The Power of a Room Refresh

Is your living room lackluster? Your bedroom boring? Meet our Big Rocks Room Refresh design team, and learn how to give your rooms a new look for a new year:

  • Refresh your space using furniture and décor you already own
  • Tweak furniture placement for better flow
  • Assess your artwork’s placement
  • Stage your home if you’re selling, without a pricey professional stager

This session is interactive, so bring your questions and we’ll bring the inspiration and know-how!

Big Rocks Organizing’s own Andrea Thompson will lead the discussion. Andrea has decades of experience as a creative director on sets and locations for TV commercials, where she annoyed countless set designers with her perfectionist demands. She has also done professional home staging and flip house construction management. She currently works for Big Rocks as an assistant professional organizer and leads our Room Refresh design team. (Even though she doesn’t look good in hats, she wears a lot of them.)


Giving Back While Cleaning Out 

Overwhelmed with unused clothes, toys, books, or household goods? Join us in making a difference at our “Ask the Organizer” event this December. We’re connecting you with local Portland-area groups that welcome donations to benefit those in need.

Engage with local charity representatives with special guest representatives from Rose HavenSCRAP PDXReStore (Habitat for Humanity), and Community Warehouse. Learn about their causes, and find out where your contributions matter most. Your participation helps you rightsize, aids the community, and promotes sustainability. Be part of this interactive session to network, learn, and share. Watch our free Zoom workshop and make an impact. 


Preparing for the Ultimate Life Transition with Big Rocks Organizing’s Founder and Certified Professional Organizer©, Whitney Zeigler, and Special Guests, Jennifer Trundy from Rose Elder Law, Deborah Threadgill of Threadgill’s Memorial Services, and Deanna Hagy and Maryann Giunta of Evening Star End-of-Life Doula Services, LLC.

As life’s journey unfolds, understanding the legal aspects and organizing elements of major transitions is paramount. Whether you’re planning for yourself or assisting loved ones, this session is an invaluable opportunity to gain insights and ask your pressing questions. Our host, Big Rocks founder and Certified Professional Organizer (CPO©), Whitney Zeigler, alongside Jennifer, Deborah, Deanna, and Maryann, will be there to guide the discussion, provide expert advice, and share experiences. As with all our sessions, this is a participatory event—come ready to engage, learn, and share with our community!


Photo Organizing Basics with Big Rocks Organizing’s Founder and Certified Professional Organizer©, Whitney Zeigler, and Special Guests, Rachel + Morgan Hagar of The Family Archivists.

Dive into the world of photo organization at our virtual event, “Photo Organizing Basics.” Mastering the art of photo organization can transform the way you view, share, and enjoy your memories. Join us for an interactive discussion where participants will explore foundational techniques, share personal strategies, and learn about the tools and practices to streamline your photo collection. Harness the power of efficient organization and ensure that every moment you capture remains accessible and cherished.


Rightsizing Sentimental Papers with Big Rocks Organizing’s Founder and Certified Professional Organizer©, Whitney Zeigler

Are you drowning in a sea of sentimental papers, such as letters, cards, and mementos? Join us for a transformative virtual event that tackles the often-overwhelming task of rightsizing sentimental papers. Our team will guide you through methods of preserving, organizing, and letting go of papers that hold sentimental value but may be crowding your life. Whether you’re looking to declutter or create a meaningful archive of memories, this event will equip you with the tools and insights to strike the perfect balance between cherishing the past and embracing a more streamlined future.

During this interactive session, you’ll be taken through a series of exercises and strategies, specifically designed to identify the value of different types of sentimental papers. Learn how to create efficient storage solutions, digitize irreplaceable memories, and thoughtfully dispose of items that no longer serve you. By rightsizing your sentimental paper collection, you can create a more organized space, enjoy your cherished memories without feeling overwhelmed, and confidently take control of your physical and emotional environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and embark on a journey towards a more balanced life, all from the comfort of your home! Register now and transform the way you interact with your treasured paper keepsakes.


The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning with Big Rocks Organizing’s Founder and Certified Professional Organizer©, Whitney Zeigler.

