Selling your home? Downsizing? Decluttering? Minimalism is a great idea, but it’s hard to accomplish with a family, pets, jobs and busy lives. Learn tips and tricks to help you plan your project. Karen’s stories bring the process into your living room and make it real.

How“The Foundation” is my workshop’s first component. Throughout the years, I have seen a variety of circumstances and situations. The details vary, but I noticed conflict patterns, emotions, behavior and attempts to fix problems.

People don’t like conflict, whether it is with themselves, their stuff, their homes, structures, other people or workspaces.

Some people are impatient and want a finished overall appearance first. They don’t want to talk about anything and just want to go out, buy storage totes and fill them. Organizing efforts fail, as organizing anything, whether it be another person, places (meeting place or an event of some sort), spaces (work, studios, barns, houses) and stuff, fails unless the roots of the situation and the pieces of the conflict are addressed first.

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LifeworkThis workshop came to me over many decades.  As a child, I accompanied my mother when she went into people’s homes to help them in times of significant life events.

My mother immigrated to the US from Scandinavia, where it is cold and dark for many months. During the dark months, people banded together to celebrate good fortune and handle challenges. These people are hardy, strong and resourceful. And committed to helping others.

My mom never fit in to the fast pace of life the US. She liked to sit and drink coffee with friends at 4 pm every day, as she did back home. Her accent, which I thought was beautiful and musical, identified her as a foreigner, and she interpreted that as being an outcast.

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Clearing Out HomesTypical life can seem mundane. However, things you take for granted: getting up in the morning (or evening if you work at night) and going to work, having meals and interacting with loved ones after work, running errands on the weekends and family outings, can change in an instant.

 A significant life event is deeply personal. An event that is significant to one person may not be significant to another. Overall, it is difficult and at times, feels impossible.  The flow of your life stops the moment of an event or a medical diagnosis (yourself or a loved one).

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UsefulSo many blogs and so little time.

You don’t want to waste your time. I get it. Completely. When your cell, landline and office lines ring simultaneously, everything else disappears. People need your attention. You make decisions, some are life-and-death and some are not. All of them are important.

I finally return to writing. I’m different, and so is my writing. I went through a lot between 2009-Jan 2017, and, at least for now, believe that I come out of the tunnel of darkness and despair.

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