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Get Your Child Organized for College

One of the proudest moments of my life occurred when my two children graduated from college.  Alex graduated from Cal ...

9 Tips to Prepare for Back to School

Parents, organization, and planning will be the keys to keeping your cool as September rolls around. Those lovely lazy days ...

Get Organized Before Your Trip Checklist

Have you ever sat waiting for a flight and tormented yourself with questions like? Did I leave a light on ...

The 5 Most Efficient Packing Methods

In preparing for that special vacation or exciting first-time overseas travel adventure, have you looked at your startlingly tiny carry-on ...

Guide To Medical Alert Systems

Reviews.com created this guide with seniors in mind, to help them understand where a medical alert system fits into their ...
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50 Things You Can Let Go of Now

  What You Can Discard How to Dispose of 1.    Appliance manuals Recycle Access at www.manualsonline.com 2.    Art/wall décor that ...
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To Downsize or Not to Downsize?

My Interview with JPS Newton Downsizing your home is a popular action to take after the kids leave home or ...
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10 Best Organization Apps to Simplify Your Life

I was asked as a female business owner to share my favorite organization/productivity apps and why for an article in ...

2 Steps to Simplify Your Tax Filing Preparation

It's Tax Day!  If getting your tax filings prepared is an overwhelming task each year, now is the time to ...
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National Clean Out Your Closet Week With Our 5 Steps to Organizing

The Marie Kondo movement has many people organizing their clothing.  If you tried Marie's konmari approach and it didn't spark ...
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Why We Procrastinate

There are many reasons we procrastinate; these are the top six: #1 You consider the task/project to be low priority ...

Book Signing Event

Looking forward to seeing you there! For more information about Mastering the Business of Organizing click on this link
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7 Habits to Return Several Hours to Every Day

#1 Stop Multitasking It has been proven that multitasking significantly reduces brain power and focus.  By multitasking, I mean the apparent ...
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I agree and I disagree, Marie

You would have to be living under a rock (or a mountain of clothing) to have not heard about the ...
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Decrease Clutter – 6 Strategies to Stop Accumulating

Marie Kondo has been all over the media helping people to release what doesn't "spark joy".  Here are 6 strategies ...
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Get Rid of 100 Things Challenge

Getting organized is one of the top two new years' resolutions.  Getting started on that resolution is often a block.  ...
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10 Organizing Practices to Keep You Organized in the New Year

Getting organized is often the easy part. Staying organized is challenging for many people because it requires a change in your ...
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Top 6 Excuses for Keeping Stuff

Excuse #1: “I might need it someday.” Look at each item as though you were packing it (or not) for ...
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10 Ways How a Professional Organizer Impacts Their Client’s Life

Finds the best place for all of her client’s belongings and recommends storage solutions to maximize her space. Provides her ...

20 Questions to Ask About Your Stuff

Do you struggle with letting go of your stuff?  Here are 20 questions you can ask yourself about your stuff ...
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5 Tips on how to be an Ideal Houseguest

Here are 5 houseguest etiquette tips to get you invited to visit again and again. 1.  Be thoughtful and grateful. ...

5 Ways to Prepare for Overnight Houseguests

How to be a Memorable Host to your Houseguests 1.  Welcome! Hopefully, you can be home when your guests arrive.  ...
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October is ADHD Awareness Month

When you have ADHD you feel like you are the only who feels the way you do.  I’m sharing a ...
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5 Steps to Organizing – A process to get you organized and keep you organized

Step 1 – Strategize Make a plan for your home. This is the first step in the organizing process. Use ...

Our Top 3 Questions about Time and Budget on Organizing Projects

As with most professions, fees vary widely based on experience, geographic location, and the type of services requested. Many organizing ...

Organizing Survey

We surveyed a few of our clients about their experience with organizing.  I'm sharing the results of our survey because ...

7 Strategies for Maximizing a Smaller Footprint

It seems everywhere I read on social media the message is downsizing and go minimal.  Often that isn't as easy ...

How to Prepare for Your Strategy Session with SolutionsForYou

Don’t change anything about your physical space! We need to see your current state of organization to understand your relationship with your ...

4 Key Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Professional Organizer

Your relationship with your professional organizer will be a personal one.  An experienced professional will ask you lots of questions ...

Permission is the Key

Recently I was asked, "When did you find your voice and how do you help your clients find their voice?"  ...

3 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

May is National Move Month Are you, or do you know someone, who is moving to a new home?  Do ...

5 Tips to Streamline Your Morning Routine

With the change to daylight savings time, I have heard from many clients they are having a difficult time getting out ...

Donation, Recycling, and Shredding Events and Resources

It is Spring Break in Portland and while many of you have escaped our grey and rainy weather some of ...

Organizing Basics: The Only 3 Paper Categories You Need

The A.R.T. of Paper Managment   Information comes to us in many forms but most predominately in paper form.  It arrives ...

5 Ways to Get Organized for Tax Season – We Make It Easy!

It happens every year, whether we want it to or not, tax time.  Nearly every day I receive something by ...

