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Tuesday
May122015

What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v5

I’m excited to bring you another installment (v5) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature where I share my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring clutter-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You’re a special and engaging group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?

 

What’s Interesting? . . .

 

1. Interesting Read – Decluttering

In a new publication from Budget Dumpster, The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Decluttering, professional organizing pros (including yours truly) come together to share their best tips and strategies for letting go and creating clutter-free environments.  “According to Psychology Today, people tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage.” If you’re in the decluttering mode (or want to be inspired to begin), check out this guide.

 

 

 

 2. Interesting Container – Tall Box

Part of the decluttering process is about decision-making. What will stay and what will be released? The other part is about managing or containing what remains. I’m super excited about The Container Store’s latest addition to their clear plastic box collection – the double tall shoe box! The organizing possibilities go way beyond storing shoes. Get creative while corralling your clutter.

 

 

 

3. Interesting List – Mind Clutter

Knock Knock is one of my favorite companies that know how to add humor and fun into their organizing products. One of their newest creations is the Daily Intention Tracker Pad. With untraditional categories like “Appreciate,” “Let Go Of,” and “Feel,” it’s great for releasing and organizing our mind clutter in a visual, productive way.

 

 

 

4. Interesting Product – Sorting

In December I met two amazing women, Yukiko Uno and Keiko Hamaguchi, Shuno-no-su business partners, at the JALO conference Expo in Yokohama. They’ve designed a variety of organizing products. One of the most unusual and clever is their Colorful Sorting Sheets. They're used to “sort out your stuff,” into categories such as “use every day,” “use once in a while,” “don’t need it-let it go,” and “actively use it.” They can be used to sort (and ultimately declutter) for everything from clothes to cosmetics to papers and more.

 

 

5. Interesting Tech Tool – Cord Decluttering

Last month in Los Angeles at the NAPO Conference Expo, the Cable Keeper, brainchild of Neet Products founder Chris Voss won the NAPO Organizers Choice Award for “Best in Show.” Have you been frustrated by cord clutter and tangles in your bag, home or office? The Cable Keeper is a cable management tool that not only is practical, but also comes in a lively array of colors. Guess which color I bought? 

 

 

6. Interesting Thought – Stuff

What is too much? Only you can decide. If the things in your life are taking over your time, space, and thoughts, it could be an opening for change.

 

 

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your interesting finds? Do any of these resonate with you?  Come join the conversation!

 

 

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Reader Comments (17)

Love that new, taller shoe box. We've needed that for awhile. I also like the Cable Keeper. With stroller season in full swing, I also like the Buggy Buddy.. it straps onto the handles of the stroller and gives you a place to keep a few small items. Aren't organizing products fun? I look forward to reading the other responses...

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Thank you for sharing these products! I love the Daily Intention Tracker Pad. I can think of a few clients who would appreciate a little humor thrown into the mix of getting their to-do list conquered. I also like the new tall shoe box from the Container Store. I'm sure I'll find a variety of ways to use it!

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Wow Budget Dumpster's guide is so comprehensive and helpful that I did bookmark the post to get back to it when I'm in need of refreshing the approach to deal with clutter. You always have something interesting to share Linda.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Hi Wonderful Friends!

@Seana- I'm with you on the new tall shoe box. It was actually one of my clients that gave me the hot tip. Thanks for sharing about the Buggy Buddy. What a great organizing product for parents with young kids! Thanks so much.

@Diane- There's nothing like adding some humor into our organizing tasks, right? Let me know what you use the tall shoe box for. So many great uses!

@Nacho- Budget Dumpster did a phenomenal job on putting together the decluttering guide. Great idea to bookmark it as a future reference. You're so smart!

May 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the new taller shoe box. I have to turn mine on their side to store mine, this would be so much better. I love the cable keeper, I would have the blue, but I know you ordered the purple, Linda.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Jill- You made me laugh. You KNEW I bought the purple cable keeper. I guess I'm fairly predictable. :) The tall shoe boxes are so great. Aside from storing shoes, they're good for other things. I use the Container Store boxes a lot for myself and clients. So often the items I'm grouping don't quite fit in the shoe box, but the men's shoe box is too roomy. So the tall shoe box will be the perfect solution for these situations. And it stacks beautifully on the regular shoe box because it has the same footprint. Fun!

May 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the intention tracker. What a wonderful way to keep present and mindful throughout the day. It could be a valuable tool like a time grid, entering information throughout the day.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- I just discovered the Intention Tracker and also love it! Knock Knock always comes up with clever ways to introduce the "fun factor" into activities that some of us don't find fun. I agree with you that it's an interesting tool for being mindful about where we are at any given point in the day.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

These are all brand new to me and I love them all! I must say that the phrase "ridiculously thorough" is ridiculously compelling. :)

May 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- How fun that you discovered some new things here. Love that! You should have heard my squealing when I found out about the tall shoe box. I'm in agreement with you about the clever title of Budget Dumpster's guide. They're excellent promoters and wonderful social sharers (like you!)

May 13, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I know a few clients who could use the Intention Tracker! Great round-up of ideas. Thanks for sharing.

May 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

Hi Linda, now that I know about your "Interesting" series, I'm going to read them all! I just recently started one myself called "Hits and Misses". Sometimes it's more fun and just as effective to read/write a little blurb than a whole article analyzing one product or idea.

May 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

Thanks so much for joining the interesting finds conversation!

@Sarah- So glad you like the "round-up." Would love to know how the Intention Tracker works for your clients. Keep me posted.

@Hazel- Your "Hits and Misses" feature sound like a good one. I'll have to check that out. Feel free to share a link here with the group so they can take a look too. And I agree that "little blurbs" are often easier for the readers to digest.

May 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the intentional note pad. Being more intentional is a goal of mine and having a little humor thrown in is so helpful. I was also impressed by the Cable Keeper at conference. I bought two and can't wait for their earbud version to come out. Thanks for sharing!

May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndi Willis

Hi Andi- Nothing like a bit of humor mixed with organizing and goal setting. Hope the "Intention Tracker" pad works for you. Keep me posted. I also bought two Cable Keepers at conference. Purple for me. Red for my husband. I used the one I bought for my earbuds. Try it. It works really well.

May 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Several new discoveries for me! I think the Intention Tracker would be perfect to include in a gift basket of organizing goodies!! Thanks for sharing this on P.O.B.C. And it was a pleasure to meet you at NAPO Atlanta!!

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOlive Wagar

@Olive- So happy that you found some new "discoveries" here! It's always fun to source and share fun organizing-related ideas, products and services. What a good idea to include the Intention Tracker in an organizing gift basket. KnockKnock has some of my favorite and fun products that are perfect organizing gifts.

NAPO Atlanta was great! I hope to see you again next year in Pittsburgh...or this September at ICD's conference in Portland. Are you going? If so, I look forward to seeing you there.

August 5, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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