Downsizing | Organizing Goddess

Too Many Choices

Making decisions can be exhausting. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that I can reduce that stress and exhaustion by limiting the amount of decision-making I have to do each day. Do you know those famous people who seem to wear the same thing every day? Steve Jobs wore a designer black turtleneck and blue jeans. Mark Zuckerberg wears a gray t-shirt. Barack Obama said, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions….

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The iPhone Graveyard

Ten years ago, I wrote a blog post called The Computer Graveyard in which I describe the phenomenon of getting a new computer but not being ready to get rid of the old one. So the old one sits on the floor until you get another new computer, and then the one you’ve been using goes on the floor next to the older one, and . . . well, you get the idea. Now that smart phones have become so…

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But I Paid So Much For It!

I know what to do when I hear my clients say, “But I paid so much for it!” Clients sometimes use that phrase when justifying why they can’t get rid of something, even if it’s something that they no longer use (or maybe have never used.) I tell them that holding on to it will not help them recoup the money and will just continue to make them feel bad for spending so much on something that brought them so…

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Transforming My Home Office

I recently wrote “When A Piece of Furniture Has To Go.” You can subtitle this post “When Another Piece of Furniture Has To Go”. I’m referring to my desk. Not the desk where I spend most of my time working on my computer, but the desk I’ve had since I was a child. It also served me well through many years of adulthood. It was a place to pay bills and write letters and sign school permission slips. But that…

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Buy Nothing

As I’ve written in recent months, the worldwide pandemic has let me with plenty of time at home to organize and downsize. I was excited recently when nearby thrift shops reopened and I could take my discards there. I was also excited when the clothing donation bin in my building’s basement became active again. I was still left with the lingering question of what to do with items that a thrift shop would not likely put out to sell. One…

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