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Christmas Decor after Christmas: Recycling, composting, donating options in Portland

December 29, 2017

Christmas is over, which means it’s time for the worst part of the holidays for most people: taking down and figuring out what to do with all of the holiday decor. You can always call in one of our organizers to take down and pack up your Christmas decor for you. Click here for more […]

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5 myths about working with a home organizer

December 11, 2017
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Working with a home organizer can be a positive, life-changing experience! But some people are reluctant to reach out for help because of misinformation about what professional organizers do. Here are 5 myths — and 5 truths! — about working with a home organizer. MYTH: Home organizers will make you throw things away. TRUTH: We […]

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30 Christmas gifts to give kids that are not toys!

December 4, 2017

I first wrote this list 5 years ago when my son was 7. He’s turning 12 soon (yikes! Where does the time go?) and I still find myself returning to this list each year, but now it’s to find something to give him other than Legos. Don’t get me wrong –we love Legos. It’s just […]

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How our home organizers work with clients with ADHD

November 29, 2017

Many of our organizing clients (about 65%) have told us they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), so our organizers have developed strategies over the years to make organizing sessions easier on these clients. Here are just a few of the tools that we use: 1. We schedule shorter organizing sessions instead of long sessions […]

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Home organizers organize tiny house in San Francisco homeless program

November 22, 2017

I was searching for a good Thanksgiving-related story to share with you on this blog when I came across this incredible act of kindness two organizers showed a houseless woman living in a tiny house down in San Francisco. These are fellow organizers in the same professional association I belong to. Here’s the story: Several […]

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5 ways reSPACEd organizers make home organizing fun (or at least more tolerable!)

November 15, 2017

Let’s face it: a dusty, musty room heaped high with long-forgotten clutter is usually a bit of a kill-joy. It’s so much easier to just close the door and tell ourselves that we will “get to it later.” But if you find that “later” never seems to come, then it’s time to find ways to […]

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This home organizer’s secret to getting her son to let go of his old toys

November 13, 2017

Many of you who have known me over the years know that one of my toughest organizing clients has been my own son. For a while there, the speed at which he was getting new toys, books, clothes and games far outpaced the speed at which old, neglected toys were leaving the house. That is […]

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Self-Test: Is your clutter out of control?

November 3, 2017

Boy, I love a good a self-test! This particular test is not one you will find in Cosmo magazine anytime soon. Instead, this test from ADDitude magazine helps you figure out if your clutter has become a Significant Problem (this is definitely not a test to determine a medical diagnosis, such as Hoarding Disorder. Instead […]

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Should you let a friend or home organizer help you get organized?

October 31, 2017

Some of my clients have told me that their family has balked at their decision to hire a home organizer and have wondered why they couldn’t just have a friend help them get organized instead. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) came up with this great list of questions to help you figure out when […]

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Easy Bedroom Closet organizing tip

October 27, 2017

In most closets, I notice that people tend to store shoes on the closet floor, usually in one of those shoe racks that impales the shoe on a wire rack. That’s why I like what this gal did with her closet. She installed inexpensive shoe shelves from Fred Meyer on the topmost shelf of her […]

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