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  • Favorite things: February edition

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    Michelle
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    New feature! Because why not? (Really, it’s because I am obsessed with Product Hunt–it’s my new Pinterest–and I’m constantly finding new things and looking for new outlets to share them in, and what better outlet than my own blog?) Scannable Scannable is another home run from the Evernote team. Super quick, easy, high quality scans using your iPhone, with one-click send to email/Evernote/message/etc. It’s free, it’s well-designed, if you’re without a scanner, just download it already. Now that I have it, I’m obsessed with digitizing all my…
  • Products We LOVE: Silver Jewelry Tree

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    Suzanne
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Keeping jewelry organized and stored well is a big challenge for a lot of us. This silver jewelry tree, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond is a definite favorite of mine – especially for bracelets!  
  • Organize Your Laundry Room Once And For All!

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    Scott Roewer
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Is there anything messier – or more annoying – than piles of clothes waiting to be washed? If you have a laundry room in which to collect yours, you’ve probably noticed how quickly it can become dumping ground for all things that need cleaning. Unfortunately, if there’s no readily apparent system in place, then those cleaning jobs can sit and wait… and your dread will continue to grow. Read on for solutions you can implement right now to organize your laundry room for good. Whether you have your washer and dryer stashed in a tiny closet or they’ve got their own room with plenty of…
  • How to Organize Your Wallet

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    Claire
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-06-12 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt may be small, but your wallet can be chock full of clutter. You don't want to be one of those people who holds up the line trying to find her preferred shopper card, do you? Or the guy with the unsightly rectangular growth on his backside (because we know it's not all money)? Of course not.  So, empty your wallet and let's see what's in there. Coupons  Are they still good?  Are they worthwhile?  If you're not in the habit of using coupons, they can be more trouble than…
  • A Simple and Ruthless Way to Organize Your Junk Drawer

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    Stephanie Shalofsky
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Let’s be honest. Many people have that proverbial junk drawer, the one in which they put everything that they don’t know what to do with yet can’t seem to throw away. The drawer is usually in the kitchen but can be just about anywhere and it contains, well, just about anything. Incomplete decks of cards, stubs of candles, memo pads with three sheets of paper remaining … … expired coupons, lots and lots of pens, a broken tape measure, the extra pair of glasses with only one lens … … and the list goes on and on. The junk drawer exists simply because we don’t know…
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  • The Measure Of Who We Are

    MonicaRicci
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." ~Vince Lombardi 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 Tax Time With These 15 Tips!

    MonicaRicci
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    Guest blog by Julie Starr Hook of Five Starr Organizing and Design and author of “From Frazzled to Freedom” It's tax time once again and if this is your most dreaded time of year, make it easier and less stressful next year with these 15 tax prep tips. Put reminders on your calendar for tax deadlines now! April 15th is the most important date, however W-2, 1098 and 1099 forms should be mailed out by January 31.   Group all statements and documents together. This would include all statements of income including W-2 forms, 1099s, interest income and the like. Fill out a tax organizer. If…
  • Are You Planting Your Apple Tree?

    MonicaRicci
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:26 am
    "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." ~Martin Luther 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!
  • Back That Up!

    MonicaRicci
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you're like many people, the new year brings grand ideas for decluttering your computer, organizing your digital data and photos, and getting your files backed up. Then before you know it, you're nearly into March and you haven't done a thing.((sigh)) To give you a jump start, here's a daily task calendar created by SingleHop, a cloud computing company offering enterprise private cloud hosting. Whether you're a teeny tiny solopreneur business or a big ol' job-providing corporation, this calendar is a good guide to help you know what to do, when to do it, and whether you've done it already.
  • I Am Not What Happened

    MonicaRicci
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:24 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!
 
