Research Psychologist

Kelly Kandra Hughes is a research psychologist with interests in minimalism, decluttering, behavior change, and personal growth. Her most popular presentations include The Psychology of Stuff: Why We Have So Much and What We Can Do About It and Cleaning Hacks: How to Get Started When You Don’t Want To. She is happy to present in-person or via Zoom (or similar). She is also available for short-term, personal coaching. You can read her complete CV here.

Contact her at kelly.kandra AT for more information or to schedule a presentation today.

Featured Press, Writing, & Presentations

Why You Should Try the 12-12-12 Decluttering Method

Post-Pandemic Life: How to Move Forward – Presentation for the Norfolk Library

The Rural We: Kelly Kandra Hughes

17 Expert Tips on Living a Simple Life

We Build Our Work Lives Around Time, But Doesn’t Energy Make More Sense?

The Naked House: Five Principles to a Minimalist Home

From Materialism to Minimalism: Moving Beyond Black Friday

Book Recommendations

I have read and enjoyed all the books on this list. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend them. These are NOT affiliate links.

If you want general advice for habit formation and behavior change, read Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear.

If you want the last book you’ll ever need on time management, read Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman.

If you want easy and fun tips for decluttering and organizing, read Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin.

If you are overwhelmed with daily living, read How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis

If you buy too much stuff, especially clothes, read Consumed: On Colonialism, Climate Change, Consumerism, and the Need for Collective Change by Aja Barber.

If you are tired of everything, especially social media, read Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Heresy.

If you are tired of hustle/grind culture, read Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price.

If you struggle with distractibility, read Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How To Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari.

If you struggle with sadness or depression, read Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari.

If you are done with toxic positivity, read The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.

If you need convincing to meditate, read 10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris.

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