Author: Darla PompilioFamily General Home Organizing Productivity Project Management Seasonal

A Better Method for Spring Cleaning & Organizing

Cleaning picI don’t know about you, but spring is my favorite time of year, and the last thing I want to do is spend my weekend or multiple weekends focusing on cleaning and organizing my entire home.   Instead of pulling out that long list of spring cleaning duties, consider breaking up the list into bite size pieces to be completed throughout the year.

Maintenance is a much easier solution and a tremendous time saver.

Pick Your Battles

Look at your list and determine the cleaning and organizing tasks that make the most sense for this time of year.  For example, closets are a great place to start because this is the time of year we change from winter to spring/summer attire.  Garages are another good area of focus.  Now is the time to put away the snow blower and pull out the lawn mower.  And, let’s be honest, things tend to get piled and tossed into the garage all winter, so it’s time for a garage clean-out.  Your garden shed is another great fit for seasonal organizing.  Inspect and sharpen your garden tools, take stock of your supplies, clean your clay pots and determine your tool storage area based on how often you use the tools. Also, with the onset of warmer weather comes the need to change to lighter blankets and comforters, and once the bed is stripped you can vacuum and turn the mattress to complete the process.

Maintenance is Key
Now that you have decided which areas make sense to organize during the spring season; let’s break the rest of that cleaning and organizing list into manageable tasks to be completed throughout the year.  Baseboards, doors, and cobwebs can be dusted and cleaned during the winter when you’re stuck inside during a snowstorm.  Lampshades and ceiling fans can be dusted at regular intervals when you dust the rest of your home. Draperies, blinds and carpets can be cleaned in the fall or the end of the summer.  Many people have self cleaning ovens that can be cleaned any time of the year, and grease traps and stove filters are easy to replace or clean on an as needed basis.

Consistency is the Name of the Game
Having a consistent, year round routine will help you avoid investing large chunks of time in the spring.  Instead, get out and smell the forsythia, spend time with family and friends, or do whatever makes you happier at this wonderful time of year.  Organizing and cleaning are necessary for a functional life, so finding ways to spread it out and make it easier in the long run will save you endless hours each season.


Author: Darla PompilioChallenging Disorganization General Goal Setting Organizing Productivity Spiritual and Holistic Time Management

Self Management a.k.a Time Management

SchedulingLet’s face it we all have the same 24 hour day, so it’s not really time we need to manage, it’s ourselves we need to manage. According to experts, during the last 25 years, our leisure time has declined by 37% while our work week has increased by a full day.

Make Time for Yourself
This means we need to be sure to make time for ourselves first. If we don’t take care of ourselves — in the long run — we will not be able to take care of anyone else. That includes eating well, exercising, meditating a few minutes a day, and spending time with family and friends.

Set Daily Priorities
The best way to do this is to set daily priorities and intentions. Setting daily priorities creates a space for achieving your goals. It gives you a clear focus so the mind can hone in the day’s activities. Spending 10 to 15 minutes every morning mapping out your day can save up to 6 hours a week.

Now that you have your list of priorities it’s time to put them on the calendar. Schedule appointments with yourself to complete priority work. This will block out the space you need to get your tasks completed in a timely manner. Be sure to schedule the most important tasks at a time of day that you are most productive. If you are a morning person, then do your most important task first thing in the morning.

Put your personal & business schedules into one calendar so you have a snapshot of all your commitments at a glance. If you need several calendars for work, home and kids, then consider something like Google calendars that allows you to create a separate calendar for everyone in the family that can be snapped together as one calendar and separated on an as needed basis.

Go over your schedule each evening for the next day. This will help you sleep at night by preventing some of the list making that goes on in our heads when we wake up in the middle of the night.

Try not to plan too much in one day. Too many items on a to-do list can create paralysis instead of action. Adding fewer more important tasks forces you to focus on what is really essential in your day.

• Prioritize your list so that you get the most important items completed first

• Break projects down into actionable steps

• Add any info you need to complete the task—phone #, links, addresses, etc

• Separate work and personal tasks

• Group tasks together like all phone calls, all errands, similar writing projects

• Avoid multitasking. It takes the brain four times longer to recognize and process each time you change gears to a new task. If you switch back and forth constantly you are wasting valuable time.

