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Great New Meeting Wizard Tool!

Has anyone ever had this problem?  You are trying to coordinate a group of various people for a dinner party or a meeting or some other activity.  Everyone has different schedules– I am not available on Tuesdays, I can come Wednesdays but not Thursdays, etc.  What’s worse is when you’re coordinating a conference call and… Read more »

Do you suffer from “Quicken Guilt?”

I have coined this phrase, "Quicken Guilt," to describe the situation we often see in home offices… We routinely ask a lot of assessment questions in our work as organizers, and one of them is whether they use any financial software.  People frequently get a sheepish look on their faces and say they know they… Read more »

Big Bags Weighing You Down?

I found this article in the NY Times called "Ouch!  My Bag is Killing Me."  It’s about how massage therapists and chiropractors are seeing all kinds of injuries caused by giant bags and purses.  The purses are so heavy they are straining the necks and shoulders of their owners and causing headaches. My theory on… Read more »

Gift Baskets– They are SO Last Year

Look out Harry & David, you have an anti-gift-basket nemesis out there:  www.nobasketsplease.com.  This site was created after a company received 63 gift baskets in one year and started donating them to charity after basket #5.  The site recommends socially- responsible, healthful, and practical gifts that can be given instead.  This reminds me a lot… Read more »

…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

The song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" always fascinated me… the idea that someone could give a person a series of gifts each day and keep building on them.  I was wondering how many gifts that actually ends up being…  In our work as Professional Organizers, we get a lot busier in January, obviously from… Read more »

To Scan, or Not To Scan…That is the Question

This issue keeps coming up… what about scanning things?  I think for most home offices it’s probably not the best solution, at least right now.  Why?  2 big reasons… 1.  Usually people’s "To File" pile then just becomes their "To Scan" pile. It’s really not that much different as far as procrastination or truly managing… Read more »

Closets are the new master baths

From the new 744-page Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home: "Talk to any Realtor and you will hear this over and over: Closets are the new master baths. Storage is now more important to home buyers than giant bathrooms. The closets need to be big, with sensible… Read more »

4 Tips for Organizing a Pantry

I organized a pantry for a client today, so I thought I would share some tips on that since it’s fresh in my mind.  I do write about a lot of things other than kitchens, but it just so happens I have felt like writing about them for the last few posts…! 1.  Your pantry… Read more »

Kitchen Gadget Oddities

It occurred to me that I could easily write a whole series on all of the odd, unusual gadgets we’ve seen in client’s kitchens.  Right now the one that comes to mind is "Grape Shears." This photo is from http://www.silvercollection.it/pagina13.html. So for all of you holiday shoppers who are shopping for the "person who has… Read more »

TypePad’s Featured Blog of the Day: 12/1/2006

December 01, 2006 TypePad, one of the best known blogging platforms, featured Lorie’s Clutter Diet Blog as its blog of the day on December 1, 2006. There are millions of bloggers out there, and only 365 a year get to be featured by TypePad! Thanks, guys!   Need help getting organized? Here are 3 ways… Read more »

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