clutter

The Power of Labeling

Two of my basic organizing principles are:  (1) Every item must have a home, and (2) Keep like with like. By selecting a home for every item, you know where to look for it when you need it, and you know where to put it away when you are done.  By keeping like with like, you avoid creating multiple homes for similar things. I’ve discovered a great way to reinforce these two principles: labeling.

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A Cautionary Tale about Q-Tips

My mother called me the other day to tell me that she had 750 Q-tips and was hoping I would agree to take some of them off her hands. Here’s how it happened.  My mother noticed  that the package of 300 Q-tips that she purchased at Walgreen’s quite a number of years ago was almost empty.   However, she was determined to buy a smaller package, since she and my dad use them up so slowly, and, like most of us…

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Paper Handling Guidelines

Do you have a problem with paper?   Does it seem to multiply overnight?  Do you get your desk cleaned off, only to find an intimidating pile there again just a few days later? You are not alone.   Most of my clients struggle with managing paper, and I myself wage a weekly battle with the top of my desk.

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Practicing What I Preach

As a Professional Organizer, I live the advice that I give my clients.  I regularly donate unworn clothes and unused items; I efficiently process incoming e-mail and paper; I manage my time using an effective to-do list. But even I’m not perfect. That’s why I found it so satisfying last week to tackle something that had been nagging at me for a while — something that was violating TWO of my six basic organizing principles.

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Clutter-Free Memorabilia

When I was 17, my family moved to a new apartment.  At that time, I was able to fit all of my personal items into two cardboard boxes. I’ve got a lot more than that now! We tend to accumulate things as we go through life.  Some of them are very important to us, while some we just keep out of habit. How can we prevent our memorabilia from turning into clutter?

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