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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Time Clutter

It has been a while since I last wrote.  Sorry about that.  There have just been too many things going on.  With a child in school and religious school the approaching summer has had numerous distractions.  Throw in holidays, visiting family, etc. and the calendar gets pretty full.  As if day to day living isn’t.. read more →

05 Jun 2012
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Getting Started

OK, you have made the decision to get organized. You have set aside time on your calendar and know what you want to work on. Don’t let all this great attitude and desire go to waste by not being prepared to work. You don’t want to lose half of your work time by having to.. read more →

04 Jun 2012

Are these taxing times for you?

Were the last few weeks frustrating for you?  Were you standing in line at the post office on the last possible day just to file a request for an automatic extension for filing your taxes?  We can probably help.  No, we don’t prepare your taxes for you, but we can help you organize your paperwork.. read more →

19 Apr 2012
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Another conference

Thanks to our friend Nico at Elite Home Remodeling we attended the Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI) expo at the Washington Convention Center in DC.  There were a lot of service providers to talk with.  We made a lot of good connections to provide better service to our clients.  We look forward to.. read more →

02 Apr 2012
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NAPO 2012

NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) is growing a lot and their conference is too.  I could suggest a couple of changes for future conferences, such as giving more time for discussions at the SIG tables during lunch, but overall it was very well done. Maria attended a class on “Harm Reduction” at convention.  This concept is very.. read more →

28 Mar 2012
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A widespread problem?

There was an interesting article in the Washington Post about a local locksmith’s fight against search engines.  The quick synopsis is that some locksmith companies with local phone numbers and local adresses aren’t really local.  They are really shells with a national call center.  They list fake local addresses, get local phone numbers that route.. read more →

19 Mar 2012
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A quick post

Just a quick post this week. Last week we were at the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce’s New Member Showcase. There were a large number of new members there, many of them new small businesses. I’m not sure what it says about the economy that there are so many folks starting businesses. I definitely.. read more →

14 Mar 2012
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Maria saves the frog

Back in January Maria did a talk for the Women’s Center in Vienna, VA here in Fairfax.  For those who are interested we have here an audio clip from January’s Q & A where the origins and prevalence of hoarding is discussed.  Last week Maria spoke at the Prebyterian Church in Manassas.  Here’s a video clip.. read more →

07 Mar 2012
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A stark difference

This week Maria met with a prospective client who had already contracted services with another professional organizer.  His experience with them was not a good one, but it highlights a major difference between Conquer the Clutter and some of our competitors. This competitor came in for a free consultation and quoted a price to clear.. read more →