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  • Feng Shui Tips When Your Bed Doesn’t Have A Headboard

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    Ann
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Great Feng Shui questions continue to flow into my email inbox. Reader Zelia wants to know: “I’ve done everything else for good Feng Shui in my bedroom, but do I really need a headboard for my bed?” BEFORE: A queen-sized bed with no headboard or other Feng Shui adjustment. It’s true that one of the most-often recommended Feng Shui bedroom adjustments is a solid headboard for your bed. Whether you’re single or in a couple, a child or an adult, a headboard gives you the sense that you have a safe, strong mountain at your back as you sleep. A good Feng Shui…
  • What Happened To You?

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    MonicaRicci
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. ~Jung PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
  • Shop With This or Without That

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    Aby Garvey
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Maybe this has happened to you before. You’re on your way home and you realize you need to stop at the store to pick up a handful of things — a missing ingredient for dinner, laundry detergent, or a piece of poster board for your child’s project that’s due…tomorrow. As a professional organizer I have one thing to say:  clutter alert! These unplanned, last-minute trips to the store can lead to clutter as unneeded (but oh-so desirable) items that somehow find their way into your shopping cart. Consider this:  the majority of the clutter in our homes gets there via…
  • Home Office Organizing Tips for January

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    Molly Gold
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Home office organizing tips are plentiful this time of year and for good reason. An organized home office makes it easy to manage your family’s busy life all year long. While key for those who work at home, no matter how much or little time you spend there, January is the time to put make those home office organizing tips work to your advantage. From having a clean, well thought out floor plan and furniture that actually works to being paperwork and clutter free, your goal is to spend time here both creating and working without distraction. No matter how big or small, this space is…
  • Mini-Monk Mode Sharpens Focus And Increases Productivity

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    Paul H. Burton
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Short Bursts of Quiet In his book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” Greg McKeown refers to getting focused as being in the “Monk Mode.” The benefit to the Monk Mode is greater and higher quality work product. Given our time-starved world, it might be more effective to find Mini-Monk Modes throughout our day. Here are some ways to do that: Silent Times. Seek out short periods during the day—like 20 minutes—during which you grant yourself permission to work uninterrupted. This may be first thing in the morning or after the proverbial dust settles at…
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  • What Happened To You?

    MonicaRicci
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. ~Jung PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
  • How To Accurately Value Your Possessions

    MonicaRicci
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Guest blog by Julie Starr Hook of Five Starr Organizing and Design and author of “From Frazzled to Freedom” Deciding whether to keep or toss an item is a very important task when organizing. Sometimes it means determining the “real” value of your item to make this decision. There are things to consider when determining an accurate value on your items.  Monetary Value What really determines the monetary value of something?  An item’s true financial value is based on supply and demand. However, programs like The Antiques Road Show may leave many people worrying they should never…
  • Gratitude

    MonicaRicci
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. ~ Cicero PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
  • Organize These 10 Tricky Entertaining Items

    MonicaRicci
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Guest blog post by Susan Stewart (links within the post may be affiliate links) The holidays are right around the corner and for most of us, it is the one time of year that we use many of the items in our dining rooms. In order to organize this space, you'll want to start with some type of storage.  Buffets, sideboards, or hutches are great but they aren't the only options. You can repurpose an old dresser, armoire or just about any piece of furniture with storage to organize your serving pieces. Have a piece of furniture that is old or outdated? Furniture can be completely…
  • Don't Burn Yourself

    MonicaRicci
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Holding anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~Buddha PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
 
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  • Shop With This or Without That

    Aby Garvey
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Maybe this has happened to you before. You’re on your way home and you realize you need to stop at the store to pick up a handful of things — a missing ingredient for dinner, laundry detergent, or a piece of poster board for your child’s project that’s due…tomorrow. As a professional organizer I have one thing to say:  clutter alert! These unplanned, last-minute trips to the store can lead to clutter as unneeded (but oh-so desirable) items that somehow find their way into your shopping cart. Consider this:  the majority of the clutter in our homes gets there via…
  • Finding Your Point of Focus in the New Year

    Aby Garvey
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    As you may know, one of the ways I like to welcome in the New Year is by selecting a word of the year. Inspired by Ali Edwards, I started taking part in this tradition back in 2008. On New Year’s Day, I decided I’d like to rekindle the tradition and pick a word — and theme — for 2015. I had time to ponder my selection on my New Year’s morning “Resolution Run” which was sponsored by my favorite local running store. My running buddies had more fuel left in their tank on New Year’s morning than I did, which gave me some quality time to run alone…and ponder my word. I decided…
  • One-Year Organizing Plan + Free Printable

    Aby Garvey
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    I recently blogged about how to achieve goals by breaking them into small chunks and tackling them a little bit over the course of time. This is the approach I’ve used the past two years to accomplish my running goals, but as I talked about in the first post, it’s also very applicable to getting organized. If you’re faced with a cluttered home and the thought of getting it organized feels daunting, here’s how to put this approach into action. Best yet, you can use my brand new organizing printable to make it happen. Here are few tips to make it manageable: Give yourself a year.
  • One-Year Organizing Plan Printable

    Aby Garvey
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    This organizing printable will help you to plan your yearly organizing projects. The “rooms, zones + projects” page allows you to make a project list for your entire home. You’ll then divide your project list into smaller projects that you’ll assign to each week of the year. The download includes two pages. Instructions for using this printable can be found in this post. Click here to download this organizing printable. The post One-Year Organizing Plan Printable appeared first on simplify 101.
  • Time for Change

    Aby Garvey
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Back in 2004, after 13 years of working in corporate America, I decided to take the plunge and start my own business. It had been a dream of mine since college and the timing seemed right. My job had moved to Florida, and Jay and I (Midwesterners at heart) decided not to move with it. It was time to do something different. It was time to start something of my own. It was time to create simplify 101. Fast forward 11 years and simplify 101 has grown and changed a lot. (And I have, too.) What started as an in-home professional organizing business serving the metro St. Louis area, grew into a…
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  • Home Office Organizing Tips for January

    Molly Gold
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Home office organizing tips are plentiful this time of year and for good reason. An organized home office makes it easy to manage your family’s busy life all year long. While key for those who work at home, no matter how much or little time you spend there, January is the time to put make those home office organizing tips work to your advantage. From having a clean, well thought out floor plan and furniture that actually works to being paperwork and clutter free, your goal is to spend time here both creating and working without distraction. No matter how big or small, this space is…
  • Organize Your Family with a #DIY Home Management Bundle

    Molly Gold
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Today we are talking about why you need a #DIY Home Management Bundle. If you like to organize, or just simply want to get more organized, you may have heard the term home organization notebook, household notebook, home organization binder, home organization planner, home management binder, they are all one in the same. Here at GO MOM!® it’s called a Home Management Bundle because we like to bundle key information together to help you have laser focus on what you need to do and how to get it done. So we’ve created the GO MOM!® #DIY Home Management Bundle and its super easy to…
  • Your 12 Month Organizing Plan

    Molly Gold
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Happy New Year! I hope you are ready for an amazing 365 days of blessings ahead with the promise of living a life generally well organized and exceptionally well loved clearly within your reach. There is no better time than New Year’s Day to make a 12 Month Organizing Plan.   If you are anything like me, cleaning up Christmas gets you twitchy to clean and de-clutter the entire house, giving away everything you think doesn’t need to be there and giving you all the reason in the world to redecorate every room so that its organized ~ ahem.  …
  • New Year’s Resolutions That Count #DeedADay

