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Celebrate Interdependence!

We just celebrated our nation’s independence. We are grateful to live as free citizens; we value liberty! But an overly independent attitude can get in the way of success…and true freedom.

Let’s liberate ourselves from the crutch of independence and embrace interdependence.

 

Interdependence is being mutually reliant on others. To us, it is the healthiest and most positive way to accomplish everything in life. Interdependence values asking for help and offering assistance where you are able. We all want to be strong. We each have strengths, positive traits and healthy habits…but when we don’t have people around us to model better living, healthier habits or stronger traits, we can only survive, not thrive.And we want everyone to THRIVE! The path to success shouldn’t be a lonely road nor one we walk aloneReach out. Ask for help. 

We ask for help all the time:

• from family: When Kelly has a heavy work week, Joy makes us Friday night dinner. 

• from friends: We share our Costco shopping list with friends who will routinely pick up bulk grocery items when out in K of P.

• in our business: If anything has to do with numbers, we turn to our accounting experts; math is not our strength.

from tech guru’s (aka: Kelly’s kids): anything electronic gets asked of Joy’s grand-kids who are tech savvy and pretty patient teachers. 

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You Deserve a Yummy Closet!

 

 

 

 

Yummy isn’t just for dessert…

• when clothes are arranged just so,
• when favorite outfits are assembled,
• when exercise gear is easy to reach,
that’s delicious!
This summer let’s explore:
— what we’re wearing
— how we’re wearing it
— and ask if we should be wearing it.
Treat Yourself!
• Get winter and spring items off the floor and properly stored for the next season.
• Delight in knowing everything in your closet fits, flatters and is ready to wear.

• Invite us to transform your drawers, shelves and hanging rods into an oasis of easy summer dressing.

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Why Curate Your Stuff?

Question: Why Curate?

At a recent client walkthrough, Joy and I suggested a family curate their collection of furniture, kids’ toys, fine musical instruments and artwork yet-to-hang.

They loved the idea. What struck me was not how willingly they agreed. They did, after all, hire Joy In Your Space to learn how to live with less stuff! What impressed me, was how much they appreciated approaching their belongings with this museum-quality word.

They preferred curate over the usual decluttering terms: winnow, purge, and cull. We talked about how transformative “curating” would be for them.

Here’s why:

This one word made their decluttering job — which had felt overwhelming and burdensome — into an easy and fun exploration of their taste and family values.

They were excited to:
    • carefully select those toys most precious to their children.

    • examine each instrument and decide how to make the guitars
more accessible so they’re played more often.

    • assess which household artwork spoke to them.

    • and finally determine which kid “masterpieces” were most iconic
of that kid’s creativity and developmental progress.

Their home won’t feel like a museum when their done…they have 3 small children! But they will live with their favorite things, be able to find what they need and they won’t trip over clutter anymore.

Everything will have it’s place, and everyone will enjoy their space.

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Let Us Know What To Share

Please vote on the following topics and let us know what interests you.
Once we have your ranked responses we’ll share expert advice to ease stress and add JOY to your life:

Click here to vote.

• Bridging the ADHD Communication Gap
Communication can be difficult. When one partner is neuro-typical and the other is not, mutual understanding can be a challenge! Have smoother conversations and gain deeper empathy.

• What Lies Do We Tell Ourselves and Others?
We all lie sometimes. From ADHD expert, Dr. Ari Tuckman, we’ll share how good intentions can backfire. When we lie, our self esteem and our relationships suffer a price.

• Conquer Your E-mail Overwhelm

There is a debate about whether to file or use search capabilities.
Based on your preference,
 how do you build a reliable recall system?

• Empower Grieving People to Organize with Joy 
Death and loss are powerfully emotional events…which makes releasing
inherited clutter painful to let go. Holding on to too much of our past can
crowd our “now” and our “future.”


Joy and Kelly

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We’re Back from Conference

Ready to free you from the pressure of too little time and too much stuff.

