downsizing process a bit easier. We have to feel the feelings, deal with them, and heal our…

making decisions is hard

You are capable of doing hard stuff

November 2, 2021

This is hard! That’s what my client repeatedly stated as she sorted out a bin. I’m not going to deny this. Making decisions and dealing with stuff is hard. She didn’t quit though. I held space for her and oozed support. I listened without interrupting.   Bit by bit, the decisions were made and she…

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I wanted to give up.

October 20, 2021

I barely made it to our destination on this hike.  A cirque on a Colorado mountainside. Did you spot me in the lower righthand corner of the photo surrounded by expansive mountains? It felt incredible to get to this spot, sit down, breathe normally, refuel and take some time to enjoy nature while scanning the…

moving boxes

You don’t have to live like this

June 1, 2021

The boxes haven’t been unpacked even though you moved a million years ago. Or, you moved last month, and the remaining boxes feel so hard.  This I understand; you’re overwhelmed.? ? It’s easy to avoid unpacking boxes, especially when you’re able to hide them in the basement, garage, or closet.  But they are still there……taking…

Is it just me who needs more space?

April 12, 2021

You aren’t the only one with too much stuff and too little space. Here’s a solution to regaining control. If you can’t shut the closet or cabinet door, then remove some items until it all fits and the door closes. Look for things you don’t use or don’t like. Do the same when a drawer…

doante nice stuff

SHOULD isn’t a good reason for keeping things

February 26, 2021

Let’s talk about NOT “shoulding” on yourself.  I’ll share some examples. * I should keep this because I spent $$ on it. This is a sunk cost. We buy things to use and enjoy and then pass them along if they no longer serve us. * I should save this awful piece of art my…