My Organizing Blog

But I Paid So Much For It!

By Sharon Lowenheim | November 9, 2020 |
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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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Controlling the Cords – Part 2

By Sharon Lowenheim | October 28, 2020 |
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In my last post, I wrote about my efforts to minimize the cord clutter in my redesigned home office (see Controlling the Cords.) My readers really enjoyed the product recommendations. So I thought I would showcase the cord-control products I am using in the rest of my living room. When I decorated my living room,  I placed the sofa in the middle of the room instead of against the wall. That allows space behind it for my home office, but that isn’t why I…

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Controlling the Cords

By Sharon Lowenheim | October 21, 2020 |
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I am loving my new setup that I wrote about last time in Transforming My Home Office. However, the new furniture arrangement ended up exposing all of my computer cords. Since my home office is in the corner of my living room, I want to make sure it looks as attractive as possible. Despite all of my tools and tricks, it looked pretty shabby. There were cables coming out of the back of the computer, as well as power cords…

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Transforming My Home Office

By Sharon Lowenheim | October 13, 2020 |
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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

By Sharon Lowenheim | September 29, 2020 |
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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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Greeting Old Friends

By Sharon Lowenheim | September 21, 2020 |
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When the seasons change, I enjoy going into my closet and my dresser drawers and greeting old friends. My long-sleeved shirt drawer gets no attention from me from May through August. In early September, I take a peek to reacquaint myself with what I wore last fall, winter, and spring. Some of them I don’t even remember owning, while others fill me delight to think that I will be able to wear them again soon. The same goes with the long-sleeved…

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Small Improvements Add Up

By Sharon Lowenheim | September 7, 2020 |
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In addition to my husband’s home office setup and my daughter’s exercise bike, both of which I wrote about recently, I’ve been making a lot of small changes to my home since the pandemic started. Some of them were as a result of the pandemic while others resulted from my having more time available to research them. Everything but the Kitchen Sink We’ve been living in this apartment for over 18 years, and until recently I never had a sink…

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When A Piece of Furniture Has To Go

By Sharon Lowenheim | August 25, 2020 |
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One of my basic organizing principles is “One in, One out.” I’ve written about it a few times, most recently in A Magazine A Day and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. I apply that principle to clothes, linens, periodicals, and other items. But its largest impact comes when applying it to furniture. Within days of adopting our daughter 22 years ago, we walked over to the nearest baby furniture store and purchased an upholstered rocking chair. It has been a fixture…

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Creating A Home Office

By Sharon Lowenheim | August 17, 2020 |
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When New York City shut down back in March, we figured we wouldn’t have any problem working from home since we were already doing it. I’ve had a home office in the corner of my living room since starting my organizing business 14 years ago. My husband, a research scientist at a medical school, does a lot of writing on his laptop at the dining room table, going into the office only for meetings. While working from home was new for…

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The Perils of Outdated Papers

By Sharon Lowenheim | August 10, 2020 |
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When clients contact me for help with managing papers, I always ask them, “Do you have a file cabinet?” The answer almost always is, “Yes, but it’s full.” Usually their file cabinet is full with outdated papers that haven’t been reviewed in a long time. One of the first things I’ll do when I work with these clients is go through the old files and get rid of anything that is no longer relevant. Going through old papers is time-consuming, but it’s…

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