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To keep or to purge, that is the question

I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have packed up 26 (read more…)

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The thrift store can be your (nearly free) storage unit

The other day, my friend said something unassuming and uneventful, but it stuck with me for weeks and has changed the way I think about some stuff. She and her family live in an incredibly small-but-functional space, so Kyle (my husband) asked her if she also has a storage unit somewhere in town. She doesn’t. (read more…)

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The powerful difference between organizing & decluttering

Since we’ve been back from our spring-long road trip, I’ve been getting rid of a lot of stuff. I mean, a LOT. Partly this has to do with our family’s upcoming Big Trip, which is rapidly approaching, but it’s also because I was reminded of something valuable while we were on the road for two (read more…)

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When less is more

As you start this week, may you strive for less instead of more. May you crave the beauty of just one flower or one shell on the beach or one perfectly-placed photo. And when the noise gets loud, may you remember to close out all the tabs in your Internet browser to read only the (read more…)

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One simple way to avoid identity theft

In light of the Heartbleed bug mess, this seemed like a timely topic to revisit. Ready to be scared a little bit? The odds are very, very good that — at some point in time — a website you use has been hacked, and your e-mail and password from that site have been compromised. Ready (read more…)

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