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When is Enough Stuff Enough?

I had a life-changing epiphany. It was on May 27, 1978 in the wee hours following opening day of Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts. My then-boyfriend and I were there until the casino closed (pre-24-hour operation). We drove around Atlantic…

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Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat?

Spring started March 20. Ahhh, the glorious colors and delightful smells of spring flowers. This time of year, thoughts turn to warm-weather activities, which then may turn to extra pounds gained over the winter. Maybe it’s because we’re indoors without…

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Get Happy: Organize a Closet

“I feel happier, lighter, less stressed and more in control,” my clients exclaim after we organize a space. They have a sense of accomplishing something important. I literally see relief in their faces as we make progress. Spring starts on…

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Do You Know What’s In Your Wallet?

My aunt’s friend Lee was driving home after having dinner with The Girls. All of a sudden she realized she didn’t have her handbag! She frantically tried to remember what was in it, especially in her wallet, but her mind went blank. Panicked,…

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Letting Go Of Sentimental Items (02.12.16)

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Even if it is a Hallmark-created holiday, what’s the harm if it brings together people to celebrate romance? Whether or not you celebrate, Valentine’s Day tends to evoke sentimental memories—some joyful, some painful. Taking a broader…

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Stop Saving Stuff For Your Kids

Possessions curated over a lifetime are displayed with pride around baby boomers’ homes. With their parents’ Great Depression values instilled in them, boomers are a generation of savers. Things in basements, garages, attics, closets and cabinets overflow into living spaces.…

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Is Being Visual a Trick or Treat?

Mostly, it's a trick. I've worked with many people who post notices of every kind on all available surfaces. Refrigerators, cabinets, computer monitors, desktops, floors and bulletin boards are overflowing with papers. Why is this a problem? Because it just…

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My Best-Ever Donation Tips

              As a professional organizer, I see too many homes filled with Too Many Things. Why? Because Things are brought in--year after year, decade after decade, and far fewer Things go back out. Over…

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Quick Closet Makeover

Clean Out Your Closet Week is recognized in March. Are you ready to tackle yours? To start the process, label containers Donate, Recycle, Homeless (for anything that doesn't belong in the closet) and Unsure (use this one sparingly). Use a…

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Make Up Your Mind

Did you know that Make Up Your Mind day is on December 31st? Until recently, I didn't either. We all have more to-dos to do than we can do! And guess what happens when someone asks us to do something?…

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Messy Closets?

Clean Out Your Closet Week is in March. As a professional organizer, I see closets like the one pictured here quite often. Behind the items that can be seen are things that have piled up, many of which cannot be…

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Want Spare Time?

How many times have you said, "I could do that if I had spare time?"  Too many to count?  I hear from people all the time that they would clear clutter or organize paperwork if they had spare time.  Well,…

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Holiday Entertaining Made Easier

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. When else is it considered appropriate to overfill plates with food and stuff ourselves?  And it is a time to give thanks for our many blessings. To make holiday entertaining easier, here are 7…

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The Lure of Magazines

Many people love to get and save magazines, lots of them! They are glossy, colorful and full of information. Do you read the ones you get? All of them? While still current? Do you save them to refer to --…

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