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Skip these 5 organizing tasks

by respaced on August 20, 2010

Some people (I’m talking to you, Martha Stewart!) go overboard when it comes to organizing. That is, they waste time organizing things that don’t have to be perfectly compartamentalized, sorted and arranged. Here are five organizing tasks you can ignore: 1. Putting all of the non-perishable food in the pantry into their own separate glass containers. […]


Sell old electronics, make cash the easy way

by respaced on July 7, 2010

Do you have outdated electronics in your home that you are reluctant to part with? Maybe you don’t want to toss them because even though they are old, they are still functional. Or maybe you don’t want to throw them away because you have heard that many old electronics have mercury in them. Whatever your […]


In the past year or so, a handful of new resale shops have opened up along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in NE Portland. This is great, because now you North and NE Portland readers have even more places to sell or donate your unwanted clutter, and you DIYers have more places to shop for funky […]


I don’t intend this post to be a complete list of all the steps you should take to hold the perfect garage sale. Instead, consider this a list of tips that might make your sale go from good to great. Most of these tips come from other professional organizers who have experience helping their clients get top […]


Every so often, I like to write about what to do with your unwanted clutter, especially the hard-to-recycle stuff. My husband, who works at a Fix Auto Body Shop, is the one who tipped me off to this unique Portland-Metro area program for disposing old car seats. Did you know you need to dispose of any car seat […]


It’s now garage sale season. I have mixed feelings about this because while they can be great places to find fixer-upper items for DIY projects, they can also be a source of cheap junk for your home. How often have you bought something at a garage sale because it was cute or worth a lot of money or “useful” or simply […]


Does your house feel out of control? Are you sick of the clutter, the piles of papers, and the tornado of toys and art supplies on the floor? The trick to keeping your house clutter-free is to get rid of the stuff you are not using. The less stuff you have in your house, the […]


Time to replace those posters on your wall

by respaced on March 12, 2010

Do you still have posters up on your walls? Are they in cheap plastic frames? Are they from college? Girl, you’ve got to get yourself some grown-up art! I know you’ve been putting it off because you think real art is expensive.That’s why I highly recommend you go to the Buckman Art Show and Sell this weekend. Trust […]


If you celebrate Christmas and like to decorate your home for the holiday, then this is a busy time of year for you. You’re pulling down the boxes of ornaments, testing the strings of lights, trying to figure out what you need to add to your decor and perhaps, wishing you had a better way […]


5 items I won’t buy used

by respaced on October 21, 2009

You know I’m a huge fan of resale. I get something I need at a good price, somebody gets to rid themself of clutter, and that item stays out of a landfill. It’s a win-win-win situation.Almost. There are a few items that I refuse to buy used because of the ick factor. These are items […]