Physical Clutter

Turn Your Unused Gift Cards into Charity

I’m guessing that you have some unused gift cards stashed away somewhere. You may have forgotten about them. Even if you didn’t, you may not remember how much money is left on them. An article on cnbc.com posted last year states: “Half of Americans currently own unredeemed gift cards or store credits, according to a new survey from Bankrate. The average person with unused gift cards is sitting on $167 in free money.” Gift cards are a convenience for the gift…

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Commanding The Bathroom

I will never get tired of Command™ products, the line of hooks, strips, and other items that can be adhered to a wall or other smooth surface without damaging it. I’ve used them all over my home, as you can read about in many of my previous posts, including My Love Affair with Command™ Hooks and Hang Your Necklaces. But it’s even more fun when I get to try out products at a client’s home! A long-term client recently moved to a new…

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The Burden of Getting New Things

For about a year, my husband had been saying, “We really need to replace these dishes.” He was right. Our everyday plates, bowls, and cups bore numerous chips, dings, and scratches. We had broken or chipped so many cups that we barely had enough to get through a day of three people consuming various beverages. And yet I hesitated, because I know that in my house, “we” means “me”. If I could have magically snapped my fingers and had new…

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An Organizing Fail

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My daughter recently said, “Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to get organized”, and I had to agree with her. Here’s what happened. My 23-year old was in the first wave of workers eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. When she came home after her first dose in January, I asked her for her vaccination card and told her that I would put it in a safe place. A month later, on the day of her second dose, she came to me…

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Tricking Out My Kitchen

The more time I spend in my home, the more organized it gets. I’m continually revisiting spaces that I’ve already worked on to make them even easier to use. Take my kitchen, for example. I’ve written about numerous kitchen projects in recent years. In Keeping A Lid on Your Pots and Pans and But I Paid So Much For It, I wrote about getting rid of pots I wasn’t using, rearranging my lower cabinets to make my pots and pans more accessible, and hanging…

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