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Baubles, Bangles, and Beads

Do you have so much jewelry that it won’t fit in one jewelry box?  Do you end up wearing the same pieces over and over again because you can’t see the others? Longstem Organizers has come up with the perfect solution: a jewelry organizer that can hold a massive amount and can be hung up on a wall or over a closet door to enable you to see every piece you own. I became aware of Longstem when they demonstrated their product at a…

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Sucked In By A Sale

Long-time readers of my organizing tips may recall an earlier rant of mine on the tyranny of coupons (Coupons: To Clip or Not To Clip?)  Coupons induce us to behave in irrational ways that waste our time and create clutter.  Similarly, sales are likely to have the same effect. When we are shopping for something specific, it’s quite delightful to find that the item we planned to buy is on sale and we can purchase it for less than expected.  However,…

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Keeping It Simple

What’s important to us changes over time.  When I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I was willing to put much more time into my appearance – my hair, my nails, my clothes.  Now I like to keep my routines as simple as possible. When I’m working with clients, I find that they have piles of clothes, footwear, and accessories that need some sort of action – actions that they feel they “should” take care of but keep putting off.  (I’ve written about…

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My Favorite Shredder

I use my shredder frequently, and it works very well.  However, when I see the red light indicating that the receptacle is full and needs to be emptied, my heart sinks because I haven’t figured out a way to empty my shredder without making a mess. Emptying my shredder requires me to remove the heavy top which contains the shredding mechanism.  That means there are tiny little pieces of cross-cut paper just waiting to fall on the floor when I remove…

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Remembering to Remember

How many absent-minded professors does it take to change a light bulb? I thought of this variation on an old joke when my husband — who is, indeed, an absent-minded professor — told me a story about his adventure with a rented car.  He was out of town attending an off-site meeting, to which he had driven two other faculty members.   All three live in Manhattan and none of them own a car, so my husband had rented a Zipcar…

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