Sunday, November 17, 2013

Storage That Works For You

I think this service is just what people need to keep their storage units under control. Check this out.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I'm Back!!!

Dear Friends:

A year ago, Hurricane Sandy turned my life and my home upside down. I have spent the last 12 months dealing with the fallout and making some very difficult and critical decisions about my home and hometown. After a lot of soul searching and tears, I have decided to rebuild my little house. I have hired a wonderful contractor who has the patience of Job. For those of you who know how fussy I am I know you will appreciate this. If all goes well, I may have some semblance of a home by Christmas, but there is still a long way to go before getting back to normal.

So now you know why I have been so quiet over the last year. I know some of you had projects you wanted to pursue with me that I had to put on hold. If it's not too late, I am ready to get back to work.  As of November, I will be resuming my de-cluttering sessions on weekends either in person or via Skype. So if you need some help preparing for the holidays or recovering from the holidays in 2014, please get in touch. 

Thank you so much for your patience and support. 


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Many of my clients have children so this question about which artwork to keep comes up constantly. Here are some suggestions from the blog, Unclutterer. Click on the link below to get some useful tips. 

Now that it's the end of the school year, it's a good time to revisit these 'works of art. '

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Cleaning In NYC

If you live in one of NY's five boroughs, then this info can help you de-clutter. Cut and paste this link for to find out how you can dispose of things correctly.

Cooking the Books

This is a reprint from a recent post at Unclutterer that I thought would help some of my clients who have discussed this very problem with me.

How many cookbooks do you really need?

It’s been all food, all the time on the television in my house. I’m hooked on food show competitions and I dream about turning into a super cook (a mashup of Aaron Sanchez, Amanda Freitag, and Alton Brown would suit me just fine). I also do my fair share of cooking and I use my phone or tablet to find recipes. Both are super easy to use in the kitchen and don’t take up a lot of space.
And, therein lies the problem. I have several cookbooks that are languishing on a shelf in my kitchen. Since I don’t use them anymore, it’s time to part with them. If you’re faced with a similar situation or have amassed a large collection of cookbooks that go untouched, you might want to sort through them, especially if you find yourself reaching for the same ones all the time.
Getting started:

Gather your cookbooks together

It’s helpful to find out exactly what types and the number of cookbooks you have so you can decide which ones to keep and which ones will get passed on to new owners. That will be hard to do if they’re in a variety of places. So, start by gathering them all together, and then put them in categories that make sense for you.
Here are some ways you can categorize your cookbooks:
  • Alphabetical order
  • Cuisine (Mexican, Chinese, Greek)
  • Author
  • Ease of use (30 minute recipes, advanced cooking techniques)
  • Type (desserts, vegitarian, low sodium, grilling, family recipes)
  • Color and/or size

Decide on a storage location

Have you thought about the best location to store your cookbooks or recipe binders? The number of cookbooks you’ll keep will depend on which ones you use the most as well as storage space available to house them. Ideally, you’ll want to have your favorites close to your kitchen so that you’ll have easy access to them. That might mean storing your most used books on the counter with seasonal or less used books in a separate location (dedicated shelf or cabinet). Test out a few different areas in and around your kitchen to see what would work best based on how you move about in that space.

Trade books that you no longer use

If you don’t use a particular cookbook because you haven’t seen it, then be sure to keep it visible so that you’ll remember to look through it. But, if it is visible and you still haven’t used it (or your recipe holder) within the last 12 months, it’s probably time to part with it. Consider passing on these cookbooks to someone else by trading them with a friend or selling them. Keeping them will only fill up space that could be used for books that you use all the time.

Use an app to keep track of recipes

Sure, keep your favorite cookbooks that you refer to often, but if you’re only interested in one or two recipes, you don’t need to buy the entire book. There are several web-based and mobile apps that you can use like, All Recipes, and to find and keep track of recipes that you’d like to try out. You can also create a notebook in Evernote or Pinterest with recipes you’d like to test. If you don’t like them, you can always delete them. And, if you decide to keep them, you can create an digital cookbook using Evernote Food.
As you unclutter your collection, keep in mind that you don’t have to let go of all your cookbooks. Just be sure that you’re not holding on to the ones that you no longer use or want. Share them with friends and family members and think about alternative options before buying new books.