Single Stream Recycling Don’ts

Recycling is a wonderful thing. It declutters your living space, keeps items out of landfills, and even helps communities save money. Many areas have gone to a process known as “single stream recycling,” which allows residents to put different kinds of recyclables into one large bin. This technology for managing recyclables is constantly evolving, and

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Becoming a Better Decision Maker

Much of life requires us to make decisions. For many, this is an uncomfortable process. There is no magic formula that guarantees the “right” decision every time. In a way, it is comforting to know that everyone makes a poor choice once in a while. The goal, therefore, is not perfection. Instead, when we make

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Getting Kids to Put Toys Away

Some things are inherently challenging: climbing tall mountains, losing the last five pounds, sleeping when you have a head cold, and getting your children to put their toys away! Research suggests that children flourish in an orderly environment, and yet they seem to consistently resist the tasks required to maintain one. This puts a parent

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Headlines from the National Organizing Conference

In the middle of May, professional organizers from all over the country gathered for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. As you can imagine, it was a pretty smooth, well-oiled event! I loved being with other industry professionals, sharing tips, asking questions, and learning new techniques. Some of the

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Saying “No” Without Guilt

Of all the topics I hear people discuss, one stands out as seemingly universal: too much to do, not enough time. Admittedly, we have little influence over our “mandatory” workload (e.g. assignments, work tasks, childcare obligations, etc.) However, we frequently become own worst enemy by taking on voluntary positions and projects even when our inner

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