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#KonmariMethod and how it’s changed my life

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After reading Marie Kondo’s bestseller I have been applying the Konmari method to cleaning up the clutter in my home. It really is as simple as asking yourself: Does this item spark joy for me. If yes, keep it and place it in the proper location. If not, thank it for it’s service to you and eliminate it.
I can’t begin to tell you how therapeutic this has been for me, especially since I am grieving two cats who passed away this year.

Here are some pictures of my inspiration and ways I have transformed my home:

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These are my favorite DVDs and below are Hamlet and Lucy and a Thank You photo from Clinton/Gore for support. (I volunteered in 1992 at the NYC campaign office prior to the election.)

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My favorite cards that are sentimental on display on top of my dresser drawers.

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I cleaned out my foyer closet. I put my best shoes on the bookshelf and placed accessories (hats, gloves, umbrellas, etc.) in an over-the-door clear plastic shoe organizer.

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What did not spark joy from my closet and on its way out.

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My bedroom sans clutter.

Good luck to anyone who’s trying the Konmari Method! If you have, please share what it was like for you.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Marie Kondo’s #1 New York Times bestseller is at the top of my to-read list. I am always trying to have less stuff, less clutter, and be more organized. I need help and I hope Marie Kondo’s book will spark some spring cleaning inspiration.

Stay tuned for a review and my real-life results!

Lauren Graham’s Reddit AMA – Highlights Pt. 2

Highlights Pt. 2:

Q: Was Melissa McCarthy hilarious to work with in Gilmore Girls? I love that many of the cast of that show went on to have such great acting careers!

A: Truly hilarious and kind on set, and then I’d go see her in Groundlings and be blown away by the characters she created.

Q: Who out of the cast on parenthood is the most similar to their character ?

A: Hard to say. Dax is an extremely funny guy who is also a super dedicated family man – like Crosby. And Peter is obviously perfect, just like Adam. 🙂

Q: Did you have a good relationship with Alexis, do you still see her? You guys made such a great mother/daughter combination.

A: Love her, we’ll always have a special bond. Saw her in NY not too long ago. I had a nice lunch with TV mom Kelly and Amy S.P. as well. We went to Joe Allen, one of my faves.

Q: Top 3 things you love to do when you’re in NYC!

A: I love to walk, anywhere really, but especially over the Brooklyn Bridge, shop with my sister, eat at Momofuku.

Q: Who would you say had the biggest influence on you growing up/who influenced your decision to pursue acting?

A: Thank you so much. My dad was always supportive of whatever I showed an interest in – from horseback riding to acting. And I had some great teachers along the way too.

Lauren Graham’s Reddit AMA – Highlights Pt. 1

Lauren Graham is doing a Reddit AMA to promote the release on paperback of her novel “Someday Someday Maybe.”

Here are the highlights:

Q: Did you understand most of the pop culture references in Gilmore Girls?

A: If I didn’t, I’d look them up. Part of being an actor is research!

Q: What inspired you to write your book? It was really good by the way!

A: Thanks! I wanted a new challenge and something I could do on my own.

Q: What do you remember most about your appearance on Seinfeld?

A: I remember Jerry was very appreciative and nice and and laughed at everyone else’s jokes.

Q: What was the hardest part about writing your book?

A: As much as I wished it would, the book wouldn’t write itself! Sitting down every day and trying not to look at shoes on Zappos was the hardest part.

Q: Thanks for doing this! You’re one of my favorite actresses. What was the most exciting or memorable moment from Gilmore Girls?

A: Thank you! Hard to pick one moment, but I remember working long hours and getting really punchy. We’d start making up raps and singing “Loving You” by Minnie Ripperton.

Q: This is more for my mom, who loves Gilmore Girls. She wants to know if Luke, Scott Patterson, is a good kisser. She was maybe a little too invested in your relationship on the show.

A: He’s an excellent kisser, but all movie kisses are weird, since you’re trying to have an intimate moment in front of a hundred people.

Q: Hi Lauren, big fan of Gilmore girls will there ever be a movie?

A: I honestly don’t know. I appreciate how many have asked. That character was so special – I wonder what happens to her too!