Feeling the Love

Clearing out your stuff is all about self-care. Creating a space that allows for ease of movement, quiet reflection, playtime and peace of mind is essential for wellbeing. As you look around your room/home, if you’re not smiling – start clearing. A little bit of letting go can do wonders for your outlook. It’s ok to start slowly. Begin with the room you spend the most time in and go from there. Reminder: Don’t feel guilty about getting rid of any items left behind by family. They would not want you to feel burdened. You deserve a home that you love and that loves you back. You’ll know it when you arrive there. Here’s to getting clear!

Who Do I Call?

One of the most frequent questions I get is: “Who can I call to come get my donation stuff?” A number of nonprofits have suspended pick up service during these pandemic times and the ones who still pick up charge in the $60 range. What they will accept has also gotten very specific. Drivers are allowed to leave behind anything they deem not acceptable which can really vary depending on who is behind the wheel that day. Hauling services can be your best bet IF you have large furniture items and the resources to pay the average minimum $160 pick up fee. The answer? I always suggest contacting the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America). Pick up service is FREE and scheduling is fast, efficient and available in most states nationwide. Everything from clothing to books, small household items, bikes and toys can be donated. The rules are simple: Label bags/boxes “VVA” and all items must be light enough to be lifted by one person. Once ready, leave items outside on the porch, at your building entrance or in the driveway. The truck will pick up rain or shine between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm on the day you selected. Tax receipts are available. Visit the VVA website to schedule and to learn more about how your donations are processed and why they matter. NOTE: As with all donations, make sure items are clean and in usable condition. Visit my Resources page for more donation options. Thanks for your efforts in making life clearer and brighter for yourself and others!

Fall Clearing Tips, Free Deals and a Feisty Friend in Sept Enews

img_20160922_125553.jpgIt’s here! A Clear Place September Enews. Meet my feisty 86 yr. old friend and learn how she’s still making a difference; get an update and helpful recycling link from Earth911; get a quick tip on organizing your clearing and download a FREE sorting guide. And, in honor of Autumn – the season of letting go – get FREE shipping on ACP Wisdom Cards. All this and more. Happy Fall and happy clearing! View Enews now.

Clear News Feb 2016

IMG_20160207_150114Learn about the queen of spices and how you can support efforts by Heifer Intl to raise its farmers out of poverty; peek inside a $20k home designed by Rural Studio; get an online tool that helps you determine the dollar value of your stuff; listen to my top picks for music guaranteed to put a wiggle in your clearing out tasks … and more. View Clear Ways to A Better World – February 2016. Enjoy!

New Format for ACP Clear News

UntitledChallenge: Find a better way to present multiple topics, links and graphics on one page that all open easily with mobile devices. It needs to look good and inspire action. Oh … it should also have a personal vibe and consistent quality. Something that’s professional yet warm and, of course, always clear in voice and message.  Result: Today I launch my latest Clear News format … thanks to MailChimp and lots of pots of jasmine tea. Hope you enjoy it!

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Say YES to Less!

Magic happens when you say YES to less!
Magic happens when you say YES to less!

You win on so many levels when you clear out your stuff.

This PDX homeowner saw firsthand the magic that can happen when you say YES to clearing out. Find out more and get FREE ACP Sorting Guide.

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HAPPY EARTH DAY … thanks for making it a clear one!

Backyard Chore Brightens My World

crocusClearing out old stuff absolutely has its rewards. In the process of letting go, we can uncover surprising gifts. You just have to be open to the release. Read about the treasure I unearthed in my own backyard. Spring Gift Under the Junipers

Keeping Cool by Getting Clear

ClarityHot temps got you feeling drained? Want to know the simplest way to lower your AC bill and raise your spirits? How about a visual cooling off moment with the gorgeous Clarity card.  Click here to get cool! PS: Be sure to read the latest fan mail.

Clear Out Under the Full Moon

Did you know you can use the power of the moon to help you clear your space. Huh? It’s true. The full moon is the time of the month for letting go of what you no longer need or want in your life. It’s nature’s time to release so it’s our time, too. When the moon is at its fullest, set the intention for what you want to get rid of and then as the moon wanes, your unwanted items will diminish. Old patterns, habits, emotions, fears, etc. I find it a perfect time to take a look around your space and clear out what no longer serves a purpose. It can be obvious items like furniture and appliances to smaller things like photos, books, clothes, papers … the stuff that fills the shelves and closets and drawers. Let it go. Clear it out. You’ll feel SO much better. For mindful ways to dispose of your stuff, check out my Resources page. And don’t forget to give yourself a big round “super moon” smile for taking positive action!

Clutter Still a Hot Topic

Oprah is still challenged by too much stuff. This month’s O magazine features another de-clutter special. The editors bring us organizing tips from Peter Walsh and a peek inside Gayle King’s closet as it gets a major makeover. And the queen herself reveals seven categories of things she has decided to finally live without – from head to toe. My favorite article in this issue deals with beauty clutter and the monster created by all the products we accumulate in our effort to look good. The numbers are pretty staggering: one gal had 169 lipsticks, 33 eye pencils and 39 makeup brushes. Another woman counted 40 hair conditioners and 25 shampoos. Whew! Find out what products made the cut and what got cleared out. Pick up the March issue at your local news stand. Online option: view excerpts from the “de-clutter” issue now.