Closed September 2017

Paper Management

Clutter Video Tip: Clipping and Saving Articles

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! Do you buy magazines and newspapers to read or to clip? Do your friends and family call you Edward Scissorhands? In today’s video Lorie Marrero talks about clipping and saving those articles. (Click here… Read more »

Don’t Start a Home-Based Business Without Reading This First!

As a professional organizer since 2000, over ten years now, I have worked in many homes where there is also a business being run. It may be a consultancy, or someone might be a writer or other type of expert, or it may be that the person is operating a network-marketing business like Mary Kay… Read more »

10 Books You Can Get Rid of Because of the Internet

Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.
Only original works of authorship are protected by copyright. “Original” means that an author produced a work by his or her own intellectual effort instead of copying it from an existing work.

National Geographic Collections: Golden Shelves of Glory?

One of the most humorous things I notice in my work as a Professional Organizer is how many people collect National Geographic magazines. I think of them as the "Golden Shelves of Glory" when I walk into a room and see them. Here's a photo of some in a basement, but often they are very… Read more »

No More Yellow Pages Clutter!

When I was just starting my organizing business ten years ago, a huge percentage of our clients came to us from a large (expensive) ad we had in the Yellow Pages. I did a lot of close tracking on that, and I watched that change, slowly but surely, from Yellow Pages to Google. The last… Read more »

Top Ten Low-Tech Productivity Tools

With all the attention given to our fun gadget phones and our ever-present computers and laptops, we forget that there are some classic low-tech tools that make all the difference to our daily living and our work. I have teamed up with my Twitter friend Dane Findley (see bio below) to give you our top… Read more »

Clutter Video Tip: Filing Cabinets

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! Our ninth video, focuses on getting the most out of your filing cabinet. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.) Transcript: Hello, I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter… Read more »

Your House Is Not a Library!

One of our members just was saying in our message boards that she threw out a big stack of cooking magazines when she realized that every time she wanted to look up a recipe, she looked it up online anyway! Her story is a great opportunity to remind you that your house is NOT a… Read more »

Staples® is Teaming Up with Clutter Diet®!

Today we announced our relationship with Staples, the world's largest office products company! Through January, we'll be providing tips that are updated weekly at This week our tips are about filing, in honor of National Clean Out Your Files Month. Here is the press release announcement, and here is the Boston Globe story about… Read more »

Facing the Giant Mail Pile

I just went on vacation for two weeks (to ITALY!), then returned home, repacked my suitcase, and was gone another week speaking for Goodwill in Atlanta and going to several days of meetings in San Diego. Whew! Glad to be home! And what did I find upon my return? THE GIANT VACATION MAIL PILE. You've… Read more »

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