Physical Clutter

Get a Fabric Recycling Bin in Your Building

The laundry room of my apartment building is not a place that usually fills me with glee. However, I recently went down there for my weekly laundry routine and was delighted to find a clothing donation bin! It is part of a program called refashionNYC that is a joint venture between the NYC Department of Sanitation and the charity HousingWorks. In addition to clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens, we can deposit fabrics for recycling, even though they might only be reusable…

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Creating a Home Maintenance Schedule

We recently spent some time moving all of the furniture away from the wall so that we could vacuum behind it and dust the baseboards. Yikes! It has apparently been a long time since we did that. I’ve decided that it would be helpful to make up a year-round maintenance calendar for my home. (Luckily I live in an apartment building, so I don’t need to include things that house-owners would need to do, like roof gutters and lawns!) Tasks…

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A Magazine A Day

My husband has a bit of a problem. He gets two weekly magazines (The Economist and The New Yorker), plus we get the New York Times delivered every day. So much to read, and so little time. The newspaper tends to stay in the dining room (it’s easier to read when spread out on the table), but the magazines gravitate toward the bedroom so that he can read them when we go to bed. It’s rare that he gets all the…

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Conversation Piece

The first time my name appeared in The New York Times was in January of 2013. I had submitted an anecdote to their weekly column called Metropolitan Diary, and it had been printed! I had recently worked with a client who had also been included in Metropolitan Diary, as did her husband at another time. Both columns had been framed and hung in their kitchen. So when my story got printed, I decided to get it ready for framing. Rather than cutting it…

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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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