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  • 3 Organizing Rules You May Not Need to Follow

    Nancy Vorsanger
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    I often encounter people who feel guilty about not following familiar organizing rules. “I know I should be doing X,” they tell me. Or “I just need to stop doing Y.” But organizing is a personal process. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s perfectly fine to adapt, challenge, or even break the rules if they don’t make sense for you. And some so-called rules are really myths. It can be liberating to realize you don’t need to follow those! Here are three rules you’ve probably heard, along with some reasons to question them. Avoid single-use items I actually like this…
  • Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle

    Aby Garvey
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    **This offer has now ended. I am super excited to be a contributor to this awesome spring cleaning printable bundle! You can check out all of the details about what’s included below. But first, in the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate sales promotion. I get paid for my contribution to the bundle when you purchase the pack via links and buttons on my site. If you choose to purchase the bundle from me (on this page), please know how much I appreciate your support! Spring is arriving & it’s time to open up the curtains and freshen up our homes. With the help of a brand…
  • Seven Keys to Letting Go of Clutter

    Aby Garvey
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Do you crave the peace, calm and beauty greater organization would offer you? And yet, at the same time, dread the process of getting there? Here’s the good news:  you’re not alone! For many, the mere thought of letting go creates an almost insurmountable obstacle for getting more organized. And yet … letting go of excess possessions like supplies, shoes, unused gifts, clothing with the price tags still attached, and incomplete projects, along with letting go of old habits and beliefs about organizing is key to creating a future filled with greater calm, control, and organizational…
  • How to Get Better at Anything

    Aby Garvey
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Have you ever avoided doing something because you didn’t think you were very good at it? I have. In fact, I find myself doing this quite frequently. I find that the things I enjoy doing most are the things I believe I do well, or well enough to establish some sort of comfort level. So these are the things I’m drawn to—those things I already do well. But, wow—this is such a formula for staying stuck, still and stagnant! It dawned on me this weekend that you can’t get better at anything without doing it! But you can get better by simply trying and doing it! Practice makes…
  • February Get Organized Checklist

    Aby Garvey
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    If your resolve to get organized has started to fade, today’s post will help you get back on track. That’s right, your February Get Organized Checklist is here and it’s loaded with simple organizing projects that will take the guess work out of getting organized. February Get Organized Checklist Set your goals for the upcoming month. The most organized months begin with a plan! Take a few minutes today to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the month ahead. Remember, goals and resolutions don’t have to be reserved for January alone. So if you set some goals…
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  • #DisneySide Mary Poppins Book Club Party

    Molly Gold
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    To know me is to know how very much I LOVE all things Disney and pixie dust. So when I was selected to host a #DisneySide At Home Celebration focused on the special world of tweens, I was thrilled to engage my daughter to see what she might like to do. We received a fabulous kit from the Mom Select team full of supplies to support a villain based party theme but my girl had something very different in mind. While she loved all the fun party ideas, what she really wanted was to create a party where she and her friends could explore the magical stories that are the inspiration for so many of…
  • Snow Day Survival Tips for Busy Moms

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    If anyone knows how to juggle, it is busy Moms.  But when it comes to snow days, the bar goes up.  Much like those unexpected days when your kids are sick, snow days require adjusting schedules, managing work commitments, and increased household chores to keep things clean.  Yet depending on what the illness is, sick days can actually be easier to juggle than snow days.  You get windows to work while your kids rest and its easy to let them watch more TV than normal guilt free. They are sick. Its okay.  Snow days are all hands on deck and lets be honest ~ they are fun!  I love to…
  • Cell Phone Rules for Teens and Parents

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Its one thing to talk about cell phone rules for your teens.  But its an entirely different scenario to actually set them and then enforce them consistently.  And in this case, the cell phone rules you set for your teens are as important for you to follow as it is for them.  If ever there was a massive trap for the “Do as I say, not as I do.” parenting pitfall this is it. We’ve always had cell phone rules, but navigating them has become the bane of my existence. We are that old fashioned family who…
  • 7 Tips to Get Ready for a Snow Day

    Molly Gold
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    When it comes to winter, the two best words in the world are “snow day!” All it takes is a remote chance that snow will fall and here in North Carolina, children are wearing pajamas backwards, putting ice cubes in the commode, and hoping upon hopes that when they wake up in the morning, there will in fact be snow for them to play in.  A snow day is the ultimate winter hall pass, letting you sleep in except of course you don’t because you have to see if there is snow, play with your friends, and throw snow balls at your siblings without getting in trouble….mostly. Thanks…
  • Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    photo credit freedigtitalphotos.net photo credit freedigtitalphotos.net Raise your hand if you have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.  No not mixed feelings about your spouse ~ I can’t organize that from any angle.  To be more specific, mixed feelings about the gifts you give and receive on Valentine’s Day. Now make no mistake, I love gifts that sparkle as much as the next girl, but when your birthstone is a diamond, there is a time and place for all things bling and yearly isn’t likely. So if my husband asks what I want for a gift, I often find myself…
 
