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All in Musings
Some quick ways to get smart about climate change and to learn what's at stake when you buy cheap clothes.
While I'm not surprised by the global success of Marie Kondo, maybe books will never be enough.
Can we rebrand my profession so it doesn't sound so desperate to be... well, professional?
Let me insist, before you read this post, that I am not a holiday card scrooge. I love holiday cards. I really do. But...
Why are we so insanely busy and yet not getting everything done?
I was originally going to name this post: Stop Buying S#*T. However, I realized right away that would be too harsh.
Is your home carrying a little extra weight?
The empty room. You know that feeling, after you've signed the lease and been given the keys to your new place, and you take one long look around before you head home to pack? For me, it's a combination of excitement for the new space and dread over the moving process.
When I read the title of Oliver Sack's essay in the NYT a few weeks ago I thought I would only be saddened to read what he would say about being terminally ill. Instead I read what amounted to a celebration of the time remaining to him and gratitude for the time he has left.
Today I’d like to share a story about my home in New York City. I love where I live. I’ve worked hard to customize it to my use on a very limited budget and I'm happy. There are a few unpleasant things related to the building, how poorly it has been maintained, the quality of some of the neighbors and the uncleanliness of the streets. But hey, that’s a typical rant in many part of New York City.
A week after the winter holiday is a good time to reflect. Resolution talk is all over the place. It's on the local morning channels at the gym, every single magazine I subscribe to has a feature on resolutions and keeping them.
When I talk with clients about their dream space (their ideal home or work set up) 70% of the time I hear a variation on this: When I’m on vacation and I first get to my hotel room, I sigh with relief at the sight of the room. I want that feeling in my own home. I want that that feeling when I sit down at my desk to work.
Lately I've been hearing this comment from friends during casual conversations about life in New York City: I have these friends who move their furniture around all the time. Every time I go over, it's set up totally different.
I’m serious about my work. On the outside, it may look like I'm just this stuff organizer, helping folks resort their stuff in endless bins, all the while waving my label maker around.
Like the author, Jessica Lamb Shapiro, who wrote the recently released book Promised Land about her delve into the self help literature, I also spent some time immersed in self help books in my 20's. I have to say many of the self improvement books of the mid to late 90's had intoxicating titles. They seemed to hold so much... well, promise.
I have a time problem. There's not enough of it. The same thing goes for my clients. It might be surprising to know most of my clients are actually very organized, type A, ambitious and energetic folks. But the time problem affects us all.
On March 15, I had my very first workshop in a local community bookstore three blocks from my apartment. It was so gratifying an experience that I was walking on air for 48 hours. As a person who has always felt more comfortable behind the scenes, being on a tiny platform with 15 people listening to me talk about the too much stuff problem was... well let's just say it was both really hard and really worth it.
I was talking with a friend recently and she was sharing that she was tired of her job and ready for another kind of work. Later that night, it occurred to me that I hadn't asked myself that since the start of my business two years ago. Back then, I thought this work would be a natural fit, but whether I'd get tired of it remained to be seen.
Projects. We all have them. At work, the value of projects completed is quantified, your salary against how much you get done. At home, we don't have to complete projects in a timely way because... no one is paying us to do it.