My blog posts:
- My posts on Unclutterer, which ran weekly for almost four years, covering a wide range of organizing topics.
- My posts on the industrial design blog Core77, which ran weekly for almost three years, focusing on organizing-related products.
- My own blog, which got neglected while writing for Unclutterer and Core77, but which will now be getting frequent updates with my latest discoveries regarding organizing books, products, techniques, etc.
Some of my favorite organizing books:
- It's All Too Much, by Peter Walsh
Peter 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.
- 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! If traditional organizing approaches haven't worked for you, some of these suggestions might be helpful.
- 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 — and many of the organizations listed will re-use the items, not just recycle them.
- For those in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties, RecycleStuff.org can also help you find places to donate or recycle a wide range of things.
- 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.