JERI DANSKY professionalorganizer

February 2010 Newsletter

Organizing Quote of the Month


Cleaning my room (or desk, closet...) often ends up with coming across an object that makes me stop and think, Jesus, why did I buy that? It can be any number of things - a hat, a pen, a book, a pair of shoes I haven't seen since I bought them, brought them home and put them deep in the closet. But the reaction is almost always the same - why did I buy that?


The answer of course is YOU didn't buy it - THEY did. The guy you were that day back in history who saw the hat and thought for whatever reason it needed to be added to his life. Maybe what we're really asking is How could I ever have been the kind of person who would want something like this?


-- Jonathan Carroll, quoted with permission



Tip of the Month: The Many Reasons to Let Things Go


Sometimes we get rid of things because our lives have fundamentally changed. We no longer have infants, so we don't need the infant clothes, toys or furniture. We've changed jobs - and don't expect to go back to the old type of job anytime soon - and don't need the wardrobe associated with that old job.


Sometimes we get rid of things because our space has changed. We've moved into a new home or office, and things fit differently.


Sometimes we get rid of things because our expectations of ourselves have changed, and we feel free to own things that support the lives we really live, rather than some idea of how our lives "should" be.


And sometimes we get rid of things just because our personal style has changed - and what used to be a beloved object is no longer beloved. We no longer like the same clothing, accessories, art work. Or maybe we now prefer to have a more spacious look, to surround ourselves with fewer things. Such changes are natural; it would be pretty odd if our tastes stayed exactly the same over our lifetimes!


I've lived in my home for over 20 years now, and I just pulled out some old photos to remind me of what's changed. Here's one of the changes: I no longer own two large teddy bears, or a stuffed rhinoceros. (I'd forgotten all about that rhinoceros!) Another change is a lamp that's long gone, given to a dear friend. It fits her style; it no longer fits mine.


So here's a reminder: It's OK - in fact, it's often wise - to get rid of something that is still "perfectly good" if it no longer brings you joy. Someone else will cherish it, so send it back out into the world to find that person.



Organizing Products of the Month


to do list on green paper; includes call cat psychic



I thought I'd share two one-of-a-kind items I've found on Etsy - both of them sets of nesting boxes.The first set, which seemed appropriate for Valentine's Day, comes from Minasmoke.



to do list on green paper; includes call cat psychic


The second set comes from Beth Logan, who says: From now through the end of February, I will donate 100% of the price of each item sold to earthquake recovery in Haiti.



Recycling/Reuse Idea of the Month


Do you have an old 35mm film camera - or other related camera equipment - you'd like to donate? One possibility is to check with local high schools or community colleges that have photography classes. Some of those do indeed want film cameras; I just saw a listing on craigslist for a program in Denver that's asking them.


And Flinchum Photography in North Carolina says: "We have a program in which you can donate your old cameras and camera equipment to aspiring young artists. Cameras are inspected and repaired, if possible, then donated to various schools with a need for photographic cameras, supplies and accessories. Donations are tax deductible. We accept any SLR/35mm, medium format, and point and shoot in any condition."



Highlights From My Blog in January


There were 19 entries in my organizing and de-cluttering blog in January. Some of the most popular entries were:


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My Little Twitter Tidbits


I'm using Twitter mostly for those tidbits of organizing-related stuff I find - little things that will never make their way into a newsletter or a blog post. I also use Twitter to announce new blog posts. Follow me, @JeriDansky, if you'd like.


For those who don't use Twitter, here are some of the things I've written lately, slightly edited for a non-Twitter environment:


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