Trick or Treat

The news these days is full of tricks and not so many treats. Hurricane Sandy has passed, though its remnants are still active.  Fires.  Floods.  Wind damage.  And snow.  Millions of people lost power, many lost homes or cars, and a few lost lives.  With continuing rain and a full moon’s high tide today not.. read more →

31 Oct 2012
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Thoughts from Marcpo 2012

This past weekend we attended the 14th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Professional Organizers.  We had a good time and attended some thought provoking sessions.  Some highlights: My favorite quote is from Dr. Ari Tuckman, who gave an excellent presentation on ADHD, said, “A professional organizer helps clients own their items and obligations rather than.. read more →

18 Oct 2012
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Is it the Flu?

Or is it the deadly Hantavirus?  The killer in your basement.  Film at 11:00.  Okay, let’s leave the sensationalism aside.  Odds are that it’s the flu.  Hanatavirus is very rare and is only carried by a few types of rodents.  But the initial symptoms are similar: fever, severe muscle aches, fatigue.  For more information on Hantavirus, check.. read more →

04 Oct 2012
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Hoarding in the news, again

It has been six months since I blogged about the fire at a hoarder’s house in Maryland and now two more events have come to my attention. I don’t know how many similar events I’ve missed in that time frame.  The new events occured on opposite coasts a week apart. The first tragedy involves the.. read more →

In just 15 minutes a day

Everybody tries to take your money by selling you on the idea that it costs less than a dollar a day, or it only takes 10 minutes a day, and the results are “priceless”.  Go ahead, Google it.  I’ll wait.  Everything from vacuum cleaners to exercise equipment to dental insurance to learning a foreign language,.. read more →

15 Aug 2012
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Clutter and Hoarding Basics

People with clutter often call themselves hoarders even though they aren’t. Less than 1% of people are hoarders – about 3 million nationwide. Possibly another 30% of people are clutterers – approximately 102.8 million nationwide. Clutter and hoarding can be “situational” or “chronic”. Situational means that circumstances control the situation, while chronic means that it.. read more →

Professionalism

Times change and so do the words that we use. Some examples, a secretary was originally a desk suited for writing correspondance. Only later did did the word secretary refer to an employee whose duties kept him at such a desk. And it used to be that anyone who had a desk job was called.. read more →

31 Jul 2012
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What to do before we arrive

Once you’ve called and arranged for us to come over for an initial consultation you may wonder what your next step is. Here are some points to consider. 1.  DO NOT CLEAN. We need to see how you are really living, not some artificially created environment. If we don’t see real life, we won’t be.. read more →

Clutter in the Workplace

We’ve been thinking lately about how clutter migrates and its effect on other areas of one’s life.  A clutterer at home seems likely to have a cluttered office, and taking work home is bound to add to a cluttered home environment.  According to the PBS Nightly Business Report, employees take up to $50 billion worth of.. read more →

28 Jun 2012
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The worst question to ask

How do you act when you feel backed into a corner?  If you have a teenager, how do they act?  They get defensive, sullen, uncommunicative and uncooperative.  When a hoarder is confronted they act the same way. When dealing with children, especially teenagers, the very worst question to ask is, “why?”  Too often it’s a confrontational question.. read more →

13 Jun 2012
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