Decluttering reaches fever pitch

The Five-Year-Old and Gran hard at work decluttering the bookshelves. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Five-Year-Old and Gran hard at work decluttering the bookshelves. (Photo: Shala Howell)

This year, I am determined to travel more lightly. I’m cleaning out every nook in our house, getting rid of the little extras that make dusting a 12 hour project. Three porch-sized donations later, I’ve got a fully functional kitchen and absolute chaos everywhere else.

I need my house back.

Mommyo, sadly: “We’ve got stuff everywhere.”

The Five-Year-Old, brightly: “No we don’t. Look at the ceiling. That’s not stuff.”

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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7 Responses to Decluttering reaches fever pitch

  1. tirane93 says:

    clutter maybe, but what LOVELY shelving!


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  3. Not sure what the word clutter means when you have clean up and then can’t find something. So, I’ve come to the conclusion just to keep it somewhat organized and leave those stacks of paper alone. But, again it’s that time of year for Spring cleaning.


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