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  • Five Ways to Make Silence Work for You

    Paul H. Burton
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    The Silent Symphony The modern world is a symphony of noise. The squawks and pings of mobile devices are only the latest editions to the cacophony of rings, bells, announcements, conversations and other noise-producing machinations of daily professional life. Interestingly, getting things done – being productive – is largely a result of silence. In fact, the quieter we can make our internal and external worlds, the more productive we become. Five Quiet Ways to More of Less Here are five ways to leverage short periods of silence during the frenetic day: Engagement. When we listen…
  • 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…
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  • It might be just this simple

    Elizabeth
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    We watched our grandchildren, Addi, who is almost 4, and Alex, who is 7 months, for six days while their parents relaxed in Florida.  We had a great time together although the nights were a bit interesting! At about day 2 Addi kept asking how many days until mommy and daddy come home. She could not visualize the phrase ‘only 4 more days’. I started thinking about how I could make this real for her. I asked Emily to draw a diagram with boxes by the various activities she would do the next few days until her parents got back home. Genius – if I do say so myself! Once Addi had…
  • 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…
 
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  • Meet home improvement experts at the Maryland Home and Garden Show

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    It’s freezing outside, but feels like spring at the Maryland Home & Garden Show, which is going on now at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The Maryland Home & Garden Show, which is sponsored by M&amp...
  • The B'more Organized Photo Contest ends soon

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    Get Organized Month(SM) is coming to an end, but it doesn't mean that homeowners need to stop organizing their homes! For the second year in a row, Baltimore area homeowners have the chance to win a...
  • How to make organizing rules instead of resolutions

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    In a few days we will be beginning a New Year. With the New Year, comes New Year's Resolutions. Sadly, most resolutions are broken by the end of January, and one that is popular amongst...
  • America Recycles Day: Recycle clothes for the planet

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Recycling has become very much a way of life for residents in the Baltimore area, and to make it easier to discard of items that can be recycled, most counties in Maryland offer a recycling program where they pick-up...
  • Clear your paper clutter at a local community shredding event

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Although most households today own a paper shredder, making the time to shred old and obsolete paperwork tends not to be a priority. This can result in a backlog of paper piles that are too sensitive to put in...
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  • Anchor Your Life With Feng Shui

    Ann
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Do you sometimes feel your energy getting away from you? You might feel listless or “spacy,” or as if your life is somehow out of your control? It might be time to anchor yourself by drawing a “line between heaven and earth.” What does this mean? Let’s take a look. Feng Shui is all about activating and anchoring Chi energy in your life. Sometimes you need to activate Chi energy.  For example, clearing clutter is a great way to open up channels of energy and get yourself unstuck. But other times Chi may be too active, moving through your life so quickly that you miss out on…
  • Welcome to 2015’s Year of the Goat!

    Ann
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    With the New Moon tonight, February 18 2015, we welcome the Year of the Yin Wood Goat (or Sheep, or Ram ). HAPPY NEW YEAR! I encourage you to celebrate! Wear bright red clothing or accessories today and over the next few days. Clean up and remove any clutter that’s been weighing you down. Peel fresh oranges them to brighten and clarify the atmosphere in your home. Nine oranges are particularly auspicious because nine is the strongest, most Yang number in Feng Shui. It creates the greatest energy boost you can have. Indulge in a celebratory feast to get your New Year off to an abundant…
  • Flash Feng Shui for your Bedroom

    Ann
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    I’m excited to present this short, fun “Feng Shui in the Bedroom” video interview with my friend and client, boudoir photographer Lori Berkowitz. In the video Lori and I chat about her own experience with Feng Shui, and especially her discovery that the simplest changes can make the biggest difference when it comes to creating change in your life. I’ve worked with Lori in four different apartments (!) over the years, as her life has evolved and grown, and been thrilled to help as she’s changed her life in all the ways she wanted. I hope you enjoy the video! Let…
  • Embrace Love And Romance With Feng Shui

