think beyond tidying up

People always ask me what I think about Marie Kondo and her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." If you're not familiar with her book, TV show, or many, many appearances online and elsewhere, she proposes decluttering by letting go of items that do not "spark joy." And she's sweet and lovely, and her …

boston sunday globe

  No biggie. Just sharing an article from The Boston Globe where I'm interviewed. The SUNDAY Globe. In which I am quoted 3 times. On the front page article of the "Address" section. With color photos, and other quotes from folks like the style director for Joss & Main and the editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine. …

the ultimate decluttering secret

... the ease of shopping online is causing an epidemic of cluttered, disorganized homes, leading to unhappy families.

nobody’s perfect

I can create organization systems, but they have to be maintained. It takes a village, people. Here's a prime example. Remember this? After last Saturday's blizzard here in Boston, it looked like this: Accept the chaos, and know in your heart that all that crap has a home.

collections

My husband and I have a slightly klepto tendency to collect bits and pieces from the places we've visited: sea glass from the Jersey shore, coral from a beach in Mexico, stones from a river in Vermont, sticks from the forest floor in Northern California. I never unpacked our bits and pieces when we moved …

out with the old…

When we arrived home from spending Christmas with our family, an Everest of new toys came with us. Where were we going to put it all? I had already prepped my boys for the impending purge by saying, "For every new toy you get, we need to get rid of an old toy that's the …