My Organizing Blog

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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Trash Cans to Love

Is it possible to fall in love with a trash can?  When the brand is Simple Human, I believe the answer is yes. I grew up with a metal step-on can in the kitchen.  When I became an adult, that’s always what I got for my kitchen.   But after I moved to my current apartment a number of years ago, I noticed that when I stepped on the pedal, the top clanged against the wall when it opened.  It was noisy, and over time it left…

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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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Your Digital Afterlife

One of the most eye-opening sessions that I attended earlier this year at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) was entitled “Creating a Will for your Virtual Life”.   Heather Ahern, a Massachusetts-based Professional Organizer, said that you should create a digital estate plan to ensure the appropriate disposition of your digital assets, just as you would do with your tangible assets. Since attending that session, I’ve come across a number of articles — in AARP…

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Money Well Spent

I’m a big fan of animal prints.  So when I saw someone on the subway earlier this year wearing an adorable animal print raincoat, I decided to scour the internet and see if I could find one. Not surprisingly, I found several.  However, since it was already June, the coat season had passed and there wasn’t much stock left.  After placing a few orders (and then a few reorders to get the right size), I was the proud owner of a…

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