DIY vs hiring a Professional Organizer

Budgets are tight. People have a firm belief in their own abilities. There are books and TV shows on how to do it yourself. If you need to downsize or organize and those are enough to help you succeed then congratulations! But if you’re like most people you’re still reading this because you need some […] read more ?

Home Fires Burning

From 2013 through 2015 the greater Washington, DC area saw about a dozen fatal fires linked to excessive clutter. Over the past 12 months we’ve seen at least 4 fires linked to excessive clutter.  Last August a woman in Bowie, MD died.  In March there were fatal fires in Southeast DC and Arlington, VA.  And […] read more ?

Keeping up with Scammers

Fraud doesn’t have a season like hunting and fishing, but it is seasonal in that the type of scams change with the calendar. During Spring Break and over summers the scams involve a friend or relative who is in trouble while on vacation and needs money immediately. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day it’s phony […] read more ?

Difficult Conversations

We made it past the family holidays. We’ve stuffed ourselves with delicious traditional foods, repeatedly. We’ve visited with old friends and distant relatives. We’ve reminisced, we’ve caught up on current events, and we’ve shared hopes and dreams for the future. Now, we’re heading in to a new year, and resolutions for self-improvement. Before we get […] read more ?

Driving Safely this Holiday Season

Airlines for America estimates that there will be a 2.5% increase in Thanksgiving air traffic this year.  AAA predicts only a 1.6% increase in air traffic this season, but a 1.9% increase in auto traffic.  This means that there will be 48.7 million people on the road, traveling at least 50 miles.  That will be […] read more ?

Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite

It has been a long hot summer, but the weather is finally turning. Now is the time for all the creepy crawlies that have been happy outside to look for homes for the winter.  Your homes. We thought they were gone. A daily fact of life in the middle ages was reduced to “Sleep tight, […] read more ?

Back to School

I know, just the phrase makes kids cry and parents anxious. Many schools in this area offer pre-purchase kits of school supplies. We took advantage of that for a while and then I realized that I was wasting money and adding to my frustration. My son is 20 now and I am still trying to […] read more ?

The KonMari Method

Last year at this time Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method were enjoying their moment in the spotlight. For those who don’t remember, Ms Kondo is a Professional Organizer who wrote the best selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She says that she read many magazine articles as a child; was inspired […] read more ?

Retirement isn’t the end

The stereotype that exists in America is that old people are to be dropped off at assisted living facilities and left to fend for themselves. According to statistics, almost 5% of 65+ aged senior citizens are sent to skilled nursing facilities, and there is a 25% chance that a senior will spend some time in […] read more ?

Scamming the Elderly

Spring is a time for renewal. Unfortunately, it is also the time that con artists come out of the woodwork and their favorite targets are senior citizens. Oh sure, we all get phone calls from Rachel from Cardholder Services, mail with envelopes claiming that we’ve already won and email from Nigerian Princes, but we see […] read more ?