Hello and happy Friday!

Guest post #6-in-a-row (yes, this ends the streak…I think!) comes to you via Minimalist Packrat, the site that celebrates writer Tanja Hoagland’s journey from (you guessed it) packrat to minimalist.

Which leads me to ponder:  if I’d employed a similar “is living into now + used to be” fusion title for this site, it might read, “Peaceful Control-Freak,” or “Brave Scared” or “Bold Writer Shy Girl.”

That last one kind of has a ring to it… 😉

Moving on. As you know, A Wish Come Clear’s mission is to help you find meaning in your most challenging relationships. Hence, today’s post focuses not just on decluttering, but on the remarkable bond between 14-year-old middle-school valedictorian Olivia Halvorsen and her younger brother, Ben, who has Down Syndrome. How do these two topics connect? Read on to find out!

Today’s Post: 4 Steps To A Decluttered Home And A Deepened Relationship

I’m honored to be posting at Minimalist Packrat. I’ve been corresponding with Tanja ever since we bonded over our mutual love of Francine Jay’s book The Joy Of Less (see also:  my guest post on Miss Minimalist.) Nowadays we encourage and help one another along on our respective writing journeys. Thank you for the opportunity to post at your site, Tanja!

Welcome to A Wish Come Clear, readers from Minimalist Packrat! I’m happy you’re here.



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  1. Tanja from Minimalist Packrat June 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    Hi Caroline,

    I’m honored to have you as a guest poster over on my blog! Your article has really resonated with readers, even encouraging one to simplify her photos and hold on to the ones that remind her of happy times with her deceased husband instead of the sadder times.

    You are indeed a wonderful, “Bold Writer Shy Girl” and it has been incredible connecting with you!

    • Caroline McGraw June 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM - Reply

      🙂 Thank you Tanja! I too have been amazed by the (very moving) response to the post…in fact, I’m going to incorporate the comments we/I received into a new post next week!

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