    Molly Gold
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s time to talk New Year’s Resolutions. After all it is December 31st, y’all!  But…I’m not here to tell you how to make those organized resolutions and then offer you a fool proof solution for how not to break them. (Hint ~ it takes 21 days to form a habit and stick with it ~ just sayin!)  I’m not hear to tell you how to make this your most organized year yet. (Hint ~ you can find tips about that in tomorrow’s post!)  This New Year’s Eve my instincts about what I want to share with you in 2015 are different. Its time to look beyond…
  • Manage Your Time with a #DIY Planner

    Molly Gold
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Today it’s all about time. Yes time ~ that four letter word because when you can’t find it you are desperate for ways to create that 25th hour. And when you have more than enough of it you couldn’t be happier. GO MOM!® was founded on the concept of the GO MOM!® Planner and today, our #DIY planner in its downloadable PDF format is as streamlined and time focused as it can be. Let me show you how! This is my personal GO MOM!® DIY Planner. You can see I have my cover sheet right inside this clear view binder in a fabulous pink. We use an 8 1/2 x 11 format. And I am addicted…
 
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  • Mini-Monk Mode Sharpens Focus And Increases Productivity

    Paul H. Burton
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Short Bursts of Quiet In his book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” Greg McKeown refers to getting focused as being in the “Monk Mode.” The benefit to the Monk Mode is greater and higher quality work product. Given our time-starved world, it might be more effective to find Mini-Monk Modes throughout our day. Here are some ways to do that: Silent Times. Seek out short periods during the day—like 20 minutes—during which you grant yourself permission to work uninterrupted. This may be first thing in the morning or after the proverbial dust settles at…
  • Five Killer Note Taking Abbreviations

    Paul H. Burton
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Action-Oriented Note Taking Taking notes is a good way to capture and digest the content of a meeting. It also increases focus on the subject matter at hand, as the notes preserve the salient points. Here is a list of abbreviations for use when taking notes to make them even more productive: A is an Action item. C is a Call that needs to be made. R is a Reference item for further use. F is a Follow-up that needs to occur. S is something that needs to be Scheduled. After the meeting, work through the notes to prioritize or delegate the associated action items. © 2014, Paul H. Burton. All…
  • Get More Done Through Better Capture – Part 1

    Paul H. Burton
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    More Technology but Less Productivity The irony of the modern world is that we have more tools and information at our disposal than ever before, but we’re getting less and less done. Sure, there’s a lot more activity, but it’s productivity that matters – advancing the cause, moving the ball down the proverbial field. There are many reasons for this and possibly as many suggestions for solving the problem. We’re going to focus on making one small slice of time – odd-lot time – more productive. Making Odd-Lot Time Productive Examples of odd-lot time…
  • The World in Five Sentences

    Paul H. Burton
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    You’ve no doubt hear of the six-word memoirs? If not, take a minute to check it out at Six-Word Memoirs. There are some amazing contributions. In a similar vein, Mike Davidson founded Five Sentence Email several years ago. The idea is simple: write shorter emails to reduce the increasing burden everyone is experiencing with email overload. Here are five reasons to consider adopting the five sentences approach: Takes less time to write. Takes less time to read. Results in clearer messages. Creates more time for doing the associated work. Lowers stress for all involved. See How Crafty You…
  • Get More Done Through Better Communication – Part 1

    Paul H. Burton
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Buying a Car Sucks Buying a car ranks high on the list things we dislike doing. There are dozens of makes and models, option lists are daunting, and haggling with the dealership is a nightmare. In spite of this, we spend a tremendous amount of time and energy pursing the best decision about the choices before us. However, we spend very little time choosing what vehicle we’ll use to communicate. Today’s defacto vehicle is email, regardless of how effective it is. Consider the following alternatives the next time you need to communicate with someone: Rolls Royce – Meet…
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  • Straight Ahead

    Elizabeth
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I got a new paper-based planner for 2015. It’s called the ‘My iBloom 2015 Life & Business Planner’. While my Outlook calendar which syncs to my iPhone is my go-to calendar I wanted a paper-based planner to do long term planning.  I fell in love when I saw the iBloom planner.  It is colorful, feminine, and includes Bible verses. What could be better? In the ‘My 2015 Plan’ section the creator talks about having a theme for the year.  Many years in the past I’ve had a theme but have not the past few years.  I started thinking about my theme and what I…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #30 – Set Yourself Free

    Elizabeth
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today is the last post in my ‘2015 Success Now’ series. I feel sad.  When I started this series I had no idea what December would hold for my family.  Absolutely no idea.  If I had known I would have never started this series. But, I am so glad I didn’t know because while I hope you have learned from this series; so have I and I have enjoyed writing each post.  Also, I have loved the comments you have e-mailed me about how these action steps are changing your business and your life. I feel like I’ve gotten to know many of you better and I love that feeling! Did…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #29 – Seek and You Shall Find

    Elizabeth
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sit back in your chair and think back to a day when you were working with the absolute perfect client. Did the time fly by? Was the experience a total joy?! Think about that person.  What was their age, where did they live, what type of industry are they in, what was their title, and then think about their attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs. What if you could work with someone like that every day? It can happen if you are extremely clear about your perfect-fit client.  Take the time right now to think about this wonderful person. Now, write down all of their attributes. At my very first…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #28 – Specialize and be Remembered

    Elizabeth
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’ve had the honor of speaking many times at the National Association of Professional Organizers national conventions. At one of my sessions I had the audience stand and asked those to sit who did not feel they were an expert at what they did. Almost 75% of the room sat down. This was heartbreaking. I then told those who sat down to stand up again and I waved my magic wand over all of them and declared to them “You are an expert…right now!” Years ago I was asking my business coach, Mark LeBlanc, about attending another certification program.   He paused for a long…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #27 – Stand Up

    Elizabeth
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stand up, please, with a pen and paper. Ok, where you are standing is Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Now, walk about 10 steps and stop.  You are now at Sunday, Dec.28, 2015.  Turn and look back to your original spot. You are looking back at the past year (12-28-14 to 12-28-15) and it was an amazing year. Answer these questions: What did you bring in for gross revenue? What did you achieve in your business? What did you start doing? What did you stop doing? What kind of clients did you work with? How many new clients hired you? What vacations did you take? How is your physical health? How is your…
 
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  • How To Give Your Garage Good Feng Shui

    Ann
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Does your home have an attached garage? If so, your garage is an integral part of the Feng Shui of your home. An attached garage (and any space that’s structurally connected to your home) needs to be included in the Bagua Map and cared for just as you care for the other important spaces in your life. Many garages I’ve seen no longer have the space to shelter the cars they were designed to protect. Instead they’re packed with the detritus of life, usually things that you think you are banishing from your home and your thoughts, but that instead are creating stuck energy in…
  • Feng Shui Tips When Your Bed Doesn’t Have A Headboard

    Ann
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Great Feng Shui questions continue to flow into my email inbox. Reader Zelia wants to know: “I’ve done everything else for good Feng Shui in my bedroom, but do I really need a headboard for my bed?” BEFORE: A queen-sized bed with no headboard or other Feng Shui adjustment. It’s true that one of the most-often recommended Feng Shui bedroom adjustments is a solid headboard for your bed. Whether you’re single or in a couple, a child or an adult, a headboard gives you the sense that you have a safe, strong mountain at your back as you sleep. A good Feng Shui…
  • Brilliance & Light for the Holidays

    Ann
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Happy, Merry and Chi-filled holiday wishes to you and yours! It’s once again time to send you my thanks and very best for a happy holiday season and auspicious start to 2015. What’s changed in your life this year? Tell me: was there a moment when you realized that making small — or big — Feng Shui changes in your space created momentous change in your life? In my own life, you may recall that my husband and I moved to a new apartment last year. So 2014 has largely been about moving furniture and artwork around to create the best possible Feng Shui in our new home. The…
  • The Water Element: Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 5

