My Organizing Blog

Wear and Wear Again

When my daughter was little, every item of clothing she was wearing went into the clothes hamper at the end of the day. Small children get into a lot messy situations, so we just assumed that whatever she had on was in need of laundering. When you get to be a grownup, it’s not so straightforward. The bedrooms and closets of many of my clients are strewn with clothing that is not quite clean but not quite dirty. What are some…

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Give Back Box

If you do a lot of mail order, as I do, you are frequently recycling cardboard boxes. Would you like to know a better use for those boxes? Give Back Box is a charity that was established to reuse those cardboard boxes to donate clothing and small household items. Simply pack up your unwanted items in the empty box, go to GiveBackBox.com to print a label, and mail it to Goodwill for free. You can drop off your package at a local UPS store…

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A Blessing and a Curse

If you were a fan of the TV show “Monk”, as I was, you will recognize the phrase “a blessing and a curse.” It’s how the title character, a brilliant detective with phenomenal observational and deductive powers, described his talent. I recently found myself in a blessing/curse situation. I was asked by my professional association, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), to record a class that would become part of a new certificate program. I had delivered this class at…

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After the Flood

While I was away at the NAPO conference last week, my husband experienced a flood in his bathroom. It was a relatively minor flood — the water supply line under the sink was leaking, causing a puddle in the vanity cabinet which led to a puddle on the floor — but it caused havoc nonetheless. When I got home from the conference, I discovered that he had moved into my bathroom for several reasons. The main one was that he no longer had a…

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What Price Free?

Tomorrow I’m leaving for Atlanta, Georgia, to spend the rest of the week at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). This will be my seventh time attending the NAPO conference and I’m excited to come home with new ideas for my clients and my business. What I don’t intend to come home with is hotel freebies. You know, those little bottles and tubes of shampoo and moisturizer, sewing kits, shoe polishers, and shower caps. When I help clients…

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