Declutter: Getting Your House in Order

After spending too much time at home, you may start noticing that you are living with far more clutter and chaos than you’d realized. Doing something about all the clutter is another matter. Some of us bravely attempt to go-it-alone. Others seek inspiration from declutter gurus like Marie Kondo whose book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up focuses on a minimalist approach of retaining items that spark joy. Still, others have expert home organizers come into their homes and help create uncluttered spaces.

Cindy Eastman hired someone to help her do some decluttering. She has shared her experience with us:

Home too Much?  Let’s Get Organized!

By Cindy Eastman

I’m not certain what motivated me the most – the lockdown of Covid-19, starting my own company, or just being fed up, but I recently made the decision to hire a professional organizer to help me put my rooms in order.  I do believe it’s the best decision I’ve made in years, especially for my business.

I hired Rita Prothero, from Tempa services located in Sutherlin, Oregon.  Before she arrived, I felt like I was swimming through paper.  It was creating a lot of stress for me and making it hard for me to get to work in an efficient manner.  My biggest problem was that I didn’t have a good system in place for where everything should go before, during, and after a project was completed.

Rita came riding in on a big white horse (not really, but) and managed the whole project.  She had me at a card table sorting what goes and what stays while she swirled around me like a fast-moving firefly and set up a system.  By the time she left, my office felt light, airy, organized, and even – inviting.  Imagine that – an office I felt like walking into and getting to work!  It was such a good experience that I decided to hire her to return and work her magic on my garage.  And, she did a repeat performance and did not disappoint.

I’m getting a lot more done now and I especially enjoy knowing that I have a system in place.  Working with Rita is fun for me because we’re a lot alike.  She is a high energy, non-stop, “let’s get this done and over with” kind of gal.  No time was wasted, to be sure.  It’s a good thing I had a power breakfast and took my vitamins before her arrival!  But it was worth the hard work because we completed everything in less than 4 hours.

If anyone out there suffers from chronic disorganization, you might consider using a professional as well.  For me, it was well worth the time it’s given me back on a day to day basis.  And, the peace of mind it’s given me, and there’s no price tag attached to peace of mind.  Thanks, Rita.  Rita can be reached at

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