My Organizing Blog

All That Glitters

As I have written before, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure (see my earlier post of that name).  But what happens when you inherit another man’s treasure?   If something was important to someone you loved, does it become important to you? When my mother passed away two years ago, she left behind her beloved silver-plated flatware.  Like many women of her generation, my mother believed in pulling out her fine china, tablecloths, and silver-plated flatware whenever we had company.  After everyone went home, my…

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Outliving Your Office Supplies

I got a real kick out of a recent article in the New York Times called “Let Me Count The Days“.  In this amusing piece, author James Collins takes a look at his box of 5,000 staples and realizes he will never use them all up.   His mortality is made real to him when he is forced to acknowledge that his office supplies will outlive him. A few years ago, I wrote about my mother purchasing a value-pack of Q-Tips simply…

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Corral Those Cables

Did you ever notice that photos of computers on web sites or in magazines never have any visible cables?  They say that sex sells, and it is indeed pretty sexy to see computer equipment with no cables piled up around them. The real world is a bit more messy.  Even those of us who operate wirelessly still have to plug our computers and printers into wall outlets, and we still have to manage all those cords that connect our phones, tablets,…

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All The Right Moves

In the last few months, I have been working with a number of folks who are in the process of relocating, or who have recently relocated.  This is atypical for me because I am not an organizer who specializes in moves, as some of my colleagues do.  While these colleagues handle all the details of the move, my role in relocations is generally limited to “the stuff”. In my mind, there are four major steps in a moving project that…

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Planning Your Afterlife

I consider it a wake-up call.   The sudden decline and death of my sweet little dog in a 24-hour period underscored for me that any one of us can be gone before we know what hit us.  Once again, the organizer in me kicked in. My husband and I actually began discussing our final wishes 2 1/2 years ago, when we found ourselves unexpectedly responsible for the end-of-life decisions for a friend.   (This led to a frank conversation with my parents, which…

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