Author Archives: Jacquie

About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook

Why You Should Get Organized in 2017

Happy Holidays! Is 2017 going to be your year for finally getting organized? Clearing a cluttered room can have a huge impact on a person’s well being. They feel lighter, less stressed and can focus on what’s important. To help you to get started, it’s always good to be reminded of why getting organized can make a difference in your life. The following are just 10 benefits of being organized and living clutter-free – many of which I’ve mentioned before, but at the beginning of a new year, it’s always good to have a gentle reminder:

1. You will save time, freeing up more time to spend with family and friends;
2. You will feel less stressed when you are moving around your clutter-free home;
3. You won’t be in a state of panic when a friend calls to say they’re in the area and would love to stop by.. Continue reading

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Organizing your Black Friday shopping trip to save time and money

Black Friday is coming up in a couple of weeks. If shopping on Black Friday is a tradition for you, start planning now so that you don’t waste time, money and end up with a bunch of clutter that you hadn’t planned on purchasing! Continue reading

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Howard County Community Shred Event

Get your sensitive papers together! The next shredding event is for Howard County residents and is coming up this Saturday. Please share with friends and family who may need this service and live in the area. Read more in my latest blog post. Continue reading

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The Clutter Buster Guide to Tidying Up – An Organizing Q&A Seminar

For local subscribers: Join me this Thursday, September 22nd at the Time Bank Social Skills Happy Hour for an Organizing Q&A at the East Columbia 50+ Center in Columbia, Md. It’s a free Organizing Seminar that will be taking place during the day (3pm), so is perfect for seniors and anyone with a flexible schedule. Please share with anyone you know who may be interested. Continue reading

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More Maryland shredding events

Just a quick announcement of 3 more community shredding events in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties in MD by ProShred Baltimore. If you live outside the area, check ProShred’s website to see if there is an event near you, and please feel free to share with anyone you know in the area who might appreciate this information. Continue reading

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Tips for preventing identity theft

Unfortunately, identity theft is on the rise, and it’s more important than ever to do more than just organize your important documents. I’m also learning that what may seem obvious to some is not obvious to everyone, so I wanted to share some tips of things you can start doing today to protect your identity. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Free shredding events in Maryland

It’s community shredding time! If you live in Montgomery County, Md or in the Silver Spring area, check out these two free shredding events near you. If you’re local but not near these areas (please note that the Montgomery Co event is for residents only), stay tuned for more updates as they are announced. Continue reading

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Tips for getting rid of your stuff

Decluttering is the first step to getting organized, and although most people know this, they can be stuck with holding onto items until they know it will be used by someone who needs it and will appreciate it. The larger well-known charities will take most items in good condition, but sometimes it’s nice to give to a smaller charity or even to a school, library or hospital. Here are 10 tips and ideas for getting rid of your stuff that you may not have thought of Continue reading

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Spring community shredding events in Baltimore, MD and DC metro

Spring cleaning is underway, and for those us still accumulating paper, we also need to regularly purge old and no longer needed paperwork.  If you have a large amount of sensitive paperwork due to a recent spring clean session, you … Continue reading

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Creating a plan to cook more, eat better and live healthier

Many of my clients complain about not having enough time to cook, and of course, they feel that it’s easier to pick something up from a local restaurant or fast food joint, than it is to shop for ingredients and prepare a meal when they get home from work. For many busy professionals and busy families, making a weekly, or even monthly plan can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be if you know where to start. Start small by picking a favorite meal type. For example, a slow cooker meal, an oven roast or casserole can provide a good hearty and healthy meal for a family, for one or two nights, and before you know it you’ll be cooking enough for 3 or 4 nights a week. Even one home-cooked meal a week is better than no home-cooked meals.

Here are some tips to get started with a healthy meal plan: Continue reading

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