The changing of seasons is always a motivating time to declutter, organize and turn over a new leaf (pun intended!). To celebrate, we've found some great local Portland area events, including those related to shredding, recycling and hoarding disorder services.
We hope these help you and your clients move forward into the new season and to close the year with intention. DISCLAIMER: NAPO Oregon does not specifically endorse these organizations and is not liable for their performance.
Local shred events are a great opportunity for our clients to eliminate shredding and support a good cause at the same time. These events are increasingly geared towards collecting food donations as well as shredding, so always check before you go!
Note: Unfortunately, the Beaverton Police Department has discontinued their Shred events.
Sherwood Shred Event
Saturday, October 30th from 9 am – 12 pm at the Sherwood Police Department.
Protect yourself and your clients from identity theft while the Sherwood Police Department works to restock the community’s food pantries. This event is sponsored by The Sherwood Police Department and Pride Disposal. They will allow two boxes of shredding maximum and a minimum of two non-perishable food items. Call 503.625.5523, #2 with questions.
More Information Here.
Hillsboro Shred Event
Saturday, November 6th, 2021 from 8 am - 1 pm at 3083 NE 49th Pl, Hillsboro, 97124.
This is the fall shred event in Hillsboro, which benefits the Safe & Sober Grad Night Celebrations for Hillsboro High Schools. You are allowed three grocery bag/banker boxes of shredding and a minimum $5 cash donation per car. This event starts at 8am and they go till the trucks are full! They ask us to remember to bring PAPER ONLY.
More Information Here.
Buried in Treasures Program
As many of our members know, buried in Treasures is a FREE 16-week peer-led, judgment-free program sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging, and Veterans Services. There is a group starting October 18th and running for 16 weeks on Mondays from 12 pm -2 pm PST.
NOTE: The dates for this course are decided once enough participants are registered on the wait list! So if you have a client who wishes to attend, they should go ahead and get themselves signed up. Once they have enough for a group, they will contact participants to decide on a time.
This program provides in-depth training and support for people with clutter, chronic disorganization, and hoarding tendencies to learn practical skills in a small group setting of up to 12 who share similar experiences.
Each 2-hour session focuses on a chapter in the provided book, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (Tolin, Frost, & Steketee, 2nd ed. 2013, Oxford University Press), with readings, activities, and homework between sessions.
Participants are expected to commit to attending all 16 sessions as well as to participate actively. Research by Randy Frost and colleagues indicates that up to 73% of participants are much or very improved by the end of the group.
Participants will find a supportive community of people who are struggling to cope and are ready for change.
Contact Kera Magarill at 720.210.8481 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Recycle or Not?
Recycle or Not is a great local resource that can help clients who struggle with recycling to develop an understanding of what Oregon Metro takes at curbside pickup.
To benefit from this resource, simply follow their Instagram page. They post common household items with info on whether the item can be recycled or not. You can also Direct Message them with a photo of an item you have a question about, and they are great at getting back to you!
Note: Recycle or Not focuses ONLY on what Portland Metro's curbside service takes. There may be alternate recycling options out there for some items! For the savvy recycler, this resource will be less helpful, but it's an excellent guide for beginners who want to stop "wishcycling."
You can find out more about them at recycleornot.org, or follow them on Instagram here.
NAPO Oregon Resource Guide
This is a great resource for our Oregon Chapter Members only! It contains resources for recycling, repurposing, selling and disposing of unwanted items. The Resource List is maintained by the NAPO Oregon Resource Committee as a benefit to current NAPO Oregon members. If you are a Professional Organizer and you are NOT a member, this resource guide is a great benefit of joining the chapter!
Once you have joined, the Resource Guide will be available in the Members Only section of the NAPO Oregon Website.
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