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Recent Successes

Helped client decide how to revise her will before her 80th birthday   Organized senior living apartment, donated truckload of belongings Taught 30 year old time management  and prioritizing skills so she can enjoy her days more Decluttered home, trashed or donated 10 bags of broken toys Shopped for furniture, set up beautiful bedroom Organized office, papers for client’s divorce Facilitated family communications, managed downsize and move, set-up of new apartment for senior couple Decluttered, organized home to make room for 2nd baby.

Wednesday
Dec122018

Replace Presents with Your Presence - Declutter Holiday Shopping

 

According to Shopaholics Anonymous, there are six types of "shopaholics," a term coined in 1984.

  1. Compulsive - shop when feeling emotional distress.
  2. Trophy - shop for the perfect item.
  3. Image - shop to be seen as a big spender, often for flashy items.
  4. Bargain - shop for items they don’t need because they are on sale.
  5. Bulimic - shop in a vicious cycle of buying and returning.
  6. Collectors - shop until they own every available option of a set.

To learn more about shopping addictions, click here.

 

Collectively, we can change the tidal wave of clutter in our homes by changing our own shopping habits.

 

Shop differently. Shop less. Shop with intention. 

  • Gift your presence. Create an experience to share with someone you love. (See Hopper House Tour below.)
  • Gift your time. Help someone. Offer your skills. 
  • Ask people to donate. Give to your favorite charity. 
  • Donate a tree in someone's name.  Arbor Day Foundation
  • Slow down. Disappear, rest, play with someone you love.

What you gift now will last forever in someone's memory. 
No waste at all!  

Shop In Your Home FIRST
Why wait until you die to give stuff away to the people you love? Jewelry, art, kitchen pots, your grandparents' love letters - something someone has admired or you know they will appreciate. Are you decluttering or downsizing now? Great. Your clutter can be someone else's treasure now!

  1. Make a list of people to whom you want to give gifts. 
  2. Stroll through your home. 
  3. Find things you know a person will really love or appreciate.

Benefits: 
Save time, money and reduce your stress. Enjoy!
Thursday
Dec062018

Don't Dismay; Shop Differently Today 

Surf the New Wave of Awareness

Black Friday 
Don't get me wrong; I love my stuff, but the tsunami of Black Friday shoppers just staggers me. At the deepest level, I believe it is an unfulfilling attempt for fufillment in a competitive, capitalist society. It needs to be respected. 

Maybe you have heard of FOMO
 - "fear of missing out" - a chronic anxiety in today's culture. What's different now than years past is we compare ourselves to super-rich celebrities on social media instead of "The Joneses" in our own neighborhood. Having less, never to catch up, chronically hungry for more.

Hope is Afloat
We all know that over generations, Americans' shopping habits have unintentionally, even innocently, created a tsunami of clutter. 

What few appreciate is the growing counter-wave of awareness, even inspiration. Perhaps someday this wave will be as large as the one created on Black Friday.

A perfect confluence of economic, environmental, personal and social trends is propelling millions to bravely turn and face the burden and shame of their accumulation. It's an exciting time to be alive!


It's physics. For every action there is
an equal and opposite reaction.


For over 15 years, I've witnessed this counter-wave rise in revolt of too much. I'm frequently in awe of my clients' power to transform their beliefs and turn the tide of clutter in their own homes and lives.

The Gift in Decluttering
Decluttering is not about getting rid of stuff. It is the dynamic opportunity to reflect and redefine our self-worth, and keep what adds real value to our present lives.

Power grows as the piles lessen. A beautiful re-kindling of confidence occurs as clients learn how to trust their decisions about what to keep or let go. Instead of dwelling in their past, lamenting the mess they made, decluttering provides undeniable evidence of their own power to change today, thus create a better future.

Surf the Rising Wave of Awareness
Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better to finally motivate us to do what it takes to get out of our mess. Even in these disturbing times, goodness is happening all around us. Innovation abounds.

The Sharing EconomyRent the Runway and Minimalism are just a few examples of the cultural wave of awareness of the benefits of owning. Millennials, those who watched their baby boomer parents and depression era grandparents struggle under the burden of too much, are living lighter. They are our future. 

Don’t Dismay; Shop Differently Today 
I invite you to ride this wave of holiday shopping anew. Cumulatively, as more individuals buy less, new trends will take hold. Slowly yes, but definitely. 

People are already over-tired, over-spent, and over-stuffed. Most homes (and our planet) are already at capacity. Not sustainable, yet all clutter gets into our homes with permission. 


