When we first moved in, our unfurnished apartment had all the charm of a chain hotel: beige everything, utilitarian window blinds, dim overhead lighting. Despite this first impression, I knew the place had potential. It was one of the reasons we chose it.

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The idea of adults reading books written for a teenage audience is a fairly mainstream idea by now. If you know me at all, you know that I’m a big proponent of reading what makes you happy, and YA literature is my sweet spot for a variety of reasons.

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You can make anywhere a home: even a rental, even a renovation project.

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From here, we watch our kids run around with the neighbor kids, we hear live music from the town square a few blocks away, and we can see the porch lights from the coffee shop a block in front of us. It reminds us why we live here and why we choose to tackle this old cottage and make it our home.

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While I usually avoid fads, the decluttering craze sweeping America is one where I don’t mind jumping on the bandwagon. Until recently, I had never really completely finished a clutter-clearing project to the point where I got the buzz. In previous attempts I usually just gave up or ended the attempt out of exhaustion from all the decision making.

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Learning truths about yourself from the acts of decluttering and travel… it’s surprising what these vulnerable endeavors can teach us.

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