The Decluttr Files: Unwanted CDs

Now, let’s talk about that old CD rack in your home that is more or less a glorified dust collector. You haven’t listened to those CDs in years, and we’re willing to bet half of them you’ve probably never listened to at all.

Did you know the average CD album is only ever played eight times fully? So this GO Month, we challenge you to go through your old CD collection and pick out all the unused and unwanted titles that you haven’t touched in years. Here are some reasons why you should declutter today…

  1. You can make some cash. What’s better than trading in your clutter for cash? It’s practically free money! When you send your unwanted items to Decluttr, we even pay for your shipping.
  2. You can get your kids involved. Make decluttering fun by turning it into a game. Give them a box and tell them if they pick 10 CDs they never listen to trade in, they’ll get a prize. Whether that be a nice Decluttr check in the mail or some ice cream for dinner, that’s up to you!
  3. You can help the environment. Did you know that if disks end up in landfills they could be there for 500 years? Recycle, recycle, recycle!
  4. You’ll feel better. Getting rid of unwanted clutter will put your mind at ease and help you start the New Year off fresh.

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Be More Productive

go month white portraitMany of us have fallen victim of procrastination at least once in our lives… okay, maybe more than once. In today’s technology driven world, it’s hard not to get distracted with smartphones, tablets, work emails, conference calls and the occasional YouTube binge.  Or maybe, you fall on the other side of the coin. There are so many tasks on your to-do list, it’s hard to get everything done in a timely manner and get the recommended hours of sleep at night.

According to a NAPO survey, the second biggest issue at work is time management. Organization can lead to better time management which leads to increased productivity.

What are some ways to Get Organized and improve productivity at work or at home?

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Post-Holiday Media Clean-up

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We’ve finally resurfaced from the most cluttered time of the year – the holiday season. And do you know our favorite part about that is? We get to team up with NAPO for GO Month!

Here at Decluttr, we specialize in media re-commerce. What is media re-commerce? Well, in other words, we give you cash for your unwanted DVDs, CDs, and video games. Yes, we’re talking about those CDs you haven’t touched in years, those movies you have on DVD that you’d rather watch On Demand than dust off, and those old video games you conquered ages ago. We take them all off your hands with a simple one-box shipping process (don’t worry, shipping is on us!) and in return, we’ll send you a check that will send you skipping to the bank.

There is no better time to declutter your media collection than during Get Organized Month. And we’re not alone in thinking that… over 150,000 unwanted DVDs, CDs, and video Games were sold through Decluttr.com this post-holiday season already! Curious about what others are trading in for cash? Below are some of the titles that topped our most-traded charts for 2014:

Top 3 DVDs:
• Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
• The Matrix
• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Top 3 CDs:
• Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
• Pieces of You, Jewel
• Ray of Light, Madonna

Top 3 Video Games:
• Xbox 360, Call of Duty: Black Ops
• Playstation2, Grand Theft Auto Vice City
• Nintendo Wii, Wii Play

What DVDs, CDs, or video games do you have in your collection that you’d consider trading in for cash?

For more information about DeCluttr, go to www.decluttr.com.

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January is Get Organized (GO) Month!

go month white portraitDuring GO Month, NAPO professional organizers and productivity specialists help individuals, businesses and schools bring time management, organization, storage solutions and productivity into their lives.  This year, we will be highlighting four topics to help your household or business have a successful year. Check back weekly for the latest tips from NAPO members across the country. The first topic for GO Month 2015: possessions.
The holidays usually bring in new things: a new piece of jewelry from your loved one, new home decor to impress your guests or a new pair of slippers that was not on your list. We all have them and some of us have more than we can handle. It is now 2015! Out with the old, in with the new. According to a NAPO public survey, about 82% of people believe that if they are more organized, their quality of life would improve. So what are some small and easy tips that you can do today, for a better tomorrow?

Read on for some of the best tips and tricks to help you better manage your possessions, both old and new.


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Talk about a “Turkey Day” — share your hilarious Thanksgiving horror stories!

Ah, Thanksgiving. For many of us, it’s our favorite holiday — great times with family and friends and our diets get to take the day off.  Whether you’re hosting dinner, or contributing to someone else’s, preparing the Thanksgiving feast takes planning and organization, and usually goes off without a hitch.  But, every now and then, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray,” and Thanksgiving takes a left turn and becomes a plot straight out of a sitcom.

Don’t mess with Phil’s turkey!

Tell us about the time your picture-perfect holiday plans (or maybe the turkey) went flying out the window, and you had to chalk up Thanksgiving to Murphy’s Law. Can’t wait to see your stories in the comments!

