A Junk Drawer Makeover

We all have them – those pesky, overstuffed drawers filled with random bits and bobs we don’t know what to do with. Even though they seem benign enough, I believe these drawers take up mental energy and make our days less efficient and productive. I decided to banish my “junk drawer” in favor of a…

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When Your Family Doesn’t Want to Declutter

I’ve been working with families and couples for almost ten years, and one of the biggest themes I’ve come across is the disconnect that often exists between people who live in the same home when it comes to organization and decluttering goals. I’ve seen couples who were on the brink of divorce over the contents…

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Two Steps to Organize Anything

Years ago my husband bought a new camera. It came with cords and a battery pack and all sorts of annoying accessories. They ended up strewn all over our house and here’s why: They did not have a designated place to go. Once I figured this out, the solution was simple. I designated a basket…

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A Pre-Holiday Edit: Kids’ Edition

Every year, before the winter holidays, our family does a major clean out to make room for the inevitable gift haul that will be entering our home. This is the perfect time for an edit, because the kids are incentivized to let go of some of their old stuff to clear space for the new…

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The Rule of One

I had three pairs of sunglasses… and none of them were great. All of them had been purchased spontaneously or had come to me by chance. I had the pair I bought in Tokyo for twenty dollars because I forgot to pack sunglasses, then there was the pair I bought at a gas station on…

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How to Take Control of Your Day

We got a puppy. Long story, but my kids wore me down and now we have a very active Mini Australian Shepard who likes to chew through things like pillows and lamp cords. Needless to say, it’s been challenging to take care of business as usual. The other day, I got nothing done. I didn’t…

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Virtual Workshop w/ New Minimalism

Back by popular demand! I’m so excited to partner again with my friends, New Minimalism, to host a live virtual workshop for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. The Details: The workshop will be live on Tuesday, October 23rd @7pm PST and a replay will be instantly available for those who can’t make it live. The content…

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Kitchen Reno Reveal with Real Simple Magazine

It’s been so hard to keep this a secret, but the big day is finally here: Our kitchen reno is complete, and I’m sharing my top, budget-friendly kitchen makeover tips with Real Simple Magazine! You can read the story with all of my tips right here, but I also wanted to share some extra images…

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Ask Shira: Should I Sell or Donate?

A question that’s been coming up a lot – both in the virtual program and in my in-person work with clients –  is how to handle the items you want to let go of.  Should you sell or donate the items you no longer want? I’ve given this topic a lot of thought, and I…

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Fall is my absolute favorite season for fashion (bring me all the boots and cozy knits, please!). Since I’ve been trying to practice the French 5-Piece Wardrobe System, where you only add a handful of items to your wardrobe each season, I have to be very intentional with my purchasing this season. I’ve created a…

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