Tips & Techniques

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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Take the Long Way Home – My GPS Disagrees

Supertramp says Take the Long Way Home. I’ve got 144,000+ miles on my 2010 RAV4. Good car, I intend to keep the poor dear until its engine falls out on a highway. And I drive ALOT for Casual Uncluttering LLC, anywhere from Marysville to Edmonds to Sultan to… My GPS disagrees. Until recently, I had…

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Bathroom-Busting

I never thought I’d find enough to say to contribute to a second article about bathrooms (“How to Organize Your Bathroom in Seven Simple Steps“) by Paige Smith for SelfStorage.com was the first) but I did.   “How to Organize Your Bathroom Fast – Even in 15 Minutes” by Michelle Coy, January 14, 2019 for realtor.com   Overwhelmed…

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Self-Punishment, and no crime

Some of my travels as I wear my Casual Uncluttering LLC hat* involve trips during which I meet potential clients for an hour or so, in the space(s) we’ll be working, before we decide to partner. A visit is one of my tools for confirming that I’ll bring the right skills and resources to a…

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Cash and Community

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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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The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw

I think ANYONE could read The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw in about 30 minutes  if s/he didn’t switchtask while doing it. You expected me to say “multitask,” din ya? Crenshaw explains that people don’t multitask, juggle more than one chore at a time: they switchtask, shifting their attention from action to action to…

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