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They can do that? 10 services you didn’t know professional organizers provided

NAPO members discuss what consumers should ask when hiring a professional organizer in the Smead podcast series, “Keeping You Organized.” Click the image to watch.

NAPO members discuss what consumers should ask when hiring a professional organizer in the Smead podcast series, “Keeping You Organized.” Click the image to watch.

When people think of the services professional organizers provide, de-cluttering closets, setting up filing systems, creating time management strategies, or designing custom garage storage systems typically come to mind. But professional organizers specialize in many different areas, and can help overcome a variety of organizing challenges faced at home or at work. Here is a list of some lesser-known services they offer:

  1. Specialty Moving & Relocation: Need help packing the kids up for summer camp or moving your college student into his or her dorm?  There’s an organizer for that! Hiring a pro lets parents stress less and spend more quality time with their kids before they go away, and helps college students get off to an organized start when living away from home for the first time.
  2. Organizing and Cataloging Collections: From photographs to memorabilia to wine, if you need to manage the items in your collection for insurance purposes, display, or simply for easy access, a professional organizer who specializes in collections can help you keep track of the items you have so carefully curated.
  3. Blending Households: A professional organizer can help preserve household harmony when new spouses, stepfamilies, roommates, or parents find themselves sharing living space, and need to find places for everyone’s stuff.
  4. Eco-Conscious Organizing: Everyone is more aware of humans’ effect on our environment, and for those consumers who actively try to reduce their overall impact, there are organizing professionals who specialize in sustainable ways to reduce clutter, organize and recycle unwanted items.
  5. Technology Organizing: Need someone to help set up your new smartphone?  Need help keeping track of documents and files on your home and work mobile devices? Need help figuring which apps to use to help you stay organized?  Tech-savvy professional organizers can help you get the most out of your electronic devices.
  6. Personal Assistant/Concierge Services: If staying organized means you need a helping hand running errands, scheduling appointments, or fulfilling other commitments, professional organizers who also provide assistant or concierge services will keep you in control of all the aspects of your busy life.
  7. Medical/Legal Office Organizing: Establishing effective filing systems, chain-of-custody protocols, and document retention policies is vital to successful case management and protecting sensitive and confidential information. A professional organizer experienced in medical or legal organizing can help improve office efficiency and maintain client privacy.
  8. Estate Sales: When a person passes away leaving behind a home full of possessions, sorting through a lifetime of memories may be too much for grieving loved ones to handle.  Professional organizers who offer estate sale services coordinate the sale or donation of unwanted items, taking the burden off family or friends at a difficult time.
  9. Working with People with ADHD or ADD: For people who struggle with attention-deficit disorders, routines and systems can dramatically help them maintain focus so they can be more productive at home, school, and work. Organizing experts who specialize in working with those living with ADHD or ADD understand their everyday challenges, and help them develop habits to minimize frustration and become more successful in all aspects of their lives.
  10. Emergency Preparedness: Disasters can strike home or work at any time, and a good emergency plan can keep you, your family, or your colleagues safe, and get you back on your feet sooner. Professional organizers can help you create a plan to keep your vital documents safe, create an emergency kit, put together disaster evacuation and communications plans, and develop recovery  procedures, so your life is disrupted as little as possible in the face of disaster.

These are just some of the specialized services that professional organizers can provide, so if you feel overwhelmed by an organizing dilemma, you don’t have to tackle it alone.

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More reasons why IKEA is an organized person’s dream

Anyone familiar with IKEA knows that organization is built into the DNA of its furnishings, housewares, and accessories, but even items that aren’t specifically meant for organizing can help your possessions neat and tidy.  This recent Buzzfeed article demonstrates “37 Clever Ways to Organize Your Entire Life with IKEA,” and you’ve got to admit, some of the ideas are pretty cool.

Is there anything you can’t organize with something from IKEA?

Have you ever bought something at IKEA to organize in a way that wasn’t necessarily intended?  We want to hear about it–share in the comments!

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Give old items a useful second life

Ice cube trays make great jewelry organizers.

Just because something has outlived its original purpose, doesn’t mean it’s not still useful. Repurposing old items is good for the planet and your wallet, and it gets your creative juices going too. For instance, if you’ve ever  purchased Swiffer Wet refills, they come in a sturdy rectangular plastic container with a lid that’s still perfectly usable once all the pads are gone. It’s great for storing items that are typically hard to contain, such as spare extension cords, rolls of ribbon or tape, or paintbrushes.  We’ve asked NAPO professional organizers to spill their best secrets about items that can easily enjoy a second life as an organizing container or tool, so check ‘em out below.

Got any tips about reusing old items to help you stay organized? Share in the comments!

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