My Organizing Blog

I’m Still A Fan of Deadlines

When I got the idea to write this post, I remembered that I once wrote a post called In Praise of Deadlines. I searched for it and was surprised to see that I wrote it 11 years ago! Well, I’m still a fan of deadlines to get us motivated and push us through to the finish line. (Don’t worry, the sports metaphors end here.) As many of you know, I like to read. I read 82 books last year and…

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Tricking Out My Kitchen

The more time I spend in my home, the more organized it gets. I’m continually revisiting spaces that I’ve already worked on to make them even easier to use. Take my kitchen, for example. I’ve written about numerous kitchen projects in recent years. In Keeping A Lid on Your Pots and Pans and But I Paid So Much For It, I wrote about getting rid of pots I wasn’t using, rearranging my lower cabinets to make my pots and pans more accessible, and hanging…

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It’s Enough to Say Thank You

I said something to a client recently that, she reported later, was really helpful to her. I’m sharing it here in the hope that others will benefit from it. She was struggling about getting rid of something because it was a gift. I asked her, “When you received the gift, did you say thank you?” Of course she replied yes, and I responded, “Then you have fulfilled your obligation as the recipient.” I’ve written on this topic before (see Guilt-Free…

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Weighed Down by Donations

My husband got a new winter parka last month, and I was excited at the prospect of being able to donate his old one. It was in excellent shape and I knew there were people in need of warm winter wear. For years, I’ve been donating our unwanted winter coats to the New York Cares Coat Drive. Every winter, they put donation boxes in stores all over New York City. There was one in the paint store one block away from me,…

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An Unprecedented Year

A recent New York Times article talked about the words that were used frequently in 2020. One of them was “unprecedented.” There’s certainly no arguing that, for most of us, this has been a year like no other. I’ve spent time this year making changes to my home, finishing some long-delayed organizing projects, and implementing new technology. I’ve written about all of these and you may have read about them. I’ve made a few more changes that surprised even me! I…

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