What is Swedish Death Cleaning?  This Scandinavian practice, known as “döstädning,” blends the mindful act of decluttering with an acknowledgment of mortality, where individuals sort and simplify their material possessions to reduce the burden on their loved ones after they’re gone. We will discuss how to embark on this deeply personal journey. Participants will gain insights into the cultural and emotional facets of döstädning, along with practical decluttering techniques through this interactive Q&A session. Regardless of whether or not you’ve read the book or watched the TV show, we hope to see you at our next event!


Letting Go of Sentimental Items with Big Rocks Organizing’s Founder and Certified Professional Organizer©, Whitney Zeigler + Assistant Professional Organizer, Andrea Thompson 

We all have possessions that hold special memories and emotions, making it challenging to part ways with them. In this session, we will explore practical strategies and emotional insights to help you navigate the process of letting go and create space for new experiences. Join us as we unravel the art of releasing sentimental items and discover the liberating power this can bring to our lives.


Where to Consign + Sell Stuff with Special Guests:

Are you looking to rightsize or declutter your home and make some extra cash? Consigning and selling your unwanted items can be a great way to accomplish both goals; however, with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start and what is worth selling. Check out our past event, “Where to Consign + Sell Stuff,” which provides valuable insights and tips on the best places to consign and sell your items. Whether you’re a veteran rightsizer or just getting started, this workshop will help you navigate the current consignment and selling landscape.


Start Rightsizing/Downsizing Today! 

Rightsizing means empowering yourself to let go of what no longer serves you and keep only what’s right for the life you’ll lead moving forward. If you’re planning to move–especially if you’re moving to a smaller home–the time to rightsize is before you move. So start rightsizing now, and don’t pay to move things you won’t need later.

You may be wondering, where do I start? How do I tackle difficult spaces? Watch the replay of our lively discussion with practical tips featuring special guest Andrea Thompson of Big Rocks Organizing about her recent move from New York to Oregon.


Office Organizing with Special Guest, Greg White, Furniture Specialist, Strive Workplace Solutions.  

Work-life balance can be difficult for many of us, especially when office clutter is adding to the stress. With the right systems and ergonomic furniture in place, a tidy office space can aid in productivity. Our April “Ask The Organizer” topic is all about office organizing. What are some steps you can take to free up clutter in your workspace? Do you have the right furniture and systems to support you? Watch the replay of this informative and lively discussion with ergonomic consultant and office furniture specialist Greg White.


Prepping for a Move with Special Guest Paul Jelderks of Chipman Relocation & Logistics

Moving to a new home can be exciting, but many people dread the moving process and feel overwhelmed. With the right preparation and resources, moving doesn’t have to be a stressful experience! Our March “Ask an Organizer” topic is all about prepping for an upcoming move. Where do you start? What do you need to do, and when? What are some good resources? Bring your questions, and join us for this open discussion. We want to help you make an easeful transition!


Closets! with Special Guest Brenda Savaria of California Closets

Bedroom closets, linen closets, coat closets—these storage workhorses hide it all, but without a system to keep them organized, they can easily become chaotic. Do you have a funky closet? Questions about how to best utilize your storage spaces? Are you thinking about installing a closet system? This open discussion was all about what goes on behind closed (closet) doors!

You’ve probably seen one of those organizing shows where a house gets transformed, seemingly overnight. It’s gorgeous, and everything has its place. The question is…what happens after the cameras are gone?

Organizing can indeed be transformative…if it’s done in an intentional way that works for your lifestyle. You want to not only get to a place where you feel like you have things under control, but you also want to be able to maintain that organization. How do you keep your house looking like that “after” photo?

Click here to watch the replay of Big Rocks Organizing’s Operations Manager and Professional Organizer Alissa Fuchs’ presentation and lively discussion. She covered how to set up systems to maintain your organizing progress and keep your home tidy. Don’t just get organized, stay organized!


Blended Families, Blended Stuff with Whitney of Big Rocks Organizing LLC

Blended families come in all shapes and sizes – parents moving in with their adult children, merging two households after marriage, kids boomeranging back after college, friends in need of a safe place to land, and myriad other configurations.

When families merge households it can create both fantastic synergies and utter chaos. How do you blend your stuff as a family while preserving your sanity and relationships?

Learn from Big Rocks Organizing’s founder Whitney Zeigler as she discusses options to use your space, systems to support your family’s daily life, ways to negotiate so that everyone feels comfortable in the home, and how to have a conversation to set clear expectations and ground rules.

Real-life questions + suggestions, too!