    Ann
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here comes Valentine’s Day! Despite the hype of cards, flowers and romantic dinners, if you’re looking for a way to heat up your love life, the place to start is in your bedroom. Here are my top Feng Shui tips to help you embrace love and romance on this once-a-year day that’s all about this essential part of your life. 1. Make room for romance Clear out the clutter: there’s nothing less romantic than a bedroom full of stuff you don’t care about! Focus on the Primary Purpose of your bedroom: sanctuary, peace, romance and intimacy. 2. Remove things that don’t support romance. For…
  • 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…
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  • Tips to Help You Get Your Garage Organized

    Kathi Burns
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    As with any other space within your home, a well-organized garage always has a premeditated layout and design. Unfortunately, most people don’t give much thought about what goes into their garage and it frequently ends up becoming a dumping zone for all things unwanted, unused or loved. In order to begin getting your garage in order, you need to determine what activities will take place in your garage. As with every other area in your home, you have to know what your end goals are before you begin to plan the layout. Perhaps you, like many others will have a laundry area, but will it also…
  • Do You Need to Get Your Garage Organized?

    Kathi Burns
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Why do people park $30,000-50,000 cars in their driveway – exposed to all the elements 24/7? What I have discovered over the years is it is because their garages are often filled with junk they can’t bear to part with. And while this may sound a bit silly it’s sadly the truth for the majority of us. Okay, so maybe your car isn’t worth $50,000. But then all the accumulated junk in your garage isn’t worth nearly half of what your car is. So just where is the logic of keeping all of the junk in there? You can see what’s coming next, can’t you? Here’s a yardstick to measure…
  • Where Did That Come From?! Consuming Less Helps You Become Better Organized

    Kathi Burns
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Many people acquire possessions without thought. During private consultations, my clients often exclaim, “where did that come from?” This is so common and how we, as a modern day consumers, often operate. We are blitzed by the media to buy, buy, buy! So much so that we often wind up being remote controlled by advertising when we walk into stores. Perhaps this is your normal modus operandi, maybe it is not. I simply want you to become more aware of what you buy, when you buy and how you buy it. It might shed some light on how you can sustain your organized home once it is finally…
  • Want to get motivated to get your life organized? Listen to this statistic:

    Kathi Burns
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    About 80% of the clutter in your home is a result of disorganization, not lack of space. Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in the average home.
  • How Long to Keep Taxes

    Kathi Burns
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    One question that my clients frequently ask me is, “How long do I need to keep my tax documents?” In this situation in 2013, this client has taxes going back 30 years- from 1982. You do not need to keep tax returns this long. According to the IRS, typically you need to keep your taxes for 3 years, and in some cases 7 years. What I advise my clients is to keep tax documents for 10 years. This is a conservative amount of time that should keep you covered for any situation. This also makes it easier to know what to purge each year- if it’s 2015 you can easily subtract 10 to…
 
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  • Teleclass: Grow Your Business with a Virtual Assistant

    PT Expert
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Grow Your Business with a Virtual Assistant DATE: Thursday, March 12, 2015 TIME: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST COST: Complimentary! Hosted by Ann Michael Henry Click Here to Register Now! Entrepreneurs! Stop Wearing so Many Hats! Is your business too small to hire a full time employee, but too big to manage on your [...]
  • Webinar: See How Paper Tiger Works

    Janet Baker
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Please join us LIVE for this FREE Paper Tiger webinar to help you better understand Paper Tiger Filing System Software for document management to be able to use the software more effectively and see how you can get organized in every area of your life — not just for paper filing! Register now and attend [...]
  • Teachers Need Help to Get Organized

    Janet Baker
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Being a teacher or professor is one of the most important jobs, however, it can be a bit of a challenge to get and stay organized. In order for a teacher to do the most proficient job possible, it is key to have a structured organization system in place. If you are a teacher or [...]
  • 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 [...]
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  • Why Can’t I Get Organized? Part 1: Practical Missteps

    Scott Roewer
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Our new blog series is aimed at identifying the real reasons behind your struggles with getting organized. So many people want to have order in their daily lives, but they don’t know where to start. This series of posts will highlight the three categories into which 99% of people fall when it comes to problems with organization: Practical MisstepsTM, Situational ChallengesTM, and Internal ObstaclesTM. This week, we’ll look at what specific Practical Missteps may be tripping you up. If you see yourself in any of the following examples, then stay tuned to future blogs for tools and tactics…
  • Organize Your Laundry Room Once And For All!