    Ann
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my Five Elements series so far, we’ve looked at the Feng Shui attributes of the Wood,  Fire, Earth and Metal elements. Let’s look now at the flowing, truth-seeking Water element. Water is unstructured. It flows and meanders wherever it wishes to go. Water’s movement, or lack thereof, closely replicates the flow of Chi energy in your life. The way you arrange your space speeds up, slows down or can even stop the flow of your vital life energy, so wise use of the Water element is essential to creating auspicious Feng Shui. Water gives you a place to regenerate…
  • The Metal Element: Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 4

    Ann
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my Five Elements series so far, we’ve looked at the Feng Shui attributes of the Wood,  Fire and Earth elements. Let’s look now at the focussed and meticulous Metal element. Metal has a sense of refinement, logic and decisiveness that make it easier to cut through life’s complications. As the condensing, “organizing element,” it helps you set up and successfully execute your plans and important projects. Metal’s focussed, structured qualities make it the element that helps you most to suceed in business, so be sure to include it in your office or…
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  • Go Green With Your Party Utensils

    Kathi Burns
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Using plastic products for your next party might save you time but it will create a lot of unnecessary waste. Here are a few alternative ideas to ‘green’ your party: Consider using bamboo flatware in leiu of the typical plastic ware. Unlike plastic dinner ware, bamboo is biodegradable. It is also environmentally sustainable. Bamboo grows super quick and has been called ‘poor mans lumber’ growing up to two feet per day. You can toss it into the trash at the end of the party just like your plasticware except it will actually help the earth when it hits the landfill! If…
  • Paper Napkins at Your Party? Go Green Instead

    Kathi Burns
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Go green and add more class to your party with linens! Skip paper napkins and tacky paper tablecloths that blow off on outdoor tables while you aren’t not looking. Use linen / fabric napkins and tablecloths instead. Nothing sets the stage for a luxurious party more than fabric napkins and tablecloths. I love using fabric napkins and know that my guests feel more pampered too!
  • Go Green for Your Next Party

    Kathi Burns
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Thinking about having a big shindig this summer? This week I will offer a few ways that you can go green and reduce the impact of your party: 1. Send out email invitations instead of snail mailing invitations. Emailing your invitation not only reduces your paper consumption, it saves you time! 2. Another advantage is that once all of your guests emails are in Evite, they are saved and you can easily send them more invites for future events. Check out Evite.com to sign up for a free membership and have fun creating a gorgeous invitation for your next soire!
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Kathi Burns
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Source Reduction is a mission we all need to embrace more and more in life. Here are the reasons:   You will save more money You will reduce clutter You will reduce waste You will make the world a better place, but more importantly …. You will protect the lives of your children and grandchildren.
  • Downsizing to a Smaller Home

    Kathi Burns
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dear Kathi, My husband and I have recently downsized to a smaller house. We are finding it very difficult to let go of things we have always thought to be important. What are your suggestions? Kerry T of Del Mar Kerry, Congratulations on realizing that you need to release a few possessions from your life. As people move into new homes they discover that items that were once an integral part of their life no longer serve them. Even though they no longer need or use these items, they still feel sentimentally attached and find it difficult to let go. My suggestion is to think about how each item…
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  • Cost of Disorganization – Webinar hosted by Ann Michael Henry

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    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Complimentary Webinar Can You Afford to be Disorganized? The Cost of Disorganization Thursday, February 5, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Register now! *Need more information for time zone converter?* Have you thought to add a line item in your budget called “Disorganization“? Why not? Disorganization is a cost of doing business. Don’t you think [...]
  • Organizing to Find Things Quickly

    Janet Baker
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    You might have thought Paper Tiger was just for organizing paper! But actually, you can index virtually any physical object into your Paper Tiger database that you can put a number onto, such as binders and other items you have stored in boxes. Paper Tiger Filing System Software can help you get organized so you [...]
  • Getting Organized Doesn’t Have To Be Tough

    Janet Baker
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Whether you’re organizing your desk drawers, filing cabinets, a stack of paper files, a closet, attic, or the garage, Paper Tiger Filing System software will help you get organized. You can have a system in place so you can maintain organization, and be able to live and work in an more productive environment. You may [...]
  • Filing System Makes the Grade for Back to School

    Janet Baker
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Filing System Makes the Grade for Back to School Can you believe that stores are stocking the shelves already with back to school supplies? Yes, we are already seeing the local school supply lists displayed. Teachers will soon be preparing to open the doors to their classrooms and parents will be scrambling to purchase the [...]
  • Paper Tiger Version 3 and Older Should Upgrade Now

    Janet Baker
    8 May 2014 | 11:25 am
    Due to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, Paper Tiger version 3 and older users will need to upgrade to version 4 or switch to Paper Tiger Online. You can check to see which version of Paper Tiger you are running by clicking Help at the top menu, then select About Paper Tiger. You should [...]
 
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  • What Are YOU Waiting For? Identifying the Real Reason You Can’t Get Organized

    Scott Roewer
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Along side losing weight and quitting smoking, each New Year, “Get Organized” tops the list of most common – and most ignored – New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, don’t worry, 2015 is the year we’re finally going to make sense of it for you. Our blog usually focuses on a single project or task that people face in their search to live a more organized life. The room we focus on may change from week to week, but the underlying challenges and struggles that so many people experience when trying to get organized are the same, regardless of…
  • Organizing Your Spice Rack: A Recipe For Success

    Scott Roewer
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    If you like to cook and you’ve amassed a sizable spice collection, you probably struggle with keeping it organized. You may dream of a spice rack with uniformly sized jars and matching labels, but we can’t all have Martha’s kitchen. Don’t worry about finding the “perfect” solution, and instead try to find the storage method that makes the most sense with the way you cook. The trouble with trying to make everything perfect is that as soon as you add a new spice to the mix, that solution is ruined. Sort through all your spices and decide what to keep, what to toss (if you haven’t…
  • Delete the Stress of a disorganized Inbox- How to Keep Your Inbox Organized

    Scott Roewer
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Delete the Stress of a Disorganized Inbox Does every ping that you get when a new email arrives bring with it a tiny rush of panic? Has your inbox become the equivalent of an online junk drawer? An easier-than-you-think inbox intervention will uncover the secrets to organizing your email and deleting the stress forever. Taking control of your incoming email will instantly reduce your anxiety and the good news is that getting started is never as painful as you imagine it will be. If your inbox is so stuffed that you’d sooner sign up for a voluntary root canal than sort through the emails,…
  • How To Organize The Area Under Your Kitchen Sink: In Eight Eeasy Steps

    Scott Roewer
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Do you flat out fear the dark chaos under your kitchen sink? You’re not alone. The default dumping ground for cleaning supplies in most households is a poorly lit cavern of pipes, spray bottles and trash bags. If finding what you need under the sink means digging blindly through the mess, knocking over buckets and bug sprays when you’re reaching for your Lysol Wipes, then this post is for you. These eight easy to implement tips will turn the clutter under your sink into an organized, functional storage space that instills peace instead of fear – and it will only take you a few minutes.
  • How To Get Rid Of Bad Smells At Home – A Guide To Banish Bad Smells For Good

    Scott Roewer
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Have you ever walked into a house and been greeted by the delicious smell of fresh baked cookies? Now think about walking into someone’s home and getting smacked in the face with the stench of wet dog. Which makes you feel more welcomed? Every home has a unique scent, and you never want yours to be recognized for being unpleasant. Smelling fresh really means to smell like nothing, so if you want your home to smell fresh, it needs to be clean and dirt-free. Luckily, we’ve got some very effective tips for making sure the aroma in your home is always as inviting as can be TIP 1 - Ventilate…
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 26/15

    Laura
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, ready or not it’s Monday again!  I’m so thankful for Menu Plan Monday to keep me on track and accountable for getting my menu plan done.  Although if I didn’t do one I wouldn’t have any idea what to buy for groceries when I go on Monday mornings now would I?  Just another […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 26/15
  • 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized

