Mental Clutter

What Are You Waiting For?

Do you have a pile in your home that represents something you never have time for, but wish you did?  I’m talking about unread magazines, unwatched videos, unopened books, unstarted projects, gear for unpursued activities. When I ask my clients about those piles, I often hear, “I’m retiring in a few years,and I will read them/watch them/do them when I retire.” I find this a little puzzling.  Yes, we all look forward to a time when we will have fewer…

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Focus on Action

Like you, I struggle with paper.  I no sooner get my desk cleared off than it gets covered up again with the next day’s mail.   I’ve written about my struggle and my strategies for mastering paper in some of my previous organizing tips, most notably Divide and Conquer the Pile and What Color is Your Desk? Attacking a pile of paper is very intimidating.  It can be time-consuming to figure out what needs to be done with each piece of paper.  If you’re like…

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Adapting to Change

We have a new dog.  His name is Alfie.  We adopted him three months ago, shortly before his 7th birthday. We were told he was a Havanese.  If you are not familiar with this breed, just think “cute little white fuzzball”. Of course I had him DNA-tested, because that’s just the kind of person I am.  We learned that he is only 50% Havanese, and 25% Maltese.  (If you are not familiar with that breed, you can once again think “cute little…

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Gems Among the Stocking Stuffers

As a Professional Organizer, I find the holiday season agonizing.  So much emphasis on shopping — buying things that will be given to people who probably don’t even want them. I love getting my weekly e-mails from the Container Store, but when they sent me one about this year’s collection of “Stocking Stuffers”, I got nervous. Stocking stuffers are the ultimate junky gift — emphasizing quantity and low price over quality.  The Container Store offers free shipping if you order $100 worth…

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Reducing Your Digital Footprint

Last time, I wrote about planning for your digital afterlife.  Now I’d like to share what I experienced when I decided to reduce my digital footprint by closing some of the hundreds of on-line accounts that I’ve set up over the years. I much prefer shopping on-line to shopping in person.  In the time it takes me just to travel to a store, I could already have located on-line the exact item I want and purchased it.  As a result, I…

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