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

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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Holiday budget mistakes to avoid

Were you able to create a holiday budget this year? If yes, you’re way ahead of the majority of people who are now purchasing gifts, entertaining and attending holiday parties. However, before you finish up your holiday shopping, let’s step back for a moment. Continue reading

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Tips for creating a holiday budget

Do you go over budget every holiday season? Creating a holiday budget is the way to go. Read my latest blog post on tips for creating a holiday budget. Continue reading

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Oops! Did you already receive some of my holiday posts?

Good morning,

You may have received an email today with a few upcoming holiday budget posts! I apologize. These were published prematurely and not yet ready, so I had to remove them. You’re probably not ready to be thinking about the holidays now, anyway! In reality, time is ticking on and it is indeed a good time to start thinking about the holiday budget, and other holiday-related plans. I will be publishing the first holiday article by the end of October, so stay tuned!

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Take care,
Jacquie Continue reading

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Free community shredding event – Howard County, Md

If you live in Howard county, Md, hold the date for the next shredding event coming up in October. Read my blog for details including a link to what they will and will not accept. Continue reading

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8 tips to prepare for back to school paperwork and stuff

It may seem a bit early to be planning for back to school, but it’s not! 🙂 Here are some tips to get your thinking caps on, so that the first week of school goes smoothly with regards to paperwork and other school-related clutter. Continue reading

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Operation Gratitude Charity Project

If you live in the area, join me and other local businesses to help put together care packages for our military overseas. Learn more in my latest blog post. Continue reading

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Goodwill truck at Alpha Ridge Landfill in Howard County, Md.

Are you still in the midst of spring cleaning and have donation bags piling up? If so, Goodwill can help, particularly if you live in my local area. Learn more in my latest blog post. Continue reading

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