My Organizing Blog

Navigating The E-Mail Stream

I’m now entering week 2 of life without my computer, which is still in the shop waiting for parts. I’ve figured out how to work around most of the limitations of working on my iPad, but the biggest frustration for me right now is managing my e-mail. I use Microsoft Outlook on my PC to manage my e-mail. All of my e-mail addresses — business and personal — flow into my Outlook inbox. From there, I read and process e-mail: responding…

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Preparing for a Computer Crash

After a 3-day weekend in Washington, D.C., attending my daughter’s college graduation, I sat down at my computer on Monday morning to get caught up and give my week a good start. The universe had other plans. Within minutes, I had upended a full cup of water onto the floor, right where my computer sits. Amazingly, the computer was still working. But some of the water had gone into the fan slots at the top. So I shut down the…

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What’s Your Style?

I frequently help clients go through their clothing to decide what to keep and what to give away. At first, it’s hard for me to predict what decision they are going to make. After a while, however, I start to see a pattern and can guess what they are going to say as they consider each item. Some clients prefer fitted garments, while others like their clothing loose and comfortable. Some people prefer dark colors, while others like it colorful….

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A Clutter-Free Birthday

I had my birthday last week. For many years, I have taken the day off from work on my birthday, as does my husband. I always plan some NYC-themed activity — a museum, a Broadway show, or some other special event. Having an April birthday means we have to plan for rain. Usually I have a sunny-day plan and weather-proof plan. The weather-proof plan was to attend the highly-acclaimed Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. After I made that decision, it occurred…

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The Ex-Factor

I have often touted the value of only owning clothes that make you feel like a million bucks. (See You Look Marvelous!) As I tell my clients, dress every day as if you are going to run into someone that you haven’t seen since high school. Do you want to be dying inside and saying to yourself, “Why did I wear this ratty old outfit that makes me look terrible?” Or do you want to be feeling confident and knowing that your…

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