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November tiny projects challenge: Day 5

3 December 2020 | Comments [0] »

Today is my fifth and final tiny project of this challenge. It’s the top drawer of the desk we call our household desk. I declutter it every decade or so. And today when I opened it I realized it was ripe for a tiny project challenge.

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November tiny projects challenge: Day 4

30 November 2020 | Comments [0] »

So when he got home from the hospital a couple of weeks ago, together we created a list of items to keep in a bag that I can grab on my way to the emergency room, should this come up again. I’m hoping that this will have the same effect as bringing along an umbrella when it’s threatening to rain: I won’t need it. (In fact, I created a similar bag for my dad several years ago and he hasn’t been hospitalized since!)

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November tiny projects challenge: Day 3

25 November 2020 | Comments [0] »

When I look around my house, it’s not hard to find tiny projects for this series! Today, I cleaned up an area that had become a dumping area in my home.

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November tiny projects challenge: Day 2

23 November 2020 | Comments [0] »

Today, I spent 20 minutes on my main office-supply closet. My office is in a spare bedroom. I took the sliding doors off the closet and filled the closet with shelving to store office supplies. Since those supplies are so visible, I don’t let the closet contents get too crazy before decluttering an organizing.

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November tiny projects challenge: Day 1

18 November 2020 | Comments [0] »

Today I focused on the little drawer in my laptop stand that houses office supplies I want close at hand.

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Tiny Projects Challenge, take three

16 November 2020 | Comments [0] »

Back in May and then again in August, I took on a personal tiny projects challenge, in which I completed five small organizing projects around my house in a week. I did one a day and blogged about it the day I did it. I tried to pick challenges that would take 30 minutes or less. It was amazing what great quality-of-life improvements I was able to make in those small chunks of time.

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August tiny projects challenge: Day 5

21 August 2020 | Comments [0] »

It’s the fifth and final day of my Tiny Projects challenge! It’s been fun to look around and identify little projects that pack a punch. Today, I spent a half hour on the Elfa rolling file cart that lives under my desk.

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August tiny projects challenge: Day 4

20 August 2020 | Comments [0] »

Today, I turned my attention to a tiny challenge that has a big impact: the area of my desk that I look at constantly. I probably view this area of my desk more minutes a day than anything else in my home, except probably my computer monitor.

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August tiny projects challenge: Day 3

19 August 2020 | Comments [0] »

Today, I spent a half hour tidying and organizing one of the closets in my office. My office used to be a bedroom and it has a large closet, whose sliding doors I removed, where I store my office supplies. (If you’re curious, I did a before-and-after of that closet a few years ago in this post.) But the office also has a small reach-in closet, original to the 1908 house. In it, I store two rolling file carts, some archival things, and mostly genealogy-related items.

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August tiny projects challenge: Day 2

18 August 2020 | Comments [0] »

Today I focused on my cluttered computer desktop. I don’t tend to see my desktop—it’s hiding behind the many windows I always have open on my Mac. The only time my cluttered desktop bugs me is when it gets so full it fills the entire desktop on my big external monitor and starts slopping over to my laptop monitor. That happened a little while ago, so I decided to address it in as a tiny project.

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August tiny projects challenge: Day 1

17 August 2020 | Comments [0] »

This morning I spent 15 minutes on a tiny project that’s been on my list forever: my pajamas.

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Tiny Projects Challenge, take two

13 August 2020 | Comments [0] »

Back in May, I took on a personal tiny projects challenge, in which I completed five small organizing projects around my house in a week. I did one a day and blogged about it the day I did it. In only about an hour, split up over the course of five days, I was able to make some very nice, life-improving changes.

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Tiny projects challenge: Day 5

8 May 2020 | Comments [2] »

On this fifth and last day of my personal tiny projects challenge, I moved out of my office to the living room and spent less than 15 minutes on the end table next to the chair where I watch TV, write postcards to voters (and in doing so practice my hand lettering) and knit.

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Tiny projects challenge: Day 4

7 May 2020 | Comments [0] »

I focused my attention on my printer stand/snack bar today. In about 20 minutes, I decluttered and tidied this little space and it felt great!

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Tiny projects challenge: Day 3

6 May 2020 | Comments [2] »

Today, I focused on my desktop (the top of my actual desk, not my computer desktop). I forgot to set my timer and I was watching Anderson Cooper on Stephen Colbert at the same time, so I don’t know how long it took. But I’m confident it would have taken less than 15 minutes if I’d been focused.

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Tiny projects challenge: Day 2

5 May 2020 | Comments [0] »

It took me twenty minutes this time, but when I finished, I whittled the papers down to one smaller bin. (It’s small multi-purpose bin from The Container Store.)

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Tiny projects challenge: Day 1

2 May 2020 | Comments [0] »

I decided to kick off my five tiny-project challenges this week with my scanner stand. It’s a repurposed printer stand (it’s got to be 20 years old) that I use for my ScanSnap S1500M sheetfed scanner and my ScanSnap SV600 contactless scanner. It had become a bit of a dumping ground.

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Organizing my office one tiny space at a time

1 May 2020 | Comments [0] »

I am spending a lot of time at my desk these days. Since I’m not going into clients’ homes, I’m probably at my desk at least eight hours a day, if not more. Some days I’m staring into the computer and barely looking around. Other days, the disorder jumps out at me. It’s time to do something about it.

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Preparing for an organizing appointment

9 December 2019 | Comments [0] »

I almost always suggest that the client not clean up her home before she meets with me. Piles and messy spots can be revealing.

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The beauty of vertical storage

18 July 2019 | Comments [0] »

To the extent possible I love storing things vertically, rather than horizontally. Think about how files are stored in a file cabinet—it’s much easier to access them than a stack of file folders.

But vertical storage isn’t just for files. I love using the principle all around my house (and with clients).

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What to do before an organizing appointment

18 September 2017 | Comments [0] »

It’s not unusual for a new client to ask me what she should do before I arrive at her home for the first time. Or before I arrive with a team. (And, yes, most—but not all—of my clients are women.) Most assume they need to clean up the house.

I almost always suggest that the client not clean up her home. Piles and messy spots can be revealing. They reveal where the client and/or family naturally tend to put stuff. They reveal the stuff that’s actually in use, typically. They reveal an absence of a working system for handling the mail.

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When is an organizer like a dentist?

31 March 2014 | Comments [0] »

I had my teeth cleaned today, something I don’t really enjoy. But I do it faithfully every six months. And that’s because I know the pain and fright of slacking off on going to the dentist and then having to go because something’s gone awry in my mouth. For a number of years, when I was younger, I let my fear of the dentist get in the way of my getting regular checkups. Then a tooth broke and I had to face the music. After a root canal and a nasty surgical procedure called “crown lengthening” (I don’t wish that on anyone), all was well again. And, believe me, I haven’t missed an appointment since.

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