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She let go

  She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let…

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The 'junk drawer'

My 'junk'... this word is a shorthand for a complex mixture of precious and not so precious things. In the picture above are a deeply loved selection of stones, house keys, the dog lead...a number of useful things. The drawer's contents when  I found them were  made impenetrable not only by the drawer's muddle but by the fact we don't really have a helpful name for this collection of things, only an increasing sense of shame about it. Increasingly that made the drawer…

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From chaos to resourcefulness

  Resource no 1: your life story Stuff that is broken, out of date, or that refers to a life we don't live any more, doesn't serve us. In a cupboard, it might be choking shelf space that could be used for things we treasure, want to reuse or have access to for personal reasons. Safely disposing of a pile of broken suitcases might bring about an opportunity to store and re read old letters and go out in the garden with…

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On the cusp of something amazing

I just read this wonderful blog post by a woman called Denise Duffield-Thomas, who mentors female entrepreneurs. She talks about "decluttering as if you're on the cusp of something amazing" and that's a great mindset to be in when reviewing your year, reviewing the outcome of a period of study, whatever reflective process is going on. As we come to the end of 2015, it's a great chance to tidy up our act for the next year. I always say not to…

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Recognising ourselves as we are now

A great thing about a prolonged period of  'deep' decluttering and organising is that you become more self aware. It becomes visible that you are holding onto toys your child doesn't want and never did. It becomes obvious emotionally how your family are feeling about your stuff. Your own desires to keep certain items speak of their value in your life - perhaps they remind you of friends or of times you are glad of. They may also encapsulate very painful processes.…

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Tidying for comfort

As stress-relieving behaviours go, tidying has to be one of the best there is. It does not make you gain weight. It doesn't cost anything (although you may be tempted to buy stationery!) and it doesn't require special equipment. You can do it when it's raining outside and you don't have to be particularly fit. It helps with revision and providing a clear mental schema of what you need to do next. Oh! what joy! Some people require orderliness to improve mental…

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Hard Candy Christmas

I'm referring to the version by the marvellous Tracey Thorn. Naturally when you're trying to escape "Jingle Bells", it pays (in terms of quality of life) to listen to the more unusual stuff. And there isn't a better example than her "Hard Candy Christmas". For copyright reasons it's probably best that you imagine me singing it (which I do, with huge pleasure). Maybe I'll sleep real late Maybe I'll lose some weight Maybe I'll clear my junk Maybe I'll just…

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