Mental Clutter

Simplify Your Laundry and Your Life

The older I get, the more I simplify my laundry. Some of my habits have been lifelong habits, while others I’ve adopted more recently. Here are some of the ways that I’ve kept laundry day, my wardrobe, and my linens relatively simple. No more hand washing When I was younger, I washed my bras and some of my blouses in the sink every week, then let them drip dry in the shower. Now, I wash everything in the washing machine….

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Down Memory Lane

Back in January, I wrote about Projects That Never Get Done. In that post, I publicly promised to take the first step on a long-delayed project in my house: getting rid of our two video cameras, which we haven’t used in many years. The first step was to find the videos that we had taken, so that I could inventory them prior to sending them off to be digitized. After all, I might need the cameras to properly inventory the tapes….

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The Pile in the Corner

I’ve written previously about how the Broken Windows Theory applies to organizing. In a nutshell, if you have a little bit of a mess, it’s easy for it to become a big mess because your standards are already lowered. Almost three years ago, I started a pile in the corner of my bedroom. Specifically, I placed a box of files there. The contents of the box were my father’s papers. We had just placed him in assisted living, and I was no…

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The Right Time to Buy A Suitcase

For a while now, I have been meaning to buy a new suitcase. I use a carry-on suitcase whenever I travel — whether I’m going away for a weekend or for two weeks. My cute little red carry-on was perfect for me: roomy on the inside with outside pockets, and easy to pick out of a group of suitcases due to its color. However, ever since I started noticing suitcases with four wheels instead of two, I have been wanting one. I…

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Using Ringtones for Efficiency

There’s something about a ringing phone that makes it the most compelling item in the room. When I was growing up, a ringing phone meant that someone you knew was trying to get in touch with you, so you answered it. Nowadays, however, the caller is most likely someone trying to sell you something. I’ve gotten into the habit of not answering my phone unless I know who it is. When I am out of the house and working with a client,…

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