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Getting Lost Down Memory Lane (or the Museum of Me)

I’m fairly good at tossing stuff- it is my day job after all- with one fairly gigantic exception. Letters. I can’t throw out letters. Remember when people used to write to each other? Like with a pen and paper?One of the accidental gifts of life on lockdown has been to[…]

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Quarantine ennui or Iclutter

Perhaps today you’re not interested in tackling your linen closet. Maybe you’re not even up for putting on pants. It’s okay. I haven’t worn a piece of clothing with a zipper or button for 6 weeks.It’s a lucky problem to have, but many of us have got a serious case[…]

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Keeping it Interesting Or Be Your Own Runway

One of the most common organizing challenges is deciding when it’s time to part with clothes. I’m an organizer and I find it agonizing. We’re all attached to things- you, me, even joy sparking Marie Kondo- and that’s okay. Judging yourself only compounds the problem.There are lots of perfectly understandable[…]

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Shakespeare, Sheltering in Place & Doing the Best You Can

There’s been a meme circulating in the last couple weeks about how Shakespeare wrote King Lear under quarantine. It’s unclear if it’s apocryphal or true, but whatever the case, the message is clear: Even under dire circumstances, great things can be accomplished. Or to put it even more strongly, there’s[…]

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“The Evolution of Simplicity”

A thought provoking op-ed by David Brooks of the New York Times. Says Brooks, “One of the troublesome things about today’s simplicity movements is that they are often just alternate forms of consumption.”

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  • Liz is amazing. We met at a time when I was moving apartments and needed to deal with large amounts of clutter in order to make packing, and the overall move, work. She helped guide me through a huge, thorough and complete cleaning and reorganizing process that changed the way I use- and see- my living space. I can now get use of things because I can find them, and also because I have less. She truly helped me shed the unnecessary.

    Carolyn, Manhattan
  • “Liz is a magician. She comes over to a place of chaos, works her magic, and leaves behind order and calm – and me feeling a lot happier.”

    Samuel, Brooklyn
  • “I was awed, I was grateful. Liz was the one. Within two days, she had waded through everything, consulting with me over what to toss and what to file under which category. We came up with dozens…and she created a place for each, writing the headings onto manila folders that she dropped into hanging files in the double-wide, teak-finish filing cabinet I had bought at Ikea five years earlier, but had never made much use of. “

    As seen in the New York Times
  • “We had a large closet in our front hallway that needed some serious attention. After speaking with Liz about our specific needs for the project, she quoted me a very fair and reasonable price and we made it happen. We spent a great afternoon together going through everything and reorganizing. We couldn’t have done it without her.”

    Albert, Manhattan
  • “After working with Liz, I have to tell you guys that she’s great. We got more done in less time than any other organizer I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with many since 20 years ago in my ongoing battle with clutter and disorganization. I’ll have her here working on the next layer early next year. Her rates are also very reasonable.”

    Ellie, Yonkers