Category Archives: Motivation

Couple different organizing styles

Finding Common Ground

As the old saying goes, “opposites attract.” One of the most common questions I get is about how to live with someone who has different views about keeping and storing belongings. Often, one half of a couple believes “less is more,” and easily parts with possessions, while the other half is more of a packrat, preferring

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man walking on hazy day

Hazy Days

Living in a Connecticut shoreline community, I periodically have the opportunity to get out on the water. I’m always fascinated by how different the view is from one day to the next. On clear days, I can see more than 40 miles to New York City where the Freedom Tower and Empire State Building decorate

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The Myth of “Must Have”

  The turn of seasons is around the corner, and once again the new lists of “must haves” are starting to appear. Magazines and posts are quick to tell us about the gadgets, clothing, apps, toys, accessories, and tools that are absolute necessities for the coming months. Conveniently, most of these pieces are accompanied by

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Not According to Plan

I heard a great story that shed perspective on what to do when things don’t go according to plan. A young woman had experienced several strokes over a period of months, and the medical professionals didn’t know why. A test had been scheduled for a Friday morning, and hopes were high that this would finally

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Getting Kids to Put Toys Away

Some things are inherently challenging: climbing tall mountains, losing the last five pounds, sleeping when you have a head cold, and getting your children to put their toys away! Research suggests that children flourish in an orderly environment, and yet they seem to consistently resist the tasks required to maintain one. This puts a parent

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