    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Sometimes the feeling of being unorganized is worse than actually being unorganized! Because if you are feeling out of control, that your house is a mess and you can’t find what you need- it can really make you feel stressed! So […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized
  • Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects

    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Hi friends, we meet again!  Happy Friday to you!  In keeping with my DIY theme this week I wanted to share some fantastic DIY organizing projects with you that I found around the web.  All of these projects will help you organize your life in some way and maybe save you some money in the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects
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    Laura
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday I shared my little success with a small DIY project I took on to create a pretty and functional place to organize my essential oils. I actually enjoy the creative outlet DIY provides and the dollars it saves but often it’s the time factor that holds me back. For this DIY beginner the learning […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Ultimate DIY Ebook Bundle on Sale Now!
  • Thrift Store Find for Organizing Essential Oils

    Laura
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    If you’ve read here for any length of time, you know I am so not a crafty gal.  Oh I try every once and awhile but mostly it’s underwhelming to say the least.  But I’ve got to tell you, I am pretty excited about my lasted project.  I spray painted y’all.  For reals!  That’s a […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Thrift Store Find for Organizing Essential Oils
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    Organize to Revitalize!

  • DIY Whiteboard Project

    Lauren Halagarda
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hi there, Organize To Revitalize Readers! Today, I’m sharing a DIY Whiteboard Organizing project I worked on recently. When I relocated a shelving unit from my office a month or so ago, I freed up some blank wall space. I didn’t want to clutter up the space with another piece of furniture — that’s why I moved the bookshelf in the first place. Then, I remembered Ellen’s post on using whiteboards to organize. Since I only have to turn my head to see this wall space, I thought it would be a perfect place for a whiteboard. Even though you can’t see the wall…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Refresh Your Home for the New Year

    Dan Loya
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Original Image Credit: Houzz Since January is National Get Organized Month, let’s focus the first 5-Minute Organizing Challenge of this year on decluttering your home. If you accumulated more stuff last year, now it’s time to edit what you have. The following mini-challenges will take five minutes or less for each activity, so you can revitalize your home in no time if you take them on. Refresh Your Home 5 Minutes at a Time Pack or toss leftover holiday materials. Collect all of the decorative holiday bags, bows, ribbons, and wrapping paper in one area. Spend a few minutes deciding…
  • 5 Ways to Get Organized for the Year Ahead

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    Original Image Credit: Canva It seems amazing, doesn’t it? Here we are right at the beginning of 2015! Somehow we managed to frantically finish our holiday shopping while at the same time attending to the responsibilities of work and family. It’s been a pretty hectic, but it’s also a fun time for sure — especially if you allowed yourself to take some time to enjoy the good cheer that comes along with the holidays. Now that the celebrations are behind us, this is the perfect time to think about the New Year — not so much about the resolutions that we may have already…
  • Make Reading Easier With Read It For Me

    Nealey Stapleton
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    Do you like to read? I know you probably DO read, but do you actually LIKE it? I’m going to be really honest. I don’t like reading. I never did. Maybe it’s the back and forth motion of my eyes, but I fall asleep almost immediately. Then, I don’t remember what I read and have to read it again.  So, I get frustrated, and declare, “I hate reading!” That said, I’m very aware that personal growth and business development go hand in hand with reading. Even with all of the video and audio learning options out there now, the written word cannot be completely avoided. That’s when…
  • Fact Friday: Multitasking Decreases Productivity

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    “A Realization study shows multitasking can result in a productivity loss of up to 40 percent. In the absence of multitasking, there was a 59.8 percent average increase in the number of projects completed and a 35.5 percent reduction in the time it took to complete a project.“   Read More: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Multitasking’ | Forbes.com | 1.7.2015   Related Information The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done by Dave Crenshaw                     *All book links…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces. (Executive Speechwriter) — We need more tow trucks! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. (Epictetus) — Admitting ignorance, step #1 on the path. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If life were predictable it would be without flavor. (E. Roosevelt) — Variety is the spice of life, change is the sugar! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. (D. George) — Only a flying leap will do! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. (French Proverb) — You can run, but you can't hide! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces. (Executive Speechwriter) — We need more tow trucks! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. (Epictetus) — Admitting ignorance, step #1 on the path. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If life were predictable it would be without flavor. (E. Roosevelt) — Variety is the spice of life, change is the sugar! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. (D. George) — Only a flying leap will do! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. (French Proverb) — You can run, but you can't hide! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    The Clutter Diet Blog

  • Clutter Video Tip: How to FIX IT! Don't Just Make the Best of It, Make It BETTER

    Lorie Marrero
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Making the best of something can be noble. But what if you could make something better? What if you could walk into your home and feel relief? Watch this video for strategies to fix the problem areas in your home. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdfixit.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like it, please go to YouTube and take only a few seconds to Like, Share,…
  • Clutter Video Tip: 5 Little Known Habits of Organized People

    Lorie Marrero
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Are you fumbling through your organizational issues? Does walking through the door make you feel like you just got sacked? Watch this video and intercept those feelings to start building good habits in a snap. Kickoff the new year and score big by getting your home under control. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcd5habits.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like…
  • Clutter Video Tip: What to Do With Sliding Closet Doors

    Lorie Marrero
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Lately sliders are known as a tasty miniature treat. For me sliders are the bane of my home organizing existence. Sliding doors on a closet are not an efficient use of space. Watch this video to see the tricks I have up my sleeve. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdslider.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like it, please go to YouTube and take only a few…
  • Clutter Video Tip: Black Friday Shopping Clutter Prevention Strategies!

    Lorie Marrero
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The color black can certainly make you appear slimmer. But not when that color is attached to Friday. That’s right, Black Friday can actually make your home gain clutter pounds if you aren’t careful. Watch this video and you just might stay in the black this holiday season! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdblackfriday.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you…
  • Clutter Video Tip: Thanksgiving Survival Guide!

    Lorie Marrero
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Good gravy, there’s a lot to do before Thanksgiving! Having a bunch of guests and a major feast in your home isn’t small potatoes. So, how do you pull it off without feeling like a turkey? Watch this video for your Thanksgiving holiday survival guide. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdthanksgiving.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like it, please go to…
 
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  • 30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 3

    MasterOrganizing
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Only one more week left of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge. High five for keeping up with the challenges! If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret everyday is a new day, so here’s a recap of Week 3: Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Here is also Week 2 and Week 1 of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge Which challenge did you like the most?  Which day was the most challenging for you? CONGRATULATIONS to Casey, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Card for Week THREE of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge! Remember to use…
  • 30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 2

    MasterOrganizing
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Say What! I can’t believe we are half way through the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge!  If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret here’s a recap of Week 2: Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Which challenge did you like the most?  Which day was the most challenging for you? CONGRATULATIONS to Iryna, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Cardfor Week TWO of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge! Remember to use #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing in your posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) all month long for motivation and…
  • 30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 1

    MasterOrganizing
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Woo Hoo! Week One of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge done!  If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret here’s a recap: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Which challenge did you like the most so far?  Which day was the most challenging for you? CONGRATULATIONS to Raciel, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Card for Week One of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge! Remember to use #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing in your posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) all month long for motivation and inspiration.  Onward to Week 2! Live Happily…
  • 30 Day Get Organized Challenge

    MasterOrganizing
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Happy New Year!  It’s Get Organized Month and I will be giving an organizing challenge each day to get you jumpstarted on getting organized in 2015. If you haven’t done so, you can still join here. Each day, I’ll post a new organizing task for you to tackle — from paper organizing to organizing your car trunk. Once you’re done, give yourself a pat on the back and share your achievements on Twitter, Facebook  or Instagram with hashtag #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing for a chance to win $25-$50 The Container Store Gift Card! Also be sure to follow the…
  • Check Out These 2014 Before and Afters

