Physical Clutter

Dispose of the Clothes

Have you ever seen the movie “The Sound of Music”?  Julie Andrews, playing a would-be nun, has been sent from the abbey to the von Trapp family as the new governess.  Captain Von Trapp requests that before she meets his seven children, she change into a different dress.  She tells him that she doesn’t have another dress, since they are required to give all their worldly goods to the poor when entering the abbey.  “What about this dress?” he asks.  “The…

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Remove Dry Cleaning Plastic

When you bring home newly-cleaned clothes from the dry cleaner, should you remove them from the plastic, or hang them as is? Many people think that they should keep on the plastic to protect the items until they are worn again.  However, a Google Search on the phrase “remove dry cleaning plastic” will convince you that removing the plastic is the correct thing to do.

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Neat vs. Organized

My clients often say to me, “I bet your apartment is always organized”.  (Which it is).  Some even want to come over and see it.   I respond, “You’re welcome to come, but give me at least a five minute warning before dropping by”. Why?  Because my apartment is always organized, but it isn’t always neat.

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Cash In Your Collections

Have you been saving something for years because “it will be worth a lot of money someday?”  Ah, yes, that mythical “someday”. I often encounter this with my clients.   It could be something (or a collection of things) that they have been saving since childhood.  Or it could be something they have inherited in recent years. It’s never been easier to check the value of your collectibles.  Just go to eBay and search for items like yours.  You’ll see how much…

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Plastics Recycling Grows Up

After years of trying to explain to my confused clients which plastics went into the recycling bin and which didn’t, I’m delighted to say that New York City has revised its rules. The New York City Department of Sanitation is now accepting all rigid plastics in recycling pickups.  What does that mean, you ask? Here is a list of rigid plastics from the NYC recycling web site: plastic bottles, jugs & jars rigid plastic caps & lids rigid plastic food…

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