My Organizing Blog

Focus on Action

Like you, I struggle with paper.  I no sooner get my desk cleared off than it gets covered up again with the next day’s mail.   I’ve written about my struggle and my strategies for mastering paper in some of my previous organizing tips, most notably Divide and Conquer the Pile and What Color is Your Desk? Attacking a pile of paper is very intimidating.  It can be time-consuming to figure out what needs to be done with each piece of paper.  If you’re like…

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Guilt-Free Receiving

I’ve written quite a bit over the years about clutter-free gifts.  This time, I’m going to look at the other side of the gift-giving equation — the receiving end. When I work with clients, I often come across items that they never use, but feel guilty disposing of because they were gifts. What is your responsibility to hold on to something you don’t like?  What would the gift-giver think if he or she knew that you held on to it…

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Adapting to Change

We have a new dog.  His name is Alfie.  We adopted him three months ago, shortly before his 7th birthday. We were told he was a Havanese.  If you are not familiar with this breed, just think “cute little white fuzzball”. Of course I had him DNA-tested, because that’s just the kind of person I am.  We learned that he is only 50% Havanese, and 25% Maltese.  (If you are not familiar with that breed, you can once again think “cute little…

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Gems Among the Stocking Stuffers

As a Professional Organizer, I find the holiday season agonizing.  So much emphasis on shopping — buying things that will be given to people who probably don’t even want them. I love getting my weekly e-mails from the Container Store, but when they sent me one about this year’s collection of “Stocking Stuffers”, I got nervous. Stocking stuffers are the ultimate junky gift — emphasizing quantity and low price over quality.  The Container Store offers free shipping if you order $100 worth…

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Trash Cans to Love

Is it possible to fall in love with a trash can?  When the brand is Simple Human, I believe the answer is yes. I grew up with a metal step-on can in the kitchen.  When I became an adult, that’s always what I got for my kitchen.   But after I moved to my current apartment a number of years ago, I noticed that when I stepped on the pedal, the top clanged against the wall when it opened.  It was noisy, and over time it left…

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