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How to Organize Your Bedroom Fast-Even in 15 Minutes

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Another fun little blog which features an opinion of mine – How to Organize Your Bedroom Fast-Even in 15 Minutes June 25, 2019 by Whitney Coy for Realtor.com. Just in time for the holidays. C’mon, despite Whitney Coy’s first paragraph, you know where all the guests’ coats are going for the party… “When you focus…

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Expect the Unexpected – nope

“How thoughtful of him!  To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” That is a quote from the Third Act of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. The quote, in horrible fashion, always seems to be shortened to “Expect the Unexpected.” That always sets my teeth on edge: it feels like an exhortation to paranoia,…

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Mental Health First Aid – Thank you Australia

Mental Health First Aid International is an even better import than koalas. The following paragraphs are from its website: “An evidence-based program,” “an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and…

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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move is a book. But it’s also a plea, spoken by someone forced to hastily move out of his/her home because a complication of aging has caused him/her catastrophic harm. Vickie Dellaquila, a Certified Professional Organizer(R) of the National…

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Entertaining? – try these tips!

I just contributed to another online article, this time about hosting parties without wearing yourself to a frazzle. Wonder when my next soiree will be? 10 Organizational Tips for Entertaining, Erin Thorburn, Tribune News Service, Sep 4, 2019   “Whether you’re a seasoned hostess or are having your first in-home party, clutter can be the cause…

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Digging Out – Start with Forgiving

Hoarded room Casual Uncluttering project

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring by Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. and Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D. offers a methodical, scrupulous, comprehensive and clinically-developed program for a support team to attempt to help a person with hoarding disorder clear his or her environment to an extent which will make that…

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Hanging a door – a reminder of mindfulness

I’m sitting in the Hotel 116 Bellevue lobby, waiting for my National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Seattle Area Chapter meeting to start. I’ve been here an hour, give or take. The entire time I’ve been here, two carpenters have been hanging two entryway doors.  They’re taking exact care, using everything from shims to…

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Fugen Neziroglu and the Bio-Behavioral Institute

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu and colleagues at her Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, USA wrote Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop in 2004. Her book is tremendous potential self-help for people who suspect they have, or know they have, hoarding disorder. She offers step-by-step, carefully designed, vigorously tested, achievable exercises…

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How to Become a Professional Organizer

Seven of my colleagues and I contributed to this blog post. And as much as it is a GREAT launching point for “how-to,” it’s also a persuasive set of arguments for why someone needs to hire a professional… Lost count of how many times we mention National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and strongly urge people…

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