The Stuff Behind The Stuff

A Do-Nothing Productivity Retreat

A Do-Nothing Productivity Retreat

I'm pretty sure no one out there who knows me will be surprised that I'm an extrovert - with a capital "E." Extroversion and introversion get a lot of pop psychology attention due to all of the readily available online quizzes, mentions in profiles, and memes setting...

Drawing a Blank

Drawing a Blank

I've started at least four different paragraphs for a blog entry this week - with topics as far-reaching as weathering transitions, prioritizing goals, post-online-school-year organizing, and summer trip planning. I looked through the idea list I keep, and checked out...

Truth in Organizing

Truth in Organizing

Let's say you're scrolling your Instagram feed, and an ad for a fabulous-looking brand of shoes made from beautiful, butter-soft Italian leather pops up. You impulsively click and purchase, they arrive, and you discover they are actually made of cheap,...

The Written Order of Things

The Written Order of Things

This past week, I listened to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, This Jungian Life. The show features three Jungian analysts talking about all sorts of topics with a psychological perspective - fascinating stuff (at least for me anyway). The episode was called...

Weighing All The Options, Part 2

Weighing All The Options, Part 2

Previously on The Stuff Behind The Stuff... When we last left our heroine, she was mulling over an objective, systematic approach to decluttering decisions and reminiscing about her days in the legal/financial world. Well, maybe not exactly reminiscing, but certainly...

Weighing All The Options, Part I

Weighing All The Options, Part I

Once upon a time, in a city far, far away, I used to work in corporate America. I was a paralegal/compliance officer/stock plan administrator in the legal department for a huge, overly-complicated real estate investment company. This all sounds way more business-y and...

A Little Word Organizing

A Little Word Organizing

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can literally goof up my brain. When I'm talking with clients, particularly in some of the very first conversations, I frequently hear words of fear, struggle, and confrontation. Sometimes even warlike terms. "I'm tired...

Weird and Wonderful Organizing

Weird and Wonderful Organizing

I'm often in organizing sessions where a client will say something along the lines of: “When I show you this you’re gonna think I’m ______________.” “I’m SO embarrassed to tell you that ________________.” “Please don’t laugh at me, but I couldn’t resist...

Healthy Planner Relationships

Healthy Planner Relationships

So I had this one Instagram post earlier in the month that got quite a few comments. It always surprises me what resonates - the picture wasn't all that great. No one would mistake me for being an IG expert or "influencer" or anything like that (don't care to be), and...

The Meditation Game, Part 3: An Experiment

The Meditation Game, Part 3: An Experiment

I was thinking about compassion, or loving-kindness meditations this weekend. Research shows that practicing this type of meditation, whether directed towards others, self, or both, can do all sorts of amazing things - increase wellbeing, decrease migraines, even...

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