Cash In Your Collections

Have you been saving something for years because “it will be worth a lot of money someday?”  Ah, yes, that mythical “someday”.

I often encounter this with my clients.   It could be something (or a collection of things) that they have been saving since childhood.  Or it could be something they have inherited in recent years.

It’s never been easier to check the value of your collectibles.  Just go to eBay and search for items like yours.  You’ll see how much people are selling them for and how much buyers are bidding.  You’ll also see how flooded the market is.  You can use the Advanced Search function to see what prices they have sold for recently.

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The Reasonable Person Standard

In law, the “reasonable person standard” is used to judge a defendant’s behavior by asking whether “a reasonable person, under the same circumstances, would have acted in the same way as the defendant”.

So what does this have to do with organizing?   I sometimes use the “reasonable person standard” to help my clients determine how much is too much.

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Don’t Let Your Stuff Crowd You Out!

You’ve all heard of Parkinson’s law, which states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Here is the Organizing Goddess’s corollary: Stuff expands to fill the space available for its storage.

So how can you limit the amount of stuff and thus reduce clutter?  By limiting the space you make available to it, of course!

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