Women, as the primary shoppers, are in a
unique position to create a better future.


Dive in Now
Lead by example; dare to shop with the intention to slow the tide of clutter in your own home. Your children will thank you, if for no other reason than they won't have to clear out your house in the years ahead.  


Individually and boldly decide to live the change you want to see.


Thursday
Dec062018

Give a Gift of Art and Exploration - Hopper House Tours

Delight your friends and family!
Hopper House Tours Gift Certificates
 
Do you need a gift for people who love Edward Hopper, Cape Cod, nature, art, architecture or history? Of course you do - here's the gift for them!

No one in the whole world can enhance a Hopper tour with personal stories and local history like tour guide, Beth Chapman. Don't take my word for it, read fabulous testimonials here. 

With a photo guidebook of Truro homes and landscapes that Hopper painted in the 1930s-1940s, passengers travel back roads, hidden places and secret pathways in a fabulous two-hour car tour to see how it all looks now.

Buy your gift certificate now!
www.HopperHouseTours.com
$69 per person 
 
You'll receive a unique code on your receipt for each tour purchased, allowing the recipient to reserve a tour on any day and time when a tour is open.

 

Monday
Nov052018

In the News - Preventing Clutter by Sharing Stuff

Thank you Nancy Shohet West for including ClutterClarity in this wonderful article about another innovative way Americans are coming together to share our abundance.

 

“Library of Things is part of the Sharing Economy, a growing trend to counter the cost and consequences of excessive or mindless accumulation that has cluttered homes and polluted our planet. The Library of Things demonstrates that Americans are shifting their deeply held belief of isolation and independence to one of connection and interdependence.”
 -- Laura Moore, ClutterClarity LLC


Need a cake pan? Try the ‘Library of Things’

 
By Nancy Shohet West | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  OCTOBER 26, 2018

Stopping by the library? No need to limit yourself to books and a DVD or two. While you’re there, consider whether you have any short-term use for a novelty cake pan, a jigsaw puzzle, a food dehydrator, a label maker, a trowel, a guitar, or a telescope.

Books remain at the crux of any public library’s collection, but such institutions are starting to think far outside the box when it comes to patrons’ needs, as demonstrated when the Boston Public Library earlier this month launched an initiative to lend out mobile WiFi hotspots, portable devices that provide Internet access by tracking signals from cell towers.

In the suburbs, library-goers are discovering everything from musical instruments to household tools in newly eclectic collections, which are commonly referred to as a “Library of Things.”

According to Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System, a state-supported collaborative that provides services to libraries throughout the state, the concept began decades ago with art prints. “But what it has evolved into is finding ways for libraries to support their communities in ways they did not traditionally do by looking at the needs of the community in areas beyond literacy,” she said.

As many area librarians who oversee Library of Things collections see it, the items essentially fall into two broad categories: items that will be used only rarely, such as a novelty cake pan or a label maker; or try-before-you-buy items that a prospective consumer might want to test-drive before purchasing, such as a video camera or a musical instrument.

Read the entire article here.
Wednesday
Oct242018

Turning Clutter Into Scholarship Money

The Jewel Queens Selling Donated Jewelry


Decluttering NOW can literally change a kid’s FUTURE.

Donate your jewelry clutter to United Woman’s Club of Concord to support their quest to raise $9,000, so worthy kids can attend Concord/Carlisle Regional High School. ($3,000 given to 3 students.)


Together, we can help them raise more!

Declutter your jewelry in NOVEMBER for December FAIR.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your jewelry uncluttered and organized by Thanksgiving? An hour or two? Declutter your jewelry - the lonely earring, the jewelry you “haven’t worn in ages” or that piece “you never liked!”


Not now? Look ahead to get free of your clutter by Independence Day 2019!

 

The Jewel Queens will Sell Your Jewels at Two Upcoming Fairs:

December 1, 2018 - Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord, MA
July 4, 2019 - Concord Outdoor Picnic, Emerson Park, Concord, MA

Sharing Clutter - Sharing Wealth


Members of the United Womens Club of Concord

To arrange donation drop-off or pick-up in Concord or Carlisle, email Jill Henderson at jillhenderson@rcn.com. (Please mention that you heard of this via ClutterClarity Newsletter.)

Live at a distance? No Worries - ClutterClarity will deliver your jewels to The Jewel Queens for you!

Mail your jewelry clutter to:
ClutterClarity LLC
Box 84
Concord, MA 01742

Jewelry sold, money raised, lives changed.