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Decide to Decide

Organizing tipAre you procrastinating and making excuses for holding onto stuff? Are you clinging to material possessions for no good reason? Things that are merely taking up valuable space aren’t worth holding onto. Decide to decide, and let go of these things. You’ll feel lighter and brighter.

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Useful Things

Organizing tipThe world is full of useful things, but if you’re not using them, they are not useful to you. So, remove all those things that are not useful to you, by giving, donating, recycling, or removing them every week. This helps prevent clutter from happening and piles from building.

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Pantry Organizing

Organizing tipBefore stocking the pantry with items for your Thanksgiving feast, organize it. Clear off one shelf at a time. Check expiration dates. Remove all expired items. Donate anything you won’t use before the expiration date to the local food bank. Group like items together and put back in the pantry with the closest expiration dates in front.

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Do you Reduce?

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Hi  Janine,

 The splendor of autumn is upon us, and I’m enjoying nature’s colorful display, but we all know what comes next… gift-giving-season. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the holidays, and take great pleasure in giving, but I’m not enthusiastic about being pressured to buy more, and more, and more. Therefore, I give intangible gifts. I give experience, and I give consumable items. Here is a list of Organizer friendly gift ideas that I’d like to share. I hope you find it helpful.

 

Do you reduce?

Let’s face it. We live in a consumer based society. It’s fun to shop. It’s fun to give gifts. It’s fun to hunt and track down the best bargains. It is so easy to bring stuff into our homes, but it is much more difficult to get it out. So, what do you do with it all?A large part of organizing is getting rid of stuff we no longer need, want, or use. I call it reducing. When we reduce, we minimize what has to be organized, and we eliminate clutter. Therefore, getting rid of stuff (reducing) needs to happen often.

When I say often, I mean weekly. We take out the trash weekly. So, reduce at the same time. Set up a donation bin by the trash, and add to it weekly. Then once a month, or when the donation bin is full, donate the items. For a few suggestions on where to donate read the blog articles listed below and click here.

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Recycle Resource

Finding new ways to recycle, for myself and my clients, makes me happy. Everyone is more motivated to get rid of something when they know it is going to someone who will really use it.

This is why I was happy to find that a Habitat for Humanities Re-Store was opening close to me in Attleboro, MA. They are a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public. They are located at 9 Washington Street, Attleboro, MA, and are open Tuesday through Saturday. Check them out.

 

Shoe Drive
I’ll be collecting shoe donations for Boston’s Dress for Success Shoe Drive. I’ll be collecting donations until November 13th.  Donated shoes need to be appropriate for women to wear to job interviews. Solid colored shoes are best. No open-toe shoes, slingbacks, mules, stilettos, or platforms. Call me to arrange for pick up, 508-699-6652. Thanks in advance for your support.
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Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
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Worthwhile Giving

Organizing tipMy clients tell me all the time that it is easier to get rid of stuff when they know it is going to a worthwhile cause or someone truly in need. Therefore, as an incentive to reduce and de-clutter pick a worthwhile local charity and give.

Some of my most frequented drop sites are:
Savers
Bay State Textiles
New Hope
North Attleboro Animal Shelter