My Organizing Blog

What Are You Waiting For?

Do you have a pile in your home that represents something you never have time for, but wish you did?  I’m talking about unread magazines, unwatched videos, unopened books, unstarted projects, gear for unpursued activities. When I ask my clients about those piles, I often hear, “I’m retiring in a few years,and I will read them/watch them/do them when I retire.” I find this a little puzzling.  Yes, we all look forward to a time when we will have fewer…

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Today, my sister and I finished clearing out our family home of nearly 40 years.  It wasn’t the home we grew up in — we moved out of that apartment three weeks before I graduated high school.  But it was where we introduced our parents to the men who would become their sons-in law; where we brought our children to play with their cousins; where we mourned our mother three years ago and helped my father reestablish his new life, which ended two…

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My Credit Card Travels More Than I Do

The first time I experienced credit card fraud was in 1982.  I opened my bill to discover that I had charged $1,100 at Pit Number One in Atlantic City.  The trouble is that I had never been to Atlantic City. This was back in the days before the Internet (yes, children, there was such a time) and way before we did on-line shopping.  Maybe that’s why I’m not fearful about using my credit card number on-line.  I know that these kinds…

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It’s In The Bagg

Designer shoes and handbags are just not in my DNA.  I am apparently missing that segment of the X chromosome.  However, I have been in enough female clients’ closets to know that I am in the minority. I’ve worked with clients long enough to know that letting go of something you no longer use or love is especially hard if you paid a lot of money for it.  That means that designer shoes and handbags often stick around past their…

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Trash Talk

The rules about what to throw out and what to recycle get more complicated as time goes on.  I’ve written before about what gets recycled here in New York City and what just gets thrown in the trash. My most recent post on this topic was Plastics Recycling Grows Up, but if you search this blog for the word “recycling”, you’ll find many more posts on this subject.  Even as of January 1 of this year, we have new rules about…

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