Severe Domestic Squalor

Severe Domestic Squalor is the title of a 2012, Cambridge University Press book written by John Snowdon, Graeme Halliday and Sube Banerjee. It’s exactly about its title, and not easy reading, mentally or emotionally. But over-acquiring and under-discarding tendencies can contribute to squalor. It serves me and some of my clients for me to understand…

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The Puget Sound Pronouns, Progress, and The Washington Post

“The Panic Over Trans Sports Inclusion,” a thoughtful, carefully-crafted, humane examination of human rights by Jerry Brewer in the June 9, 2024 edition of The Washington Post features the Puget Sound Pronouns, the team I proudly sponsor (I can’t throw a bean bag three feet, let alone a softball). And that is AWESOME. But it’s…

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The Anti-Planner Dani Donovan

World Globe

Dani Donovan is an ADHD-abled inspiration for the ADHD-abled worldwide. She does it all: TikToks, comics, public speaking, a blog aaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnd The Anti-Planner: How to Get Stuff Done When You Don’t Feel Like It. I’m pointing you to the clean edition: there’s a cuss-word-loaded version makes a Nu Yawker proud.   This ISN’T the book…

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One Man’s Trash

Trash. It’s a harsh word, indicating a lack of value of an item, space or person. Organizers encourage clients to avoid negative language about their possessions, for several reasons: (1) Organizers are often trying to teach our clients to be more objective in their valuations about their items, to help their clients more effectively learn…

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MD Fish Tanks

I’m an eager fan of YouTubeing tropical fishkeeping hobbyists. An English gentleman’s channel, MD Fish Tanks, is among my top five “gotta catch updates.” It’s not just about fishkeeping. MD is a goofy, cheerful, highly creative and intelligent young man who creates living art and share that joy. During one of his build videos, he…

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Furniture Repair Bank

I LOVE learning about a-maz-ing donation-worthy recipients, especially ones with fabulous missions. The Furniture Repair Bank, right in Seattle, takes in furniture, lamps and some other household items in all sorts of states of repair, repairs the items and then distributes the refurbished goods to agencies which provide resettlement services. WOW!!!!! Thank you Happy Hauler for…

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Donating Stuff for Kids

Just today, a client asked for ways to donate stuff for kids to kids. I love a good challenge, so…. (these are just a few)   Child’s Play Charity supports children in hospitals by providing gaming opportunities to those pediatric patients in creative, generous ways. Hospitals, for example Seattle Children’s, might be able to take…

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The Works Seattle

I had a wonderful time at The Works Seattle last night, teaching a basic organizing class to nine enthusiastic, inquisitive attendees. The conversation ranged from “How do you organize electronics cables” to “How do you remember to clear your car?” and everything in-between. Tremendous fun. As always, Coco was the star of the show.  

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Air, Glass and Fire

Air, glass and fire. Sounds lovely, like an art studio, or maybe someone taking beach glass and trying to influence its shape at a bonfire. It’s actually deadly. Empty, capped glass bottles, if caught in a fire, explode. A pile of them, 1/2 way up a wall, is more lethal than paper piled to a…

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