My Organizing Blog

A Pile of Postponed Decisions

Does your desk have a pile of papers on it that never goes away? Mine does. It gets smaller (sometimes) and larger (mostly), but it’s always there. My very wise organizing colleague, Barbara Hemphill, declared that “Clutter is postponed decisions.®” Nowhere is this more evident than in the pile of papers on my desk. It is a pile of postponed decisions. Last month, when our illustrious Governor Cuomo declared that everyone should be staying home, I decided that I would tackle…

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Life in the Time of Corona

Another week has gone by, and there is still no clear end in sight for our self-quarantine. I’ve made slow but steady progress on my photo project, giving descriptive names to the photos that I had digitized in recent years. I’m now past the halfway point (I’m on roll 112 out of 200). We’re still chuckling at the amusing photos from when our daughter was small. I’ve also made progress on the books that have been sitting on my shelves…

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Making Lemonade

We were hoping that things would go back to normal in a few weeks. Now it’s clear that this crazy new way of life will be measured in months, not weeks. Last week I exhorted you to take care of those projects that you have been putting off. Let me tell you what I’ve been up to, in the hope that it will inspire you. Photo Project After finishing my 2019 photo album last week, I got started on a long…

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Got Time On Your Hands?

A week ago, I was looking at a very busy March calendar filled with client appointments, dinner dates, and theater-going, capped off by a trip to my annual organizers’ conference at the end of the month. Now, the conference has been canceled, client appointments have been postponed, theaters are closed, and restaurants are take-out only. I went from over-scheduled to under-scheduled with amazing speed. I can’t even fill the time with visits to the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, since…

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My New Favorite Shredder

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The last time I wrote about a shredder was in 2013. (See My Favorite Shredder). I had become infatuated with my client’s shredder because it was so easy to empty. When mine bit the dust a couple of years later, I got the chance to buy that shredder for myself. Recently, my shredder started sending clear indications that it was on its last legs. (Do shredders have legs?) Unfortunately, Fellowes no longer made that model, but I selected another model that has…

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