We need to talk about “Sparking Joy”

It’s time to talk about Marie Kondo, and it’s kind of a sticky subject. ‘Cause on one hand, I think she’s doing some really important work. Helping people deal with their clutter and organize their worlds, all the while making it trendy and...

Why you should care about how your home feels

When I was a kid, my parents would send me to Lake Hume for summer camp. It was the event I marked the days off on my calendar for all year long. Lake Hume was a Christian camp out in the mountainous woods of Fresno county and hundreds of kids were bussed in and...

What comes up when there’s an ugly divorce

Brody was referred to me through a mutual friend. He needed help going through his stuff. I met him at his just moved into loft space. He answered the door in a T-shirt, loose fitting blue jeans and flip flops. I was greeted with a big hug and a smile but his face was...

clutter clearing—not that fun

I met my friend and Windermere real estate agent Phillipa for coffee not long ago. I was yammering about the ups and down of biz and said something like, “Everyone has stuff, most of us have too much stuff and feel stuck. I hear people in distress about this ALL...