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Decluttering and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

I need to buy a new computer this year. I have a six-year-old Mac with a 512K hard drive and it’s not long for this world.  I was planning to upgrade to a terabyte of memory, but was shocked to learn that doubling the memory would cost me $400! This quickly made me wonder how […]

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It’s the Holidays, Who Wouldn’t Want More?

It seems everyone I’m coming in contact with lately is adding one more task to their list or one more activity to their calendar.  There’s even a commercial on tv that challenges us, “Who wouldn’t want more?” As someone who is actively minimizing I’m paying close attention to the idea of “more.”  We’ve been conditioned […]

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Our Journey Towards Minimalism

It’s been almost a year (September 2015) since I shared with you in this blog.  In September 2015 my husband and I were on the verge of minimizing our world by moving to a smaller house nearer the city center and closer to my husband’s office and our favorite activities.  It was a move that would […]

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What Happens to Your Social Media & E-Mail When You Die?

Good morning to you all.  I know it has been a while since one of my posts has landed in your inbox.  Thank you to those of you who emailed to tell me you missed the postings.  I appreciate you understanding my taking the summer off to spend more time with my kids who were home […]

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De-cluttering? Honor Who You Are Now & Who You’re Becoming

I’d like to share a comment from a reader who played the #MinsGame in February.  She was excited to report the release of a significant number items and sent me the following message: Hi, Andrea – week one of the challenge – Collected things throughout the week and escorted them out of the house today. 28 items and […]

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Commitment Clutter & the Arrival of Spring

Spring has sprung and I wish I could say these beautiful blooms are residing in my garden, but alas, winter, not aware of the calendar, is too slowly releasing its grasp on the North Coast.  I am confident though that within the month spring flowers will be blooming somewhere along the shores of Lake Erie.  Where ever and […]

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Your Turn: What Are You Most Proud of Releasing in February?

February has come and gone.  A number of you played the #MinsGame along with me in February, venturing to release 406 items over the course of 28 days. Today I’m anxious to hear your success stories!  What was it like attempting to meet this goal?  How many items did you end up letting go of?  What are […]

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Greener Resources for Disposing What You’re Releasing

This is a big month for releasing!  I’m playing the #MinsGame with a number of you this month.  I’m also helping a couple of clients work to keep as many of their discards as possible out of the landfill.  I’ve written about some greener disposal options previously, and today I want to share a few of my […]

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The #MinsGame ~ Want to play?

A few months back I shared the story of my sister and I playing the #MinsGame  (created by The Minimalists and formally known as the Minimalism Game). The basic premise of the game is to compete against yourself or others in releasing unneeded items from your life.  In playing the game in October, my sister and […]

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Our Skipping Christmas Experiment & Its Results

I recently attended a monthly meeting where a couple of people stopped to ask me how my holidays were.  This wasn’t casual conversation though.  They were genuinely curious because they had last seen me in mid December when I shared that my family was experimenting with skipping Christmas in 2014.  When I shared the results, […]

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Tools for Getting Clearer on Your Goals

I spent some time with my vision board this past weekend, with the intention of getting clearer on my goals for 2015. I last wrote about my vision board a couple of years ago.  Here is a little of what I shared about a vision board then: A vision board is a collection of visual images […]

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Less is Definitely More When You Play the #MinsGame!

Have you played the #MinsGame yet?   It’s the creation of Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, two guys originally from Ohio who are now known as The Minimalists. The rules of the #MinsGame are simple.  A new #MinsGame starts on the first day of each month.  On the first day you release one item by […]

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How Could You Benefit From a Support Team?

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time of late helping clients upgrade their support teams. Support teams are beneficial because we can’t do everything ourselves and the people you may already have supporting you most likely can’t support you in all the ways you need. I’m guessing you already have people on your support team – […]

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Linking Could be Your Answer to Creating Habits

We’ve all heard the saying that it takes 21 days to create a habit.  It’s really a myth, but one that perpetuates none the less.   It’s said those of us with ADHD have an even tougher time than the general population with habit creation because of our challenges with self regulation.  But, if creating […]

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You Don’t Need More File Drawers, You Just Need to Keep Less Paper!

It’s amazing how many people I come in contact with who are overwhelmed by the amount of paper in their lives. Paper is an equal opportunity stressor.  It doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make, where you live or your level of education.  Only those individuals who’ve created a foolproof system for […]

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Essentialism: Some Thoughts on the New York Times Best Seller by Greg McKeown

I recently finished Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, which is essentially about how to live a more purposeful, focused and intentional life.  I’ve been experimenting with minimalism: actively reducing my number of possessions and the number of commitments in my life.  As such, I was intrigued by the idea of essentialism. […]

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Free Up Bandwidth by Sharing Ideas

I was lucky enough to spend some time this past Sunday with my colleague Francis Wade, time-based productivity expert and author of Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure  and the upcoming book Perfect Time-Based Productivity – A Professional Approach, due out this fall. Francis was visiting Cleveland from Jamaica and as I showed him the sights around […]

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