    MasterOrganizing
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I can’t believe that 2015 is tomorrow.  What a year it has been! Check out my favorite Before and After Organizing Projects of 2014: Starting with tons of items being shredded, recycled, donated or trashed… I was so giddy seeing 60lbs of papers being shredded and compacted into squares, it was awesome! Loved donating extra home building supplies and furniture to Habitat for Humanity Restore What couldn’t get donated to Habitat for Humanity went to the local Women’s Shelter Even smaller organizing transformations happened in 2014, which is better than no change at…
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    C-Line Products Blog

  • Upgrade Your Filing Style

    Nicola
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    After becoming familiar with using a product, sometimes people will always continue to use it. Organization methods that we learned in school and supplies that we used can be carried over into the professional world. Products like Two-Pocket Portfolios, which were once used to hold class notes, can still be beneficial when organizing information at work. Although the products work in both scenarios, C-Line has a developed a professional look to separate classroom supplies and office products. The Super Heavyweight Two-Pocket Poly Portfolios have been developed with a new color palette that…
  • Top 10 Blogs of 2014

    Nicola
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    It is a C-Line tradition to wrap-up the end of the year by reviewing our favorite blog posts. Take a look at our favorites and share yours with us! Luggage Tags Help Organize Messy Closet Security Wristbands Help Indicate Price Levels at Garage Sale How to Create Your Own Address Book Teacher Explains How Sorter Keeps His Classroom Organized Presentation Book Stores Travel Documents for Upcoming Trip Create an Ideal Coaching Portfolio with the 8-Pocket Portfolio and Dry Erase Sheets Colored Edge Sheet Protectors Create Sections for Storing Menus Name Badges Used to Identify Important Things…
  • A Before and After Look at the 13-Pocket Ladder File

    Nicola
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Sometimes the best way to see how a product can be beneficial is to look at how someone stores files or information before a C-Line product was used. To show how valuable the 13-Pocket Ladder Expanding File can be, take a look at “Before” and “After” the product was in use. Before The Write-On Project Folders are unorganized and piled one after another on the desktop unit. Here is a view of one of C-Line’s employee’s cubicles. It is catalog review season, and this staff member has to manage a lot of files and keep the information accessible. Instead of storing in a filing cabinet,…
  • Teacher Explains How Sorter Keeps His Classroom Organized

    Nicola
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    A customer favorite, C-Line’s Sorter is a tool that many individuals use to organize their paperwork. The sorters have different labeling systems on them, so almost anyone can benefit from using it. It even comes in a left-handed version so everyone can easily file! The sorter is also commonly used by teachers. Initially, I assumed teachers would organize homework and tests alphabetically within the sorter. Although that still would work, I have always wondered what would happen if there were 5 students with a last name ending in ‘C’. Recently, a customer reached out and explained…
  • New Dry Erase Pockets Perfect Storage Place for Weekly Meal Plan

    Nicola
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Planning ahead is a helpful way to get organized and stay on track. Prior to grocery shopping, I have always tried to plan ahead what I was cooking throughout the week. Recently, I began writing the meal plan out at the start of each week. Doing this has kept us on track and helped avoid detouring from the plan. In the past, I was using C-Line’s Reusable Dry Erase Pockets to store the weekly plan. Every week I would insert a schedule printed on letter-size paper into the holder. Next, I would write out the meals for the week directly on the dry erase surface. My system was worked out great.
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    Discover Freedom Blog - Organize Your Home, Office, and Life

  • Taking a Break Can Improve Productivity

    Sue Becker
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    As you zoom through your day, you may be so focused on crossing everything off your to-do list that you fail to enjoy the benefits of taking periodic breaks. In case you haven’t already taken the advice I’ve offered previously on this subject, here’s a video that offers some perspective on the paradox of taking a break for improved productivity: I encourage you to periodically give your mind and body a chance to rest and refresh to help refocus your attention, boost your energy, relieve stress, and sharpen your brain power. Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,
  • Make Space for the New Year

    Sue Becker
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Here are some tips are about de-cluttering various areas of your life so you can create physical and mental space for something new and exciting in the year ahead. I hope they inspire you to make this your best year yet. If you want to eat more healthily, de-clutter your kitchen. Clear out food items that don’t align with your new eating habits. Let go of small appliances, utensils, etc. that aren’t in sync with your new healthy lifestyle. For example, say goodbye to the deep fryer or cookbooks that the new, healthier you won’t need. You can donate unopened foods that are still within…
  • Five Phrases That Keep You Disorganized

    Sue Becker
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:04 am
    Ever wish you could wave a magic wand and make the clutter and disorganization in your life go away? As you’ve probably figured out by now, wishful thinking isn’t going to turn your dream into reality. Here are some other things you may be telling yourself that are keeping you from achieving the simplicity, harmony and freedom of organization you desire: “I don’t have time.” We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and how we use that time is up to us. If getting organized is important to you, you’ll make it a priority and find time for it. It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of…
  • What Financial Documents Should You Keep?

    Sue Becker
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    It’s surprising how many people have financial documents all over the place –on the floor, on the kitchen table, in boxes in the basement, in dresser drawers – everywhere but where they can easily find them. If this sounds like you, read on! I’ve invited Sharon Case, CDFA, to share some helpful organizational suggestions for your financial papers. Spend an afternoon getting all of your documents into files. Organization will help you, your financial advisor, your accountant and your heirs. Having important financial documents organized in one place will help you find what you need…
  • De-clutter Your Calendar and Commitments

    Sue Becker
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Is your calendar as cluttered as other areas of your home? Is every day loaded with appointments, obligations and tasks? As we move towards the holiday season, it’s common for the demands on our time to become even more overwhelming than normal. Here are some ideas to help you de-clutter and organize your day and feel more in control, no matter what the season: Identify your goals. Goals help us define the direction we want to head in life. Maybe it’s to be a nurturing parent, or to be a top-notch employee, or to be of service to a particular cause. Goals can help us determine how we want…
 
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  • “This is the Year” to declutter your life!

    Claire
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    by Originally posted 2007-02-09 13:01:17. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOprah has declared it! This is the year! And if Oprah says it, well… On Wednesday, Oprah’s guest was Peter Walsh of Clean Sweep. I saw him speak at the NAPO Regional Conference a few years ago and really enjoyed his down to earth, funny style. With clients he’s direct without being mean and compassionate without being indulgent. One of the clients he worked with on the show actually works at The Container Store!!! That blew everyone away. But one of the recurring themes of their situation was that…
  • Embrace your personal organizing style

    Claire
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    by Originally posted 2012-10-30 20:33:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter“I can’t be organized.” “I never learned about organizing.” “My mom was a packrat and so am I.” “My father was super neat and always gave me a hard time about my mess.” “My grandparents lived through the Depression so they keep everything.” Have you said any of those things? If so, here’s the truth: Your ability to be organized has nothing to do with your genes. It may have to do with your personal history, but only if you want to stick to that…
  • Reduce Gift Clutter

    Claire
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    by Originally posted 2010-10-21 12:44:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It’s book chapter Wednesday (um, Thursday). Here you go! Like it? You can buy the ebook here. Simple Way #8 Reduce Gift Clutter Request non-cluttering gifts such gourmet food, show tickets, donations in your name, wine, flowers, etc. It may seem awkward at first to tell friends and family about your new policy; after all, they’re giving you a gift! But it can also help them to know that you’re going to like what they give you and they don’t have to try to read your mind. There may always be an Aunt Martha…
  • Are You an Overdoer Procrastinator?

