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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

Free Community Shredding Events in Maryland

Free shredding events Saturday for Maryland subscribers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Continue reading

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Free Maryland Shredding Events this Spring

For local subscribers – Free Maryland shredding events today and beyond! Continue reading

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Earth Day Tips to Help Save Energy, Money and the Planet

Life is busy and we don’t always have the time to think about what we can do to protect the planet. We can’t all be tree-huggers and ride our bikes to work, so here are some fast and easy ways to save energy, money and the planet! Continue reading

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Getting Organized for Your Move

Springtime is not just for spring cleaning and removing clutter, it’s also moving season! Spring is a good time to sell your home, particularly if you live in a sought after area. For families, they’re typically looking for great schools in a safe neighborhood. For singles and couples, they’re looking for safety and convenience.

Moving is stressful, even when you’re organized and on top of things. It’s also very expensive to move, but with some planning and organization, you can save yourself both time and money.

Using a Moving Company: When contacting movers, be sure to get an onsite estimate. We made that mistake in our last move and were given a quote over the phone even though I begged them to come to see how much stuff we had. Long story short, the moving truck they arrived in was too small. It could have ended really badly, but they made it work. Lesson learned!

An estimate in writing will also include supplies, e.g. boxes etc. and will give you an idea of how much moving supplies cost. If you plan ahead, you can save a little money by purchasing your moving supplies online, but check your options with the moving company you use before ordering.

Long Distance Move – Relocations: If you are relocating, the moving company will probably be packing for you. Be sure to find out what their policy is for items you’ve packed yourself. You may want to transport those items yourself if you have valuables that you don’t want on the truck, otherwise, if you personally packed them, they may not be covered if those items are damaged. For valuable items that the moving company has packed, be sure that you have a written appraisal to prove the value in event that it gets damaged, or worse, lost.

Time to Purge! Several months before your move (or a couple of years, if you have a lot of clutter!), begin sorting through your belongings and get rid of things you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time. Most people have way too many clothes, so if you don’t purge on a regular basis, start going through your clothing now. If you love to cook, you’ve probably collected a few small appliances and a ton of kitchen utensils. Instead of feeling overwhelmed about going through every cabinet and every drawer, which may take hours or days, pick one drawer or cabinet per day. If you’re short on time, do a few drawers or cabinets per day.

How to Get Rid of Your Stuff: If you’re planning to sell some of your items, now is the time to think about how you’d like to sell them. There are lots of options available online, particularly if you have a smart phone. Check out Continue reading

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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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