    Scott Roewer
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Is there anything messier – or more annoying – than piles of clothes waiting to be washed? If you have a laundry room in which to collect yours, you’ve probably noticed how quickly it can become dumping ground for all things that need cleaning. Unfortunately, if there’s no readily apparent system in place, then those cleaning jobs can sit and wait… and your dread will continue to grow. Read on for solutions you can implement right now to organize your laundry room for good. Whether you have your washer and dryer stashed in a tiny closet or they’ve got their own room with plenty of…
  • 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,…
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ March 2/15

    Laura
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, happy March to you :) This week is pretty special to me. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! I just can’t believe that we’ve been married that long…27 years together in total. Our anniversary falls in the middle of the week so we are going to cook a special […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ March 2/15
  • How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’m a big fan of tackling deep spring cleaning chores one month at a time throughout the year rather than all at once. However, it never fails to end up with a handful of tasks that always get bunched up around […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    We made it to the end of the month and we are that much closer to spring!  Whoot!  At the end of each month I like to take a moment to shine a bright spotlight on my fabulous sponsors. If you are interested in some fantastic organizing resources to help you get organized in 2015 […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015
  • Friday Favorites: Donation Printables, Truths About Clutter, Mail System + more!

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    ***This sale is now over*** Hi friends, hope you are all having a nice organized week.  I want to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to pick up the Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle I told you about last week.  So many great kits that you can print off to help you with your […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Donation Printables, Truths About Clutter, Mail System + more!
  • The Perfect Purse Organizer + Giveaway!

    Laura
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    There are many ways to keep your purse organized and my wonderful contributor, Kristin, just recently shared a great post on 8 Ways to Keep Your Purse Organized.  Today I want to share with you what I use to keep my own purse organized.  I use an amazing purse organizer called the Purse Perfector and […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> The Perfect Purse Organizer + Giveaway!
 
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  • A Simple and Ruthless Way to Organize Your Junk Drawer

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Let’s be honest. Many people have that proverbial junk drawer, the one in which they put everything that they don’t know what to do with yet can’t seem to throw away. The drawer is usually in the kitchen but can be just about anywhere and it contains, well, just about anything. Incomplete decks of cards, stubs of candles, memo pads with three sheets of paper remaining … … expired coupons, lots and lots of pens, a broken tape measure, the extra pair of glasses with only one lens … … and the list goes on and on. The junk drawer exists simply because we don’t know…
  • Use The Clean Computer Calendar to Clean Up Digital Clutter

    Nealey Stapleton
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I was recently sent this Clean Computer Calendar and thought it was worth sharing with you! It’s a great guide to follow from SingleHop (a cloud computing company) in order to conquer that digital clutter in a short amount of time. I’ve explained some of their advice in more detail below and added a few of my own tips. Happy digital organizing! How to Clean Up Digital Clutter   “Create an easy-to-use system to organize your computer’s folders.” I do this by creating folders that are very general and then have sub folders within each of them as necessary. For example, I have a…
  • 5 Organizing Tips for Working Parents

    Ellen Delap
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    As a working parent, you probably always think that other parents are more organized than you are. This is likely because of how put together they appear when they volunteer at school.  It’s because they seem to reach into their man bags or purses and retrieve what’s needed right away. But fear not! We have the tricks here to help you be the most organized parent on the block! Put one or more of these five organizing tips for working parents into practice this week at your home. 5 Organizing Tips for Working Parents   1. Calendars are vital, so use them! You need to…
  • 5 Ways to Survive Your Home Renovation

    Janice Simon
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I had a toilet sitting in my living room for a week. Don’t be jealous. Really. This was not some plan to multitask while watching TV. The throne in the living room manuever was part of the home renovations my uncle and aunt were doing for me. As you might have already guessed, one room included the master bathroom. The work began before Christmas when my uncle knocked out the wall between my living room and dining room. When construction begins, stuff and furniture are moved out of the way, dust covers everything, and you walk past a toilet in your living room. The mayhem and…
  • 4 Simple Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

