Kelly Kandra Hughes, Ph.D.

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard

Research Psychologist

Kelly Kandra Hughes, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelly Kandra Hughes earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She became fed up with all her stuff after moving three times in four years. With each move, many boxes remained unopened until it was time to move again. Realizing she didn’t need most of what she owned, Kelly gave away, donated, sold, or trashed 95% of her belongings. She has never been healthier or happier. Her writings on minimalism have been featured on websites such as No SidebarTracking Happiness, UpJourney, and The University of Surrey Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

Work with me!


I offer presentations on a variety of psychology topics, including behavior change, decluttering, mindfulness, and well-being.

Content Creation

My experience includes creating courses such as Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, and Conservation Psychology, as well as assessments using Bloom’s Taxonomy.


I provide one-on-one guidance for people who need additional support meeting their personal goals, including decluttering, downsizing, and motivation.

What else do I do?

I love animals, especially dogs! If you are looking for an in-home petsitter, I travel across the country with my husband to provide your furry family the best care possible while you’re away. I have profiles on,, and

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