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Other places where I write:
- My blog, updated frequently with my latest discoveries regarding organizing books, products, techniques,etc.
- My posts on Unclutterer, currently running every Thursday
- My posts on the industrial design blog Core77, running weekly on Thursday or Friday
Some of my favorite organizing books:
- It's All Too Much, by Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh got famous for his work on the TV show Clean Sweep. He's written a number of books, and this is by far my favorite.
- Organizing from the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern
Julie is one of the best known organizers around. She too has written a number of books, and this is the one I think is the best. It teaches you the basic steps of sort, purge, assign a home, containerize, and equalize (do the maintenance).
- Getting Things Done, by David Allen
This is my favorite time management book. While some people say you need to follow Allen's entire system, I believe you can pick and choose the concepts that work for you. There's a lot of emphasis on getting your to-do items out of your head and onto paper (or computer), realizing that projects and small to-do items are very different and should be managed differently, and much more.
- Conquering Chronic Disorganization, by Judith Kolberg
Both the book and Judith are quite well known in organizing circles, and with good reason. This is a slim book packed with good ideas. Some seemed odd to me - but I've found they work!
- Digging Out, by Michael Tompkins and Tamara Hartl
This is the book I most often recommend for those dealing with friends or relatives with compulsive hoarding issues. This book focuses on how to help a hoarder who isn't open to getting therapy - and perhaps doesn't even see that there's a problem. There's a huge emphasis on harm reduction, because often that's the all you can really do (unless you want or need to bring in social services).
Some of the many places to donate, recycle, or give things away:
- Earth911 will help you find places to recycle almost anything.
- For those in San Mateo County, CA, RecycleWorks is another great resource.
- Your local Humane Society can probably use blankets and towels.
- There may be a furniture bank near you.
- I wrote a blog post listing many ways to find new homes for your books.
- If you'd like to give things away to people in your area who can use them, consider joining your local freecycle community. In your favorite search engine, just search for the word freecycle and the name of your city. The quality of these groups can vary a lot, so this may or may not work for you.
How to get off junk mail lists:
- Reduce residential junk mail, from RecycleWorks
- Privacy Rights Clearing House fact sheet
- FTC on how to stop getting credit card offers
For Bay Area residents: Related Professional Services
Sometimes my clients who are working on organizing and clutter clearing need other services, too. Here are some people I've worked with who I can recommend without hesitation.
- Feng Shui Consultant: Shannon Del Vecchio - who transformed my office, guest bedroom, and living room through her color consulting and furniture placement advice.
- Painting Company: Palladino Painting, who I've used for years.
- And there are so many more - if you live in San Francisco or San Mateo County and need some sort of professional service, please let me know and I'll be glad to share my list of experts.