My Organizing Blog

Love, Loss, and Organizing

Over the weekend, we went through the traumatic experience of having our dog Taffy put to sleep.  She was still young, and she did not appear to be mortally ill.  When we took her to the vet on Friday morning to investigate something that had attracted my notice, we had no idea that in less than 24 hours she would be gone. I’ve written about Taffy before, most notably in Time Is A Zero-Sum Game and Embracing Change.   Her untimely passing has…

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Nothing Lasts Forever

A couple of my clients got a rude awakening recently when they discovered that their backup stash of hosiery — which they had stored in unopened packages for years — had gone beyond its useful life.  In one case, it was a full drawer of unworn pantyhose.  In the other, it was dozens of unworn knee highs. I have previously written about the lamentable fact that clothing does not come with an expiration date the way drugstore items do.  (See my earlier…

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Working In Your Pajamas

It’s a bit of a cliché, but one of the things I love about owning a home-based business is that I can work in my pajamas. My morning routine for several years has been like this: I read the New York Times over breakfast, and when I’m done, I go over to the computer to review my e-mail.  Then I’ll take care of a few things that need to be done that day.  Only then do I get dressed and ready for…

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Things to Have in Every Room

It may sound counter-intuitive, but sometimes the cure for clutter is having multiples of certain things. Take, for example, a pair of scissors.   How often have you gone into another room to get the scissors, brought them back to where you needed them, used them, and then neglected to return them to their usual place?   Days later, you go to get the scissors and they are aren’t where you expect them to be, resulting in lost time to search for them,…

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Word of the Year

I’ve written in the past about New Year’s Resolutions and how they are destined to fail without proper planning.  (See Say “No” to New Year’s Resolutions and Setting Monthly Goals Instead Of New Year’s Resolutions). This year, I’m trying something different.  I’ve chosen a “Word of the Year” using Christine Kane’s Word of the Year Discovery Tool.  (Thanks to my organizing colleague Janine Adams of St. Louis for bringing this to my attention). My word of the year is Balance.  It encompasses the business and…

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