Bulk Trash Pick-Up, YAyy!

Well, you are getting another glimpse into the head of a professional organizer! Yes, a little weird, I know… I live in Prince George’s County, MD. and last month, our trash and recycling collection services now are able to pick up two bulky items per week on our regular collection day. What a Golden Opportunity to DeClutter your Space in this New Year, especially with Spring being right around the corner!!

A Professional Organizer’s Dream come True!!

Bulky items that will be accepted on a regular collection day can include couches, chairs, mattresses, carpet, doors, cabinets, and more. In lieu of two bulky items, residents can place two large trash bags tied and secured tightly with smaller items that include household décor and small appliances, such as toaster ovens, blenders, air fryers, or crock pots.

P.S. If you don’t like in PG County, MD, please check the bulk trash pick-up process in your local area. It’s well worth it to “Declutter Your Space”.

DeCluttering for the Future

Over the past few years, I have encountered more people that had had to address the idea of aging themselves or having to support aging parents.  Thank God, we are all living longer, however, this phenomenon has introduced changes in our way of life that we had not anticipated.  So now is the time to “DeClutter for the Future!” Many of you may already be overwhelmed with what’s ahead and you have no idea of where to begin.  Sometimes, the hardest part is asking for help and support.  Please allow me to outline what I believe are the opportunities that you may be facing in your particular season of life.

READY! **

Your lives are extremely hectic, even more so these days, in light of the pandemic.  Not only are you adjusting to the children becoming teens, an awakening all its own, but you are in the throes of managing your own home AND your parents are entering a new season of life.  As a result, you may have to consider the following:

  • Decluttering your own living space, considering our new virtual way of life.
  • Decluttering the family home, where your parents have lived for 25+ years.
  • Parents downsizing to a smaller, more manageable space.
  • Parents encountering health issues and assisted living may be necessary.

SET! ***

We, myself included, are coming to the realization that our children do not want our stuff.  Many of us have discovered that our children are not emotionally attached to the things that we hold dear, like the precious china and silver from our great-grand parents. Therefore, we have to declutter our own spaces of all the stuff that we have held on to, to give to our children or grandchildren.  In addition, for some, our grown children have had to return home and therefore, the empty nest is no longer empty.

We too, have parents that are entering a new season and we have discovered that they also have held on to a lot of stuff and now we are faced with helping them to downsize and declutter. Many of our parents were born in an era when you had to keep stuff “just in case” and many of us are now the same way, but we don’t want our children to have to ruffle through all our stuff.

GO! ****

Then there are those of us that have entered a new season and we are some or all of the above.  We are transitioning into another phase of Living.  Some are considering retirement and others have already retired.  As part of the transition, many have decided to stay in our homes, which we have been in for 25+ years.  As most of us know, over time we’ve accumulate a lifetime of “stuff” and now we must decide what we really want to keep.

As an experienced professional organizer and a woman that have lived a number of the scenarios outlined above, I know that these are monumental tasks.  No matter your season of life, my goal is to guidance you through the organizing process, in order to minimize your stress and anxiety.  As I often say, my mission is to break down the elephant into bite-size pieces. The key is to start early and take one bite at a time. I’m here to help you to Order Your Steps!  I believe that your first step is to acknowledge that you may need some support and then the second step is simply to make the phone call. 

My Hubby’s Epiphany…

As a professional organizer of over 10 years and a wife of a not-so-organized husband for almost 40 years, needless to say, we have had our challenges with regards to “methods of organization”. Well, I was sitting in my room, one Saturday morning and my hubby comes in and begins to work on his closet. Truth be told, I believe that he was bored and there was nothing to watch on TV. Anyway, he sat down in his closet and he said, “what do you tell your clients when they go through their stuff and they find things that they are never going to wear this again?” I was speechless, I could not respond. Who was this man? Then he said, I might as well throw it away!” Then the ultimate… he said, “I really must learn to stop holding on to stuff.” I was in shock!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

During this time of year, there’s a lot of discussion about setting goals for the new year. I usually try to review my goals from the previous years to see if I’ve accomplished what I set out to do and look what I found. It’s sounds like I may have missed a few of my goals in the past, so I’ll have to add them to this year, so stay tuned …

What are your 2022 Goals?

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Take a moment to reflect on the years that has passed. Focus on our positive accomplishments and don’t dwell on the negative. It is very difficult to build for BIGGER & BETTER without a foundation.  Let’s make sure we have an action plan with our goals & objectives for at least the next few months.

We have to know where we’ve been, where we are going and how we’re going to get there!

Organizing Products are Nice, But…

I work with a retired art teacher/artist and we were shopping for something to store all of her paintings… instead of investing over $400, we were able to purge some items from the shelves that we bought and use it. Genius!!

As you prepare for your 2022 organizing projects, although organizing products are nice, I always advise my clients to wait until you sort and purge your items, because you may be able to repurpose something that you already have.

My Biggest Find Yet!

What a great way to end the year…

During my 10 years as a professional organizer, I’ve found lost shirts, shoes, an old pot, a passport, unused gift cards, lots of cash in old wallets and uncashed checks, etc…. BUT, yesterday while working in her kitchen, we found her stimulus check, which she had misplaced that was due to expire on 01-06-2022!!!!!!!!