My Organizing Blog

Putting The Holidays In Perspective

Every year, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s, the business pages of the newspaper are filled with prognistications of whether holiday retail sales will meet expectations.  In 2011, holiday sales represented 20% of total retail industry sales.  For some retailers, holiday purchases represent 40% of annual sales. Those people are allowed to stress out about the holidays.  But why are the rest of us so stressed out?

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The Importance of Good Closet Design

I spent Veteran’s Day engaged in what might described as a busman’s holiday.  (For those not familiar with that quaint phrase, it means spending your vacation doing something very similar to your normal work.) In my case, the activity was cleaning out closets, sorting and packaging items for donation and recycling, and discarding the rest.  What made this activity different was that the items belonged to my mother, who passed away earlier this year.  I had help from my sister, and moral…

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Our Love-Hate Relationship with Greeting Cards

In this age of electronic greetings, it’s delightful to get an honest-to-goodness card in the mail.  Someone went to the trouble to buy the card, sign it, address it, stamp it, and mail it.  That person must really like you! Getting a birthday or anniversary or congratulations or thank you card, with a personal message in it – and in your friend or relative’s familiar handwriting – feels great.  But then what?

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Receipts, receipts, receipts!

The last time I wrote about receipts was last year in “Making Sense of Receipts.”  In that post, I talked about how to track and analyze your spending, as this was what my clients were saying was the reason why they were accumulating receipts. Since then, I have continued to encounter stacks and stacks of receipts at my clients’ homes, some of them years old.  These clients haven’t claimed they were saving them for tracking.  They were saving them because they…

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Time Management Is About Prioritizing

When there is a long time between my posts, it’s a sign that I have a lot going on in my life.   Many of my clients beg me for help with time management, as they have a lot going on in their lives, too. What I teach them is that time management is about making choices.  The key question when managing one’s time is:  how should I be spending my time right now?

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