Physical Clutter

Finishing A Lingering Project

In January three years ago, in a blog post called Projects That Never Get Done, I mentioned that I was starting a long-postponed project to locate, watch, and digitize the home movies from my daughter’s childhood. Later that year, I wrote again about the project in Down Memory Lane. The ultimate goal was to rid myself of the video cameras on which we had taken those movies. I’m happy to say that I have finally finished that project! Why did this project…

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Unsubscribe Permanently from Credit Card Offers

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A few days ago, I found three identical envelopes in my mailbox from my bank. They were business credit card offers, and they were address to each member of my family: me, my husband, and my daughter. In an effort to stop these annoying offers from coming, I called the toll free number listed on the application and told the representative that I wanted to opt out. She gave me another number which turned out to be the customer service…

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What Decade Does Your Closet Reflect?

Earlier this year, I spotted this photo in an on-line obituary for the actress Katherine Helmond. I loved Helmond’s performance in the satirical TV show Soap which ran in the late 70s and early 80s. This photo is from her subsequent hit show, Who’s the Boss, which ran from 1984 to 1992. Helmond is in the center with Tony Danza on the left and Judith Light on the right. What struck me about this photo was how outdated the women’s clothing looked. Tony…

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Simplify Your Linens

It seems that nearly every client I work with is struggling with where and how to store their linens. Many New York City apartments don’t come with a linen closet. Even if there is a linen closet, it is often required to store other items, or else it has challenges that make accessing one’s linens challenging. Sometimes there are just too many linens, and decisions have to be made. Here are some of the solutions I’ve offered my clients which…

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Turning Old Clothes Into Memories

Nearly every client I’ve worked with has some sort of textile that has transcended its original purpose and has turned into memorabilia. It could be baby clothes, heirloom linens, a beloved relative’s item of clothing, or T-shirts that are souvenirs from memorable events. Sometimes these items are taking up valuable drawer or closet space. I encourage clients to separate these items from active clothing or linens and put them into a memorabilia box so that they don’t complicate decisions about what…

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