Skip to main content


Donation, Recycling, and Shredding Events and Resources

It is Spring Break in Portland and while many of you have escaped our grey and rainy weather some of you may be having a staycation and spending time spring cleaning and decluttering your home.  

Once you have decluttered you probably have lots of stuff that needs to get out of your home.  Here are a couple of events to help you dispose of your unwanted clutter:

Prescription Drug Turn in and Shred Event / April 28th
Drive up and drop off your unwanted/expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. By participating, you reduce the risk of identity theft and misuse of prescription drugs.

Southwest Community Recycling Event / May 5th
The SW Community Recycling Event collects items not eligible for curbside disposal.

Additional Resources:
AccuShred NW 
Secure paper shredding along with non-fiber material such as CDs, DVDs, and media tapes.
Drop-off locations on the website
Pick-up available
2131 NW Birdsda…
Recent posts

Are You Ready for the BIG one?

Join the American Red Cross for Prepare Out Loud earthquake preparedness forum and be ready for a Cascadia earthquake and disasters of all kinds. Our earthquake preparedness event will be on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro Aviation. RSVP to attend this free event at

Organizing Basics: The Only 3 Paper Categories You Need

The A.R.T. of Paper Managment
Information comes to us in many forms but most predominately in paper form.  It arrives from snail mail, e-mail, children’s backpacks, spouse’s briefcases, and many other avenues.  
We know how we obtain paper information, it’s what we do with it after it arrives that many of us struggle with.
Let's Spring clean your paper piles on this first day of Spring!
Gather up all of the paper information you have not dealt with.  Sort your paper into three piles using the ART SYSTEM:
Action - It needs your action such as bills to be paid.  Contain these papers in a desk-top file box or tray. Tip:  select a vertical container so that it is easy to find what you need. It is also nice to have the container be portable so it can move around to where you want to work. A subcategory of Action is "To Read" - Any information that requires more than 2 minutes to read place in a separate "to read" pile.  Choose functional and fun containers; one for your r…

5 Ways to Get Organized for Tax Season - We Make It Easy!

It happens every year, whether we want it to or not, tax time.  Nearly every day I receive something by email or snail mail reminding me, tax time is coming.

Are you dreading the task of gathering up receipts to prepare your tax filing?  Don't know what to do with your financial records? Do you have stacks of unopened bills? Do you stress out at tax time trying to find all your required documents? And, are you lacking a system for managing all this mess?
Here are a few solutions for you: Track your non-cash donations with ItsDeductible by Intuit. IRS approved.Scan your receipts with the GeniusScan App and attach the pdf to your Quicken or Quickbooks entry for easy retrieval should you be audited.Not sure whether to scan, shred or store that piece of paper? This quick infographic can help.Are you a geeky nerd like me and want to be on top of the tax rules? Then J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018 is right up your alley.Hire a professional organizer to help you organize your pape…

10 Organizing Basic Principles

Why don't I know how to organize? During sessions with clients I often hear them say to me, "Anne, I feel like I should know how to organize.  Why do other people know how and I don't?"  A simple and often complete answer is, "You don't know what you don't know because you haven't been taught." Organizing is not a trait you are born with, it is a skill that is learned.

When I work with clients, I pay attention to "teachable moments" so they can learn organizing skills and maintain the work we do together.  Here are a few of the Organizing Basics I cover:

The one in-one out Principle:When something new comes into your home, something must leave.Before you buy Principle:Before you buy an item, decide where it will “live” in your home.If you don’t know, don’t buy.Go home, look around and if you can find a place for the item then you buy. Otherwise, you pass on the purchase.ContainersPrinciple:Buy containers only when you know what will go…