Get your unwanted medicines out before April 27th

April 27, 2013, is the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! That makes this month a great time to clean your medicine cabinets.

Place anything that has expired or is no longer needed in a separate bag for proper disposal. Pills that you no longer use but that haven’t expired can be donated to some non-profit clinics for patients in need. Since not all clinics accept medicines, I recommend calling before bringing over your donations.

Expired medicines and ones that can’t be donated should be destroyed so they can’t be found and misused. Unfortunately, the old advice to crush and throw them out or flush them down the drain can lead to these powerful chemicals contaminating our water. The Office of Diversion Control (part of the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to help ensure old medicines are responsibly destroyed. The annual Take-Back Day falls on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Click here to enter your zip code to find the nearest location to drop off medications for safe disposal. read more

What Would You Bring to a New Land?

I went to Ellis Island recently and was really fascinated by the history around me.  All those people arriving in a country where they didn’t know the language, customs or rules, but eager to make their way.  One of the things I found particularly fascinating was the luggage, the bags, baskets and trunks.

They literally moved their entire world in a handful of containers.  Clearly only those things that truly mattered made the cut.  It’s a good way to go about purging your own belongings.  If you were moving and could only bring what you could carry, what would you bring?  Granted you are going to keep more than that but, it should help with prioritizing which things you truly need or love. read more

The Tech Box Conundrum

About a month ago, David Galloway wrote a short article on apartment therapy asking “Should You Toss Your Tech Boxes?” I was very excited to hear his answer because my husband and techy friends all save the original packaging their electronics came in. We have boxes stored in our closet, attic, and basement. Whenever I question the logic of keeping all these boxes, my husband and friends tend to spout the same reasoning: We need to keep these boxes just in case we want to return, ship, or sell the item. They believe that keeping the tech packaging is part of the stewardship of owning an electronic device. Between David and his readers, here is the list of criteria they came up with for keeping or tossing your tech boxes: read more

NAPO New England Go Month Event 2012

Napo New England will be teaming up with IKEA Stoughton on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 11am to 3pm for an exciting event! NAPO-NE’s Get Organized (GO) Month event 2012 will be part of IKEA’s national Bring Your Own Friend event.

On this day, IKEA, The Life Improvement Store, will be hosting their nation-wide, in-store BYOF event. This event is to encourage IKEA’s current customers and Facebook Fans to come to their local store, bringing along a friend, and experience a special day of shopping, free giveaways and inspiration. The event will include: read more

“Do I need to keep this paper?” Six questions to ask yourself

From time to time, we all ask ourselves, “Do I really need to keep this paper?”  Here are six questions, based on Judith Kohlberg’s “Gathering Guidelines,” to help you make that decision.

  • Do I know or understand this already?
  • Am I still interested in knowing this?
  • Is a better, fresher version of this likely to come in the next three months?
  • If I will use this info, will I need it before it goes out of date?
  • Can I deal with any regret I may have if I throw it away?
  • Can I get this information someplace else?
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    NAPO- New England (NAPO-NE) Organized Office Giveaway

    If you are looking for tips from the organizing professionals about how to keep your office running efficiently, then you’ve landed in the right place!  NAPO-NE gathered some of the best tips from our local experts to help keep your office space running smoothly and efficiently.  Our associate member, OfficeDrop has donated an amazing prize for the winner.

    Entering the giveaway is EASY – simply read our expert tips below and post a comment letting us know your favorite.  After posting your comment, you’ll be entered to win a three-month Home Office subscription to OfficeDrop.com. OfficeDrop makes it simple to get your paper files online with three simple methods to connect your physical, paper-based world with the convenience of an online digital filing system.  You can find an outline of pricing and services by clicking here. read more

    Official Rules NAPO New England BLOG GIVEAWAY

    OFFICIAL RULES – OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER AND WHO ARE PHYSICALLY LOCATED AND RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED.

    1. ELIGIBILITY: Members of NAPO – New England, OfficeDrop and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and their respective spouses), and their respective household members, are not eligible to enter. Existing OfficeDrop customers are not eligible.  Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws. U.S. law governs this Giveaway. read more