• Consider timing your tasks to give you a more accurate idea of how long certain activities take each day. This will help you to better plan your time.

Parting thoughts:
Most people are dis-organized because their organizing systems don’t match their current lives. If your system is the same you used in college or when you first started working, it may be time for a change. Using a new organizing system takes time and practice. There is no one-size-fits-all. If you have been doing the same thing for 20 years and you implement a new system — give it a little time.

Author: Darla PompilioClutter Document Management Paper Recyling

Recycling – Where and When

Recycle clipartRecycling… wouldn’t it be lovely if all the cities, counties, boroughs and towns were all on the same recycling page?   Then we would know what, when and where to recycle.  Instead most of us walk around in a recycle fog looking for locations, dates and times to finally unload those outdated computers and piles of shredding.  In an effort to make your recycling search a bit easier we have compiled a list of events and programs available in southeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

Collection Events

2013 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste and Old Electronics Collection Program



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lower Bucks Area, Lower Makefield Township

Lower Makefield Corporate Center

770 Township Line Road

Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Recycling Event October 19

Delaware County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building at 8500 Furey Road, Upper Chichester, PA 19061.

Delaware County has expanded what can be accepted at this Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to include most small E-Waste. Simply stated, if it has a cord, does not contain Freon (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators), and is not considered a large appliance, they will accept it. Visit for more information.

Delaware County 2013 E-Waste Recycling Events

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8500 Furey Road
Upper Chichester, PA 19061

Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building

2013 Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Lower Merion Transfer Station

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1300 N. Woodbine Ave.

Penn Valley, PA 19072

2013 Montgomery County Electronics Collection Program

Upper Merion Middle School – Electronics

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Enter near 435 Crossfield Rd.

King of Prussia, PA 19406

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs or CFL’s are a great way to reduce your electricity bill while lessening your carbon footprint. However, these types of bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and should be handled carefully and disposed of properly at all times.

Intact CFL bulbs can be taken to any Home Depot, Lowes, or Ikea stores for free proper disposal and recycling. CFL bulbs can also be taken to any county-sponsored household hazardous waste event for free disposal and recycling.

Please DO NOT throw them in the trash. Nationwide, over 670 million mercury-containing bulbs are discarded improperly each year. In Montgomery County most of these bulbs are ultimately land filled or incinerated. These disposal methods can lead to a release of mercury into the environment through breakage and leakage and ultimately contaminate the food chain.

TV, Computer & Electronics Recycling
Computers and many electronics contain heavy metals and other materials that should be recycled if possible. Below are a few options for proper computer and electronics recycling.

Permanent Electronics Collection Programs

Berks County Recycling Center

1316 Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA

Limited hours of operation, call 610-478-6362 for details.
Links: Berks County


Chester County Solid Waste Authority accepts computers and peripherals at the Lanchester Landfill

7224 28th Division Hwy., Narvon, PA.

Telephone: 610-273-3771

South East Chester County Refuse Authority
219 Street Road
West Grove, PA 19390
Dawn Robinson (610-869-2452 ext 11)

West Chester Borough
205 Lacey Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Meghan Fogarty 610-696-5282


Delaware County Marple Township offers free electronic recycling to residents at:
Marple Township
446 Marpit Rd.
Broomall, PA 19008
Joe Romano 610-356-4040 for information.

Springfield Township offers free electronic recycling to residents at:
Springfield Delco Public Works
1258 Church Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064
Contact Jeff Bickel at 610-543-2837 for information.
Police Court Yard 24/7 or
Public Works Facility 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority ( Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Lancaster, accepts computers (including peripheral equipment), televisions and cell phones free of charge from Lancaster County residents.

