Tag Archives: Letting Go

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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What CAN You Do?

We all experience unfortunate situations that throw a big old wrench in our plans.  For me recently, the wrench was a power outage on a Friday morning.   Whatever its nature, the wrench is almost guaranteed to create internal dialogue like mine when the power went out at 8AM:      “Ugh!  How am I […]

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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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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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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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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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Pruning, It’s Not Just for Plants…

This past Sunday began with my noticing the herbs I grow in my Aerogarden were looking like more of a miniature jungle than a garden I’d actually want to eat something out of. Out came the scissors and the pruning began. The photo to the left represents the results of those efforts – a pile of […]

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Organizing for a Move

Over the years  I’ve helped plenty of people unpack boxes from moves that had occurred many years in the past, sometimes as many as 7-10 years in the past.  The boxes had sat unopened for so long because the stuff in them often should never have been moved in the first place. The costs incurred […]

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“Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life”

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  ~ Socrates Amazing to think the warning of an ancient Greek Philosopher,  born in 470BC rings so true today. Earlier this year I contributed to a blog posting for my colleague, Linda Samuels.  The topic was what I wanted more and less of in the new year.  My response: “I’m […]

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Got Shredding?

Seems that all of my clients are gathering paper for shredding right now. Must be something in the spring air (yes, spring finally looks like it might arrive here along the North Coast!) I recently spoke with Dana Mueller at the Shredding Network in Wickcliffe, Ohio about doing some shredding work for a few of […]

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What to do with old medication…National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Do you have old prescription medications sitting around?  If you do, you’re not alone.  The DEA, sponsor of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day reports it has collected over 2 million pounds of prescription medications in its five previous Drug Take-Back events.  Their next event is this Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10AM to 2PM.   […]

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