The Leonard Lopate Show

To Do: Make a Better, Smarter To-Do List

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nine tips to manage your time better.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tips for Organizing for 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

On today’s Please Explain, we spoke to Apartment Therapy CEO and founder Maxwell Ryan about how to get organized and cut down on clutter as we head into 2014. Here are some of the highlights.

Plenty of New Yorkers rent their homes, but Ryan says that shouldn’t keep you from organizing your stuff while you live there: “Your home starts now...The home you own, the space you may rent.”

For those trying to reorganize a closet, he recommends open shelves, like Elfa shelving, because they allow you to see all of your clothes and have access to them. Winter clothes, especially down jackets, can pack really small, especially if you use those plastic bags where you suck the air out using your vacuum cleaner.

Lots of us struggle with how long to hold on to certain documents and when it’s okay to toss them. Ryan recommends keeping mortgage statement, bank statements and invoices and deductible receipts for 7 years. But your taxes…well, “you have to keep your taxes forever.”

To cut down on space, Ryan recommends putting files and photos in DropBox. It’s also handy in case something happens to your computer.

Ryan says that the front door has to be a filter – things either get to come into your home, stop, or go out again. Create a landing strip – coat hook, places for your keys, phone and wallet, dog leash, waste basket for sorting mail, and storage for mail you want to keep, a mirror, and a place to take off your shoes. “It’s an intentional clutter zone.”

Bottom line: “You have to get life down to its essentials.”

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The Story of English; Clean Sweep for the New Year

Friday, December 27, 2013

David Crystal looks at 100 words that reveal the wide variety of influences that have shaped the English language. And Apartment Therapy's Maxwell Ryan gives advice and answers questions about how to get organized for the new year.

The Takeaway

Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

It's thought that Albert Einsten once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Well, Einstein’s endorsement of the cluttered desk now has the backing of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Ryan Rahinel is the author of a new study on orderliness, decision-making and creativity. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings about messy desks and the research behind it.

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