My Organizing Blog

Using Ringtones for Efficiency

There’s something about a ringing phone that makes it the most compelling item in the room. When I was growing up, a ringing phone meant that someone you knew was trying to get in touch with you, so you answered it. Nowadays, however, the caller is most likely someone trying to sell you something. I’ve gotten into the habit of not answering my phone unless I know who it is. When I am out of the house and working with a client,…

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In Praise of On-line Shopping

I’ve always enjoyed catalog shopping. It was fun shopping from the comfort of my own home. My husband used to tease me about spending so much time waiting on the post office line to return packages. I told him it was better than standing on a fitting room line. When catalogs moved to the internet and the postal service starting picking up return packages, shopping from home became even more alluring. I don’t have to wait on line at the post office…

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Would You Move With This?

I recently worked with a client who was getting her apartment ready to be photographed in preparation for it being sold. The timing on her move is uncertain — there are many steps that have to occur between now and then — but as we worked on readying her apartment to be photographed and ultimately sold, I repeatedly asked this question to help her decide whether to keep something or get rid of it: “Would you move with this?” Moving is a great…

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Disposing of Your Unwanted Medications

Two pieces of good news to help you dispose of medications that have expired or that you no longer need. First of all, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on April 29 all over the U.S. from 10 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential…

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Free Stuff Is Not Free

I was listening recently to my local classical music station, WQXR.  They are now a public radio station and they were having a pledge drive. They were offering all sorts of premiums to induce listeners to donate money. My first thought was, “Hey, I’m a monthly supporter of this station. How come I never get any free stuff?” Then I realized that I didn’t want any free stuff. I have enough tote bags and mugs, and I already own plenty…

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