FARGO — Have you heard the Danish word "hygge"? Up until last week, I had not. But then I mentioned it to a friend and she had heard of it and tries to live a hygge-filled life. I think we would all be better off in life if we embraced it more fully. So, what is hygge? Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish word, but beyond that it really is a concept and a movement. It cannot be defined easily with one word. In my case, I need a few definitions to help me understand the word:
A common question I receive is the problem of dealing with sentimental clutter. Sentimental clutter includes those things you hold onto for no reason other than a memory. You do not have a use for the item. In fact, the item may not even bring you joy. But there is some emotional attachment to the item that is making it difficult to part ways.
FARGO — I have become that woman. You know, the one who comes up to you at the store when you are pushing a grocery cart full of screaming kids that says "cherish this as it goes by so fast." It happened to me as a young mom, and I just shook my head at the crazy woman and walked away. But now I am that woman. Now people are walking away from me. Don't they know that I am telling them the truth? Don't they know that I am a cautionary tale?
Last week I had two conversations with people who were wondering where I come up with my topics each week. And I can honestly say it is through my work with clients or conversations I have. Last week the theme of conversations that came up with was organizing after the death of a parent. We all suffer from grief at some point in our lives. We all deal with it in different ways. Grief and clutter often go hand-in-hand. When you lose someone through death, you may be tasked to sort through their possessions.
Sometime we just need a win towards our organizing resolutions. I am here to help you get a few things out of your home and just simply feel pretty dang good. So go grab a box for donations and get ready to run around your house grabbing these 10 items. • Gather all your pens and pencils and get rid of the ones that don't work or you don't use. I am a weird pen girl, I like one brand and one brand only. When I am offered pens from banks or insurance agents I say thank you and then hand the pen back mentioning my oddity. Frankly I think they are grateful that I am honest.
FARGO — I have been seeing studies of how full our landfills are with clothing, and frankly it is very depressing. Clothing in our landfills is an issue that I don't think about but probably should. Maybe we all should. My favorite quote from Gandhi is "be the change you wish to see in the world." So, if I want to see less clothing in landfills, I need to look at my own actions to see what I can change. First, mend clothing that is torn or ripped
I don’t know when it happened. There is no magic date I circled on the calendar that I planned and practiced for. There is no book called “What To Expect When Your Child Becomes An Adult.” One day I was busy going to kids’ activities, making sure my kids ate a balanced diet and brushed their teeth twice a day, and the next thing I know they don’t “need” me. I never considered myself a helicopter mom, the mom who was always hovering ready to step in and take control at a moment’s notice. But I guess I really was. I was room mom, PTA president.