Electronics

Small Improvements Add Up

In addition to my husband’s home office setup and my daughter’s exercise bike, both of which I wrote about recently, I’ve been making a lot of small changes to my home since the pandemic started. Some of them were as a result of the pandemic while others resulted from my having more time available to research them. Everything but the Kitchen Sink We’ve been living in this apartment for over 18 years, and until recently I never had a sink…

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Creating A Home Office

When New York City shut down back in March, we figured we wouldn’t have any problem working from home since we were already doing it. I’ve had a home office in the corner of my living room since starting my organizing business 14 years ago. My husband, a research scientist at a medical school, does a lot of writing on his laptop at the dining room table, going into the office only for meetings. While working from home was new for…

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When The Project Chooses You

We recently we finished watching the full series of eight Harry Potter movies, and I was reminded that the wizard doesn’t choose the wand; instead, the wand chooses the wizard. I sometimes find that I don’t choose my next organizing project; instead, the project chooses me. A dear friend mentioned recently that, in the process of doing some organizing, he had come across his copy of a video of a short play he had directed and in which my husband had acted. I…

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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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New Life for Your Old Electronics

If you receive my monthly newsletter, you’ve seen my listings of electronics recycling events throughout New York City. Most of these events are sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a longtime promoter of recycling and composting. The Center opened a permanent drop-off site for electronic waste in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn in 2012. A recent New York Times article described the role the Center plays in providing old electronics for television shows and movies that need props to reflect an earlier…

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