Downsizing

Transforming My Home Office

I recently wrote “When A Piece of Furniture Has To Go.” You can subtitle this post “When Another Piece of Furniture Has To Go”. I’m referring to my desk. Not the desk where I spend most of my time working on my computer, but the desk I’ve had since I was a child. It also served me well through many years of adulthood. It was a place to pay bills and write letters and sign school permission slips. But that…

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Buy Nothing

As I’ve written in recent months, the worldwide pandemic has let me with plenty of time at home to organize and downsize. I was excited recently when nearby thrift shops reopened and I could take my discards there. I was also excited when the clothing donation bin in my building’s basement became active again. I was still left with the lingering question of what to do with items that a thrift shop would not likely put out to sell. One…

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Someday Means Never

Earlier this month, I spent nearly a week in Fort Worth, Texas, attending the annual conference of my professional association, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Even though this is my 13th year as a Professional Organizer, I still came away from the conference with my head full of new and exciting ideas and things to try. One of the sessions that I attended was called A Day in the Life of a KonMari Consultant. The speaker…

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Another Way to Donate Clothes

I last wrote about Vietnam Veterans of America in 2011. At that time, they still were picking up clothing donations in NYC. They no longer do that, but they have offered a wonderful alternative. Go to their Happy Donations website to print out a free shipping label. Fill a box with clothing, shoes, jewelry, and/or accessories. Add the label and take the box to a UPS store. You can also give the box to a UPS driver or leave it any…

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Your Grownup Kid’s Stuff

I recently wrote about what happened when my empty nest got filled up again after my daughter finished college. This time I want to tell you how we made sure, before she even went to college, that her stuff wouldn’t live here longer than she would. When my daughter was packing up to go to college, I acknowledged that she might never live with us again. Like so many who experience a taste of life away from parents, she might…

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