Physical Clutter

Ephemera

One of my daily pleasures is doing the crossword puzzle in the New York Times. In yesterday’s puzzle, the clue for 9-down was “Things meant to be used and then thrown away.” I knew the answer right away: ephemera. I use this word frequently with my clients because I want to help them decide which paper items they should save and which they should let go. Dictionary.com further defines ephemera as “items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially…

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Useful Stocking Stuffers

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I just bought two of the cutest – and most useful – little items that would be great stocking stuffers for those of you who buy such things! The Pocket Monkey is a multi-tool that is small, light, and flat enough to fit into a wallet. It can be used as a bottle opener, flat screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver. micro screwdriver (for glasses and battery covers), phone kickstand, hex wrench in 6 sizes, orange peeler, door latch slip, earbuds cord wrap, letter opener, ruler,…

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The Camera in Your Pocket

It’s Black Friday, and on this notorious day of over-shopping, I’m going to tell you a tale of de-acquisition. As you may recall, I’ve been on a kick to get rid of anything I’m no longer using. Back in June, I sold quite a bit on eBay (see Cash for My Trash), including my old digital camera. However, I held on to my most-recently purchased digital camera, which I got in 2012. I used to take a lot of pictures. I’m a…

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Sharing Priceless Family Photos

After my father passed away earlier this year, I took possession of his priceless family photo albums. These were photos that he had obtained over the years from his parents. Some of them showed his parents when they were teenagers back in Hungary in the early part of the 20th century. Others were of him and his brothers during their youth in Brooklyn. Some included their young wives, including my mother. I knew that these photos were special and needed to be…

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No More Mystery Cables

Do you have a box or drawer of cables that you are afraid to throw away? Chances are that you do, since nearly all of my clients have them! The cables that you use on a frequent basis are most likely not in this box or drawer.  They are in more active places in your home or office. So these mystery cables are probably not useful for you and can be responsibly discarded. Here is an excellent on-line guide to figuring out…

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