Spring Cleaning – But Does it Spark Joy? – Part One

Yep, it’s that time of year: Time to open and clean windows, flip mattresses, clean bedding and pretty much what-ever-cleaning-needs-to-be-done-now-that-the-weather-is nicer and we want to get our homes spruced up! But, is it all work or could we have a different kind of motivation behind it this time? A young Japanese woman’s book on decluttering…

You’ve Got to Get This!

I usually don’t endorse a product but this month’s issue (April 2015) of Real Simple magazine is just excellent. It’s their 15th anniversary issue and literally I have torn out almost every article to use around the house! One article is “The Ultimate Life Handbook” which helps you organize, cook and clean everything. Another gives…

Spring is a Great Time to Simplify…and Donate!

“Simplify, simplify” is a quote from poet and author Hendry David Thoreau.  And that simple word is probably the root of what we should be doing in our homes because Americans accumulate just too much stuff.  We have storage containers piled high as well as overcrowded closets, attics and garages. And it has been discovered…