This April 15, 2020 article by UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center affiliates Michael Amster and Jake Eagle, “Stuck at Home? How to Find Awe and Beauty Indoors” is just amazing. The subtitle “During quarantine, you can gain a sense of perspective by discovering what’s wondrous in the clutter of your home.” caught my eye.…

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The Pacific Northwest has been, by my weakling standards, COLD, and by anybody’s standards dangerously (multiple-car, multiple-blocked-lane pile-ups) rainy. Hide-at-home movie time. I like Amazon Prime because it hands you oddball stuff for free. Which is how, meandering through the aisles, I found Clutter. Not a cheerful movie for hot cocoa: this is a spotlight on a dysfunctional…

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Subversive. Heretical. Blasphemous. Sacrilegious. Profane. Charming. A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder; How crammed closets, cluttered offices, and on-the-fly planning make the world a better place by Eric Abrahamson & David H. Freedman is a dense, irreverent, thought-provoking rallying cry against the modern march to perfectionism. It is charming.   The message? “Dude, chill.” Creativity…

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I firmly believe that people who have a strong sense of style, who know how to dress and shop, are less likely to have cluttered closets, because they are less likely to purchase items which don’t flatter them, and less likely to keep items which were mistakes (And who doesn’t make some of those? Blame…

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Shoes Goodwill Glitter Sale Nov 2017

I see a lot of Legos. And collections: Hummels, purses, plates, hats, Star Wars toys, shoes, holiday decorations, jewelry, books, makeup, cookware … and collectible Legos. By my standards, I have a massive, intrusive amount of Legos in my house: my son treasures sets, and scratchbuilds with loose pieces. I suspect I could build a…

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No, it’s not a cruel book. Walsh is exploring the idea, which he has seen in his clients many times and which his readers have described to him, that a person’s clutter can lead to a vicious cycle of the clutterer losing hope, neglecting self-care, getting depressed and anxious and therefore even more disorganized, then…

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Packing boxes

It’s a good day when you can help a “pop-up” client (Lauren Williams dictionary: a client who only needs help every once-in-a-while) last-minute before a home inspection.  

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