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Letting Go of Childhood Toys and Memorabilia

Letting Go of Toys We haven’t picked out a new house, but we started cleaning, packing, and decluttering as though we’ve already found one to love. This week I tackled the closets, beginning the painstaking process of boxing up our belongings in preparation for our move. I spent two days transporting our possessions out of the darkness …

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How to Get Motivated to Clean and Declutter

While some people enjoy cleaning and decluttering, others downright hate it. If you don’t enjoy the process, how can you find the motivation to clean and declutter? Here are a few ideas to get you started: Create a Plan Before you begin to clean and declutter, create a plan for yourself. While you may feel …

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Celebrating a Minimalist Christmas This Year

Every year I dream of a simple, minimalist Christmas. One where we can skip out on exhausting holiday festivities, social gatherings, and mounds of gifts in favor of a quiet, relaxing celebration at home.  It’s not that I hate those activities; it’s just that I yearn for a less stressful holiday season without a hefty …

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Can Money Buy Happiness? How to Measure Your Joy

Can money buy happiness? Psychologists have been investigating this question for decades. Are we happier when we earn and spend more? What do you think? I think we can let researchers continue to run their surveys and experiments. In the meantime, we can use a spreadsheet full of emoticons to decide for ourselves. Tracking our …

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The Value of Money: It’s Much More Than You Think

What is the true value of money? This seems like an academic question doesn’t it? One I could answer with a two-second Google search, but somehow I don’t think Google will provide the answer I’m looking for.  The Value of Money: Purchasing Power Over the years I’ve valued money for many different reasons. When I …

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