Donna Smallin Kuper

Professional Organizer / Cleaning Expert / Author / Spokesperson


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Thank You Gift

As I glanced at my calendar today, I noticed that Monday, September 21 is World Gratitude Day. What better day to let you know how much I appreciate you following me and supporting my work! Your questions, comments, and successes inspire me to keep on keeping on, knowing that what I do is making a difference is so many lives. As a token of my gratitude, I have a thank you gift for you. But you have to act quickly to get it! Your gift is a FREE copy of one of my books, Secrets of Professional Organizers Volume 1: Leading Experts Talk About Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding. Just click on the link above to go to my book page on Amazon and then click to “buy” your copy for $0.00. I have arranged for the book price to remain free through September 22 only. So please grab your copy today! If you or someone you know struggles with clearing clutter, this thank you gift will not only help you understand why, but also provides specific strategies for overcoming disorganization and overwhelm. Here’s what a few Amazon reviewers wrote after reading Secrets of Professional Organizers Volume 1: Leading Experts Talk About Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding: I am glad I read this book. It gets into more detail what is going on when you can not clear up your clutter problems. I dislike the tv show that does not go into enough detail for me. Unlike that ,this book explains better the many issues that may be causing to much clutter and disorganization. It tells how very hard it is...

Your Clutter or Your Life

As a kid, I never had much in the way of material possessions. So I treasured each new acquisition, whether it was something I bought or something that was given to me. And I saved everything because it was MY stuff. Try as I might, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away anything, especially something that was still perfectly good, like the beautiful white linen material I once bought to make a dress. I got as far as cutting out the pattern but then set it aside when I messed up by accidentally cutting a notch. I had every intention of figuring out how to correct my mistake and finishing that project someday. Finally, ten years and three moves later, I scrapped it. And you know what? It was a relief to be rid of it. What I have discovered is that it takes a certain amount of courage to let go of the bits and pieces of our lives that no longer serve us. Every time I looked at that unfinished dress, it was a reminder of one more thing I needed to do. Even after I put it away in my closet, the feeling of unfinished business would wash over me whenever I happened to catch a glimpse of the bag it was stored in. You might get that same feeling when you look at the piles of stuff on your dining room table, the mounds of clothing on your bedroom floor, or the helter-skelter state of your basement or garage. It’s a feeling that leaves you physically tired, emotionally drained, and in a never-ending state...

Presidential Advice

My husband and I arrived in College Station, Texas yesterday. We decided to visit the Bush Presidential Library today at the suggestion of some friends and also on the recommendation of TripAdvisor and Yelp reviewers. I didn’t know what to expect. A really swanky library filled with lots of books? Why would so many people rave about that? Now I know. The Bush Library is actually a museum that chronicles the life and times of President George Bush. Regardless of your political leanings, I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area. Did you know that in 1943, at 18 years of age, George Bush became the youngest Navy pilot? He served in World War II – and survived his plane being shot down over the Pacific. (Read more about his military service in this World War II magazine interview.) Anyway, within minutes of entering the Bush Library, I was thoroughly engrossed in learning more about the man who was our 41st president. More than once, I was brought to tears as I read letters he’d written in his younger years to his parents and to his bride-to-be. I was struck by how open he was about sharing his feelings (and a little sad for posterity’s sake about how few letters we write today). It was obvious that he held family, friends, and freedom dear to his heart even as he went on to become an oil entrepreneur, U.S. congressman, director of the C.I.A., vice president, and president. By the time we left the museum, I wished that I could shake his hand. So what’s the Bush Library...