10 Organizing Basic Principles

Why don't I know how to organize? During sessions with clients I often hear them say to me, "Anne, I feel ...

New Year’s Resolutions – 5 Ways to Make Them Stick

New Year's Resolutions How to Make Them Stick It's a New Year and a new day breaking and getting organized is ...

The A-List Way to Organize Photos

Summer months are filled with special events such as graduations, weddings, and vacations.  That means lots of photos!  Nowadays, we ...

Summer – A Time for Transition

Summer is a time of transitions.  Children are transitioning from school to the slower, warmer days of summer filled with ...

Spring – A Time for Renewal

Spring is a time for renewal, growth, and expansion; we feel it in the air.  Even though we can do ...

Winter – A Time for Reflection

December 28, 2016 January 1st marks a time for us to reflect on what we did or didn't accomplish the past twelve ...

Fall – A Time for Letting Go

October 14, 2016 The season has shifted and we are “officially” in fall.  When I think about the seasons and ...

Garage Organization Demystified

Does the thought of organizing your garage seem too daunting?  Do you wonder where to begin when you can’t even ...

Top Ten Travel Organizing Tips

Summertime often means travel time.  Already this year, I have traveled overseas three times and domestically three times.   I have ...

Strategies for Avoiding Holiday Stress

The 5 Steps to Organizing process as it applies to your Holiday schedule:#1 Strategize List all your holiday activities that you want ...

D.E.C.I.D.E.

A serious contender for why clutter and disorganization occur is an inability to easily make decisions about where to put ...

Products I Love – Time Timer

Timers have numerous beneficial uses such as to reduce hyper-focusing (something I do). Or, to set a limit on how ...

stuff, stuff, and more stuff

It seems the Portland housing market has picked up because my team and I have been downsizing, packing, and unpacking many ...

5 Steps to Organizing With Kids

5 Steps to Organizing with KidsStep 1 Strategize - Involve your child in the organizing process – Guide your child to make decisions about ...

If you think it is costly to get organized, look at what disorganization is costing you.

Statistics Related to Disorganization84% of recently stressed-out Americans said they worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough. ...

Are you a clutterer? Answer these questions to find out.

    Do you have more possessions than you can comfortably handle? Are you embarrassed to invite family, friends, health care providers, ...

A tale from the trenches

With my client's permission, I'm sharing her organizing story... Last week, as part of my training program client practicum, a team of new ...

Get More Time for YOU

Seven optimum habits that will return several hours to your day#1 Stop multi-tasking. It has been proven that multitasking significantly ...

The Perfectly Organized Kitchen for the Holidays… and Beyond

If your kitchen isn't functioning at high efficiency it is a recipe for a holiday dinner disaster!  Organize it now ...

THE MOVE

My mother, Priscilla, is 86 years old and her husband, Don, is 90. Until recently, they lived in a mobile ...

Who knew a pair of shoes could be so educational

As I was pondering what I wanted to gift my family and friends this past holiday season, I was looking ...

Simplify Your LIfe Week

August 6th-12th is Simplify your Life Week. Clear out the clutter and focus on priorities! Simplifying is all about having ...

Why is organizing so hard?

Why is organizing so hard? Over the years, I have heard this question from many clients. Until recently I couldn’t ...

10 Easy Steps to Organize Your Paper

Do you struggle to keep up with the influx of mail and other paper information? Here are ten quick and ...

Eat Frogs and Reach your 2011 Goals

For many, January marks the time to reflectively think about what we want to accomplish for the new year. And, ...

Get Organized Today!

Personal and professional success is the result of more than talent, commitment and hard work. Success requires you to organize ...

4 Weeks to Reclaim Your Time – eBook

Do you know poor organization is often a derivative of poor time management?Do you often feel overwhelmed?Are you feeling like ...

Back to School Post #7 of 7- Conclusion-Help Them Find Their Own Method

Help Them Find Their Own MethodI have learned from my own experience that what works for me and works for ...

Back to School Post #6 of 7 – Teach Project Management

Teach Project ManagementPlanners are essential for managing large school projects and papers. I suggest students subtract two days from the ...

Back to School Post #5 of 7 – Teach Time Management

Teach Time ManagementIt is a rare middle school student who can gauge how much time an assignment will take. Suggest ...

Back to School Post #4 of 7 – Use Tools Wisely

  Use Tools Wisely Photo from Order Out of Chaos Most middle school students use binders and planners, but many ...

Back to School Post #3 of 7 – Make Homework Routine

Make Homework RoutineYou can help by making sure your student has a suitable space to work without distractions and with ...

Back to School Post #2 of 7 – Parents Need to Stay Involved

Parents Stay InvolvedWhile middle school is a time of burgeoning independence, parents need to stay involved, at least until their ...

Back to School Post #1 of 7 – Transitions

I took the month of August off, but now I'm gearing up to send my kids back to school next ...

My Book is Published!

Get Rich Organizing: The Professional Organizer Survival Guide to Launch, Manage, and Grow a Profitable Business For more details see ...

What is your clutter costing you?

We are experiencing very challenging economic times. Maybe it’s time to think about what your clutter or lack of organization ...