    Naomi Cook
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Winter Storm Juno was big news recently. It hit the Northeast part of the country and dropped as much as 36 inches of snow in areas of Massachusetts! Luckily, it only amounted to a few inches where I am in Philadelphia, but regardless, it was our first official snow storm this season. Staying prepared at home is important at times like this. Think about times when you’ve dealt with a power outage at home in the past. Chances are, you probably have several flashlights, candles and matches, and battery backup packs to keep your phones and other gadgets juiced up. Having your car organized…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. (F. Bradley) — That's also the secret to full-time RVing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself. (R. Brown) — In the dark, and even without street signs! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. (D. Waitley) — Or better yet, be an end-result manager! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Learn to be still in the midst of activity, to be vibrantly alive in repose. (I. Gandhi) — To find balance in all things. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. (A. Camus) — Don't hold back, waiting for 'someday!' (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. (F. Bradley) — That's also the secret to full-time RVing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself. (R. Brown) — In the dark, and even without street signs! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. (D. Waitley) — Or better yet, be an end-result manager! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Learn to be still in the midst of activity, to be vibrantly alive in repose. (I. Gandhi) — To find balance in all things. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. (A. Camus) — Don't hold back, waiting for 'someday!' (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • How to Manage Paperwork | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    You are not alone! Paper is a challenge and your tranquility it can damage. But if you learn how it can be managed, your serenity can be salvaged. Watch this video to manage your paper stack and gain a blissful vantage. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdpapers.) >  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,…
  • 5 Ways to Manage Project Papers | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Is your project worth the paper it’s printed on? Wait, can you find the paper it’s printed on? Paper trails are for paper pushers, watch this video for strategies to keep your project papers nice and tidy. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdprojects.) >  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,…
  • Home Based Business? Watch This FIRST! | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    There’s no business like home business, like no business I know. Are you starting your own home-based business like Avon, Mary Kay, Arbonne, or Pampered Chef? Watch this video for strategies to make your business more successful. Step into the limelight and set yourself up for a blockbuster! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdbiz.) >  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…
  • How to Cure Your New Year's Resolution Hangover! | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Vitamin C is a great hangover cure, but it’s not going to help you declutter your home. Keeping your life and home more organized is a great New Year’s resolution. If it was yours- how’s it working for you? Watch this video and bring your goals within reach. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdhangover.) >  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…
  • 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,…
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  • Product Sighting: Shop Ticket Holders at Local Boat Show

    Nicola
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    At C-Line, we love to see how our products are being used. Customers will send us pictures of our items, and it is fun to see all the different, creative ways that they can be used. Our employees will often come across a friend, local company or event that is using one of our products. Holders keep information visible, while attendees walk through the show. While attending a local boat show a few weeks ago, a C-Line employee noticed that all of the exhibitors were using C-Line Shop Ticket Holders to display information about the boats. Neon Shop Ticket Holders were attached to each boat to…
  • How To: Learn Students’ Names Quickly

    Nicola
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    With a new semester brings a whole new set of students’ and names to learn. Many teachers have different methods to identifying who is who in the classroom. Although C-Line has many ID products to choose from, the Labeling Pockets are a great tool to use. Not only will the names remain visible, but the insert with the student’s name can be removed if needed. Here is how it works: Take the 3-1/2 x 2-3/4 blank insert cards and write all the students’ names on them. Make sure the ink is dark so it can be read from the front of the classroom. Attach the pocket to the front of each desk. Do…
  • Name Tent Holder Helps Event Planner at Fundraising Event

    Nicola
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Often times, our customers look to us to make suggestions on how to use our items. Whether they need help for a particular situation or just want more information on how to best use a product, we at C-Line are happy to guide them in the right direction! Here is a recent question we received from a customer. Question As an event planner, my team and I are always looking for new things to do at the events that we are hosting. Over the holidays, we organized a fundraiser with silent auction and raffle items. Some of the feedback we received is that people were unaware of items that were being…
  • 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…
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  • Stay Motivated While Organizing Papers