An accompanying “Blended Families, Blended Stuff: How to Survive + Thrive When Merging Households” blog can be found here.


Holistic Time Management: How to Take Action on Your Resolutions with Alissa Fuchs of Big Rocks Organizing LLC

It’s a New Year and you’ve likely been asked if you have any 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 our resolutions?

Learn how to actually schedule your life and manage your time.

Time management shouldn’t just be about productivity (getting work + chores done), but holistically about life balance, prioritizing your values, and scheduling your life around your “Big Rocks” first.

You can’t be “productive” if you’re unhealthy and burned out because you’ve ignored the rest of your life outside of work.

Alissa Fuchs will walk you through assessing how you spend your time currently, how you can rework your schedule to align with your values and priorities, and how to integrate your resolutions so that you follow through with them this year.

How can we make those resolutions + promises we make to ourselves actually happen? Watch to find out how!


Daunted by Downsizing?  Start Here!

Are you getting ready to make a move, but feel overwhelmed by the process? Join Big Rocks Organizing Founder + Rightsizing Coach, Whitney Zeigler discuss the tips and tricks of rightsizing.

Ciji Ware, author of Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most, defines rightsizing as “a process, not an event.” Rightsizing is a “conscious, practical, and psychological evolution in the way one lives one’s life…the transition, will if executed properly, liberate you from many real-life burdens and free you in ways you cannot now imagine.”

If you’ve lived in your home for many years and are considering making a huge life transition by downsizing/rightsizing, but are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, start here!

This video is from a presentation for the Portland Elder Care Council (PECC) in April 2021.


Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Alissa Fuchs of Big Rocks Organizing LLC

 

Do you find that even though your closet is stuffed with clothes, you tend to wear the same things on repeat?

Find out how you can decide “What to Wear” each morning easier! Learn how to design a capsule wardrobe with our own Alissa Fuchs

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other that you love. If you’re feeling uninspired or overwhelmed by your clothing, join Alissa to rightsize your closet and create a capsule wardrobe.

She discusses the “whys” behind a capsule wardrobe, how to do it, and has resources to help you get started.

Moving Mom In – Tips for a Successful Transition with Whitney Zeigler of Big Rocks Organizing LLC + Melissa Swiontek of Passionate Healthcare Advocacy & Wellness, LLC

 

Thinking about moving a loved one in with you? Contemplating being their primary caregiver?
Learn from Melissa Swiontek, Aging Life Care Manager® and Occupational Therapist of Passionate Healthcare Advocacy & Wellness, LLC, and Whitney Zeigler, Certified Professional Organizer® and Senior Move Manager, with Big Rocks Organizing, LLC, as they share strategies, tools, and resources on how to prepare, plan, organize and create a safe living space. They also explore the emotional and physical aspects of caregiving, as well as setting good boundaries for self-care.

This video is from a presentation for the Portland Elder Care Council (PECC) in May 2022.


Rightsizing Your Relationships with Kara Kazemba of Ancora Wellness

 

Kara Kazemba, LCSW, CADC I, discusses all types of relationships, identifying relationship red flags, setting our boundaries and where we may have some challenges, and learn some new communication strategies, especially “fighting” fair.

Ancora Wellness


Time Management: A New Way with Devin Lee

 

We need to have a different kind of conversation around Time Management. There are infinite apps, tools, hacks, and machines meant to help us save time, yet so many folks are still on the brink of burnout. We all know the answer to our busy beaver problem (do less!). It is simple – but not easy. So instead of giving you a listicle of time-saving hacks and tricks, this month’s RIO will ask us to look at Time Management in a brand new light.

Devin Lee of Devin Lee, Certified Online Business Manager


Rightsizing your Holidays with Whitney Zeigler of Big Rocks Organizing LLC

Holidays can be so joyful yet stressful. Take this time to recognize what is most important to you and yours and then build on that. Whitney Zeiger provides tips on how to have the season be more meaningful and less frustrating.


You and Your Skincare: Rightsize Your Routine with Bess Lindahl

Skincare has never been bigger. And with the thousands of options at our fingertips, most people are overwhelmed by choices and don’t know where to start. Skincare is not one size fits all. Bess will discuss the must-haves and why a good skincare routine is a necessary part of “Rightsizing from the Inside Out”.


