Book ‘Em, Danno

When I suggest to my clients that we review their bookshelves and see if they can let any books go, they usually look at me in a panic and say, “But I LOVE my books!”

Books are just like any collection: a bunch of individual items that are viewed as an entity but are actually quite diverse in terms of their usefulness or emotional value.

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Making Sense of Receipts

What do you do with your receipts after you bring them home?    Several of my clients save them — piles and piles of them — so that they can analyze their spending patterns and better understand where their money goes.

That’s a worthwhile endeavor.  Unfortunately, saving them in piles does not shed any light on your spending patterns.  It just creates clutter and causes you stress.  It also makes it difficult to find an important receipt when you need it.

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Out-of-the-Armoire Thinking

Sometimes I wish I could hire myself.

Don’t get me wrong.  I use the same organizing principles and techniques in my own home that I teach my clients.  What I can’t bring to my own situation, however, is objectivity and a fresh look.

As a result, I tend to get stuck in outmoded thinking.  Here’s an example.

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Bringing Order to the College Application Process

Do have a child in high school?  Does the prospect of staying organized throughout the college application process fill you with dread?   Luckily, a couple of people who have faced this challenge have created a great product from which the rest of us can benefit.

The College Caboodle™ was developed by a professional organizer, Leah DeAngelis Kinder, and her sister, Monique DeAngelis Morey.   Both had daughters entering high school and were looking for a way to organize all of the papers related to the college search and admissions process.

I first saw the College Caboodle™ at the organizers’ conference earlier this year.  I was so impressed with it — and by the number of anxious hours that it can save families  of the college-bound  — that I became an affiliate so that I can offer it to all of my clients and the readers of my weekly tips.

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