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.

Process This blog entry wrote itself. It started as a whisper during my childhood in a family of collectors. I started organizing at age five and researching why people get buried under their stuff in my twenties

My quest continued throughout my work. All of it, regardless of what I was actually doing, involved homes, families, stuff and conflict. I saw distress, problems and crises. In 2014, I was ready for a solution. I wanted to provide tools that people could use to change their lives. I wrote my workshop and gave it biannually.

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WhyOnce you’ve determined that you’ve got the legal right to clear the house out, and you have talked with all the people associated with the house and the results of the clearing process, you next look at the emotional aspect of this process.

Then plan blocks of work time. The more systematic and automated this process is, the easier the whole process may be.

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ComplexThis part of the workshop is complicated and extremely useful. These concepts apply to all of life. If you understand yourself, you will have an easier time navigating all of life’s lessons and challenges. We all make assumptions about ourselves, our abilities and how we compare to others.

Those assumptions build the stories we tell ourselves. These stories shape our realities, in terms of our homes, jobs, and relationships (with ourselves and others).

People tell me that when they start working this part of the clearing process, they mold and shape their lives.

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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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