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5 Steps to Organizing – A process to get you organized and keep you organized

August 5, 2018

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

July 5, 2018

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


Organizing Survey

July 2, 2018

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

July 2, 2018

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

June 27, 2018

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

June 20, 2018

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

Permission is the Key

June 13, 2018

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 1, 2018

May is National Move MonthAre you, or do you know someone, who is moving to a new home?  Do you …


5 Tips to Streamline Your Morning Routing

April 25, 2018

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

March 25, 2018

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

March 12, 2018

The A.R.T. of Paper ManagmentInformation comes to us in many forms but most predominately in paper form.  It arrives from snail …


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

February 20, 2018

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


10 Organizing Basic Principles

February 11, 2018

Why don’t I know how to organize?During sessions with clients I often hear them say to me, “Anne, I feel like …


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

January 17, 2018

photo by Anne Blumer (c) 2018New Year’s ResolutionsHow to Make Them StickIt’s a New Year and a new day breaking …


September 2, 2017

The A-List Way to Organize Photos(photo courtesy of unsplash.com)Summer months are filled with special events such as graduations, weddings, and …


Summer – A Time for Transition

June 5, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

Photo by Anne BlumerApril 2, 2017Spring is a time for renewal, growth, and expansion; we feel it in the air.  …


Winter – A Time for Reflection

June 5, 2017

Photo by Anne BlumerNew Year’s Day 2015December 28, 2016January 1st marks a time for us to reflect on what we did or …


Fall – A Time for Letting Go

June 5, 2017

Photo by Anne BlumerOctober 14, 2016The season has shifted and we are “officially” in fall.  When I think about the …


Garage Organization Demystified

August 4, 2015

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

June 24, 2015

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

November 23, 2014

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.

November 9, 2014

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

June 24, 2014

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

June 16, 2014

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

May 26, 2014

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.

March 2, 2014

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.

February 27, 2014

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

February 25, 2014

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

December 26, 2013

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

November 12, 2013

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

THE MOVE

March 9, 2013

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

January 28, 2013

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 2, 2012

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?

July 31, 2012

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

September 15, 2011

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

January 5, 2011

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

Get Organized Today!

August 2, 2010

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

50 Best Blogs to Organize Everything in Your Life

June 6, 2010

I’m thrilled my blog is listed among the 50 Best Blogs to Organize Everything in Your Life featured on OnlineDegrees.net.Online …

4 Weeks to Reclaim Your Time – eBook

February 4, 2010

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

September 28, 2009

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

September 24, 2009

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

September 21, 2009

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

September 17, 2009

Use Tools WiselyPhoto from Order Out of Chaos Most middle school students use binders and planners, but many don’t use …

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

September 14, 2009

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

September 9, 2009

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

September 4, 2009

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!

August 19, 2009

Get Rich Organizing: The Professional Organizer Survival Guide to Launch, Manage, and Grow a Profitable Business Order your signed copy …

What is your clutter costing you?

November 23, 2008

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