    Claire
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-05-29 13:30:47. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThis is the second part of my series on Linda Sapadin's six procrastination styles, based on her book, It's About Time! Last year I wrote about perfectionism. Today's style is overdoing. The other styles are the dreamer, the defier, the worrier and the crisis-maker. People who are overdoers: feel they have to do more work than others to prove themselves, even if it's too much to handle hate to say no or ask for help, again from a desire for approval and respect spread themselves too thin, causing them…
  • Clear Clutter to Create Physical and Mental Space

    Claire
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-04-18 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI just started a business incubator to get some of my ideas off the ground. It’s called Ladies Who Launch, and so far I’m loving it! For those of us who work solo, as I do, it’s really helpful to get help and support from a group like this. Our first homework assignment has three tasks, one of which is to get organized! Our fearless leader Jennifer rightly recognizes that whenever you take on a big project or otherwise want to make a significant change, you can get the energy moving by clearing out…
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  • PRESS RELEASE: Organization-Store.com Exceeds 12,000 Products

    Elizabeth
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    ORGANIZATION-STORE.COM EXCEEDS 12,000 PRODUCTS (ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – January 22, 2015)– The storage and organization retail website, Organization-Store.com, began 2015 by exceeding 12,000 products available for purchase on the site. Organization-store.com offers products ranging from storage supplies to kitchen gadgets, housewares to household decor items, and everything in between. The rapid expansion of products has been developing since the launch of the site in November 2011 by retailer, Organize-It. Organization-Store.com has seen its product offerings go from a mere 4500 SKUs…
  • My Closet Is Not Working!

    Mike
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    “My existing closet (pantry, garage) just doesn’t work for me.” This is how many conversations start with our new design clients.  Whether yours is an unusually shaped space or a normal closet that just hasn’t gotten our attention yet, our designers have many years of experience solving thousands of our clients’ underutilized space problems. We blend this practical experience with vision,  creativity, and a sincere interest in helping our clients find a better way to organize their things and simplify their lives. Every Organize-It closet project begins with an in depth…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Products from Organize-It

    Elizabeth
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Christmas is just days away, which means that the holidays are already upon us. Organize-It is here to try and make the holidays as stress free as possible! Decorating for the holidays are always fun, but the stressful part comes afterwards. When you start to pack up decorations, store your large Christmas tree, and try to lose those extra pounds you’ve packed on from family gatherings, just remember that Organize-It will help motivate and guide you through these stressful times. Here are Organize-It’s 12 Days of Christmas Products to help manage the holidays. TWELVE Christmas…
  • 9 Organize-It Quick Tips You Need To Know Before Organizing

    Elizabeth
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Organizing a cluttered and messy space can be a daunting task, but don’t put it off any further! Here are 9 tips that you should read before beginning. Remember these tips when organizing and it will ensure that you stay organized for a longer period of time. This way, you won’t have to revisit the clutter and mess nearly as often. 1) Store supplies in convenient places, don’t just put them where they fit – put them close to where they’ll be used. 2) Resolve to keep your bedroom a peaceful place by not allowing clutter to accumulate anywhere near your bed. 3)…
  • PRESS RELEASE: ORGANIZE-IT LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE

    Elizabeth
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    ORGANIZE-IT LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE (ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – October 22, 2014) – The storage and organization retailer, Organize-It, has just launched a new mobile friendly version of their website, www.organizeit.com. This mobile site will allow Organize-It to reach a wider audience as well as cater to their customers who prefer to access Organizeit.com from their smart phones or tablets. The user friendly tabs and check out will aid in the mobile browsing experience. “With mobile traffic continuing to increase, we felt that we needed to have a mobile friendly site…
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  • 5 Simple Tips to Shift from “Go! Go! Go!” to “Slow, Slow, Slow” – SASM 066

    Joel Zaslofsky
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever feel that a simple, intentional life demands an off-grid cabin in the woods? Does the explosion of emails, phone notifications, and social commitments make your head want to go “Ka-Boom?!” Hey, I’ve been there. Heck, I still am there sometimes. But there’s hope for you, me, and everyone else. Because this episode covers five of my best tips to reclaim your simple living birthright. I was going to write five blog posts – one for each tip – but then I decided to combine them into one rock ‘em sock ‘em podcast episode instead. Is that decision due to the deep freeze…
  • Discover Your 2014 Contribution to Second Harvest Heartland

    Joel Zaslofsky
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Note: It may help you to first read this article about Second Harvest Heartland and why they are the Value of Simple partner charity. So much has changed through Value of Simple since I wrote my first partner charity contribution check for $7.43 in January 2013. Some highlights include: Creating The Digital Launch Playbook. Publishing Experience Curating. Igniting SimpleREV with some amazing people. Publishing 50+ Smart and Simple Matters episodes. Building the Continuous Creation Challenge into a complete resource. Befriending personal heroes. Developing a cult of Excel fanatics (OK,…
  • How to Slow Down Your Life, Quiet the City, and Revive Our World with Bill Powers – SASM 065

    Joel Zaslofsky
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Trends are a funny thing. On one end we have industries like food and fashion, desperately trying to set the next trend, so they can win more market share. But despite all these wonderful product and services – advertised as making our lives “easier” and “happier” – the long-term trend is to a less healthy, more busy, and more sleep-deprived society than ever. What if there was a simple solution that gave us back a sense of freedom? Something important beyond the freedom to choose which Greek yogurt brand to buy? What if there was a way of life that allowed us to eat mindfully,…
  • Pulse Check – Quarterly Report for October to December 2014

    Joel Zaslofsky
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every quarter, I recap the past, present, and future of my personal journey and the voyage of Value of Simple. This “Pulse Check” is intended to be an honest, transparent, and (hopefully) inspiring assessment of where I’ve been and where I’m going. Are you ready for the Pulse Check from October to December 2014? You’re on a Mission and You’re Wishin’ … (Someone could cure your lonely condition? If so, don’t just stand there, bust a move.) I’ve recently realized that I can’t be on a mission without a compelling vision. It’s a little known fact that the original Value of…
  • How to Erase Global Poverty with Tiny Teaspoons of Change (via d’Arcy Lunn) – SASM 064

    Joel Zaslofsky
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    “The village is just as important, if not more important, than the home.” – d’Arcy Lunn Do you enjoy funny, well-traveled, and inspiring people? Yeah, me too. Which is why I’m so stoked to present d’Arcy Lunn for your listening pleasure/insight/grooviness. I was introduced to d’Arcy (pronounced “Dar-cee”) by Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute and, ever since then, he and I have been members of the Mutual Appreciation Society. More than that, our conversation was dazzling … and I believe you’ll agree. This fella has so many amazing stories (some of them from…
 
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    Metropolitan Organizing

  • Important Documents + File Management

    Geralin Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas To prevent a paper pileup on your desk, stay on top of which items need to be filed, shredded or thrown away. Any item with identifying information should be shredded to protect your privacy and avoid identity theft. Be sure to check with your attorney or accountant if you are unsure if something needs to […] The post Important Documents + File Management appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Essential Guides For The Digital Organizer

    Geralin Thomas
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Deron Bos’ Recommendations For Guides Every Digital Organizer Should Read This week’s post is from guest blogger Deron Bos, a professional organizer in Los Angeles who specializes in solutions for digital and physical clutter. In addition to the guides suggested below, I encourage you to read my recommended book list for professional organizers: The Ultimate […] The post Essential Guides For The Digital Organizer appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Organizing Subcontractors: Employees or Independent Contractors?

