Author Archives: KK

July 25, 2013

Clutter and Recycling

  No doubt you’ve heard about the disastrous floating “island” consisting of hundreds, perhaps thousands of square miles of garbage that has collected in the Pacific Ocean. It is the result of extreme clutter that can’t be broken down by Nature. You’ve also probably heard of fracking which has by-products so toxic that poisons are […]

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July 20, 2013

Bar Codes Secrets

I’m including this for those of you who don’t know how much you can read from a bar code. (It isn’t just a bunch of cluttery numbers after all.) Identify Country of Origin from Product Bar Codes Know the origin of the items in store The first 3 numbers in the UPC code identify in […]

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June 7, 2013

Too Many Passwords

Clients often ask me how I deal with remembering passwords. You can Google password managers and password savers and find lots of options. I don’t recommend or NOT recommend doing that because I haven’t tried it myself. Admittedly, being a dinosaur in many areas, I use a simple technique. I open a word-processing document (it […]

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December 7, 2012


Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity. -Albert Einstein     Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean. –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe      

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December 1, 2012

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 […]

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November 25, 2012

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 Yesterday’s ice cream spoon is today’s beach trash and tomorrow’s art, thanks to Judith and Richard Lang beachplastic.com. They’ve been collecting plastic along […]

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October 21, 2012

Map Hoarder

Check this out. A recently deceased L.A. man who “hoarded” maps in his small house  has left a legacy for the Los Angeles Public Library. Not that he planned it that way. . .Read the amazing story  below by Bob Poole. The discovery that real estate agent Matthew Greenberg made when he stepped inside a […]

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September 4, 2012

Out of Control Shopping?

This morning, as I reached for my favorite pair of vintage jeans, a disturbingly familiar question raced through my mind: “What if they wear out? I can’t replace them.” Along with that question (because I decided to listen carefully) was an almost imperceptible nanosecond  of panic. I became aware that I was so accustomed to […]

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