Foster Resiliency 2021 with Andrea Redeau, LPC, CADCI, NCC

 

The last year has been challenging. It has challenged us all personally and professionally. We have had to prioritize, compromise, and be flexible in a way that none of us could have prepared for. During our hour, we will discuss skills, tools, and techniques you can use to be mentally resilient for the rest of 2021. We will discuss ways to practice self-care and prioritize your mental health, allowing for your best self to show up every day.

Andrea Redeau, MA, LPC, CADC-I


Artful Boundaries with Dr. Katherine

 

Considering the concept of ‘no’ is uncomfortable for many folks, never mind actually saying it. Usually, because we (mistakenly) think that the more liberal we are with ‘yes’, the more helpful, respected, trusted, and connected we will be. Unfortunately, if you’re not saying ‘no’ you’re not only not so helpful over the long term, but you’re undermining your connections, respect, and trust.

The good news: though uncomfortable at times, boundary setting is a 100% learnable skill, and one you can practice that will help not only you but everyone in your personal and professional circles. During our time together you’ll learn WHY boundaries are so important, HOW to reframe your concept of boundaries, AND a failsafe formula to set Artful Boundaries that garner trust, respect, and honor for every person involved.

Katherine Hofmann, ND, MS


Rightsizing from the Inside Out: Needs + Values + el Camino Way

Are you ready to embark on a journey of change and transformation? Join us for “Rightsizing from the Inside Out!”


Wine + Wisdom with Whitney: Shameful Secrets & Stories of your Jewelry with Gina the Gemologist

Through her 20-year career jewelry career Gina the Gemologist® has learned a lot about life & jewelry. Gina will be sharing powerful stories that have helped her see her own life through a different view. The emotions of jewelry are powerful and there is a shadow side too.


Wine + Wisdom with Whitney: Rightsizing Your Attitude with Gratitude

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and uncertainty of the times we’re living in. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or tired. Please join us for a fun, interactive event to boost your energy and re-center by “Rightsizing Your Attitude with Gratitude!”


Rightsizing Our Relationships with Kara Kazemba of Ancora Counseling and Therapy Services

 

Our special guest, Kara Kazemba of Ancora Wellness, joins Big Rocks Organizing LLC’s founder, Whitney Zeigler to discuss Rightsizing Our Relationships.


Rightsizing with ADHD with Special Guest, Certified ADHD Coach Kathie England

 

Our special guest, Kathie England of Time For Success, joins Big Rocks Organizing LLC’s founder, Whitney Zeigler to discuss tools for overcoming rightsizing roadblocks specific to those who have ADHD.


Rock Your Goals!

 

Are your goals tied to your needs and values? Do you want to create strong goals to take you to where you want to be? During this Wine + Wisdom, you will gain self-awareness, inspiration, and concrete tools to rock your goals!


Accountability Partnerships & the Key to Success With Special Guest Melinda Miller of Miller Organized, LLC.

Whether you want to set rightsizing, life, or professional goals, having an accountability partner is a powerful tool to achieve them! Our special guest, Melinda Miller of Miller Organized, LLC, our NAPO colleague from Carmel, Indiana, joins Big Rocks Organizing LLC’s founder, Whitney Zeigler. Melinda & Whitney will share how their own accountability partnership has fueled their success and teach you how to create and maintain your own powerful partnership.


Staying Energized as We Reach for Our Goals with Special Guest Danielle Isaac

Many of us have had to reset our goals and navigate uncertainty. How do we stay motivated and energized to achieve them? We are honored to welcome special guest, Danielle Isaac, the Energize Your Life Business Coach!


Create a Vision Board to Rock Your Goals! With Special Guest Melinda Miller of Miller Organized, LLC

Are you ready to rock your goals with a vision board? Whether you’re setting goals to rightsize, for life, or business, a vision board is a powerful tool to achieve them!


The Other Side of Downsizing with Devin Lee’s Tiny House

 

This week on Wine + Wisdom with Whitney, we get a tour of Devin Lee’s tiny house and talk downsizing, rightsizing, minimalism, and essentialism!


Tactical Tips for Downsizing

Welcome to part TWO of our four-part series on downsizing/rightsizing and organizing! This presentation provides tactical tips for downsizing. Is downsizing right for you? Are you interested in rightsizing but don’t know where to start? Learn more from Big Rocks Organizing LLC’s founder and downsizing/rightsizing expert Whitney Zeigler!

 


Rightsizing Resource