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Kato the Klutter Kitty

Kato karefully kreates kolorful klutter.♥

Kato reminds me that we don’t need at lot—just some food, water, place to eliminate same (HA), and a bonus toy if we’re indoor creatures.

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By |August 29th, 2013|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

Thinking Out of the Box

The TRUE meaning of thinking “out of the box”–for me– is to stop thinking. Start breathing. If you have a clutter, organizing, or hoarding issue, give your brain a vacation. Chances are you’ve been OVER thinking the problem, fretting perhaps. (By the way, people who call themselves hoarders usually aren’t.)

Worrying and obsessing how to work out a clutter problem by banging your head on (in this case) the inside wall of your box, doesn’t  work. There is no opportunity to get a real perspective on the issue. Our beautiful computer-like brains are most effective at problem-solving if there isn’t a lot of emotional attachment involved. One way I’ve learned to trick myself is to imagine an organized and compassionate friend is looking at the problem. How would he or she handle it? What would your friend say about hanging onto that ugly cracked coffee mug just because your long-departed relative drank out of it?

That’s where we often get into trouble–sentimentality. A little goes a long way. You don’t need to hang onto your grandmother’s muu-muus if you have no plan to wear them. (Yes, you could cut them up and make a patchwork quilt, but WILL you? What would that same friend say?)

If you’re really courageous, don’t imagine your friend, really ask him or her. You may be surprised. Even if you only imagine a conversation with the other person, you might hear something you never expected.Welcome to the world outside of the box!

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By |December 1st, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

Halo Humor

By |November 25th, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|1 Comment

Upcycling Clutter

MapleXO The Haight Ring, $58.00, upcycled from skateboards. (MapleXO / May 31, 2012)


Items once headed to the landfill are being turned into must-have purses,

bags and jewelry. Call it ‘upcycling.’

L.A. Times Sunday 11/18/12

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By |November 25th, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

Not All Clutter Is Bad

A roomful of “stuff” doesn’t have to be a bad thing…..

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By |May 2nd, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

How I Work With You

My goal is to make your life easier by eliminating the overwhelming stress of having too many things or too much paper or too little space in your environment. In other words, handle the overflow.  I listen to how you describe your situation, I look at the space you have, and I assess what it will take to achieve your goal. Then (usually), I dive in. You have the choice of how much you want to participate. You can dive in, too, give occasional direction, or sit back in an easy chair and watch the fun. Yes, believe it or not, for me it’s fun. You know those kinds of games where you pick a card or tile and match it till they’re all mated?  Or remember Rubik’s cube where you try to match up all the squares so they’re the same color on each side?  Well, that’s what organizing is like for me.

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By |April 27th, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

One Man’s Clutter. . .

You may or may not guess what the photo on the left is a part of. Pieces of broken crockery and glass are placed in cement. This is just a small section of Watts Towers (below). Simon Rodia was a small man with a large vision. He wanted to build something that would remind him of his native Italy with its tall, spiraling church steeples. It took him 30+ years to build and decorate with found objects including bottles, scrap metal, sea shells, ceramic tiles, even bed frames. He built the framework with scrap rebar and whatever he picked up on the road.

The point of this, besides applauding anyone’s opportunity to re-purpose “trash,” is to underscore the importance of experimenting with new perspectives. Look at what you own. Imagine you’re from another planet and don’t associate any of this with a value or name.  Pretend you’re an important designer assigned to personally re-arrange and eliminate (ie. play with) your possessions. This can help you make decisions that aren’t based on sentimentality or well-worn habits.

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By |April 15th, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

Procrastination Flu

Sometimes this is the most overwhelming and off-putting questions asked. You have the best of intentions and have set aside a block of time to chip away at your pile o’ stuff! Five minutes later you shut the door on your clutter project, and get a huge bowl of ice cream and head for the TV.

You’re not alone, friend. This is the most common scenario I hear about. Sometimes it’s impossible to decide where to start. That coupled with the onset of dread and resistance blocks all those initial good intentions.

The first thing you need to do is make some space so you can begin to sort. And you’ll find that moving things around helps free up your mental energy. Don’t worry about making any decisions about what to do with things or what should be tossed. Just move things around and leave a big space.

If you’re dealing with ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ – get some bins to toss things in (at least three). One might be for trash, one for donation, one for put aways.

If you mostly dealing with paper, then you need file folders. If you intend to actually put them in a working file (as opposed to a box for storage that won’t be accessed on a regular basis), you need hanging files, too. Maybe you only want to keep some of them accessible. For example, you don’t have to keep your 2010 tax backup information in your every day file drawer. That can be one of the files relegated to a file box. Generally speaking you need a file drawer or bin and a storage file box with a lid (better yet is a plastic file box to keep out dampness, […]

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By |March 25th, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

Don’t Be Embarrassed!

"travel the quickest road to clutter recovery."

By |February 7th, 2012|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments