My Organizing Blog

Donate Your Unused Winter Coats

Although temperatures here in New York City have remained mild thus far, there was a surprising nip in the air a couple of days ago that reminded me of how unpleasant winter can be when you aren’t dressed warmly enough. A charity called New York Cares collects nearly 70,000 gently used winter coats each December and distributes them to thousands of men, women, and children who would otherwise be cold.  This includes not only homeless people, but the thousands of…

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Setting Up Your Desk Area

Once they have gotten rid of piles of paper and rediscovered the tops of their desks, clients often ask me what is the best way to set up their desk areas. Sit down at your desk and spread out your arms in all directions.  Any part of your desk that is at your fingertips is what I refer to as “prime real estate”.  Prime real estate should be reserved for those items that you use constantly. Make a list of…

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Disposing of Household Sharps

Last week, I told you the best way to dispose of unwanted or expired medication.  This week, I’d like to give you information on the best way to dispose of Household Sharps. Sharps, Inc.  explains, “Sharps is the term used to describe any item that is capable of puncturing the skin such as syringes, needles, lancets, broken glass with blood on it, scalpels, etc.  Because these ‘sharps’ potentially have disease-carrying blood or other potentially infectious materials on them, they are…

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Disposing of Old Medications

What is the proper way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications, either prescription or over the counter? Although common wisdom has been to flush them down the toilet, it is now considered hazardous to our oceans and to ocean wildlife to do so. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now advising that we dispose of them along with the rest of our household trash, but taking these precautions to prevent avoid accidental or intentional misuse:…

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