CLUTTER-FREE GIFT GUIDE (for Covid Times)I only recommend products I would use myself. This post contains some affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a commission. Thanks! It’s time to think about holiday shopping. But don’t spend your money on things your loved ones won’t use—I see this all the time…

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Meaningful Memorabilia and How to Manage It  Among the clutter in clients’ closets, drawers, and cupboards, I often find sentimental items that my clients feel compelled to save. But please remember not ALL keepsakes are worth keeping! I encourage you to manage your memorabilia using the acronym HAPPY: H = HAPPY – “Does it bring HAPPY memories?”Don’t…

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I have posted 125 Tip Tuesdays since Sept 2017, when I began this series. And shame on me, as this is the first time I’m asking: What topics do YOU want to know MORE about?I would love to help solve your organizing conundrums and help “Simplify You.” So please reach out with questions, solutions, or tips of your…

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A client recently asked: “What should I do with ALL the old paint in my house?” We find clients in this paint predicament all the time.I suggest that you go through your home and make a list. I have a simple chart I use for my house listing the room/area, color name, brand, color number, saturation, finish,…

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Sometimes I long for the “good old days,” when there was a limited amount of choices and decision-making was easy. I remember my Mom shopping for a new refrigerator about four decades back. I grew up near Vestal, New York, so we went to family-owned Olum’s Appliances (still going strong!). A knowledgeable salesman presented five or six…

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Recently a reader asked “What can I do about the endless amount of junk mail?!”   The best solution is to register with the Direct Marketing Association at DMAChoice.org.  There is a $2 fee but once you pay and log in you can easily and dramatically reduce the volume of: catalogs, magazine offers, other mail offers (such as…

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I know what you’re thinking: “What does the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (July 20, 1969) have to do with organizing and lifestyle tips?!” I want to share a personal story that may give you some perspective on the things you’re holding on to. My beloved mother, Helen, worked her whole life…

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Even if you were able to resist the siren call of “Prime Day,” and the many other retail sales calling themselves “Black Friday in July,” it seems we’re all getting many more boxes of goods delivered directly to our homes, often on an almost daily basis. Because of this, I encourage my clients to create…

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Days after Independence Day, the next hugely hyped event on the calendar is Amazon Prime Day, this year running for TWO days (July 15th through July 16th). Instead of falling for the hype, I suggest you use it as a day to reflect on what you have and what you REALLY need. Remember: something is…

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