Virtual Organizer on the Road Show dates

Sunday July 26, 10:00AM – 12:00PM PST – $10, registration through EventBrite Sunday July 26, 1:30PM – 3:30PM PST – $10, registration through Eventbrite Sunday July 26, 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST – $10, registration through Eventbrite Monday July 27, 11:00AM – 1:00PM PST– $10, registration through Eventbrite   Sneak Peak at the Virtual Organizer on the…

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Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh

No, it’s not a cruel book. Walsh is exploring the idea, which he has seen in his clients many times and which his readers have described to him, that a person’s clutter can lead to a vicious cycle of the clutterer losing hope, neglecting self-care, getting depressed and anxious and therefore even more disorganized, then…

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It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul

String Art

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized brought me to tears more than once. This lyrical, cheerful, gentle, compassionate, sensible look at the consequences of disorganization and methods for re-framing negative mental habits that often reinforce disorganization is compelling. I’m usually organized, and yes,…

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Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) = Organizers +

colorful tangled ropes

Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) are good. Very good. I’m one of them, I know. But participants in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s (ICD) programming are skilled for clients with more demanding needs: clients with brain injuries, ADD, hoarding disorder and the like. ICD-certified Professional Organizers are VERY VERY VERY highly trained. Just the prerequisites…

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THE SECOND BEST TIME MANAGEMENT TOOL EVER

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My March 14, 2017 post taught you the best time management technique ever. The second best time management technique ever is a little more complicated. I hope the visual helps.   Whenever I have a task which has a time frame which is limited by something outside my control, like store hours, a deadline when…

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Consignment Clears Clutter – and other ways to let It go

Decoupaged travel trunk

Consignment clears clutter, and the money isn’t bad either. Toss in the “reduces, reuses, recycles” bonus and consignment is a terrific option for items from your entire house or business. Consignment shops even specialize: a Google search for “consignment shops” pulls up plus-size women’s clothing, furniture, antiques like the one below (just kidding, I made…

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Organizing Your Garage In No Time by Barry Izsak

Organize Your Garage In No Time book cover

OK, this book is about garages. It’s about decluttering the garage. It’s about safety in the garage. It talks tools. But it’s really about The Dream Garage. Planning it, constructing it, and keeping it functional for all time. But soooooo much of Mr. Izsak’s sensible advice is applicable for other spaces in your home or…

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Old Bathroom Sink Pipe & a Leak & a Mess oh my

stylish bathroom

The lovely photo of a pristine bathroom above is NOT representative of the wet mess I, no eyeglasses yet, no coffee, squelched onto first thing 5:30 this cold Pacific Northwest morning. My supply line – OK, what is a supply line??? – had sprung a leak overnight, gracing me with a lake in the cabinet…

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Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

Donna Smallin Organizing Plain & Simple

I wrote this review of “Organizing Plain & Simple” in April, 2015. Ms. Smallin is one of the most respected members of my profession, with very very good reason. And I still have the same reaction to her book today, as I’m studying for my credential as a Certified Professional Organizer. It’s a quirk of…

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