    Geralin Thomas
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas One way to grow your professional organizing business, take on more clients and tackle large projects is to hire a team of subcontractors to work collaboratively on group projects. However, when assembling your team of subcontractors, it’s important to understand the difference between an independent contractor and an employee. Use the information below to protect […] The post Organizing Subcontractors: Employees or Independent Contractors? appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Questions To Ask Before Moving Into A Senior Living Community

    Geralin Thomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas How To Choose A Senior Living Community That’s A Good Fit For You If you’ve decided to move into a senior living or retirement community, it’s important to make sure you find a community that fits your personality and lifestyle. Think about your reasons for moving into a senior community. Do you want to downsize? […] The post Questions To Ask Before Moving Into A Senior Living Community appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • What Do Professional Organizers Charge?

    Geralin Thomas
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas How Much Professional Organizing Costs How much a professional organizer charges depends on the organizer’s experience, services and location. Organizers who serve urban areas typically charge more than those in smaller markets. A professional organizer with specialized education or experience can charge more than someone just starting their professional organizing business. Along with cost, the […] The post What Do Professional Organizers Charge? appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
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  • And Baby Is Coming Home

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Enjoy the post And Baby Is Coming Home Organizing To Bring Home Baby There’s a lot to do before you bring baby home from the hospital: assembling the crib, installing the car seat and folding lots of tiny clothes. Here are a few organizing to-dos before you bring your baby home for the first time. Preparing Your Nursery Not everyone has the luxury of an extra room just for baby. Many parents in apartments or small homes create a “nursery” in their living room, bedroom or home office. Wherever you choose to designate space for baby, make sure to organize it so it works for you and your…
  • The Ultimate DIY Bundle is Here!

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Enjoy the post The Ultimate DIY Bundle is Here! Do you ever look at the bare wall in the den, that tired and sagging couch, or those tatty tablecloths, and feel absolutely overwhelmed by the thought of tackling any of them? Which one do you start with? And then once you’ve decided, how do you know which steps, instructions or advice to follow? Just getting to the point where you’re ready to start can often take so much time and effort! It’s frustrating, because you know just how satisfying it can be to create something of your own – that sense of accomplishment and fulfillment can’t…
  • 15 Minutes to Peace and Tranquility in Your Bedroom

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 15 Minutes to Peace and Tranquility in Your Bedroom  Organizing The Master Bedroom Organizing the master bedroom is usually the lowest priority because it’s the least public room in your house. You may only use it for a few hours a day — and you’re sleeping for most of them — but nothing feels better than going to bed and waking up in a clean, clutter-free bedroom. Traditional Bedroom by Mississauga Interior Designers & Decorators Jacqueline Glass and Associates   Set your timer for 15 minutes and get to decluttering. First, tackle the bed. Make your bed and…
  • Home Office File Organization

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Enjoy the post Home Office File Organization Home Document Organizer The only way to stay on top of household paperwork is to create a filing system for your home office. When a bank statement or bill is received, file it immediately — that way you’ll never have piles of paperwork develop on your kitchen counter or in your home’s entryway. Here’s how to develop your filing system, choose the best file categories for your home office and stay organized. Transitional Home Office by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors   Supplies You’ll…
  • Stylish Solutions For The Closetless Lady

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Stylish Solutions For The Closetless Lady The No Closet Organizing Ideas Not all of us are gifted with a sprawling walk-in closet to store all our clothes, shoes, accessories and do some fun dressing up. If you find yourself looking for closet organizing ideas for the “no closet” problem in your home, you’re in for a treat. Closet Organizing Ideas For The Closetless Lady   From the very creative and artsy to a more “put-together” look, there’s a closet organizing solution to bring you all the storage and organization you need…
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  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    Krista
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the WordPress.com Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip. My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression. Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude…
  • New Themes: Boardwalk and Sela

    Thomas Guillot
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela. Boardwalk Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk is the perfect choice for photobloggers and those of you looking for an unconventional — yet elegant and creative — theme. Learn more about Boardwalk at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sela Sela isn’t your typical business theme. It’s a vibrant, bold, clean theme with lots of space for large…
  • Im(Press)ive! Your Year in Review

    Michelle W.
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Millions of new sites created and posts published later, 2014 is in the books. We could regale you with big numbers, like these… Total New Blogs 18,300,771 That’s 49,997 new blogs per day! Total Posts 555,782,547 Or more than 1.5 million per day — not too shabby. 47 million were published from mobile devices, because you’re on the go. Bytes of Data per Hour 24.5 Trillion (Thanks for keeping us so busy!) … but the most important part of Automattic is what you make with the tools we offer. This year, we thought we’d look back at some of your successes, and…
 
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    Best Results Organizing

  • Lightening Up With HP’s EcoFFICIENT™ Paper: A Shoplet Review Post

    Julie Bestry
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Periodically Paper Doll reviews new and established office supplies and accessories through the Shoplet Product Review Program. In the past, I’ve reviewed pens, decorative tape, clipboards and desktop organizers, in posts as varied as Paper Doll Puts Pen To Paper, If It Quacks Like a Duck, Then It Might Be a Zebra, and Organize With Clipboards & Desktop Caddies. However, today is the first […]
  • Ten 10-Minute Financial Tasks to Organize Your Finances

    Julie Bestry
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Readers, at three weeks into the new year, most people have petered out in their attempts to achieve their resolutions, or they’ve not even started, waiting until after they’ve taken down the tree or gotten the kids back to school. But the clock is ticking, and time is money. And while love of money may be the root […]
  • 15 Ways To Get Organized for Get Organized Month 2015

    Julie Bestry
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Happy New Year. Now, GO! Wait, wait, come back! I wasn’t saying to go away. January is National Get Organized Month! What, you didn’t know that was a thing? According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, organizing is the second-most popular New Year’s resolution, just after losing weight. And, if you think about […]
  • Pick Your Planner 2015: Paper Doll Rounds Up the (Un)Usual Suspects

    Julie Bestry
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    On the cusp of a new year, it’s time to start entering important dates (birthdays, appointments, meetings, vacations, conferences, National Doughnut Day, etc.) into your planning system. Strictly speaking, a calendar is just a chart showing you the days, weeks and months. A planner is a tool for combining your calendar with your task list and other […]
  • Last-Minute Holiday Gifts: Clutter-Free Delights

    Julie Bestry
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter how invested you have (or haven’t) been in the holiday shopping season, you may find you’re still behind schedule and seeking some inspiration. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, as Paper Doll HQ has corralled some final holiday gift suggestions. GIFTS OF EXPERIENCES The best gifts are those that your recipients want, […]
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    The Calendar Spot

  • Printable Portrait April 2015 Calendar With Notes

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Printable Portrait April 2015 Calendar With Notes Use this Printable Portrait April 2015 Calendar With Notes to track your upcoming holidays & fun in April 2015! This printable April 2015 Calendar includes the big important reminder this month: Tax Day – April 15! Download this Portrait April 2015 Calendar With Notes by clicking the image or this link: Printable April 2015 Calendar With Notes Need an image of this April 2015 Calendar? Use ours version here- Printable Portrait April 2015 Calendar With Notes Image   The post Printable Portrait April 2015 Calendar With Notes…
  • Printable Portrait March 2015 Calendar With Notes

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Printable Portrait March 2015 Calendar With Notes Use our Printable Portrait March 2015 Calendar With Notes to track the upcoming spring days and Ides of March. There are several important dates in March so be prepared and organized with our March calendar. See a list of important March dates at the end of this post. Download this Printable Portrait March 2015 Calendar With Notes by clicking the image below or this link: March 2015 Calendar Portrait Printable March 2015 Calendar With Notes Important March 2015 Calendar dates: Daylights Savings Begins (Sunday, March 8) Ides Of March…
  • Printable Portrait February 2015 Calendar With Notes

    admin
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Printable Portrait February 2015 Calendar With Notes Happy Valentines Day! Use our Printable Portrait February 2015 Calendar With Notes to track the days until you have your romantic holiday with your sweetie!(If you are having relationship issues, consider sending some romantic texts to get your sweetie back in your arms. Printout this February 2015 calendar by clicking the image below or this link: Portrait February 2015 Calendar With Notes Need a February 2015 calendar photo instead? Print this February calendar image by clicking picture below: The post Printable Portrait February 2015…
  • 2015 Employee Vacation Tracking Calendar Download

