Posts Tagged ‘emotional clutter’

Seven Ideas to Sort Through Sentimental Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2017 | 18 comments

Although I am almost always in favor of purging, I’m also not a total scrooge… so I don’t expect everyone to be able to easily part with all their sentimental or emotional clutter, just because I say so!

Today, I’m sharing 7 ideas to help you sort through, purge, and repurpose some of your sentimental stuff!

10 Ways to Repurpose a Wedding Dress

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2016 | 53 comments

May is often considered the start of “wedding season” here in West Michigan — so since May is almost here, I thought it might be fun to share a whole bunch of ideas to repurpose your wedding dress.

I’m also sharing some oldie-but-goodie pictures from Dave and my wedding… almost TEN years ago already!

10 Excuses We Make to Keep Our Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2013 | 44 comments

When it comes to the clutter in our homes and lives, it’s often much easier to make excuse after excuse, listing all the reasons it might actually be best to KEEP our clutter than to actually make work of getting rid of those things we no longer need, use, want, or love.

Sound familiar? If you’ve been making excuses to keep your clutter, I hope that today’s post might be the “wake-up call” that motivates and encourages you to clear some of the clutter from your home and life!

Our Memory Boxes

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2013 | 17 comments

Since today is Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to share how I organize our Memory Boxes — yes, believe it or not, we DO have 2 Memory Boxes!

Want to see what we keep in our Memory Boxes? Keep reading…

Why I Write Everything Down, and How I Do It

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2012 | 37 comments

So I know I’ve mentioned {several times already} that I write everything down… and I honestly do. I have my planner and a pad of paper with me where ever I go… and am constantly adding things to my lists {even in the middle of the night}.

Today, I’m sharing a few tips for both HOW and WHY I write everything down… and I’ve love to know if you have any tips or suggestions to add.

Do You Have Silent Time?

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2012 | 34 comments

I love quiet. I always have. Maybe it’s my opportunity to clear the clutter from my busy brain… but I feel like I need at least a small chunk of silence every single day.

I never listen to the radio, I don’t have any songs on my computer, I keep my phone on vibrate, and I rarely watch TV. However, after Nora was born, my silent time was gone… until I recently figured out a way to reclaim it again!

Emotional Clutter and My Grandma’s Sewing Treasures

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2011 | 22 comments

Today, I’m revisiting the issue of “sentimental” or “emotional” clutter and how great it is when you can actually USE something that is also very sentimental.
When my grandma died a few years ago, I was the only grandchild who knew how to sew — which meant I was “willed” her oldie-but goodie sewing machine…and ALL her sewing supplies.

See how I manage to actually use this otherwise “sentimental clutter”!

What I Did with My Wedding Dress!

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2011 | 54 comments

Where’s your wedding dress? If you’re like most women, it’s carefully preserved, in a box, taking up loads of valuable storage space somewhere in your house. Or maybe it’s just hanging in your closet — still taking up equally as much storage space. Or maybe it’s in the attic, or the basement, or the garage, or… Wherever it is, there’s a pretty good chance you will never wear it again. You’re just storing it… because! A wedding dress is one […]

Keepsakes and Family Heirlooms

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2011 | 32 comments

Over the past few months, I’ve received several emails asking how I deal with keepsakes, family heirlooms, and emotional clutter. Well, to be perfectly honest — if I don’t want it, I don’t keep it. I’m not emotionally attached to anything so it’s really easy for me to toss {sometimes too easy!}. However, I know most people are not like me, so I thought I’d share a few tips…and a recent experience with one of my clients. Earlier this year, I worked […]

How I Organize My Ideas

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2011 | 2 comments

source I often have so many ideas floating around in my head — ideas for house projects, ideas for my business and website, ideas for dinner, ideas for gifts I could buy, things I should do, errands I have to run, etc. etc. However, the more ideas I have, the more overwhelmed I start to feel. And the more overwhelmed I feel, the likelier it is that I will forget my ideas. It was overwhelming! So I Organized My Ideas. Read all […]

All These Things — Inner and Outer Clutter

posted by Andrea | 12/31/2010 | 2 comments

The following is a guest post from Barb Reichow; organizing coach, home management expert, and owner of Life in Order. There is a ton of information to digest here, but if you have ever struggled with clutter in your home, family, work, or life — this article is a MUST READ {which means we should all read it!} So, as you enter into a brand new year, full of potential, remember that a life of order, simplicity, and organization IS possible. Happy New […]

Love It or Lose It

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2010 | 6 comments

Is it time for you to eliminate some of the clutter from your home and your life? You know it’s time to get more organized if… You can’t close your closet doors You open your cabinets and wonder what will fall out You don’t need to dust anymore — because all your surfaces are covered with junk Your junk drawer has morphed into a junk room Your storage area has reached capacity You can’t park your car(s) in the garage […]