Physical Clutter | Organizing Goddess - Part 3

A Blast from the Past

Ten years have gone by since I wrote my post entitled “Three Idiots“. It explains how surprised I was to put away a new CD on my shelf, only to discover that I already owned it. (If you want to know the meaning of “three idiots”, you will have to read it!) The CD in question was Ultimate Manilow, a compilation of Barry Manilow’s greatest hits. Barry Manilow was a huge favorite of mine back in my college days, but…

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Lessons in Packing

I’ve always prided myself on being an efficient packer. (I last wrote about this in Packing Light.) When I travel, I fit everything into a carry-on suitcase, no matter how long I’ll be away. I don’t bring anything “just in case”. Everything gets worn or used by the end of the trip. Those rules were put to the test last week when my husband and I vacated our home for a few days because of the remodeling we have going on….

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Let’s Talk Plastic Containers, Part 2

Last week I wrote with guidelines about plastic containers as well as my ongoing love affair with Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids™ containers. (See Let’s Talk Plastic Containers.) I’ve received some requests for assistance in navigating the gamut of Easy Find Lids™ containers, as there are many types, shapes, and sizes. I prefer the square-shaped containers, as opposed to the rectangular ones, as they fit best in my refrigerator. My go-to size is the 3-cup container, as they are perfect for leftovers….

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Let’s Talk Plastic Containers

Dear Sharon, I’ve helped several clients lately with organizing their plastic containers, and I’ve also been redefining how I use mine. So this seemed like a good time to address this topic. Helping my clients with their containers has brought the following four principles to the front of my mind: Don’t keep more containers than you have use for. While it’s tempting to save every plastic container that crosses your threshold, it’s unlikely that you will ever have a need…

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Reining in the Spread

I have written in the past about the Organizing Goddess corollary to Parkinson’s Law. Remember Parkinson’s Law, which states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion? The Organizing Goddess’s corollary is: Stuff expands to fill the space available for its storage. I saw that very principle in action recently in my own home. Since we have remodeling being done, my husband and I have moved out of our bedroom and are living in what we still call…

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