My Organizing Blog

The Short Shelf Life of Clothes

Six years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Why Vegetables Are Better Than Clothes“. The bottom line: unlike vegetables, which go bad and induce you to throw them out before they overstay their welcome, clothes have no way of reminding you that they are past their expiration date. I had a vivid reminder of this fact recently. I had been invited to a friend’s wedding, so I tried on all of my nice dresses to see what looked good. As…

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Shoe Bags Are Not Just For Shoes

When is a shoe bag not a shoe bag? I specialize in organizing small spaces, so I’m always looking for creative ways to store my clients’ items. I love using the inside of closet doors to gain extra space. Shoe bags are a favorite of mine to get shoes off the floor and keep them visible. But shoe bags are not just for shoes. Anything small that can get easily misplaced can be stored in a shoe bag. I recommend clear plastic shoe bags…

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What’s In Your Wallet?

If you had to make a list of everything that’s in your wallet right now, do you think you could do it? My daughter, who is a college freshman in D.C., had her wallet stolen a few weeks ago. Luckily she doesn’t carry much, so she could remember what cards she lost and we were able to replace most of them fairly quickly. But I was a bit nervous having her walking around without her college ID, bank card, or credit card for a few days….

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No More Robocalls

The struggle to avoid telemarketers is real. For many years, I have been screening my incoming calls by not picking up the phone until I hear the caller speak on my answering machine. Since I’ve gotten caller ID, I can sometimes short-circuit the process if I recognize the caller’s phone number. Nevertheless, taking these precautions saps my time and attention. I was intrigued to recently learn of a service called Nomorobo. In 2012, the FTC issued a Robocall Challenge, offering $50,000 in prize money to innovators who created solutions…

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Reminders that Work for You

A few months ago, my iPhone alerted me that an update to the iOS operating system was available for me to download and install. Usually I do those things right away, but my computer guy had advised that the update was buggy and that we should wait for the next one. For several weeks, a visual indicator — a small red circle with the number 1 in it — appeared on top of the Settings icon on my iPhone. It made me…

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