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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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Moving Day

Is “11 Things to Do After You Move”, Zing by Quicken Loans, January 18, 2109, Cathie Ericson, which I’ve contributed to, going to make moving day fun? Heck no. But it might make it bearable. And you can hire a Professional Organizer, box knife in hand, who gets you unpacked and gives you a head…

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Marla Cilley the FlyLady – Sink Reflections

Marla Cilley, the FlyLady, www.FlyLady.net, nurtures a millions-strong online community of people who share organizing tips and tools, motivation, and comradeship.  They support and empower each other in countless ways.  Ms. Cilley is the bedrock of that community, who over the course of her own struggle with chronic disorganization developed a very simple, very gradual,…

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Standing on the Shoulders of Sidetracked Home Executives

When Casual Uncluttering LLC was so new I was terrified of making mistakes rather than confident that I would make them, I read organizing books as quickly as I could discover them. Marla Cilley, FlyLady.net, author of Sink Reflections (my review is here) was one of the first Organizers I studied – I wrote that…

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