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Meet the professional organizer helping residents declutter their homes

Original post made on Jun 23, 2023

When people have no idea how to get rid of items cluttering up their homes, they call Monica Rhodes. For two decades, Rhodes has been helping Peninsula residents reclaim lost household space by eliminating 'junk hot spots' and clutter.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 22, 2023, 1:35 PM

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 23, 2023 at 3:05 pm

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This article is 4 SFH's "This might include adding extra storage to get rid of that crammed “junk drawer” or rearranging a desk in the study to provide twice as much open space in a room, or installing shelving in the laundry area to create designated space for things like a mop, broom and cleaning supplies." I would love to have a place to put linens, ironing board, my sewing machine. Would it not be fantastic "Life Moves" provided poor residents a professional declutterer. It would be like energy bills. Make an appointment, have a certified professional at low-income residence 2 give hands on direction in how to rid. A tremendous amount of trauma over COVID and over accumulation of "stuff" and not many options or programs in place for low-income Palo Altans to cycle through & appropriately sort, give locations in where to dump the household junk. Poor elderly, disabled, single mothers w small children, those who do not drive or have a car. There are Green Waste programs available 4 multi-family homes for dumpsters. Supportive programs like these could really help offset unsafe hoarding and or help us get stuff out safely and too designated recycling, trash, donations etc. And the article is right. When a family or individual has suffered a loss the wave of grief seems insurmountable. When multi-family properties do not have programs in place to assist residents (primarily the low-income) junk starts piling up. What about place two of those green donation boxes for books, shoes and clothing within close range of multi-family sites. Like. Molly Stones, Alma Village, Mid-town shopping, Piazza's -- richer complex' could have thiers onsite avoids T&C or StanShopCtr. Is a City website where a list where2 donate or where those boxes R. Goodwill is a monopoly on PA. they mark up 100 %. My child pointed out ? sell a donated Google T's a 2017 Moonlight Run t's. Outrageous scam. BTW GW provides job training is utter hog wash. What retailer does not train? CEO makes 400K a yr

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 25, 2023 at 1:12 am

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@Moderator look at how Paradise took remains of their devastated town’s rubble & rubbish, out. like WWII our nation is in a crisis. A war of sorts on climate change. How about a city wide effort to pair down, simplify, get our household priorities strait. Now we r crawling out of lock down, make doable 4 us residents. Plus over abundance of by gone Clinton Reta USA produced China manufactured, consumer culture. Set motion. Burt & Kou, months ago stated “time to clean up”. Yet where? Only one tiny site at corner of ECR Way & East Meadow to dump. not sustainable. Get involved. Green waste, code enforcement, Silicon Valley 350, Safe Routes 2 school. residents might come together as a collective. I still do no understand. Where can I trash AAA batteries or LED lightbulbs. My kids out grown their clothing, 3 years past. It would be prudent 4 their slightly used clothing 2 go 2 the needy, not SV GW who mark up donations 100%, scamming the next in line. Biden & friends dedicate 500M for Bay Lands storm & toilet water mitigation. Yet we are drowning in SFH multi family homes of what to do, where to go w old furniture, broken toys, stained lumpy mattress’, old TVs, kitchen aid mixers. I can go to any food outlet & get biodegradable table ware, yet I can’t find a household item dumpster anywhere. I might pass 1000 dilapidated bikes at Stanford yet can’t get a good, free working one for my kid. [Portion removed.]

Posted by Silver Linings
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2023 at 6:24 am

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There is no word in the German language for clutter. Google translate suggests the closest equivalent, Unordnung, or disorder, which isn’t really it.

Something to contemplate. What cultures have this problem, and why?

Posted by Roberta Peterson
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 25, 2023 at 8:15 am

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"Something to contemplate. What cultures have this problem, and why?"

Answer: Cultures that worship materialism.

Posted by Aric Singh
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2023 at 8:36 am

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Some people do not like to throw away stuff because the items either have meaning or possible future use.

Haven't you ever disposed of something only to wish you had kept it?

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2023 at 11:03 am

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I don't think clutter is a cultural thing or socioeconomic related. It's whether you're well-organized. Being well-organized works for us but live and let live. If you like a little clutter, it's your home. It's a free country. It's nice that there is professional help for those who want to de-clutter. Whether it makes you happier depends on the person. Different strokes for different folks...

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