Category Archives: Organization

Organizing, decluttering topics

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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From Pack-Rat to Organized

Do you consider yourself a pack rat? Generally, pack rats hate to get rid of anything because they think they might need it someday. They also see value in almost everything.

Pack rats typically live in clutter and never know where to put stuff, so it sits around in random places around the house. They think if they leave it out then it won’t get lost or forgotten.

If you think this sounds like you, to get rid of your pack rat tendencies you’ll need to learn how to be more organized. Being organized doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get rid of everything, but it does mean keeping things in an organized way so that when you need your stuff, you’ll be able to find it.

Some people are organized pack rats. Organized pack rats usually find places to store and “organize” their stuff, but it ends up being too much. Cupboards, cabinets, closets and drawers tend to be overfilled, which can be frustrating to deal with on a daily basis. This can wear down on them after years of shoving and stuffing things into drawers Continue reading

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House Cleaning Checklist – Making Time to Clean and Declutter Your Home

After a long day at work, it’s hard to find the time to do household chores, especially when you have to make dinner and take care of other household tasks. Chores are also not that fun for most people, so it’s another task that we have a habit of procrastinating. One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to set a goal and make a commitment to meet your goal, preferably with a deadline. This rule can help you to accomplish almost anything in your home.

When you get home from work, which area of your home bothers you the most? I know that I can’t cook in the kitchen if it’s messy, so I will spend a few minutes cleaning up before preparing a meal. The family room, or whichever room in which you relax, should also be relatively neat so that you’re not staring at clutter. A clean and clutter-free home will also 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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