Physical Clutter

Would You Move With This?

I recently worked with a client who was getting her apartment ready to be photographed in preparation for it being sold. The timing on her move is uncertain — there are many steps that have to occur between now and then — but as we worked on readying her apartment to be photographed and ultimately sold, I repeatedly asked this question to help her decide whether to keep something or get rid of it: “Would you move with this?” Moving is a great…

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Disposing of Your Unwanted Medications

Two pieces of good news to help you dispose of medications that have expired or that you no longer need. First of all, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on April 29 all over the U.S. from 10 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential…

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Free Stuff Is Not Free

I was listening recently to my local classical music station, WQXR.  They are now a public radio station and they were having a pledge drive. They were offering all sorts of premiums to induce listeners to donate money. My first thought was, “Hey, I’m a monthly supporter of this station. How come I never get any free stuff?” Then I realized that I didn’t want any free stuff. I have enough tote bags and mugs, and I already own plenty…

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The Last Scrapbook

When we adopted our daughter as a 12-month old from a Chinese orphanage back in 1998, we had very little information about her background, and just a handful of photos. I decided that I would compensate for that by making her the most well-documented child in New York City history. Throughout my life, I had always made photo albums of my pictures, but I knew that I needed to take it to a higher level. Fortuitously, through a well-placed brochure…

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Oh, I Was Looking For That!

When I am helping a client organize, one of the statements I always hear is, “Oh, I was looking for that!” Usually it’s after we come across an item buried under a pile of stuff, or else we’ve found it put away in a place that the owner had long forgotten. I’ll ask the client, “Where were you looking for it?” That location is where this person expects to find this item — it’s this item’s “home”. So I’ll say, “Let’s…

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