Toxin Free Laundry

Hi there! I started a new YouTube series to share some of the clean, green, toxin removing tips I've learned.  We're starting with laundry.  

Why fewer toxins?  Well, it's been well documented that environmental toxins can contribute to cancer, autism, and mood disorders, among other things

Video 1: Clean & Green Laundry tips

I hope you enjoy it!  


It's been a hell of a month.  Lyme disease diagnosis.  Mold in our apartment.  Lots of health stuff to wade through.  

Since I've been off work while recuperating, I've had a lot of time to reflect.  At first I was feeling sorry for myself, but then it really started to hit me.  Sick or not, Lyme or not...I'm home, in a nice place, with the means to get better.

We. Are. So. Lucky.  

You know that, right?  Did you see Haiti?  Cause...whoa...  

There is a lot of scary stuff going on in the world. But we are HERE, in the United States.  Able to pursue our passions and health.  That's rare.  It may not seem like it when we have a steady diet of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Real Housewives of Wherever telling us we need a new purse/car/house/husband/life, but, we are RICH. Please recognize that.  And please help if you can.

The holiday season is coming.  What if we voted with our dollars and showed that there are more important things than getting the newest widget. Heifer International.  Charity Water. The Hope Effect. Samaritan House.  All great organizations that put our dollars to use making a lasting change in someone's life.

If you called me to work with me it's most likely because you have too much stuff.  What a problem to have.  I'm not discounting how utterly frustrating it can be to have too much.  It is. I've been there. I feel you. But in the scheme of things, we are so blessed, we have that excess stuff because we have excess money to buy it with and a home to put it in. So. Lucky. </rant>

Ok, sorry to go all deep on you.  Here's a picture of kittens:


Detox Bath

Soothing Sundays are back! 

I've been busy practicing some radical self care. One part of that has been taking detox baths.  I'd heard of these awhile ago and thought they were just snake oil, but my health coach gave me a simple recipe that seems to work.  

Simple Detox Bath

1 lb Baking Soda

1 lb Sea Salt

1 lb Epsom Salts

This works out to roughly 2 cups each per ingredient.  Steer clear of adding essential oils or fragrances.  Use bath water as hot as you can stand and try to stay in it for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better.*

I find I feel energized when I complete one of these.  Leave me a note in the comments if you like and let me know how it goes for you.  


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*As always, consult your doctor before trying any new snake oil. ;-)

Donation Deductions

A great article from Watson CPA Group landed in my inbox this morning and I thought I would share it with you.

The IRS is quick to disqualify your non-cash charitable contributions if you do not have adequate records to support your donation. Here are five quick tips to ensure this does not happen to you.

  1. Get a receipt. Whenever you donate items of value please get a receipt from the charitable organization. It should include the name of the organization, the date of the gift, a general description of the item, and that you received nothing in return for your gift.
  2. Break out the items donated. Create a detailed list that includes when you acquired the donated item, the estimated value of the item when acquired, and how it was acquired.
  3. Take a picture of the donation. When itemizing the items to be donated, don’t forget to take a quick photo of the item. Title the photo and place the photo title on the list of items to be donated for cross-reference.
  4. Create a reasonable value of the donation. Use thrift shop values and online resale values for similar items from sites like e-bay to support your claim of value. Do not forget to provide a statement of condition. Your donated items should be in good or better condition.
  5. Know when special rules apply. If you donate an item of high value, you may need to obtain an appraisal. Donated vehicles and boats valued over $500 may require an approved Form 1098-C statement from the charity when they sell the vehicle. If they use the vehicle, you will want a print out of value from an approved vendor like Kelly Blue Book or NADA. If the value is over $5,000, you will want to get an independent appraisal of donated items. Donated stocks and mutual funds will need a statement of value from your investment company and from the charity receiving the goods.*

*Special caution: When donating appreciated stocks and mutual funds owned by you for over one year, do not sell the asset. Conduct a direct transfer of the certificates and have the charity sell the investment. This will maximize the value of your donation and avoid potential capital gain taxes.


 They are a fabulous CPA group based in Colorado that works remotely with clients all across the US.  If you'd like to read more of their advice on charitable contributions, they have an entire "knowledge base" on their website

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Decluttering vs. Organizing

If you're curious as to why this home organizer is always talking about decluttering, not organizing, it's because there are 2 ways to get organized:  Own less stuff or buy more shelving and bins.  

I'll let you decide which is more attractive.

It's just physics. There is only so much storage space in our home and only so much attention we can give to our stuff.  We all flow between numerous roles everyday:  Employee, employer, parent, child, sibling, friend.  All of those roles take energy and at the end of the day, there isn't much bandwidth left to deal with stuff. 

Stuff is organized if it has a specific home.  A place on the shelf, a spot in your drawer.  A place that it returns to after each and every use.  Everything else is clutter. The thing is, as new stuff come into the home, new homes for those items have to be created.  If an old item doesn't leave when a new item comes in, at a certain point, shelves, closets and garages became overstuffed.  

I've only worked with 2 people who really, truly did not know how to organize.  They had tons of empty storage space and not much stuff.  The other 300+ people I've worked with knew how to organize.  They were just overwhelmed by the volume of stuff in their homes and needed a helping hand to dig through it, find the treasures and let go of the rest.

To be clear, there isn't anything inherently wrong with "stuff".  It's a problem when it's causing you problems.  When you're frustrated, embarrassed and angry.  When you can't find something even though you "know it's here somewhere".  This is why I harp on decluttering before organizing.  No number of shiny bins from the container store will fix your physics problem.  If there's too much stuff, there's just too much.  Once we have the space to give everything you love a home, THEN we can get a few shiny, pretty bins to house the stuff.  

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