Harvest Time is Here

In Old England, September was referred to as the Harvest Month. It represents a time of transition from one season to another, and an opportunity to prepare for the next phase in the calendar. 

In our modern world, this transition marks a return to normal routines and a chance to correct habits that are no longer serving us. It's also an opportunity to reflect on the year to date and focus on how to end the year on the right note. 

Here are Some Ideas for Creating Your Own Harvest Month

Address Old Habits. The best time to break a bad habit is after it's been interrupted for a time. Post-summer vacation is a great period to reflect on which habits weren't working and reset them. For example, you may be remembering that you had a habit of losing your keys. Interrupt the habit by placing a hook or bowl near the door, and making a commitment to use it.

Plan Your Next Vacation. The change in season is a great time to nail down your next trip or break. It allows you to plan in advance for days you need to take off work and assure that you make time for yourself. Plus, planning in advance often saves you money on tickets and reservations. It will give you something to look forward to as you enter into the winter season. Applies to "staycations" as well!

Review Your Finances. In 2018, budgeting app Mint reported that of the 2.2 million users who created a monthly travel budget with its technology, 44% spent more in the end than they'd saved for summer trips. Fall is a good time to make a assessment of what you spent, review your investments and calculate your budget for the remainder of the year. 

Clean Out Your Garage. Many people have a goal of "cleaning out their garage this summer," only to find that it's too hot to be really feasible. Fall is an amazing time to take on this task, for it's symbolic nature as much as anything else. The garage tends to be a dumping ground for decisions we put off, and quickly becomes weighed down with bad emotional energy. By cleaning out the clutter, making those decisions and putting everything you want to keep in good order, you are giving yourself the gift of organization. 

Do a Closet Swap. Swapping out seasonal clothes twice a year is an excellent practice. It allows us to review what we didn't wear at the close of the season, donate unused items, and to see properly what we have for the upcoming months. It's a changing of the guard, and will simplify your mornings and save you money.

Happy Harvest!

On the Blog

How a Task List Saved Me
by Veronica Bishop

If you follow the Organizers NW blog, you know that I'm a fan of being totally honest when it comes to living the life of a professional organizer. Contrary to what you might think, we are real humans who learned this trade through lots of study and training, with a good measure of trial and error thrown in along the way. This is how we are able to really connect and help people - by keeping it real.

In the spirit of keeping it real, I'd like to share a little of my past relationship with (queue shark attack music): task lists.

Here it is. I hated them.

I knew that it made sense to keep a task list, but I rejected the idea of being a slave to a piece of paper. Creativity and the freedom to change course dominated my days, and I wasn't tethered to some rigid expectations for myself. I was a free spirit! I was young and footloose!

In short, I was achieving nothing.  READ MORE

Portland Resources

Carseat Recycling Program on Now at Target

Target's annual nationwide carseat trade-in program is on now! They are currently accepting and recycling all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. In Portland, materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target's partner,  Waste Management.

Dates: September 3rd - 13th
More information here

Local Donation Resource: Project Lemonade

Project Lemonade is a Portland, Oregon non-profit 501(c)3 with a mission to inspire self-esteem in foster youth. They serve 2,000 foster youth annually with a free clothes shopping experience in the Lloyd Center mall. Each foster youth chooses his or her own new or nearly new outfits, accessories and shoes.  Their goal is to offer items that make foster youth feel no different from other kids and provide options that let youth reflect their personal style and that of their peers. 

You can find a list of their  clothing "Collection Goals" on their websiteThey receive on Thursdays from 1-3pm and other times by appointment. Please contact them at volunteer@projectlemonadepdx.org to coordinate. Donations can also be placed in the Project Lemonade donation basket at Visionworks (at the Lloyd Center) 7 days a week!

NAPO Oregon Shoe Drive - Soles4Souls

Our NAPO Oregon chapter is proud to be partnering with   Soles4Souls this fall, by including a donation collection bin at our November 20th chapter meeting.

Soles4Soul s provides shoes and clothing to people in need, including those impacted by hurricane, tsunamis, fire, floods, earthquakes and other disasters. They also utilize new and gently-worn shoes as a resource to help people with the opportunity to start and sustain a small business of their own, in which they sell the shoes to their local community.

Please help us collect shoes for this amazing organization! If you are a client of ours, please put aside gently worn shoes for us to collect at our next session! If you would like to drop off shoes for the drive, please get in touch with us to arrange a drop-off. 

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