What is the Playful Creative Summit? The Playful Creative Summit is a FREE 5-day long virtual conference for those those who need new solutions to existing problems, or have creative ideas but no idea of what to do with them. Play enthusiasts, professionals, consultants and curious onlookers are invited to learn how to play and…

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I’m spending down the strawberry jello, checking a couple of boxes off my anti-shopping list. There’ll be bittersweet embarrassment if I ever find out I’ve accidentally taken someone else’s idea: bitter because I’m proud of the idea, sweet because it’ll mean I read so many darn organizing books I can’t keep up with all my…

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Folks, Safeway Monopoly started on March 3. And I didn’t notice until March 16. Hadn’t put a reminder on my calendar to watch for the first day. Didn’t notice any of the tell-all labels on shelves. Me, the Olympian who’s already posted nine times about this ridiculous obsession of mine. And I don’t want to…

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J. Gordon Lippincott – evil visionary? Consummate consumerist, unapologetic con man of capitalism? Astoundingly Renaissance-Man-gifted artist, engineer and acutely-observant social scientist. I stumbled on Lippincott’s name while reading Garbology (pps. 66 – 68, 292), author Edward Humes. Humes assigns decisive credit to Lippincott for the invention of conspicuous consumption, defined by the online Encyclopedia Britanica…

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toddler boots

Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion I believe that some women have a better chance of filling their closets wisely, thus avoiding clutter, by gaining knowledge about how to dress and shop. Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion (publication date 2010) is one of the books I…

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Cane over chair

Wendy Sloneker, Grief Recovery Specialist® generously wrote this gentle, reassuring and informative essay for me after I remarked to her during a networking event that many of my clients are impacted by grief. I would never have known that so many variants of this emotion existed without Wendy sharing her expertise.   Thoughts on making…

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I attended a conference on hoarding disorder yesterday, 1/30/2021. Some of the materials reminded me of this book: Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life, authored by Gail Blanke and published in 2009. Ms. Blanke, from her book cover, is “a world-class motivator, a former columnist for Real Simple magazine, and the…

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Joe Average quietly walked into his house of worship and began to pray: “Creator, I’ve been a supportive, gentle and loving husband, a creative, playful, good father all my life. I want to win the lottery. It would just be so great. Creator, I’ve never asked You for anything. Please, let me win the lottery.”…

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I have a story of partnering with a client in her art room, which doubled as her file room. Magnificent space: her art on the walls, friends’ and family’s creations everywhere. Everything in its place, and a place for everything, supplies precisely at the ready in splendid wood cases to support inspiration. Her files, in…

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door knobs

To this very day, you can buy mood rings on Amazon, eBay and Etsy. I don’t wear rings. Mood knobs it will be. I’ve just gotten a small, inexpensive Ikea kitchen cart, finally going to really truly configure my kitchen for functionality, 11 years after moving in (Readers, you are allowed an eye roll here.…

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