1299 Harrisburg Pike,

Facility hours are Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Links:Lancaster County


Lehigh County residents can recycle electronics at AERC Recycling Solutions at

1801 Union Blvd. or 2591 Mitchell Ave,  Allentown, PA

Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

List of prices (pdf) and AERC Electronic Recycling Information 

Contact information: 610-797-7608 or visit
Links: Lehigh County


Montgomery County – Cheltenham Township – Residents can recycle electronics at:
Cheltenham Township Public Works Facility
8101 Old York Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
William Ferrari 215-635-4600
Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

East Greenville Recycling Center
620 W. Side Alley.
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Mon. to Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lower Merion Township Township – Residents can recycle electronics at:
Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex
1300 N. Woodbine Ave.
Penn Valley, PA 19072
Joseph Przybyszewski 610-667-1952
Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Northampton Borough – Residents Only
King Street Recycling Center
King Street
Northampton, PA 18067
Hours: Wed. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:00 p.m. to Noon
Contact: Gene Zarayko (610) 262-2576

Philadelphia County – Computers, TV’s and cell phones are accepted at all HHW Events. Citizens may bring their computers and TV’s to any Sanitation Convenience Center

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Links:Philadelphia County


Wayne County residents may drop off electronics at the Wayne County Recycling Center

66 Volunteer Dr., Honesdale, Pa.

Hours are Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm or Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m.

Questions can be directed to the Wayne County Recycling Center at 570-253-9727 or E-Mail: .
Links:Wayne County


Delaware County Municipal Curbside and Drop Off Programs

Delaware County 2013 E-Waste Recycling Events

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8500 Furey Road
Upper Chichester, PA 19061

Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building

Shredding Events


Shredding of confidential documents is available FREE to businesses and private individuals at the Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center. If you have 4 or more boxes, please call (610) 865-7082 to schedule an appointment.

Hours of Shredding – Monday-Saturday – 9:00a – 3:00p

  • If you have 4 or more boxes, you need to      schedule an appointment
  • If you wish to stay while your material is      shredded, you must have an appointment regardless of how much material you      have.

We cannot shred the following:

  • Anything heavier than a paper clip or staple
  • Rubber bands
  • Heavy file folders
  • Glossy material
  • X-rays or photographs

Two E-Waste Recycling Events Planned

Northampton Township has scheduled two e-waste recycling events for April 20 and Sept. 28

Northampton Township has partnered with Leck Waste Services to schedule two e-waste recycling events so residents have a place to properly dispose of computers and other electronics safely.

The first e-waste recycling event will be held April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon and the second will be held Sept. 28 , also from 8 a.m. to noon. Both events will be held at Leck, 237 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland.

According to township officials, a new state law prohibits the township’s trash hauler from taking electronics. The law, the Covered Device Recycling Act 108, prohibits computers, keyboards, televisions, printers, microwave ovens, fax machines and other electronics from disposal at Department of Environmental Protection solid waste landfills.

Acceptable e-waste recycling items include:

  • Computers/laptops/monitors/keyboards
  • VCR/DVD/CD players
  • Cell phones
  • Small office copiers/printers/fax machines
  • TVs/radios/MP3 players
  • Electronic toys and games
  • Microwaves
  • Common household appliances like stoves, washers, dryers, air conditioners and refrigerators

Monthly Community Shredding Services

Titan Mobile Shredding Service

Cost at all locations is $10 for each standard file box, copy paper box or the equivalent.

One box minimum quantity – No maximum box quality

Cash or checks only please, no credit cards are accepted at Community Shredding

No reservations required, just stop by!


First Friday of Every Month


Bailiwick Office Park

252 West Swamp Rd (Rt 313 & Rt 611 Bypass)

Doylestown, PA 18901

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am


Second Tuesday of Every Month


Upper Moreland Township Library

117 Park Ave (off Rt 611 in the Police Dept parking lot)

Willow Grove, PA 19090

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am


Third Thursday of Every Month


Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Rd

Yardley, PA 19067

Time: 12noon – 1:00am


Saturday, September 28, 2013  

Larry Farmbry & Associates
7300 City Line Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19151
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Representative Rozzi
4933 Kutztown Road
Temple, PA 19560
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bucks First Credit Union & Bucks County Planning Commission
Lower Makefield Corporate Center
770 Township Line Road
Yardley, PA 19067
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Friends of Easttown Public Library
720 First Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312
9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
$10 for one box or two shopping bags

First National Bank & Trust of Newtown
Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Whitemarsh Township
Miles Park – Lower Parking Lot, Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19444
8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Middletown Township (Residents only)
3 Municipal Way
Langhorne, PA 19047
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Upper Macungie Township
Public Works Garage
8550 Schantz Rd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Penn Liberty Bank Trooper
2724 Ridge Pike
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Schuylkill Township
1580 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Montgomery County
Lower Merion High School
Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Representative Briggs
554 Shoemaker Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.




