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Continued: Spring cleaning: Tips for purging your unwanted stuff

  • Article by: KATY READ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 19, 2013 - 8:28 AM

Rachel Loeslie, an organizer in Shakopee (http://rachelloeslie.com) said her clients are often thrilled to find happy new homes for their discards. “They have said, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re helping me get some of my family heirlooms passed on to the community.’ I have one client who’s giving some things to the historical society. Another one had a deer head in the basement — she gave it to a cousin and he loved it.”

 

Envision how you’ll use the space once it’s dejunked.

“Then people really start to connect the dots between their head and their heart,” Loeslie said. “People are like, ‘Oh, I can do this.’ And they feel empowered. It may even change their relationship with their partner.”

One man she worked with used a newly wide-open basement space to set up a beer-making operation. One woman has space on a cleared-off shelf to display photos of her grandchildren. And one couple, their dining table free of clutter, can finally sit there to eat dinner together.

 

Katy Read • 612-673-4583

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