NAPO Seattle Area Chapter Day of Service 6-15-2019

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Show Ribbons

OHMIGOSH we had a great day!!!!! Eleven of us, quite possibly a record number for a Day of Service, from NAPO Seattle Area Chapter converged on Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center to set its Development storage room to rights. Five hours later, it was unrecognizable. In a good way.   The ribbons may have been…

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Mary Jane Maffini – fiction takes my fancy

Charlotte Adams, the amateur detective in a series of five novels by Mary Jane Maffini, is a highly accomplished Professional Organizer (for real: the tips in the books are, some of them, quite good and she has awesome “technique.”). She even belongs to my professional society NAPO (page 146, The Cluttered Corpse). She is otherwise…

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Casual Uncluttering’s Guilty Secret – Salvage Yards

It doesn’t entirely suit for the owner of Casual Uncluttering, a Certified Professional Organizer(R), to be able to spend hours and hours in architectural salvage yards. Because architectural salvage yards are exactly the kind of toy chest where you find many many baubles to bring home, whether you have space for them or not. I…

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Mission: Organization – the book

Mission Organization HGTV show book

Library thrift shop find. Had to. Overcome by the onslaught of nostalgia. The TV show Mission: Organization kept me company when I was home with my then-newborn son.  The startling and pleasing surprise is that the book hasn’t aged. Despite its 2004 publication date, the home decor was timeless, although I wouldn’t want to set…

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Cash and Community

dragon incense holder

I’m in the middle of a calm decluttering. Calm because it’s entirely voluntary. I’m conducting it strictly at my chosen pace. It’s catching me some cash: I’m letting go of things by selling them on Facebook Marketplace. If something doesn’t sell on Marketplace, I’ll experiment with OfferUp, Nextdoor, letgo and similar. I want to know how those…

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Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool goes Casual

toddler boots

I’m overjoyed to announce that Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool (QACP) and I will be shaking off the dust, clearing a tiny cobweb or two, rescuing all the Tonkas without wheels and generally calming the tantrums an accumulation of 36 years of well-loved children’s, parents’ and teachers’ stuff can cause in a space. I’m honored with…

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Think outside the pot – the Casual Uncluttering LLC Credo

glass noodles in bowl

Organizers use The Muttering Game, invented by one of our Grandest Dames Judith Kolberg and revealed in her book Conquering Chronic Disorganization, to help our clients organize paperwork. A client picks up a piece of paper, mutters whatever comes to mind about the paper, and we Organizers write down the thought. Client puts down the…

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Casual Uncluttering LLC job perks

The positions of Founder, Owner, solopreneur and sole employee of Casual Uncluttering LLC have their job perks. Getting to pass by this house is one of them. I will simply bring up this photo whenever I need to smile for the rest of my life. Enlarge the photo. Please.  

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Working with a Teacher – Report Card 4-30-2019

4/30/2019 I’ve been meaning to contact you every day since we’ve been back from spring break. I’ve kept the desk clear, except when it’s being used for the intended use. The filing is working out great! When I come back from meetings, I know exactly where every piece of paper or document should go! What…

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