Physical Clutter

Saving Space

I love finding products that are ideal for small spaces. For years, I have been using a Conair hair dryer that has two remarkable features: The power cord retracts at the touch of a button. It folds in half. When I help clients organize their bathrooms, finding a way to neatly store a hair dryer can be challenging. Most people don’t want to have to wrap up the cord after they use it each time. And it can be hard…

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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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Use It, Love It, or Lose It

One of my five basic organizing principles is “Use it, love it, or lose it.” I teach this to all my clients, and it becomes the basis for decision-making about what to keep or what to let go. I am in the process of applying this same principle in my own home. I have a very small collection of commercial videos, on VHS and on DVD. Some of them I have never watched. With our TV shows on hiatus for the…

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Hang Your Necklaces

I was researching some jewelry storage options for a client when I came across a new product by one of my favorite brands: Command™. I have long extolled the virtues of Command™ Hooks. (See, most recently, Little Things Mean A Lot.) So I was excited to see that they had a new product, Command™ Clear Jewelry Racks. The Clear Jewelry Racks come packaged as two v-shaped pieces of plastic with 3 pegs each. Use your creativity to decide how to position them….

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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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