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A New Season: 15 More Things to Declutter Right Now!

Fall is here. Take advantage of the cooler weather as well as that sense of hitting the reset button that autumn affords us. It’s a new season and the holidays are approaching, now is a good time to clear out and edit categories and areas of our lives that we often ignore. Earlier this year, I wrote a list of 25 things to declutter, here are 15 more things to

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7 Fashion Faux Pas To Avoid

None of these “faux pas” has anything to do with telling other people what they should or shouldn’t wear or what’s in and what’s out of fashion. I believe people should wear what they like, whatever makes them feel most confident, from any store, or any era, and styled by any inspiration. After all, fashion is simply a form of individualized expression. However, here are my easy rules for avoiding

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What I Got At Brimfield Flea & Declutter (One In, One Out)

I look forward to going to Brimfield Flea Market in Massachusetts every year. I went to the show in May but skipped the July show. It was just too hot so I was filled with anticipation getting ready for last weeks show and the final one of the year. I took some photos of some of the marvelous things I saw but didn’t buy. I didn’t buy any housewares or

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How To Curate A Fabulous Wardrobe That You Will Actually Wear Using The One In, One Out System

I adhere to a strict One In / One Out Rule when it comes to bringing non-consumables into my house as a way of maintaining a grip on the amount of stuff I own. When it comes to my wardrobe, I take this rule one step further and use it to curate a wardrobe that I want to wear and makes getting dressed everyday fun. It also allows me to

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168 Cookbooks

This past spring was crazy busy and I didn’t get to focus on my cookbook challenge as much as I would have liked. However, I did manage to try several new recipes, repeats, and ultimately declutter four cookbooks in my effort to streamline my entire cookbook library down to books that I will reach for and use. Coming into summer now when my kitchen becomes a hothouse, I don’t know

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A Thrift Tag

I saw this thrift tag going around and thought it could be an interesting way to reflect on my own thrift store behavior and experiences. Ninety percent of what I own is second hand sourced, not only from thrift stores but antique stores, curated vintage shops, online, hand me downs, etc. Vintage collectors have multiple sources and thrift stores have a strong shopping presence due to the constant turnover of

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172 Cookbooks

I did quite a bit of cooking these past winter months. I baked a lot of bread and made plenty of soup. I’ve decluttered 18 cookbooks so far this year and now I am down to owning 172 cookbooks. My challenge to make a minimum of two recipes from every cookbook I own and decide whether or not to keep it continues. There have been several instances where I’ve come

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190 Cookbooks

When I moved apartments at the end of 2017, I counted all of my cookbooks and was surprised (not surprised) that I owned 219 cookbooks. Wanting to possess only cookbooks to be used and cherished, and not wanting to move that many cookbooks ever again, I presented myself with the challenge of cooking a minimum of two recipes from each cookbook followed by an informed decision whether or not to

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25 Things To Declutter Right Now!

A new year is upon us and there is no need to wait for spring to clear out clutter. I find it incredibly gratifying to begin the year with a deep clean, declutter, and purge. The positive impact it has on my state of mind is noticeable and allows me to focus clearly on starting off the new year just right by organizing my living space, setting goals, and making

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How To Get Your Life Back On Track In Three Days

I’ve had a busy couple of months with work, travel, and end of the year projects. I can get overwhelmed sometimes when things pile up due to a demanding work schedule thus having to push things to the back burner, or traveling and not being at home to get things done. Tasks and procrastination can stack up leaving me feeling a little paralysed. I was out of town again last

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