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    2015 Employee Vacation Tracking Calendar Download Frustrated each December trying to count who took what vacation days? Stop using sticky notes, random sheets of paper, and your memory to track when your employees were absent!  Our printable 2015 employee attendance calendar lets you see your entire employee year at a glance. The dowload includes up to 10 employees on sheet. Each sheet provides you a quarterly view and a notes section at the bottom of each page. Our suggestion legend includes – Company Holiday (C), Vacation (V), Personal Day (P), and Sick Day (S). Add your own that…
  • Legal Size March 2015 PDF Calendar

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
        Legal Size March 2015 PDF Calendar Shake off your winter freeze with this Legal Size March 2015 PDF Calendar. Use it to plan your upcoming vacations, goals, and fun! This 2015 March calendar contains ample space for your planning in its 8.5 inches by 14 inches dimensions.  Each calendar cell is 2 inches by 1 inch.  Don’t forget about Ides of March and the other famous days in March: Important health holidays in March 2015 Workplace Eye Safety Colorectal Cancer Awareness Printout this Legal Size March 2015 Calendar by clicking the image below or this link: March…
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    Organise My House

  • Creating a shopping list that everyone can use

    Chrissy Halton
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I wanted to talk to you today about a simple shopping list system that we have in our house and how to get one sorted in your home that works for the whole family, saves time and effort, and is easy... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Cut the clutter challenge – Week #3

    Chrissy Halton
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I hope that last weeks challenge got the ball rolling well for you, and that your hallway is now looking much more clutter free and manageable? This week we aren’t tackling a specific room, but... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 101 easy organising tips to simplify your life (Part 2)

    Chrissy Halton
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Following on from part 1 earlier this week, here’s the second and final installment of organising tips for you to take a look at. As with the other set, there are LOADS here, so feel free to... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Quick & easy way to keep track of gift ideas

    Chrissy Halton
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Do you struggle to know what to buy people when a present is needed? You will no doubt want to find the perfect gift that they will love, that means something to them, and that works for your budget... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Cut the clutter challenge – Week #2

    Chrissy Halton
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    How did you get on with last weeks “Getting Started” tasks? I hope you are all prepared, in the right mindset, and raring to go on the first declutter area we are going to tackle in the... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
 
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    Clutterninja ~ Residential Organizing Services

  • Hear from One of Our Clients!

    Suzanne
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    “I am a very busy person with 3 kids (all teens), a house, a husband, and a big corporate job.  On top of that my husband and I own several rental properties.  I called Suzanne because I was getting more and more buried in piles of paper.  As organized as I am and as capable of running large strategic projects, I simply was not able to keep up with the paper at home.  Sometimes the answer is simple and logical but not easy unless you have an objective, experienced organizer to guide you and help you step by step until you get into the rhythm on how to do it yourself.  Suzanne did…
  • Why NOW is a fantastic time to get your closet in order!

    Suzanne
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    It’s frequently said that we only wear 20% of the clothing we own. Even with a minimalist wardrobe, I find that to be mostly true. And yet, so many of our closets are crammed, and we’re left to dig through for the stuff we want to wear, and running late in the morning, too. Not fun! January is a great time to get your closet in order. Why? You’ve likely just received new stuff as gifts, we’re past the holiday craziness, the kids are back in school, and we’re settling into our new year. Perfect time to make a change that will streamline your life, give you back…
  • What Goes Up, Must Come Down – Holiday Decor!

    Suzanne
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    (Updated) Look/feel familiar? I think at some point, all of us have been able to identify with this image of post-holiday slump. I know of few people who enjoy undecorating the house and putting away all of the holiday decor! I’ve just spent the past two days with a client filtering through, organizing, and storing her large holiday decor collection.  Here a few ideas to help make it less stressful! Holiday Lights: The goal is to keep each strand wrapped separately, so putting them up next year will be a snap. Use what you have! Roll up a magazine or section of newspaper, even an empty…
  • Kids & Filling the Space Under the Tree

    Suzanne
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Guest Post by John Cloonan. John is a marketing consultant and public speaker. Every year around this time, we do a purge of my daughter’s room of items she’s outgrown or no longer wants in order to make room for what she’s going to receive for Christmas. It’s interesting to see what she decides to keep or toss as she gets older, and it’s a good, functional way to keep down the general level of detritus in her room. She has the final decision-making authority on everything – as she should, since it’s her stuff. But this year, I noticed something different. Not sure if my…
  • Our Holiday Gift Guide…for the guys in your life!

    Suzanne
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    We’ve put together a collection of gift ideas for the guys in your life – gifts they’ll actually use and help them get a bit more organized, too! Which guys do you have in your life?? For the Travelers and Techies:   The Grid-It is a killer invention. With a firm back and a basketweave of grippy bands, it can hold and control pretty much anything your traveler or techie wants to pack (it’s even good with make-up!) My own ‘Mr. Clutterninja’ has one of these and takes it on every business trip.
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    Productivity SOS - Blog

  • Managing Change: The Implementation Dip

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    Photo credit: tracyshaun Whether you're leading a change initiative as part of a multinational corporation or exploring a productivity technique just for yourself, trying something new will result in a wide range of outcomes.  It's easy to look at your changes and believe that they have had a hugely negative impact, leading to panic and a rapid, perhaps unnecessary, U-turn.  Equally, you may find some evidence that the change is working brilliantly, leading you to believe that it's an unparalleled success, causing you to disregard any evidence that should be causing you concern.
  • How To Manage Distractions Without Being Rude 

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    Photo credit: Donovan Graen When we first discussed The Pomodoro Technique, we mentioned the importance of maintaining your focus during each pomodoro.  It should come as no surprise that refusing to allow emails, phone calls, push notifications and unscheduled visitors to disrupt the flow of your work will result in a measurable productivity boost.  That said, refusing to allow a colleague or client to interrupt you is easier said than done.  Saying 'not right now' just seems rude and isn't exactly a sure fire method to win friends and influence people.  If you've made a…
  • SOS QuickTip: How To Remember Everything You're Waiting For

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Several times a day, you are likely to make requests that involve waiting for a response.  You might order something online, email a question to a colleague, instruct a team member to complete a task or ask your finance team for a budget report.  This leads to one of three possible outcomes: you get what you asked for, the person you made the request of forgets or you forget that you asked for it.  Of these, only the first option is compatible with a productive lifestyle: you get what you asked for.  There's a very powerful yet simple way of keeping a track of this and…
  • How To Achieve Any Goal

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Photo credit: CorbisCorporation What is the common thread between Lao-Tzu, John Burroughs, Stephen King, Brian Tracy, Mark Twain, Neil Armstrong and The Proclaimers?  Not an obvious combination of people really.  The answer is that all seven (or eight if you want to count The Proclaimers as a duo) have the ability to break large tasks into small, manageable steps and then get them done.  Each member of our ragtag group of deep thinkers has each been quoted as supporting a 'one step at a time' mentality and this article will explore how you can use these quotes in your everyday…
  • SOS QuickTip: Using a Daybook to Improve Your Productivity

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    Photo credit: Kévin Couette Daybooks are conventionally associated with the world of accounting, as a means of tracking your finances.  Another interpretation of the term, however, is a diary that tracks what happened throughout each day.  Whereas your calendar may contain a list of all the things that you plan to do, your daybook should contain what you actually did and record any important facts that surround those activities.  For instance, your daybook might include the decision that was agreed at the end of an important meeting or the time that you made an important…
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