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Question: I would love to get organized, but when I look at the piles of stuff in my house (and there’s piles in every room), I don’t have the slightest idea where to begin. I’m so completely overwhelmed! So I end up not even trying to get organized. Can you offer me some advice so […]

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I want to invite all of you local readers to come to the Get Organized Conference this Saturday, January 28 to hear me speak about organizing children’s spaces. I will explain step-by-step how to organize a children’s space, and I will give you my recommendations for storage products that work well in these spaces. I […]

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Question: I have been married for 5 years and my dress is still hanging in its bag in our closet. I never had it dry cleaned (GAH… and big sigh!). I, of course, love the dress, due to its meaning, but I wouldn’t say that I am overly attached to it. I would, however, say […]

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  Question: I have become an organized person. However, years ago that was less true of me. My biggest organizing failure has been with our family pictures. We have boxes of pictures that are all mixed up and most are not labeled. I know that a certain picture was taken on the first day of […]

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Question: I hate umbrellas and love hats. How can I store the ones I am not using? I have no wall space, and I wouldn’t begin to know where to find a hatbox. Answer: Hats can be tricky, because depending on the type of hat, they have to be stored without stacking to preserve their […]

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Question: I’m a college student and I work. I find it hard to find my important things quickly, such as phone, keys, ID cards, etc. How can I organize everything at the right place when coming home and then KNOW WHERE they are when leaving? Answer: There are few things more panic-inducing than being in […]

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Question: I was going through my closet when I came across an old jacket that was 15 years old. It seemed gross to me and I thought, “Who would want this?” So I threw it away. But now I am wondering if I should have donated it to Goodwill. Or maybe it was worth something […]

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Question: How many toys should my child own? I don’t know if my child has too many toys or not, or even how many they should have, so how can I tell? Answer: Instead of coming up with a precise number of toys, think of how long it takes you to put them all away. […]

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I just want to remind you that the annual Pacific Northwest Organizing Expo is this Saturday from 10-3 p.m. at the Montgomery Park Building in Northwest Portland. You will find free admission, free parking, goodie bags for the first 300 guests plus a chance to talk with professional organizers, see innovative organizing products and listen […]

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Question: My dad, a woodworker, has made two beautiful toy boxes for our two kids. They have a flip top lid and are basic boxes (3ft x 18” x 18”). Do you have any ideas on how to use them effectively? Right now they are filled with miscellaneous toys that are out of sight and […]

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