Mental Clutter | Organizing Goddess

Carving Out Time for Yourself

When 2020 rolled around, I decided to keep track of how many books I read. I had no idea that we were about to get hit by a global pandemic and I would have more leisure time than ever before. When the year ended, I was delighted to see that I had finished 82 books! At the beginning of 2021, I wondered if I would be able to keep up that pace, as I expected things to become more “normal”…

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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

I have written in the past about how coupons and sales cause us to behave in ways that waste our time. (You can read these rants in Coupons: To Clip or Not to Clip? and Sucked in by a Sale.) I have a new chapter to add to the legion of examples in which we waste so much time to save money. My daughter wears contact lenses. Earlier this year, she went to the eye doctor for her annual exam and…

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Coming Out of Hibernation

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve just emerged from a 16-month hibernation. When New York City shut down in March of last year, it was such a shock to have all of the hustle and bustle grind to a screeching halt. My daughter asked me how long I thought it would take before we were back to normal. I told her that the flu epidemic of 1918 lasted two years, so we should expect at least…

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Things to Document While You Still Can

If you’ve been following my writing for a while, you know that I am very interested in documenting what your family will need to know when you are no longer around. I created a folder in my file cabinet labeled “Afterlife” and have been adding documents to it for several years. The AARP Newsletter recently featured a helpful article entitled How to Be a Good Executor of a Will or Estate. What interested me most was a sidebar that featured “5 Things…

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Nobody Compares to You

When my sister and I were little, we used to run to my mother to ask her whose drawing was better. My mother would very wisely answer some variation on the following: “Yours is beautiful for a 3-year old, and yours is beautiful for a 6-year old.” We would walk away feeling very satisfied with our mother’s praise, even though she had not directly answered our question. (As the younger child, I’m sure I would have been on the losing…

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