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Organizing To Suit Your Purpose--"Do Over!"

NJ expert organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, explains  how to re-organize when needed.

February 1, 2018 blew a hole right through my perfectly re-organized room.

Back in December I blogged about totally revamping our several closets to accommodate my husband's dialysis supplies, how even I needed a different set of eyes for optimal effect, (my daughter). (

On February 1, 2018, my husband suddenly died. We are all still in shock, to be sure, and I am faced with lots of questions. Clearly, the most mundane ones are also the most difficult:

  • Do I keep the dialysis room and his redone closet as a shrine to my beloved or do I repurpose all over again, just 6 weeks later, into a guest room/den/office and finally get my computer off my dining room table?

  • Do I let go of his major stereo components that we just rewired and bundled and which are so emblematic of his interests and actually replace them with a smaller system that would suit my needs better?

  • What about his clothes? When and what to donate? How much to keep?

  • What do I do with his side of the closet?

NJ Expert Organize, Marilyn Shain Labendz, explores emotions vs. logic when re-organizing

There are lots of questions to find the best form and function when doing an organizing project. I know that it is easier to do for someone else, and the questions I need to ask myself are crowded by other questions that are swarming around my head, but I know the best answer is to experiment, much like trying on clothes. What's the best fit?

I invite all of you to follow me on my journey to reorganize and repurpose. Next blog I will share some my ideas and how I implement them.

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, deals with organizing dilemmas

Contact me to ask me how my dilemmas can help you in solving yours.

Feel free to share this blog on your social media. I look forward to company along the way.

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