Author: Nathalie Brantsma

Sooner or later, many Japan-based foreign nationals will be faced with the task of helping elderly parents declutter their possessions. For those with a Japanese partner, it might also extend to assisting in-laws in this country, too....

"I can't declutter that, it was expensive and I haven't worn it yet." It sounds like you paid for clothes you don't need. And now you can't let go of it because it cost money. Sounds familiar?...

Family and  friends all over the world have bombarded me with links to videos and local newspaper articles about the cute and funny Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo. She has clearly triggered a worldwide decluttering frenzy since her Netflix show aired....

Making a change in life starts with inspiration, creating a clear vision of what you want out of life, and some guidance to take the necessary steps. Here are the books I read right after I realized getting organized does not come naturally for everyone....

It's noon, and you come home from a grocery shopping trip, take off your coat and place it on the dining table. Next, you empty the grocery bags in the kitchen and from then on all sorts of household tasks and work obligations consume your...

To maintain a well-run household I highly recommend you create a Master Calendar. Use a large wall-sized calendar or the digital one on your desktop. Whichever you prefer, stick to only one master list to avoid confusion....

Cindy Glovinsky, author of the book Making Peace with the Things in Your Life writes that it is not fair to let your personal stuff take up valuable space in your childhood home, while you live elsewhere....

The past year went so quick; it scares me. I have many dreams and wishes for the year ahead and there is limited time. If I want to feel good about 2018, I have to FOCUS on what I want to do MORE of and...

Imagine your dream home. Walk up to the front door. Open it, step inside and look around. What do you see? Do you see any clutter? When I ask this question during a workshop people always started smiling. It’s a smile of recognition....

March 20th was International Day of Happiness. I did celebrate, but that is because my son turned 16. We ate cake, sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and spent time together....