Guest Editor’s Profile – Grace Poulsen

Grace Poulsen

Cambridge, MA


In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
I write about office supplies and organization all day and my desk is always a mess. I have a really hard time getting rid of things that I think may have a 75% chance of being used for something someday and I can’t pass up any sort of supply item that’s on sale. I also receive a lot of office supplies in the mail to review which I desperately try to give away to friends so that they don’t go to waste. My current somewhat organized system is a bunch of clear plastic boxes with lids, a few cupboard spaces in my IKEA bookshelf, and the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet. I try my best to clear off my desk at the end of everyday (it’s usually covered with camera cords, random supplies, notes to myself, and candy wrappers..) so that I don’t think about work when I’m not working. I think that’s the danger of working from home – you start to feel like you work everyday, all day. My husband is still a student and I love to see his face when he walks in and I’ve pulled out every box of supplies I have for some project and he can’t figure out a way to get to the couch.


Where do you normally get your things?
I used to be a huge thrift store junkie. The thrift stores on the east coast (especially in the big cities) are always picked over and over priced, which is much different than the chain of Deseret Industries stores in Utah. Plus, my apartment is so small that I have to limit myself to small items. So now, I have a lot of items that are sent to me to review for my job and I always hit the sales sections in any craft or supply store. I found a store in Inman Square that has office supplies that look like they’ve been there for 50 years. That is the type of store I’m always looking for.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
I’m never good at the “what would you take if your apartment was on fire and you could grab 10 things” question but the first thing that comes to mind is a bunch of a cards that my grandma gave me. When I went to college, I got more and more interested in old things and my grandma’s house was full of interesting items. She loved showing me things and I loved seeing them, it was great. My favorite set of cards from the bunch are hot pink, shaped like tickets, and invite your guests to “An Evening of Fun and Frolic. Conspicuous in Splendor and Unequaled in Magnitude!” Every time I see the cards I think about my Grandma, remember how great she was, and try to assess my life to see if I’m living up to the person that she was.



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