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It’s a Closet, Not a Mus ...

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
De-Clutter and Organize Your Wardrobe Could your closet use a big purge like the before/after in these photos? Are your closets and drawers a repository for old scout/[insert sport here] /cheerleader uniforms? Do you stash t-shirts from 70’s concerts or every triathlon you’ve ever done? How about disco dresses that are four sizes too small? Or suits from your former corporate life that are ghosts of the 80’s/90’s? Does any item have a white layer of dust accumulating on the shoulders because it’s been unworn for so long? Read on for tossing tips to help you hone your wardrobe and bring it into the current decade. It’s all about looking mahvelous! TOSSING TREASURES, FROM TIE DYE TO TUBE SOCKS The 80/20 rule applies to your wardrobe. Most people wear 20% of their ... Read More

Turn Clutter Into Cash ...

Posted on: Jul 08, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
According to a recent survey, the average U.S. household contains 52 unused or unnecessary items that are worth an average of $3,100. So, why not sell the space hogs and free up some cash? No matter how much you spent on an item, if it’s unused, it’s of no value to you. Why not recoup a fraction of the price tag and let the regret and guilt go? Do your homework on E-bay and see what your item is worth there. Click on the advanced search link and check the “completed items” box to see what your item has been selling for in the last 30 days. This is the best measure of what your item is currently worth. Those numbers do change depending on many factors, like the time of year, number of like items available during that time, etc. At buymytronics.com, you can check the value of your ... Read More

Garage or Burial Ground? How ...

Posted on: Jun 24, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Gorgeous summer weather makes this a perfect time to tackle the garage. Has your garage become a purgatory, a holding zone to stash stuff that really just needs to leave permanently? Here’s some advice on how to dig yourself out and organize your gear going forward. Happy hurling! HAVE A PLAN: What‘s your vision for an organized garage? How do you want the space to function? Think about, for example: 1) a usable tool/work space, 2) functional sports/camping gear storage, 3) space to park the car. With clear goals, you can break down the process into steps. Plan to work in 3-4 hour segments and tackle one goal/area at a time to stay focused. EXECUTE: Gather garbage bags, boxes and work gloves. Get real about tossing the junk and donating the unused. Declare war on ... Read More

Stop Unwanted Catalogs, Save a ...

Posted on: Jun 14, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
dead treesUnwanted catalogs hog your mailbox and consume about 4 million tons of paper a year.  As you sort your new mail over the recycle bin, put aside the catalogs you don’t wish to receive anymore.  You can do one of two things: 1)  Call the company and ask to be removed from the list.  It’s helpful if you have the address page handy, which has your customer number on it. 2)  Go to CatalogChoice.org, which contacts retailers to cancel mailings on your behalf for free.  This mostly works.  In my experience, one annoyingly persistent company had to be called, despite my listing them for removal. To prevent more unwanted catalogs from showing up, be sure that when you do order something from a catalog, that you ask the sales rep to check off the box on their ... Read More

The Life of Spice ...

Posted on: Mar 23, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Over the years I have cleared many a cupboard of spices that are decades old, some never used.  Whether you love to cook or just cook to eat, here are a few suggestions  from Dan Hayward, owner of Savory Spice Shop to help keep your spice rack from turning into a museum of useless items.   1)  Mark the purchase date on your spice jars with a Sharpie as soon as you take them out of the grocery bag.  A year is the typical life span of a spice.  2)  The 4 key words for spice preservation:  Cool.  Dry.  Dark.  Sealed.  3)  Store your spices away from moisture and heat, which means a reasonable distance from the stove and oven. What Your Organizer Says About Spice If you’re still not sure what to discard, here’s my advice:  1)  open the bottle and sniff the ... Read More

Maximize Your Deduction for No ...

Posted on: Mar 16, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Here’s a little factoid about unloading your stuff on charitable organizations that may surprise you:  most people underestimate the value of their donation.   So, here’s a step by step guide to how to maximize the tax benefits from your good deeds. 1)  Make sure you get a dated receipt for each donation you make… from a qualified organization. 2)  As you bag and box the stuff up, make a list of what’s leaving.  Get specific.  “Bag of clothes” is not specific.  “6 Jeans, 3 Dress Slacks, 3 Khakis”  is specific.  If you’re getting rid of a high end item—Gucci shoes as opposed to old sneakers—list it.  Why bother?  Read on. 3)  Attached your itemized list to the receipt and file it under the tax year. 4) At the end of the year, go to ... Read More

How Clutter Keeps You Stuck; H ...

Posted on: Feb 22, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
What are your greatest frustrations? Where in your life are you feeling out of order, internally or externally? How does your clutter reflect those places that you’re stuck? Here’s a reality about your clutter:  every piece of clutter is a postponed decision.  Every item that has been dropped, tossed, piled, shoved away into a corner/closet/drawer, represents a decision that you were unwilling to make in the moment: Keep this or toss it? Find a place to store it? Put it away? Fix/clean/return it? You haven’t made the decision or acted on that decision, and the item becomes clutter.  And clutter creates more stuck energy. I read a post by Michael Bungay Stanier, who writes The Possiblity Virus. The topic was, “Why Are You Resisting Great ... Read More

Eight Strategies for Successfu ...

Posted on: Feb 01, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
1) DEFINE YOUR GOALS: Working towards something specific keeps you motivated.  To help you define goals, ask yourself, what is your clutter preventing you from doing right now?  “Daniel”, a recent client, had a goal to reclaim his basement as an office and workshop.  He committed to himself to go through his piles and get them boxed and shelved by the time the new year started.  It’s done. 2) TAKE STOCK- THE ROAD MAP: Evaluate what is working/not working in each room.  Create a list and break each space down into smaller, specific areas/tasks to tackle.  This is your road map.  “Lori’s” list includes detail of where to donate specific items, and what to post on Craigslist and Freecycle. 3)  SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS WITH YOURSELF: … And stick to it.  Designate small ... Read More