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After the Flood

While I was away at the NAPO conference last week, my husband experienced a flood in his bathroom. It was a relatively minor flood — the water supply line under the sink was leaking, causing a puddle in the vanity cabinet which led to a puddle on the floor — but it caused havoc nonetheless. When I got home from the conference, I discovered that he had moved into my bathroom for several reasons. The main one was that he no longer had a…

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What Price Free?

Tomorrow I’m leaving for Atlanta, Georgia, to spend the rest of the week at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). This will be my seventh time attending the NAPO conference and I’m excited to come home with new ideas for my clients and my business. What I don’t intend to come home with is hotel freebies. You know, those little bottles and tubes of shampoo and moisturizer, sewing kits, shoe polishers, and shower caps. When I help clients…

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The Caretaker’s Daughter

Do you know the old song that asks the musical question, “Who takes care of the caretaker’s daughter while the caretaker’s out taking care?” My family lived a version of that last week when I hired a Professional Organizer to help my daughter. Emily just finished her freshman year at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I’m still slightly traumatized by the experience of packing up her stuff for college, getting her to D.C., and settling her into her dorm room last August. As…

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Any Color You Want

Henry Ford allegedly said that you could have the Model T in any color you want, as long as it’s black. While I have long laughed at that statement, I have recently become aware of the elegance and simplicity of it. And it’s all because of my socks. For years, I have worn only three colors of pants: black, navy blue, and gray. As a result, I have been buying only three colors of socks. Pretty simple, right? The problem occurs…

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Every April, the Drug Enforcement Agency sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It gives consumers an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs so that they don’t affect the environment or fall into the hands of children or abusers. This year, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 2 pm. To find a collection site near you, click here. This is your chance to clear your home of medicines you and your family no longer use,…

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