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Archive for the “Downsizing” Category

Moving With Magical Thinking

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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In “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion eloquently describes how grief distorts thinking and creates thoughts that defy logic. She describes this process as “magical thinking.” I think some people approach moving with magical thinking as well. In psychology, magical thinking refers to the belief that one’s thoughts can make things happen, or that […]

My Orphan Earrings

Posted on April 26th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I have been looking at my pile of orphan earrings, earrings without partners, wondering why I keep them. It’s true that a lost earring does sometimes show up, but many have been mateless for years. Why do I keep even those single earrings?

Breaking the Sentimental Attachment to Books

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Margit Novack
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The following is a guest post from Robyn Devine of She Makes Hats, originally posted to Becoming Minimalist: It is unmistakably comforting to curl up in a thick chair with a tattered copy of a book you love, listening to the rain while you let yourself get carried away by the words on the page. I know […]

Is Your Marriage Strong Enough for a Yard Sale?

Posted on May 13th, 2014 by Margit Novack
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When we ere getting ready to move, my husband called me and said, “You won’t miss it.” “I won’t miss what?” I asked. “I’m not telling and you won’t miss it.” That’s when I knew that our marriage wasn’t strong enough for a yard sale. It’s spring, and every weekend yard sale signs appear on corners, […]

When Things Can’t be Mended

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Margit Novack
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One of the most difficult aspects of packing is handling items that are already damaged or that have been previously repaired. These items are especially vulnerable to repeat damage. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, these items break. Some clients are especially fragile, too. Like items that have been previously repaired, the stress of moving […]

What Kind of Car Are You?

Posted on May 29th, 2013 by Margit Novack
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Cars are more than transportation; they are metaphors for a thousand life lessons. Similarly, car brands denote meaning way beyond the attributes of the make and model.  So if you were to pick the car brand that most represents who you are as a person, what would it be? Me, I think I’m a Honda […]

Stop Warehousing Your Kids’ Stuff

Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Margit Novack
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Kobe Bryant’s mother is trying to auction off old high school stuff he left in her house, and Bryant is trying to stop her. Bryant contends that the things belong to him; his mom says he left them there and said he didn’t want them. She wants to use the $450,000 advance from the auction […]

My Not So Big Home

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by Margit Novack
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Several years ago, my husband and I moved from our three-story, six-bedroom home to a one-story Mission bungalow. It’s charming. It’s in a location we love. It’s half the upkeep and half the cost of our former home. I saw our new house as perfect. My husband saw it only as “less.” Then I stumbled […]

The Rightsized Wreath

Posted on December 7th, 2012 by Margit Novack
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The origin of the wreath is thousands of years old and derives from when people gathered evergreens during winter as a sign of spring and rebirth. Recycling — turning used materials into new products — is a kind of rebirth as well. So it makes sense to marry these two concepts. Here are our favorite […]

Medicine Cabinet Antiquity Challenge

Posted on June 26th, 2012 by Margit Novack
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“Mrs. Smith, these frozen chicken breasts are from 2006. That’s pretty old. Do you want us to throw them out?” “No, I sauté them with a little butter, salt and pepper and they taste just fine.” “But they must be bad for you.” “I’m 92, they can’t be that bad.” I think about this conversation each […]