“The Biggest Mistakes You Make When Cleaning Out Your Closet” // Hello Giggles

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy hump day, tulips.

I’m so excited to share that yours truly is featured over on Hello Giggles!

the biggest mistakes you make when cleaning out your closet, according to a professional organizer.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Hello Giggles is a lifestyle website and virtual community created by actress and musician Zooey Deschanel, writer Molly McAleer, and producer Sophia Rossi in 2011. In other words, it’s like a totally, important site.

The closet-centric story, produced (and animated via the perfect GIFS) by Anna Buckley, aims to uncover why and how people struggle with editing and organization of their wardrobes, and the best, most impactful ways to go about improving the situation.

All told, I feel pretty great about the piece, especially given that I wrote my answers while in the midst of celebrating my birthday, plucking my mom’s eyebrows, and power washing the wheelchair ramp in the Michigan spring snow (to prevent painful death by slippage) with my sis. Apparently, chaos can breed clarity for me.

So, head on over to Hello Giggles to read my advice, if you wish, or skip to the front of the line and register yourself for the closet editing masterclass before it’s too late. 

All my love,

À bientôt,


11 Self-Adhesive Hooks, Perfect For Rental Spaces & Unhandy Homies

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Most people could, in all likelihood, do with a few more hooks in their life.

There’s always a stray apron to be hung, or a couple of hats, a gym bag, or a robe.

Only, said people are rather remiss, I find, to install a hook.

Maybe it’s that they have putting-holes-in-walls fear. Most probably it’s that.

Maybe they would happily make Swiss cheese of their drywall, only they’re not especially handy, and consider themselves too ill-equipped to even attempt a wall-mounting.

Maybe they have a track record for carving craters into walls and have been expressly told that their are no longer allowed to puncture any wall without being under direct supervision.

In any case, the ultimate solution is an adhesive hook. It’s the perfect non-committal answer to the seemingly arbitrary presence of an apron (“Who knows how long this will be around? Am I really going to install a hook just for this??”). Adhesive hooks are also a godsend for those poor souls with P.H.I.W.F., who are lacking in the handy department, or who are banned from putting hammer to wall.

But what’s the offering like, anyhow? Is my only option your bog-standard command hook? You’re wondering. Or, is it possible: are there stylish offerings in the world of adhesive hooks?

Well, hey, let’s explore that together, shall we?

11 Self-Adhesive Hooks, Perfect For Rental Spaces & Unhandy Homies

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Monday’s Meditation: On Practice

Sunday, April 15, 2018

You are not the only one.

You are not the only one who worries about fudging a line, making a giant, ugly mistake, or being exposed as a fraud who doesn’t actually know what you’re doing.

You are not the only one afraid of failing.

Here’s a reminder for you: nobody really knows what they’re doing, because everyone is doing everything for the first time.

This morning, individuals in every sort of profession are Simply going to take their best stab at rising to, and delivering result for, a unique situation–since that’s what every situation is. 

A doctor whose neck has featured a stethoscope for years will once again bring the instrument up against the chest of his patient and listen for the beat.

A lawyer will review documents or provide counsel just as they have before every other deposition.

A psychologist will sit and listen to his patient, making the occasional note, just as he has done on so many other occasions.

But each of these individuals will do so, if they’re wise, with the knowledge that this time around may be unlike any other they’ve encountered before.

In doing their work, they will be, in a word, practicing. 

A doctor practices medicine.

A lawyer practices law.

A psychologist, and a dentist, and a chiropractor, they all refer to their collective patients, and to the carrying out of their business as their “practice.”

A professional practice.

Professional. Practice. 

The most skilled and gifted in every arena: professional practicers.

We learn as we go. We evolve according to the market’s demands. We tailor our approaches based on particular needs. We practice our crafts.

Every after years of listening to heartbeats, and litigating cases, and helping to resolve emotional trauma, every Professional Person is practicing their performance. 

You, too, are going to do your very best to ace your practice run.