We are excited to:

• enhance your living spaces
• teach you how to be more productive
• show you how to spend less time looking for things
• afford you more time with family and friends!

Stay tuned for lots of conference inspired tips, expert connections made and stories of how we stepped out of our comfort zones to bring you cutting edge ideas for organizing life.

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Being Green Doesn’t Cost Extra

It doesn’t cost extra to be nice and at Joy In Your Space, it doesn’t cost (you) extra.

The only thing it costs is time…our time — and we give it up for Mother Nature:
• We don’t charge extra for finding homes for your broken plates.
• We don’t charge for supporting local art centers.
• We don’t charge for donating office supplies to city schools.

How we’ve recycled and repurposed some client donations:

Collections

Stamps and coins usually turn up in any household ready to downsize…or “right-size” as is now the term.
• Did you know that Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn a merit badge for a stamp or coin collection?
— When the monetary return of one of your collections is not worth the “cash-in value” you can do good by allowing a scout to earn a badge.


Broken items

While some broken things have little value once they are busted, we get creative…especially when what’s broken, or obsolete, has multiple or interesting parts.
• last summer we donated 70+ metal clips from dismantled floppy disks so campers could make cool jewelry from our client’s “trash”
Any time you break a plate or chip a tea-cup, call us! We love to fill the “mosaic” bin at the Main Line Art Center.
• Keeping artists happy and well “fed” with supplies makes us happy.
— We’ve even donated whole sets of chipped dishes from basements, attics and garages.
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We Are Environmentally Green

Whether you celebrate Earth Day or not, it’s a daily practice for us.

Every day at Joy In Your Space is “Earth Day.” We are always considering how your “clutter” can be repurposed, reused, recycled or resold.


Green Drop

Items benefit others and steer clear of landfills.


Cradles to Crayons

Children’s books, school supplies, clothing, and toys are always on their wish list…especially new items to restore dignity to people living below the poverty line.

Camp Ramah

Many clients enjoy donating odd skeins of yarn, half used sketchbooks, and craft materials of all types knowing their items will benefit the artistic explorations of campers. We make 3 donations a summer and store items (for free) knowing your discards will become treasured supplies in June, July and August.


Ebay and Auction:

Lots of items around your house still have life left in them, even if they no longer fit your life. We collect things suitable for resale every month and issue checks to clients as their items sell.

What do you think of this statistic?…

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What “should” and “stress” share

Should and Stress both:
    • begin with S
    • are 6 letter words

The not-so-obvious similarity is,
when should and stress are in your life,
 so is:
•  feeling overwhelmed
•  losing sight of the big picture
•  spending time on other’s agendas 


Replace should and stress with want and will.

    • Want is positive and productive.
    • Will is future-thinking in motion.

Both want and will are conditions we internally generate rather than an external imposition. “Want” and “Will” get us excited to express our independence. How do YOU express yourself? How do you show JOY?

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Step into Spring in Style

With Joy’s 4 Fashion Do’s
Joy is a master at working with all ages to determine and teach what is the best LOOK and FIT for you. She has a great eye, she’s sensitive to fabric, color, and pattern, and she pays attention to details.


  1. Do: Love everything you own
  2. Do: Invest in foundation pieces
  3. Do: Use seasonal accessories
  4. Do: Admit when it’s time to shift sizes up or down

With Joy’s 4 Fashion Do’s

  1. Don’t stress over what to wear this Spring 
  2. Don’t compromise on fit or comfort
  3. Don’t wear anything that doesn’t make you feel good 
  4. Don’t dwell on bad purchases

Joy will teach you how to welcome Spring into your wardrobe. 

While Joy is naturally stylish…she is also a teacher at heart. She knows how to show you what’s best ON YOU. Her experience making her own clothes (and young Kelly’s) and her study of design have sharpened her eye to the “architecture” of silhouettes.

Foundation pieces in neutrals are the basis for your wardrobe. Joy puts folded clothes on the top shelf of her closet.