Sticker Askew

If you look closely at the photo  in this post, you’ll notice that the pretty little sticker I picked up at Seattle ReCreative is off-center relative to the hole punched in it. That neat little puncture shudda been squarely in the intersection of all those cute little squiggles forming the K. No, I didn’t pick…

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VUCA is a four-letter word

colorful tangled ropes

VUCA, an acronym for “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” means, in other words, “STUFF HAPPENS.” Drs. Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, originators of a business research discipline known as  “Leadership Studies,” are generally credited with developing the concept. Joseph Mitchelli explicitly references their 1985 book Leaders – The Strategies for Taking Charge which outlines the…

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Casual Uncluttering joins the Amazon Associates program

Full disclosure: Casual Uncluttering is now a member of the Amazon Associates program, which earns me small commissions on successful sales of the products which I recommend through Amazon. BUT I NEVER recommend a product unless I think extremely well of it, and/or colleagues I trust and respect recommend it to me. So have some…

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Plated Imperfection

I like to cook. I enjoy food’s presentation, known as “plating.” And I agree with Voltaire, who wrote “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” A client recently let me have an adorable plant stand  – one less thing for the poor client to dispose of. It matches a planter, probably once a stair rail,…

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Grandma Organizer

Cane over chair

Granny Frump. Grandmama Addams. Grandma Georgina and Grandma Josephine. Nana Fern Schaeffer. Grandma Moses. And now Margareta Magnusson, who I dub “Grandma Organizer.” Ms. Magnusson is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, and best I can tell the first to illustrate this particular decluttering philosophy for the rest of the world.…

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Organizing Idea Book – John Loecke

Organizing Idea Book John Loecke’s Organizing Idea Book is beautiful.  An interior decorator’s book. Because Loecke is an interior decorator who understands organizing principles and who employs them creatively, playfully and with great care. AND, best of all, he understands budgets, and is as comfortable with repurposing a big-box-store laundry hamper to hold sports equipment…

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Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens – Jessi & Julie Morgenstern

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens I’m writing this as a 50+-year-old, not a teenager. But for my money at least, this is NOT just a reprinting of Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing from the Inside Out. Julie’s daughter Jessi offers an independent, spirited and insightful young person’s fresh opinions about Julie’s techniques which hopefully make…

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Purses are pains-in-the-__________

leather knapsacks

I don’t like purses. Can not stand purses. Purses are pains-in-the-__________. If I could shove everything I need in a wallet, I’d be a cheerful human. I fiercely prefer knapsacks, but I can’t justify carting a knapsack around when I’m not carrying my computer, and knapsacks aren’t as easy to hide (I like smash&grabs even…

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Organizing from the Inside Out – Julie Morgenstern

quilts and crate

Organizing from the Inside Out Julie Morgenstern’s book is the “cheat sheet” of organizing books. It is PACKED with her insights. She offers everything from estimates about how long typical projects will take, to her observations concerning common emotional obstacles people encounter in their efforts to get organized. She is generous when providing techniques to…

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Organizing for Your Brain Type – Lanna Nakone

Man wearing blindfold

Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff Lanna Nakone is fascinated by the science of brain function and applies its research to the question “Why can’t I get organized?” The simple answer: no two brains are alike, although there are some things we all share. Each of…

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