Embracing Good Enough

Do you ever feel stuck in your life because you want everything to be perfect? Do you get bogged down with goals or projects because you want everything to be just right? As a a card carrying member of the perfectionist club, I have decided to shift gears and learn how to embrace good enough….

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How to Slow Down: 5 Simple Hacks

I was moving too fast as usual. Racing down a steep hill in San Francisco to go move my car, I tripped and badly fractured my foot. “No weight bearing of any kind for two months,” the doctor instructed following my x-rays. When I explained that I had a business to run, and two young…

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Managing the Desire to Consume

Recently, I’ve been trying to pay close attention to when and why we have the impulse to consume. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes, a trip to Europe, or a magazine at the drugstore, our human desire to buy something seems to fall into a few categories. Below, check out the most common “spending…

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What to Keep When Someone Dies

When my father died unexpectedly five years ago, I found myself faced with the daunting task of sorting through his entire home and deciding what to keep. As a professional home organizer, I coach my clients and friends on how to make these decisions all the time. I have the tools and the training to…

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How to Recharge with a Digital Detox

So, here’s what happened: My eight year old daughter recently asked me, “why are you always on your phone or computer?” I was stunned. It didn’t used to be like this. I was the last of my friends to get a cell phone and only bought a lap top computer for my business last year. Over…

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5 Ways Less Stuff Will Improve Your Life

A friend of a friend came over recently and asked for a tour of our house. She walked around curiously opening doors and peeking into drawers before stating, “You have everything you need and nothing more.” I would actually argue that we still have much more than we need, but I took her comment as…

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5 Simple Life Hacks From a Sustainability Expert

As the mother of two young children, I feel a responsibility to create a home that is free of toxins and as environmentally sustainable as possible. The challenge is, with an abundance of information that seems to be constantly shifting, it’s hard to feel confident about where I should invest my time, resources, and energy. Meet Friday, a…

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New! Spring Cleanse Mini Retreat

The Closet Makeover Workshop sold out in record time, but not to fear! I am thrilled to be partnering with The Mobile Mat to bring you a brand new offering for spring. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to treat yourself or a loved one, this one day mini retreat is designed to renew your body and mind,…

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Interview with My Minimalist Brother

A funny thing happened. I realized recently that while I strive to embrace minimalist principles, and experiment with capsule wardrobes, my brother, Max, is a real life all in minimalist. Everything he owns can fit in a single backpack. He wears a basic uniform every day. He travels often. He doesn’t let stuff distract him….

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Put Your Money Where Your Values Are

Question: Is your spending aligned with your values? I’m asking this because I recently realized that my finances and current spending patterns did not reflect my deepest values at all – unless my deepest values are eating sushi and pretty woven baskets! The reality of my spending came as a quite a shock, especially since I…

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