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This is one of the better articles I’ve read about why people struggle with getting rid of clutter and other stuff in their homes. The sentimental thing is my biggest personal struggle.
Picture this: You decide to declutter your home, but despite your best intentions, 30 minutes into the project you’re surrounded by a pile of old college T-shirts, wearing a fedora you forgot you had, and sifting through your dresser drawer contents like they’re relics.
We’ve all been there before. Decluttering is difficult, and can often be emotionally draining, anxiety-inducing, or even painful.
Why is letting go of stuff hard?
Because — thanks to a few well-worn excuses — it’s insanely easy to justify why you might need to keep something.
But here’s the good news: The first step to letting go of clutter is learning to understand the fear you have about parting with a particular item.
Here are the six main reasons letting go of possessions is hard, plus tips for how to move past the fear and make more space in your home — and your life — for the things that really matter.
Creating a Cozy Life – Dealing with the Stuff
If you haven’t downloaded (and used!) the different things I’ve created to help with clutter and organization, here they are. They are all free and lovely so use them and benefit from them!
- Embracing the Simplicity of Homemaking (Subscriber PDF available)
- Weekly Homemaking (Cleaning) Checklist
- Home Inventory
- Clear It Out Challenge
- 5 Minute Homemaking Challenge
- Use It Up Challenge
- Getting Rid of Things You Don’t Need Challenge
- Laundry Room Cleaning Checklist
I don’t know who is behind this website, but this is the best source of easy-to-understand, even-handed information regarding perimenopause and menopause that I’ve found online. They recently redid the entire site, expanded it, etc. I have found it very helpful.
Without a doubt, menopause is a difficult life phase for most women as their bodies and minds undergo rapid and unfamiliar changes. Here at Menopause Now, we would like to be your companion on this journey by offering you reliable information and practical guidance every step of the way. Let us walk you through this time of changes so that you can pass through it feeling stronger and more empowered.
Could free-range kids become the norm again? from The Daily Bell
The fact that states have to pass bills to allow children to be free and parents to not fear punishment for allowing their children to do what was completely normal just thirty years ago is insane. But at least we are starting to realize that the current way of raising kids is not working.
“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” intoned a PSA from the 1960’s.
Today’s version is more like, “It’s 3 p.m. Are you holding your 12-year-old’s hand?” as people have become less tolerant of kids ever being unsupervised by adults.
But maybe, finally, the pendulum is swinging back toward sanity. That’s the case in South Carolina, which is considering a “free-range parenting” bill.
Death to the Open Floor Plan – The Case for Rooms from CityLab
Elsie from Richly Rooted shared this with me. I had previously shared a link about the decline in popularity of the open concept. If you like history and understanding how we got to where we are, you’ll like this article.
Much has been written about the open floor plan: how it came to be, why it is bad (or good), whether it should or shouldn’t be applied to existing housing. The open floor plan as we currently understand it—an entry-kitchen-dining-living combination that avoids any kind of structural separation between uses—is only a few decades old. Prior to the last 25 years, an “open floor plan” meant a living configuration without doors; now the term has come to mean a living configuration without walls. I will refer to the latter from now on as an “open concept,” in order to differentiate it from a traditional open floor plan.
In a recent essay in The Atlantic, Ian Bogost described a new luxury concept called the “mess kitchen”—a second kitchen out of sight from the main kitchen and the rest of the open plan. He cited it to demonstrate why the open floor plan and its rhetoric around “entertaining” have reached new levels of absurdity. However, to me, the mess kitchen offers hope for a transitional period where open spaces may become closed again.
I found this from a link to a link. I think some of you will enjoy these hymns from the New Scottish Hymns Band. I’ve only listened to a few, but I liked this one right away. If you go to this one on YouTube, you’ll see an entire playlist of their work you can check out.
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