J. Gordon Lippincott – evil visionary? Consummate consumerist, unapologetic con man of capitalism? Astoundingly Renaissance-Man-gifted artist, engineer and acutely-observant social scientist. I stumbled on Lippincott’s name while reading Garbology (pps. 66 – 68, 292), author Edward Humes. Humes assigns decisive credit to Lippincott for the invention of conspicuous consumption, defined by the online Encyclopedia Britanica…

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Yes, even organizers need organization resources.

My everlasting gratitude to Dr. Gregory Chasson, a clinician with too many impressive accomplishments to list here, and The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force for pointing me to several of these hoarding disorder assessment tools which were unfamiliar to me. I’m pleased to say that several of my colleagues and I pointed him to a resource…

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Cane over chair

Wendy Sloneker, Grief Recovery Specialist® generously wrote this gentle, reassuring and informative essay for me after I remarked to her during a networking event that many of my clients are impacted by grief. I would never have known that so many variants of this emotion existed without Wendy sharing her expertise.   Thoughts on making…

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Joe Average quietly walked into his house of worship and began to pray: “Creator, I’ve been a supportive, gentle and loving husband, a creative, playful, good father all my life. I want to win the lottery. It would just be so great. Creator, I’ve never asked You for anything. Please, let me win the lottery.”…

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I have a story of partnering with a client in her art room, which doubled as her file room. Magnificent space: her art on the walls, friends’ and family’s creations everywhere. Everything in its place, and a place for everything, supplies precisely at the ready in splendid wood cases to support inspiration. Her files, in…

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door knobs

To this very day, you can buy mood rings on Amazon, eBay and Etsy. I don’t wear rings. Mood knobs it will be. I’ve just gotten a small, inexpensive Ikea kitchen cart, finally going to really truly configure my kitchen for functionality, 11 years after moving in (Readers, you are allowed an eye roll here.…

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12 Brilliant Organizing Tips for Your Home is my curated first, an online article produced by Redfin, published January 13, 2021 and compiled by Julia Weaver, which I participated in by invitation. I’m above the fold, tip #3 – yay! Ms. Weaver has a way with words, and she’s a great editor – I was…

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Sound may grant the ultimate power of connection to us. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Miami have compiled promising data that a routine hearing test administered to newborns may allow doctors to accurately screen those newborns for autism. In other words, there is more evidence that how children hear reflects how…

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“It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.” Watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was a family tradition during this season. I still seek out covers of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” – this version by the Pentatonix is currently my favorite. There were abundant gifts, and…

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Clutter Buddies are soul mates. Or, at least, really really kind, patient, generous and compassionate people – people you meet in a support group, Professional Organizers, friends, family – who are willing to sit with you, or banter on the phone with you, or let you check in with them by text, as you get…

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