Author: Darla PompilioClutter Organizing

Is Clutter Robbing You of the Life You Deserve?

I am talking about the clutter of mind, body and living space.  As women we go through multiple transitions in life:  marriage, children, career, illness, divorce and death of a spouse; it is often difficult to transition through theses major events with ease and grace. However becoming more organized can facilitate the adjustments that these major life changes demand.

What is the Cost of Clutter? Clutter can be expensive; the cost of clutter can be divided into 3 categories: financial, physical and emotional.

The financial cost of clutter can result in lost or displaced money and checks. Often mail accumulates and is not opened in a timely fashion. As a result, late fees can accrue, and often missing tax records can lead to financial penalties.

The physical cost of clutter includes the stress and anxiety experienced by the inability to locate items when they are needed; this fruitless searching can be frustrating and depleting to our physical resources and a huge waste of valuable time. Very often we experience confusion and a sense that we have lost control of our circumstances.

The question then arises: how do we regain that sense of control?  Organization is one way we can master control of our daily lives and navigate through many challenging transitions.  Often we feel that if we achieve a certain goal or arrive at a certain milestone, life will suddenly be better.  Although this can be true, it is often the journey itself that transforms us. This journey involves change which can be difficult and frightening.  Even though we know that change is the only constant in life, we still resist it!   We resist letting go of people, places and things that are no longer useful or necessary and serve mainly to clutter our thoughts and our lives.

De-clutter Your Mind, Body and Space

I propose three main organizational concepts that can be used to de-clutter your mind, your body and your space:

  1.  Create a schedule and make sure the entire family is informed and involved.  The most imperative tasks should be scheduled first and the remaining tasks in order of importance.
  2. Prepare a list; this is the fastest way to physically reduce stress. This list can be created on paper or computer; the objective is to get the tasks out of your head!! Then use the list!!
  3. To de-clutter space: sort, categorize and purge!!  For small jobs like a junk drawer, sort all the items into categories that are similar in order to determine how much of each category you own.  Then purge what you don’t want or need. The left over items will determine the type of storage container needed for proper organization.  For larger piles or stacks, like clothes, it’s best to simply sort items to keep and items to let go.  The goal is to quickly reduce the size of the “to keep pile” and then categorize the remaining items.

 Embrace the Journey

We can choose to embrace the journey or we can avoid it as the world moves forward.  Although we have gleaned much wisdom on our particular road, we may need guidance to embrace change, to clear our minds and to guide us through the journey.  It is most imperative that we are in control as we accommodate change with ease and grace.

Author: Darla PompilioClutter Family Home Shopping

Does Buying in Bulk Save Money or Just Clutter Our Lives?

BigBoxStoreI often remark that Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s keep me in business.  Frequently, the first thing I recommend to my clients is that they reduce their purchases to essential items.  I recognize “essential” is a relative concept, but people understand that we often consume needlessly & impulsively.  The heart of disorganization often comes from having an abundance of merchandise.  We are exhorted to over purchase by all the agencies of mass media.  Their business is to encourage spending and our business is to purchase with discretion.

Purchasing has a complicated physiology; why do rational people over purchase?  There are several factors at play here.  Mass media is not the only culprit; the availability of credit cards enables people to consume beyond their needs.  According to Los Angeles clinical psychologist and wealth consultant James Gottfurcht, PhD, “They’re conditioning people into building debt at a very young, vulnerable age.”

Other major factors that contribute to overspending according to research by Florida State University social psychologist, Roy Baumeister, PhD is too many demands in stressful situations and dealing with  difficult relationships.

Finally, the idea that consumerism leads to happiness has proven to be an illusion; according to a post by Rebecca Sato. “Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem.”

In conclusion, when we find ourselves losing control over our environment, we have to ask ourselves why and put ourselves back in charge of our lives by making conscience decisions based on real needs.  As Thoreau so aptly stated, “simplify.”