Paper

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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Our Love-Hate Relationship with Greeting Cards

In this age of electronic greetings, it’s delightful to get an honest-to-goodness card in the mail.  Someone went to the trouble to buy the card, sign it, address it, stamp it, and mail it.  That person must really like you! Getting a birthday or anniversary or congratulations or thank you card, with a personal message in it – and in your friend or relative’s familiar handwriting – feels great.  But then what?

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Receipts, receipts, receipts!

The last time I wrote about receipts was last year in “Making Sense of Receipts.”  In that post, I talked about how to track and analyze your spending, as this was what my clients were saying was the reason why they were accumulating receipts. Since then, I have continued to encounter stacks and stacks of receipts at my clients’ homes, some of them years old.  These clients haven’t claimed they were saving them for tracking.  They were saving them because they…

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What Do You Really Need to Shred?

Mail / Paper / Shredding / Tax Records / 

Very often, when I am helping a client go through a huge pile of paper clutter, the client insists that any piece of paper that has his/her name and address on it must be shredded.  I have tried to convince my clients that this wasn’t necessary — after all, your name and address are easily obtained on the Internet –but most of them were not reassured. Thus I was excited when I heard about a class last year for organizers on the…

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