Category Archives: Utterly Useless Things

Why do you own this?

Aruba Is for…. Uh, What Is This, Actually?

Sometimes I will find an item at a client’s house and I will need a moment to consider whether it is truly weird enough to warrant an entry on this blog. Other times, it’s as crystal-clear as the waters of … Continue reading

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Because Peeing is Cute, but Penises are NOT

I noticed this little guy when I went to use the bathroom at a client’s house in Jamaica Plain. He’s about two, two and a half inches tall. For scale, note the dog hair surrounding him. (No finger-pointing here; I … Continue reading

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A Shoe! (Bless You.)

This ceramic shoe came from a client’s home in Watertown. She said it’s meant to hold a floral arrangement. Everyone who has seen the shoe since it came home with me (well, that is, myself and my daughter) was inexplicably … Continue reading

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Flamencow

This delightful creature turned up in Newton, in a client’s basement. I said, “Hey, I’d like to shoot that for my blog,” and the client said, “I’ll do you one better than that; you can have it.” I protested weakly, … Continue reading

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More Useless Labels!

These photos were submitted by “a friend who prefers not to be identified.”┬áThere is a hint in the label of the first one, as the box contains collectible playing cards. The most amusing part about this box is my impression … Continue reading

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Labels are Magic!

I think we organizers shout so much about how YOU MUST LABEL EVERYTHING OMG that we’ve inadvertently given the impression that writing a word on a piece of paper or sticker and slapping it on a box or bin magically … Continue reading

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Rasta Man Lends a Hand

I cheated a bit on this one, as I found it at a rummage sale at my mom’s church. But I was organizing at the time, volunteering my sorting/pricing services. I have no idea what happened to him. But I … Continue reading

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Taking a bite out of clutter (and “I organize dead people!”)

I found these plaster tooth casts in a small drawer in the client’s front entryway. You never know when you’ll have to dash out the door to an emergency orthodontist appointment. I suggested arranging them on the windowsill as an … Continue reading

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Little balloon alien guy says hi.

Adorable or scary? Or both? This fellow turned up in Arlington, MA. He went calmly to his end in the trash. Bye bye, guy.

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Break Dancing… Slugs?

Notice the expression that comes to your face as you look at this. I have seen that same expression on everyone when I’ve shown them this picture: I think it’s a mixture of confusion and dismay. This object was found … Continue reading

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