September 21, 2019

Closet Solutions

Closets are my specialty. There’s (almost) nothing as satisfying as being able to see what is in your closet and grab what you need easily without digging or asking where the heck that vintage Chanel blouse is. I like to empty the closet first, and make basic piles of pants, tops, sweaters, etc. Then clean […]

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July 11, 2019

When to Let Go

The only real estate we truly own in this life is our body. The rest is extra:  things, collectibles, what-nots, knickknacks, items, curios, baubles, furniture, clothes, trinkets, property, assets, equity, or treasures. Embrace that perspective and understand that whatever you decide to release is just a thing. Owning it won’t change who YOU are, but not […]

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July 8, 2019


Those of us who have lived and acquired memorabilia, collections, and ephemera eventually need to downsize. The decision-making process itself (true for any age when “de-collecting”) can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s a matter of what to keep and what to donate or sell. It’s so important to me that the client feels each item gets […]

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September 21, 2018

Are You a Hoarder?

Are You a Hoarder? The answer is if you think you may be, you probably aren’t. True hoarding is a psychological problem often stemming from trauma that has not been addressed or healed. There is a fear of losing control which typically manifests as a need to keep everything, even trash.

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September 30, 2014

Recycling “Type”

Recycling “Type” -Back in 1942 in Universal City, California, Maria Montez,  Latin-American movie star, and Gloria Jean, helped collect over one hundred typewriters for the Army, Navy, and Marines. Only machines manufactured since January 1, 1935 were commandeered; no portables were wanted. A telephonic dictation room was set up whereby busy executives can pick up […]

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August 16, 2014

Collecting Dos and Don’ts

To collect because of an article somewhere that said “someday these will be very valuable,” isn’t a good reason. There has to be a love or connection to each item in order to legitimize it.  Remember, even if you collect thimbles, too many end of being a jumble of clutter. And keeping a collection of […]

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June 9, 2014

Encouragement Story

The task of decluttering often seems overwhelming.  (That’s often why people call me.) If this describes your situation, here’s a short Loren Eiseley story that may be encouraging. “Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach […]

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