Are Hoarding and Mental Illness Related?

Is hoarding a mental illness? Whether you know someone who hoards or have caught an episode of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, you may be familiar with the associated health risks. People hoard anything from books to animals, causing unsafe living conditions for themselves and those who live with them. Those considered hoarders have a difficult time parting ways with excessive…

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Getting Organized after a Disaster – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

With a growing number of disasters (both natural and otherwise) occuring yearly, people are taking emergency preparedness more seriously than ever before. Despite that, many are not prepared for potential emergencies, and even those who are, or think they are, can be caught off guard. For this month’s Blog Carnival, I invited my readers to help address those situations by…

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3 Major Marketing Challenges Small Business Owners Are Facing

Marketing has always been an important part of running a business – contrary to the popular saying, products and services don’t really sell themselves. In recent years however, marketing has been elevated to becoming indispensable for all commercial endeavors, from small family-owned stores, to multi-national corporations. Without market visibility, a business is all but destined for failure. Ever-inflating marketing budgets…

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Interview with Professional Organizer Terri Closs

The spotlight today is on Terri Closs of As You Wish Organizing, LLC. She provides residential organizing for boomers and seniors in Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties in Southeast Michigan, and is a member of NAPO, NAPO Michigan Chapter, and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Terri, how did you come up with your business name? I wanted a name…

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Organizing the Living Room – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

For many, the living room is a hub of activity. For others, it’s a special place to receive guests. Often it serves both purposes, which makes keeping the living room organized not just important, but challenging. This month, I’ve asked professional organizers to share their advice on organizing the living room. I invite you to read their posts to learn…

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How to Make Organization Fun to Earn More Clients

Although many of your clients probably like the idea of spending time in a well-organized home or office, they likely resist the thought of organizing the space to get it to that point. People don’t often think of organizing as an enjoyable activity — especially if it involves decluttering. According to a 2014 Listia survey, 80 percent of respondents would…

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NAPO University’s new Specialist Certificate: Life Transitions

I’m Annette Adamska, and my company Back Up Your Life™ specializes in life and legacy planning and support services. In addition, I am an Instructor for NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) University. It’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to tell you more about the new Education Track launched by NAPO in February 2018, the Life Transitions…

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A Sneak Peek into the Professional Organizer’s Home – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

Some of the most interesting posts I’ve read are those that give the reader a sneak peek into a professional organizer’s own home, so that’s what this edition of Professional Organizers Blog Carnival is all about! Many of my readers have shared pictures and stories about organizing projects they’ve completed in their own home as well as the strategies they…

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