My Organizing Blog

Plan Before You Pack

By Sharon Lowenheim | June 23, 2024 |
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During a recent appointment, my client asked me, “Do you help with packing?” I knew that she had a vacation coming up — not a relocation — so I answered, “Yes!” She was not the first client recently to ask me for help with packing. Packing for a trip of my own is one of my least favorite activities, although it’s certainly easier for me to help someone else pack than it is for myself. I’ve written about packing before…

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Un-Pack Your Schedule

By Sharon Lowenheim | June 13, 2024 |
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As a self-employed person who works from home but goes out for client visits, my schedule fluctuates greatly from week to week. Some weeks, I have a client scheduled every day. Other weeks, I have only one or two clients and can use the spare time to get other things done (including writing these posts!) Last week I had a packed schedule. I had a client every day, plus a hair appointment, a vet visit, and two workouts with my…

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An Organizing Tip to Maximize Small Spaces

By Sharon Lowenheim | June 9, 2024 |
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Do you live in a small space? Here’s an idea to help you maximize the limited space you have.

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Learning New Habits

By Sharon Lowenheim | May 29, 2024 |
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If you have been reading my organizing tips for the past 6 months, you know that I have just emerged from a home renovation project. The main motivation for the project was to provide me with my own washer and dryer for the first time in my life. However, after using communal laundry rooms for so many years, having my own equipment has taken some getting used to. Our typical routine was doing three loads of laundry every weekend in…

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When You Don’t Know What Product You Need

By Sharon Lowenheim | May 23, 2024 |
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Last week, I wrote about a new lower cabinet in my kitchen that has replaced a utensil drawer. This week, I want to talk about the new upper cabinet. I used to have a set of open shelves in that spot. Now, with the widened doorway, I have a narrow cabinet with three shelves and a door. I used the open shelves for stuff that I liked to keep handy. I’m using the new cabinet for some of that same…

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Rethinking My Utensil Drawer

By Sharon Lowenheim | May 16, 2024 |
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My recent home renovation included replacing all of my kitchen appliances. This required a widening of the doorway (don’t ask). As a result, one of cabinets was replaced with a narrower cabinet. The original cabinet had a drawer that I used for kitchen utensils. I was lucky to have multiple shallow drawers in different areas of my kitchen. I used one for silverware, one for utensils, and one for my wraps and baggies. Now I was down one drawer. Even…

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Making It Feel Like Home Again

By Sharon Lowenheim | April 25, 2024 |
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Today is my birthday, and I’ve received a wonderful present — my home renovation is done! Well, it’s 99.95% done. We have one small item left (a kitchen threshold) and then we’ll be at 100%. It was five months ago that we moved our bed and many of our clothes into our second bedroom so that contractors could turn our bedroom into Construction Central. A few weeks ago, we were able to move back into our bedroom, although there was…

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If You Can’t See It, You Won’t Wear It

By Sharon Lowenheim | April 15, 2024 |
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Early in my organizing career, I was quoted in Cosmopolitan Magazine. I was tickled pink to be in a national publication. In that article, I was quoted as saying, “If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it”. I have restated that advice several times in my blog posts since then, most notably in See It and Use It and Remove Dry Cleaning Plastic. Of course I use it frequently with my clients. And now I have had the opportunity…

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Remembering Where You Put It

By Sharon Lowenheim | April 9, 2024 |
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Yesterday, there was a solar eclipse. It wasn’t a total eclipse where we live, but it was still pretty spectacular to watch. We were also fortunate enough to watch the eclipse back in 2017. And we were able to watch yesterday’s eclipse safely because I saved the eclipse glasses from 2017, and I knew exactly where I had stored them! Seven years ago, I knew that there would be another eclipse in 2024, and I didn’t want to face the…

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Do You Have Mystery Keys?

By Sharon Lowenheim | March 27, 2024 |
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I recently wrote about mystery cables, which most of my clients have boxes of. But there’s another mystery item that seems to afflict most people, and that’s keys. Mystery keys collect in desk drawers, kitchen drawers, and receptacles of random stuff. There are a lot of possibilities as to what those mystery keys might open: Your old apartment or your old car. Your mom or dad’s home — but they are no longer living. Your best friend’s keys — but…

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