donating + recycling

The Give Back Box…

Now here’s a great idea… Amazon is participating in this program.  The Give Back Box…love it! Give Your Amazon Box New Life Amazon and Give Back Box® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using Give Back Box® you can donate items you no longer need to charity with ease and bring new life […]

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Saving “stuff” for your children…

One of the most frustrating discussions I have with my clients is over saving stuff for children.  You name it, they want to hang on to it…even when the kids have made it perfectly clear that they don’t want it.This article from The Washington Post beautifully illustrates the issue:STUFF IT:  MILLENNIALS NIX THEIR PARENTS’ TREASURES by: […]

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Unwanted clutter…time to let it go

From Unclutterer, this great article from fellow organizer, Jeri Dansky, on a subject close to my heart…letting your unwanted things go. When going through the uncluttering process, once you’ve decided what to keep and what should go, it can be easy to get hung up on the next step: actually getting rid of the non-keepers. […]

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Organizing tips…the charity box

I always like to set up a charity “donation” box in my client’s homes. Generally located in the garage, it allows everyone in the family to place in items which they no longer use. When the box is full, it gets taken to their favorite charity. My families with children love this. We have even […]

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Sending your clutter off to Purgatory…

I just did an organizing consultation with a wonderful woman here in the East Bay.  While the upstairs portion of her house, what I call the “public” spaces – the living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. – are neat, tidy and very attractively arranged, it’s another story in the downstairs area of the house.  “Downstairs” is where […]

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National Geographic magazine collections…

I absolutely love this post by Lorie Marreno of Clutter Diet. National Geographic Collections: Golden Shelves of Glory? One of the most humorous things I notice in my work as a Professional Organizer is how many people collect National Geographic magazines.I think of them as the “Golden Shelves of Glory” when I walk into a room […]

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Donating your stuff…

Which of these items would you donate to charity? The second hand and the alarm on the clock are broken. The blue vase is fine. The amber vase is chipped in two places. Some of the candles are wrapped and some are not, some are faded. The white tablecloth is stained in several places. The […]

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Getting rid of albums…

“What should I do with all my albums?” And we’re not talking about photos, we’re talking about those vinyl record collections that many of us, of a certain age, still have in the back of the closet.  Usually kept in milk crates, they weigh a ton, require shelf space larger than most bookcases and they […]

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But I got it as a gift…

Today I was unpacking and organizing a kitchen for a client. When we got everything out of the moving boxes and I started asking her about certain items, she repeated a phrase I hear all the time… “I don’t like it, but I got it as a gift”. As we enter the biggest gift giving […]

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The best of intentions…

Recently one of my clients went through a bit of nightmare when some seemingly innocent actions lead to near disaster… In preparation for her move, we worked through the entire condo sorting what would be packed, what would be stored and what would go to donation. Donation items where inventoried, boxed and placed in an […]

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