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Hoarding Help: Digging Out of a Dark Secret

Hoarding Help: Digging Out of a Dark Secret

Blog from Statesman Journal Article by Molly J. Smith After struggling with hoarding for many years, Renae Winters reached out to Salem organizer Julie Hook for help. Molly J. Smith / Statesman Journal Renae Winters has a weakness for bargains. She loves shopping at...

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Organizing Beauty Care Items

Organizing Beauty Care Items

Take the time to organize and prioritize your makeup. It’s easy to let your personal care products fall into disarray, crowding drawers and counter space. Taking the time to organize them every once in a while can really pay off in the long run — both in keeping...

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How To Accurately Value Your Possessions

How To Accurately Value Your Possessions

Guest blog by Julie Hook of Five Starr Organizing and Design and author of “From Frazzled to Freedom” Deciding whether to keep or toss an item is a very important task when organizing. Sometimes it means determining the “real” value of your item to make this decision....

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Organize Tax Time With These 15 Tips!

Organize Tax Time With These 15 Tips!

It's tax time once again and if this is your most dreaded time of year, make it easier and less stressful next year with these 15 tax prep tips.   Put reminders on your calendar for tax deadlines now! April 15th is the most important date, however W-2, 1098 and 1099...

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How to Begin Setting Up a Craft Area

How to Begin Setting Up a Craft Area

1. First, determine the best location in your home to do your crafting. Make sure to consider a space that has good light, places for storing your craft supplies, and a space where you can spread out and work on your projects. Craft projects will rarely get done if...

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Pens, Pens, and More Pens!

Pens, Pens, and More Pens!

Fellow Organizer (and friend), Julie Hook, is back sharing her ideas on cutting down on your writing utensils and how it recently helped with one of her clients, thank you Julie!  One of the organizing jobs that I am involved with is assisting a company moving from...

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Simple Strategies to Organize Your Desk

Simple Strategies to Organize Your Desk

Whether you have a home office or a desk at work, here are some simple strategies to help keep your desk organized. Nothing on your desk should impede your work from being accomplished, so keep only those items you need to access quickly and frequently on top of the...

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My Passion: Getting More Out of Downsizing

My Passion: Getting More Out of Downsizing

Are you in the process of downsizing or anticipate downsizing in the future? For some people, downsizing isn’t a choice; they have been forced into a position of downsizing as the only option for them. These people often have very mixed emotions about the process....

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