My Organizing Blog

Remove Dry Cleaning Plastic

When you bring home newly-cleaned clothes from the dry cleaner, should you remove them from the plastic, or hang them as is? Many people think that they should keep on the plastic to protect the items until they are worn again.  However, a Google Search on the phrase “remove dry cleaning plastic” will convince you that removing the plastic is the correct thing to do.

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Planning for Contingencies

When I advise clients on Time Management, I always explain the importance of leaving time in your schedule for the unexpected to occur. This value of this advice was brought home to me a few days ago when I was going to a client appointment.   I was on my way to the catch the crosstown bus to take me from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where I live, across Central Park to the Upper West Side, where my client lives. …

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Neat vs. Organized

My clients often say to me, “I bet your apartment is always organized”.  (Which it is).  Some even want to come over and see it.   I respond, “You’re welcome to come, but give me at least a five minute warning before dropping by”. Why?  Because my apartment is always organized, but it isn’t always neat.

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The Dangling E-mail Conversation

Doesn’t it make you crazy when you send an e-mail to someone and never get a response? I’ve discovered that there are a number of reasons why this happens.  It has very little to do with you, and all to do with them. Most people are just not very efficient e-mail managers.  When I give talks on e-mail management, I ask, “How many of you have over 1,000 unread e-mails in your inbox?”  Usually most of the attendees raise their hands!

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Embracing Change

Years ago, when I was learning about Change Management in a training program at Philip Morris, the instructor said that the only person who liked change was a wet baby. Several years later, I became a parent, and I discovered that even wet babies don’t like change.  My daughter never wanted to take time out of her busy playing schedule to have her diaper changed.  Luckily I was stronger than she was.

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