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Reducing Your Digital Footprint

Last time, I wrote about planning for your digital afterlife.  Now I’d like to share what I experienced when I decided to reduce my digital footprint by closing some of the hundreds of on-line accounts that I’ve set up over the years. I much prefer shopping on-line to shopping in person.  In the time it takes me just to travel to a store, I could already have located on-line the exact item I want and purchased it.  As a result, I…

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Your Digital Afterlife

One of the most eye-opening sessions that I attended earlier this year at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) was entitled “Creating a Will for your Virtual Life”.   Heather Ahern, a Massachusetts-based Professional Organizer, said that you should create a digital estate plan to ensure the appropriate disposition of your digital assets, just as you would do with your tangible assets. Since attending that session, I’ve come across a number of articles — in AARP…

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Money Well Spent

I’m a big fan of animal prints.  So when I saw someone on the subway earlier this year wearing an adorable animal print raincoat, I decided to scour the internet and see if I could find one. Not surprisingly, I found several.  However, since it was already June, the coat season had passed and there wasn’t much stock left.  After placing a few orders (and then a few reorders to get the right size), I was the proud owner of a…

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Helping Hands

Don’t you sometimes wish you had an extra set of hands?  Or could be in two places at once?  Or had paid more attention in shop class? A bunch of companies have sprung up to provide a helper or two when you need it. Handy (formerly Handybook) connects  you with home cleaners and handymen who are “experienced, friendly, background-checked, and insured.”  There are 20 categories of services, the most popular being furniture assembly, interior painting, light fixtures, moving help, faucets, and home cleaning.  …

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Lightening the Load

When my daughter was a toddler, she used to crack us up by saying, “I do it myself,” immediately followed by “Help!”   Her desire for independence was strong, but not strong enough to overcome her youthful lack of competence. As grownups, it can be hard to admit when we need help.  I’ve written before about the ways in which I have sought professional assistance to accomplish important personal goals (see my prior tip, “Getting Help When You Need It“).  A…

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