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No Place Like Home

I recently returned from the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I spent several days with my colleagues from all over the world, hearing new ideas for serving our clients and running our businesses.  The NAPO conference is always fun, energizing, and inspiring.  In coming weeks, I’ll be reporting on new products, and other lessons I took away from the conference. I flew back on the red-eye from Phoenix to JFK Airport.  I…

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A New Spin on Consignment

In my last tip, I spoke about letting go of clothes that don’t make you look fabulous.  If you’ve taken my advice, you now have a pile of clothes you no longer want.  But what should you do with them? Everyone has a tendency to put a higher dollar value on their possessions than anyone is willing to pay.  This is particularly true for expensive clothes.  No matter how much wear someone has gotten out of their expensive or designer items,…

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You Look Marvelous!

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If I told you that you could have a closet full of clothes that made you look fabulous, would you believe me? Two and a half years ago, I worked with a stylist who helped me to figure out what styles of clothing looked good on me and what didn’t.  After reviewing my existing wardrobe and purging half of what I owned, we went shopping and purchased additional items that were stylish and flattering.   (I wrote about this experience in Getting…

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In Praise of Automatic Bill Pay

Have you ever felt stressed because you knew you had bills due but weren’t sure where the bills were or if you had missed the deadline?  Have you ever been charged a late fee?  Have you ever spent hours on the phone trying to straighten out a bill payment that was never received? If these sound like common occurrences in your life, I have three words for you: automatic bill pay.

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Ditching Some Tax Paperwork

Let’s assume that you dutifully filed your 2013 taxes in recent months.  You’ve got to hold on to your supporting paperwork for three years, since that is how long the federal government has if they decide to audit you.   (If that number surprises you, see my earlier post entitled “How Long Should I Keep My Personal Tax Records?”)  Most states — including my state, New York — also only have three years to audit you.   (You can check your state here.)…

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