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Organizing Q&A

Organizing Q&A

You asked, and we answered! In honor of World Organizing Day (May 20), we are answering your burning questions about organizing. Thank you for your thoughtful questions; we hope our responses help. (Questions may be edited for brevity.) Read on to see your Q’s and our...

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The Big Rocks Rightsizing Quiz

The Big Rocks Rightsizing Quiz

Are you really ready to rightsize? Take our quiz! Spring is finally here. It’s the perfect time to lighten up, spruce up, cheer up. A good place to start? By rightsizing some of the household clutter that always seems to magically grow during the long winters. Wait...

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Home Remodel Survival Guide

Home Remodel Survival Guide

Tips from a Professional Organizer Who Remodeled Three Houses and Lived to Tell About It Woohoo, you’re finally going to remodel! That avocado green kitchen will soon be history. Or maybe you’re saying a not-so-fond farewell to your ‘70s orange bathroom. Be excited!...

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Refresh Your Room For Zero Dollars

Refresh Your Room For Zero Dollars

It’s a new year, and I’m lying on my couch looking at my same old living room. The one that looks exactly like it did a year ago. I don’t even see the décor anymore. It feels boring and blah and the same. So, I jump off the couch and announce to my family, “Guess...

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Keep Only The Keepers: Photo Organizing Basics

Keep Only The Keepers: Photo Organizing Basics

When I was growing up, there was a stack of photo boxes in the front bedroom at my grandmother’s house. Some were marked with family names, others were labeled “sunsets” or “to be sorted.” A box of my baby photos and treasures sat in my parents’ attic along with a...

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How to Start Swedish Death Cleaning

How to Start Swedish Death Cleaning

We all have to go sometime. So does our stuff. Whoever coined the phrase “Swedish death cleaning” really needs a new marketing person. Death cleaning? Really? That’s the best they could do? Anyway, it’s a terrible name for a good idea: Getting rid of your excess stuff...

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Sentimental Clutter: How to Let it Go

Sentimental Clutter: How to Let it Go

As a “Militant Minimalist” (my family’s title for me), I’m pretty good about letting go of sentimental things. If it weren’t for the fact that my family loves every dopey holiday ornament we’ve collected for decades, my Christmas tree would be just white lights. Like...

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Decluttering the Decades: Rightsizing for Seniors

Decluttering the Decades: Rightsizing for Seniors

There was a box that sat in our attic for twenty-three years. It contained twenty-three years of my husband’s unopened monthly bank statements—276 statements. Did I mention they were unopened? When it was time to move to a smaller house, that box was the first thing...

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5 Steps to Spring Clean + Organize Your Office

5 Steps to Spring Clean + Organize Your Office

Whether working in the kitchen, the garage, or any other space, the fundamental principles of organizing remain the same. There are many names for these steps, some with catchy acronyms, but basically, they boil down to: sort, organize, systemize, contain, and...

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Springtime Tips for the Closet You Deserve

Springtime Tips for the Closet You Deserve

Does the sudden arrival of crocus and the green shoots of daffodils get you in the mood for new summer dresses, T-shirts, and flip-flops? Spring is a time of renewal and a chance to reassess and decide if items deserve the space we give them. This is true for closet...

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Give Back While Cleaning Out

Give Back While Cleaning Out

Happy Holidays from our team at Big Rocks Organizing! For many of us, the holiday season is a time for gift giving with our loved ones. As a result, we welcome new items into our homes that can pile up and be a drag on holiday cheer. Instead, we invite you to give...

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Tips to Rightsize the Paper in Your Home

Tips to Rightsize the Paper in Your Home

Sometimes, the stream of mail and paper into our homes can feel neverending. Don’t let letters, bills, and junk overwhelm you, though! Here are some tips from Big Rocks Organizing to rightsize your paperwork and manage the flow of paper into your home. Tips to Manage...

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Steps for Managing Email Overwhelm

Steps for Managing Email Overwhelm

You declutter the rooms in your home—the cabinet in your office, the shelf in your entryway, the mail on your desk—but what about in your digital life?Rightsizing your space takes time. Similarly, managing your inbox is an ongoing project. This job is never completely...

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Holistic Time Management

Holistic Time Management

It's 2022 and you've likely been asked if you have any New Year's resolutions. Yet, for all our talk about our new goals, we often joke about how unlikely it is that we'll continue to pursue them past January. Why is it so hard to keep up our resolutions? Our...

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Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

Off the Beaten Track Places to Donate StuffCongratulations! You’ve made some hard decisions about what to let go of. And perhaps you’d like to donate your items before December 31st to write them off on your taxes. Now, where should these items go? We all know about...

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Rightsize Your Holidays

Rightsize Your Holidays

Does the thought of the upcoming holiday season cause your gut to clench with anxiety? Feeling the weight of guilt, expectations, and commitments you don’t enjoy? Are you dreading navigating safety considerations when gathering with work colleagues, friends, or...

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Create a Capsule Wardrobe!

Create a Capsule Wardrobe!

Do you find that even though your closet is stuffed with clothes, you tend to wear the same things on repeat? We gravitate towards the items that are most comfortable, or versatile, or that make us look and feel good, and tend to wear the rest infrequently. What if...

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Time Management:  A New Way!

Time Management: A New Way!

I want to start a new conversation around how we handle our time. There are infinite apps, tools, hacks, and machines meant to help us save time (anyone else in love with their Roomba?) - yet so many folks I know are still on the brink of burnout.I recently listened...

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Rightsizing Our Post-Pandemic Lives

Rightsizing Our Post-Pandemic Lives

After almost a year and a half of staying mostly—or completely—inside our homes, things are opening back up and we’re starting to remember what the lower halves of other people’s faces look like. It’s so easy to get swept up in the excitement and try to do all of the...

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The Secret to Organized Packing for Travel

The Secret to Organized Packing for Travel

As we tentatively look toward a future of increased physical togetherness, another reemerging pre-pandemic experience comes to mind: traveling! In the last year, many of us have poured over old travel photos, reminiscing about the fun we had and wondering how we ever...

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How to Foster Resiliency

How to Foster Resiliency

How to Foster Resiliency This past year has been challenging for all of us. It seems that every month brings a new unprecedented event. We are growing weary of these “uncertain times” and long for a return to normalcy. How do we manage to stay healthy and happy in a...

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Artful Boundaries

Artful Boundaries

Coffee in hand, you plunk down in front of your computer, staring down a to-do list rivaling the Mariana trench in length. With a big deep breath, you glance through your list and figure out which tasks must get done this morning. Alright. It’s a lot to get through,...

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Rightsizing from the Inside Out

Rightsizing from the Inside Out

A Journey A Rightsizing journey begins with locating where we currently are. Where are you? Waking up each morning to a life you love? Or is dread weighing you down? Perhaps something just doesn’t fit anymore and needs to change but you’re not sure what. Or you’re...

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Back to School

School looks very different this year. Many students will be working partially, or even fully online. As a parent, you want to provide a place where your kids can successfully learn, but also have space to play and still be kids. How do you balance all of their needs...

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Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You

Hello, Big Rocks Friends! The recent spate of sunshine has lifted my spirits and beckoned me back to my garden. Has it called out to you, too? Maybe, like me, you used to garden or engage in a hobby you were passionate about, and then somewhere along the way, life got...

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Why Hire a NAPO Member?

What is NAPO? Did you know that all of the Professional Organizers who work for Big Rocks Organizing LLC are Professional Members of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals)?  Many of us have served on the board of our local Oregon...

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