    Sue Becker
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    Ben Franklin is credited with noting that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Seems he overlooked paperwork. No matter how we may try to go paperless, the piles are there to remind us that we’re not quite paperless yet. I’ve written previously about how to organize papers, but these tips on how to stay motivated may help you actually get around to sorting through the piles. Don’t bounce around. No matter how many piles you may have, just focus on one small area at a time. Choose a single pile and go through it before you move on to the next pile. By staying…
  • Get Unstuck and Be Productive

    Sue Becker
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:57 am
    Some days, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to get anything worthwhile accomplished. And to make things more frustrating, new tasks keep coming our way. Although it might be tempting to just go back to bed, a better solution might be to hit the reset button on your day. You’ll want to examine what’s causing your lack of productivity: Are you just not in the mood to do what you should be? Are you unsure of what to do next? Are you overwhelmed by how much there is to do? The first thing I suggest you do after making this examination is to take a short break and recharge your…
  • Plan Your Digital Estate

    Sue Becker
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:07 am
    Although it’s not a pleasant subject, wouldn’t it be great to know that if something tragic happened to you, your loved ones would know how to handle your affairs? I’ve written previously about creating an estate plan, but I’ve invited my colleague Judith Kolberg to share her wisdom on an often overlooked aspect of estate planning – your digital estate: Although it’s not my role to give you specific advice about your estate, I would like to tell you a story as a way of introducing you to digital estate planning: My client Maxine died suddenly. I was helping organize her digital…
  • 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…
 
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  • How to Organize Your Wallet

    Claire
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-06-12 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt may be small, but your wallet can be chock full of clutter. You don't want to be one of those people who holds up the line trying to find her preferred shopper card, do you? Or the guy with the unsightly rectangular growth on his backside (because we know it's not all money)? Of course not.  So, empty your wallet and let's see what's in there. Coupons  Are they still good?  Are they worthwhile?  If you're not in the habit of using coupons, they can be more trouble than…
  • Manage Expectations with Email

    Claire
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-05-29 09:15:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPeople put a variety of information in their email signature files, from business phone numbers to favorite quotations to colorful images of their signatures. I recently got an email that had a very clever sig line, as follows: "I reply to emails at 8AM, 2PM and 4PM.Calls returned: 10-11AM, 1-2PM and 5-6PM." Short and sweet, gets right to the point. If you find yourself constantly interrupted by emails and calls (and can't seem to resist answering/looking at them), try managing the expectations of your…
  • Multitasking vs. Creativity

    Claire
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-11-10 11:03:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterHere’s another, unsung reason that multitasking is not so great: it stifles creativity. I’ve been reading Marc Lesser’s book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. He focuses a lot on what “doing” is. Much “doing” is what he calls busyness. It’s extra effort we put in because we feel it’s required, or we’re just not comfortable not doing, or we crave activity of some kind. Often we multitask by listening to tapes while driving, or talking on the phone while…
  • Get Organized with these 52 Simple Ways

    Claire
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    by Originally posted 2010-08-09 13:53:09. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThis ebook will help you get organized. What exactly will you get out of it? Lots of creative, helpful and immediately useful tips, including: You’ll get more time. Time to spend the way you want to You’ll be in control of your environment Your life will be simpler You’ll save money. No more replacing lost items You’ll be prepared for the unexpected. Because it’s going to happen! You’ll experience zen-like calm because you can lay your hands on what you need, when you need it If you use the tips in this…
  • “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…
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  • Valentine’s Day Shopping For Him

    Elizabeth
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Shopping for him again, your husband, boyfriend, or “friend,” right?  You need to find something to give them for Valentine’s Day. You want it to be something they’ll use, but not overly romantic? It’s a good thing you’re reading this blog! We’ve got some products men love and they would make for wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts this year. A New Closet could be something for the both of you! Organize-It has been helping you design your own custom closet designs for 18 years. Meeting with a design specialist is absolutely free, and our 3D CAD…
  • Superbowl Party Secrets

