clearing my psychic clutter

Depending on your age, location and/or proclivity toward old shit, you may or may not have some experience with the mid-last-century cultural icon, Auntie Mame. The character, drawn in fiction by author Patrick Dennis from his real-life experiences as ward of his real-life aunt, is a free-wheeling spirit (or maybe a high-spirited free-wheeler) who exhorts […]

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When you take a cold, hard look at them, most to-do lists can be boiled down to a few essential items: work on something important and play with someone important. I cannot think of a more appropriate way to celebrate today, the fifth anniversary of this ungodly-long-winded blog, than doing just those two things. xxx […]

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I wiped almost a thousand people from my life today in less than two hours. To be fair, many of them were ‘bots, duplicates and other sync-rot from Google Contacts and Address Book. But a fair number were people, actual human beings, whom I’ve met along the way, one way or another, and either lost […]

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One old sock one cracked mug one pair of outgrown pants one set of unused silver One full-on ensemble of antique dining room furnishings worth their weight in baby pandas and the dreams of dead people One of anything now unloved still here will weigh you down will hold you back Will fill the space […]

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I’ve somewhat neglected the removal of digital clutter thus far in my quest, as I’m home amongst the physical stuff for now and will be removed from it for 2+ weeks while I’m on the road. I did take some putter-y, relaxation time to declutter my music files over the past weekend, though, and as […]

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Earlier in this hellish undertaking, I tossed off a remark about wanting treats, and wondered aloud what form they should take. Should they be consumables and services, things like journals and soaps, massages or coaching sessions? Stuff that I can use and enjoy, but that doesn’t stick around and add to the problem I’m working […]

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My favorite declutter types, Karen Rauch Carter (whose book I wrote about), Brooks Palmer (whose book and workshop I wrote about) and Karen Kingston (whose book I really need to get around to reviewing here), all use one common descriptor to characterize the nature of clutter: sticky. “Sticky” as in it sticks to what you […]

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And on the Seventh Day, the Lord said, “Clear that damn clutter off your calendar.” And so I did. And in its place, the Lord spitballed an idea for an uncharacteristically short, ultra-meta post. And it was good. xxx c Image by atomicjeep via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

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A lot of the feedback I’ve been getting on my wackadoodle, up-and-down journey through divesting has centered around the overwhelm factor, which makes sense: getting rid of anything is hard for a lot of us, and a kind of paralysis can set in when you’re getting rid of a TON of stuff. I had a […]

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I was hit by the blow of the decade last week: my beloved Café du Village, delicious, unpretentious and relatively reasonably-priced, indoor-outdoor French eatery on famed (and a wee too twee, but oh, well) Larchmont Boulevard, was getting the boot by the building’s owners. Or rather, they weren’t exactly, but raising the rent 100% overnight […]

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