Monthly Archives: February 2014

How Much is Enough – Unpacking my Bag-age

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Like a starlet rejecting designer clothing from inside her dressing room, Linda sent a stream of bags flying out of my hall closet. As they fell into a colorful drift on my kitchen floor, I could hear her gentle question before she even asked. 

“How many bags is enough bags?” she mused as we surveyed the drift of roughly four dozen that had been taking up two shelves in my hall closet.  

There was the sweet little blue airplane backpack my son carried as a kindergartener (three years ago). The monogrammed tote my daughter used for ballet shoes (five years ago). Clever pack-inside-themselves reusable bags. Lunch bags. Three sizes of insulated bag for picnics and snacks. That cute owl bag! Not one but two of the nearly indestructible blue canvas Ikea bags that will hold absolutely anything of any shape or size. The oilcloth canvas bag that is an odd size (a gift!). The funky printed shopping bags that Hot Momma cleverly deploys to turn me into a willing human billboard. The super-durable giant paper shopping bags that surely will come in handy for something.  The teeny-tiny paper shopping bags that will surely come in hand for something. And of course, a pile of plastic amoebas that are the scourge of environmentalists everywhere. My closet was holding them all, until Linda freed them from their prison.

How many bags is enough bags? For me, the answer is one dozen, not four. Thank you Linda, for your gentle, helpful question. 

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My Favorite Organizing Products from Costco

Costco has some great organizing products at terrific prices.

Here are my favorites:

You can’t beat the price of these Pendaflex Hanging Files and Folders. Less than $8 for 50 hanging folders or 150 file folders. The hanging files only come in green but if you don’t mind the color you will save a lot by buying these.  

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Banker’s Boxes are perfect for storing archival documents like tax returns/back up documentation and old financial records.  These are strong and sturdy and a great deal.

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This Dry Erase Board is especially good for people who like visual reminders on tasks they need to do or project steps. It’s nice and big so there’s plenty of room to write and create headings for different categories. It also comes with markers that magnetize to the board.    

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These are my favorite hangers! Clothing stays put and they are very slim so they maximize the space in your closet. The pack of 35 hangers usually sells for $9.99.

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These heavy duty shelves are terrific for the garage or storage room. They are fairly easy to assemble and you can adjust the shelves.  

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Costco also a variety of other organizing products like plastic file boxes, cross cut shredders, label makers and plastic storage boxes.  Just another reason I love that store!

Linda Goldman is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the owner of Altogether Organized. You can learn more about how she helps people get and stay organized at http://www.altogetherorganized.org

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