In the News

20 Tips to Declutter Your Home My goal was to reach across generations to help families hand down their memories, not their stuff. This graphic appears in March’s AARP bulletin…it does a great job of capturing a glimpse of what lies between the book’s covers. Wall Street Journal: Books to Read Before You Downsize … [Read more…]


Downsizing the Family Home– What to Save, What to Let Go It’s a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your aging parents’ home. Here, nationally syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a … [Read more…]

Fall Decor

Come fall, just as you pull on layers of clothing, it’s also nice to add seasonal layers (not clutter) in your home. So here are 20 almost free ways to express fall. Try a few on at your place.


Marni’s Holiday Checklist   If you’re like me, and don’t want another season of overspending, overachieving, overeating, and generally overdoing, and if you want a great holiday season, minus the stress, guilt, migraines and exhaustion, I have some advice. I looked back at past years for what I’ve done wrong and right. I made a … [Read more…]

Oh, and One More Thing…

When I was in kindergarten, I used to get in trouble for talking in class. I attended a private Christian school, and the teacher would put masking tape over my mouth. They could get away with that in those days. One day, my fed up teacher sent me to the principal’s office. My mom was … [Read more…]

With Great Relief, I Introduce My Next Book …

Writing a book is like dancing with an octopus underwater. I know because I’ve just finished my second. “HOUSE of HAVOC: How to Make – and Keep – a Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids and Other Difficult Roommates” (DaCapo Press) is off to my editor, and due to appear at a bookstore near … [Read more…]

I’ve Been Framed

I never set out to make enemies. As a journalist, I avoid topics that generate hate mail. I leave the reporting of gang wars to tougher members of the media, and stick to home design. But after my column on framing artwork appeared last week, along with my opinion that custom framing costs too darn much, … [Read more…]

What I Meant to Say on ABC

Man, four minutes can fly, especially when they’re over in three and a half. That’s what happened last week when I was on ABC TV News showing viewers how to make seasonal centerpieces. Thanks to the expert gliding-along skills of anchor Bertha Lynn, I breezed through my demo, and got through all four seasons plus … [Read more…]