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4 Key Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Professional Organizer

Your relationship with your professional organizer will be a personal one.  An experienced professional will ask you lots of questions about your history of disorganization, what you have done to get organized before, what you want organizing help with, and when you want to start on your organizing project.  It is best to speak with several professional organizers before choosing one to work with.  These are the top 4 questions we are asked and our responses: Q1.Who is your typical client and how do you help them? We help our clients, who include adults and families, find organizing solutions and systems that support their way of thinking and processing, and create a functional environment where they can thrive.Our greatest passion is bringing organizing and productivity solutions that work for an individual’s organizing challenges through hands-on work or coaching. The approach we take working with clients is to reduce the anxiety and overwhelm caused by their disorganized environment…
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Permission is the Key

Recently I was asked, "When did you find your voice and how do you help your clients find their voice?"  What powerful questions!  I thought about how to answer those two questions for weeks.  Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day Vera Katz, former Mayor of Portland declared June 14th John Mosser Day. John was my father.  I know the answer to both questions.

I found my voice on August 21, 1996.  My father was in a coma and dying.  I couldn't stand to hear his labored breathing.  I leaned over him and said, "Dad it is okay to let go, forget the car keys* and leave.  We'll be okay."  He opened his eyes, looked into mine, and breathed his last breaths.  It was my voice, my permission, that released him.

*Every morning my father would leave the house, walk to his car, get in his car, get out of his car, and walk back to the house for his keys.  Sometimes it was multiple trips back and forth between the car and the house for his hat, briefcase, coat, but always f…

3 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

May is National Move Month

Are you, or do you know someone, who is moving to a new home?  Do you know that moving is considered by many to be more stressful than experiencing the death of a loved one?  It doesn't have to be!  I have three tips to reduce the stress:

#1 Make a Plan
Moving is a massive project, and if you look at it as such, it can be very overwhelming.  So overwhelming that you might not even be able to think how to begin.  Sit down. Breath.  Take out a sheet of paper and pen.  Start writing everything you can think of that you need to do to prepare for your move.  Don't worry about what order or assigning dates to the tasks.  For now, get all of your thoughts about your move down on paper.   Once you have all of your ideas and tasks out of your head and on paper, you will feel more in control and much less anxious.

Take a break and the next day come back to what you wrote and think about what sequence your tasks need to complete in and how much time each one requi…

5 Tips to Streamline Your Morning Routing

With the change to daylight savings time, I have heard from many clients they are having a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning.  As a result, they are rushing to get out the door on time.  Are you looking to save time in the morning, so you can steal a few more winks or get to work on time?  If you are, then do as much as you can the night before, which should be easier since it is staying lighter later.

Here are my top 5 tips to streamline your morning routine:
Look at the weather report and plan what to wear head to toe and set it out, so you don't have to think about what to wear in the morning. Use a valet rod to hang your outfit.Get a coffee maker with a timer, each evening get it ready and set the timer. Place your work bag, keys, phone, and anything else you need to take with you for the day by the door to grab and go. Establish a launching and landing pad for these items.If you have trouble staying focused on a routine, try setting alarms on your phone for each …

Donation, Recycling, and Shredding Events and Resources

It is Spring Break in Portland and while many of you have escaped our grey and rainy weather some of you may be having a staycation and spending time spring cleaning and decluttering your home.  

Once you have decluttered you probably have lots of stuff that needs to get out of your home.  Here are a couple of events to help you dispose of your unwanted clutter:



Prescription Drug Turn in and Shred Event / April 28th
Drive up and drop off your unwanted/expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. By participating, you reduce the risk of identity theft and misuse of prescription drugs.

Southwest Community Recycling Event / May 5th
The SW Community Recycling Event collects items not eligible for curbside disposal.

Additional Resources:
AccuShred NW 
Secure paper shredding along with non-fiber material such as CDs, DVDs, and media tapes.
Drop-off locations on the website
Pick-up available
2131 NW Birdsda…

Are You Ready for the BIG one?

Join the American Red Cross for Prepare Out Loud earthquake preparedness forum and be ready for a Cascadia earthquake and disasters of all kinds. Our earthquake preparedness event will be on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro Aviation. RSVP to attend this free event at www.redcross.org/POLHillsboro.

Organizing Basics: The Only 3 Paper Categories You Need

The A.R.T. of Paper Managment
Information comes to us in many forms but most predominately in paper form.  It arrives from snail mail, e-mail, children’s backpacks, spouse’s briefcases, and many other avenues.  
We know how we obtain paper information, it’s what we do with it after it arrives that many of us struggle with.
Let's Spring clean your paper piles on this first day of Spring!
Gather up all of the paper information you have not dealt with.  Sort your paper into three piles using the ART SYSTEM:
Action - It needs your action such as bills to be paid.  Contain these papers in a desk-top file box or tray. Tip:  select a vertical container so that it is easy to find what you need. It is also nice to have the container be portable so it can move around to where you want to work. A subcategory of Action is "To Read" - Any information that requires more than 2 minutes to read place in a separate "to read" pile.  Choose functional and fun containers; one for your r…