    Elizabeth
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Superbowl parties are all about appetizers, casual dress jersey wearing, drinking beer, and watching the game surrounded by friends. This means the fine china stays packed away and your Sunday best is not required this weekend. Here are some Superbowl party secrets you’ll need to know in order to help you make it through the party, while limiting mess and stress, but still trying to impress. Tip #1: Bring out the party buckets and coolers!  Don’t worry about stocking up in your fridge, or leaving the beers on the table to get warm. When you know that you will have a house full…
  • 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…
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  • Hollywood's Hottest Geek Olivia Munn Loves A Shipshape Bedroom

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Magic Mike Actress Olivia Munn at the front door of her very organized and clutter-free Hollywood Hills home The film Magic Mike might be focused on romance in the bedroom, but the Actress who starred in the original film is all business, proclaiming that she cannot stand clutter and prioritizes keeping things neat and tidy. Olivia Munn is widely regarded as Hollywood's hottest geek. [Coveteur] Olivia Munn and her four siblings grew up in a military family where they collected items from their travels, including Japan. “There were knickknacks all over the place, all those little ceramic…
  • Organizing Emergency: Should You Use Dry Cleaning Bags For Clothing Storage?

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Can dry cleaner bags really harm your clothes? Barbie B., a Malibu Realtor wrote us the following question recently and agreed to have us feature her on the OrganizingLA "Organizing Emergency" section. "Is it okay to store clothing garments in dry cleaner bags? And for garments that aren’t worn often and are prone to dust or are delicate and need some TLC, what type of bags do you prefer? I would love to use something clear." Hi Barbie!Plastic bags from the dry cleaner are placed on the clothes at cleaner's facilities for protection ONLY.  To keep them in "cleaned" condition when they're…
  • Can Decluttering and Home Staging Raise The Value Of Your Los Angeles Home?

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Realtors recommend decluttering your home to bring maximum value from potential buyers. We've just completed a large Los Angeles decluttering project and was asked to stage the house with the furniture and decor the clients already owned so that the home could be listed for sale. With the plan in mind and some muscle, we started reworking furniture, art, accessories and decor so that potential clients could envision themselves living in the house. What did we do to make the home more welcoming? Reviewed and decluttered the home with the client's decisions Had charitable donations and trash…
  • Julia Roberts Kicks Mental and Emotional Clutter to the Curb; Discovers a "Lightness in Life"

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Mother of two and Actress Julia Roberts has discovered one of life's great lessons: having less leads to simple happiness. Has America's sweetheart Julie Roberts successfully kicked clutter to the curb? One of the techniques we help our Los Angeles professional organization clients past their frustration with clutter is to envision what the mountain of mess will look like AFTER we're done. So each and every decision they make contributes to the outcome. It's about looking past the small projects, enjoying them while looking forward to the outcome. In an interview this week with Us Magazine,…
  • Kelly Ripa & Mark Conseulos Quibble About Clutter - Who's Right?

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are selling their "cluttered" NYC Apartment Over the past 10 years we've operated our Los Angeles-based professional organizing company, one thing is clear: couples quibble about clutter. We've written about clutter and couples for a long time: How Hollywood Set Decorators use clutter to add substance to their imaginary homes. How one tv reality show takes clutter away from a family and sees if they can live without it. How to make a home comfortable when no one agrees. The Vanity Fair Inverview That's why it was no surprise when an OrganizingLA blog reader…
 
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  • How to Create Power, Intention, and Focus with Morning Rituals – SASM 068

    Joel Zaslofsky
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    What if I can’t? What if I’m not ready for “this?” These two questions paralyzed me for years. I desperately wanted to be like the amazing people who had empowering morning rituals – habits like meditation, exercise, visualization, affirmations – but … What if I can’t? What if I’m not ready for “this?” I finally (finally!) just broke through my self-imposed limits of creating a set of morning rituals and the results are profound. I haven’t given up hours of sleep or sacrificed my relationships to do it. Instead, I’ve gained a ton like: Beginning the day the way I…
  • Celebrating One Year of Experience Curating (for $0.99 through February 22)

    Joel Zaslofsky
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Implementing Experience Curating is a true working extension of the human brain.” – Roderick Russell, NPR-featured speaker and iTunes Top 50 Podcaster One year ago, I released Experience Curating: How to Gain Focus, Increase Influence, and Simplify Your Life. Within a month, it was the #1 Philosophy and Memory Improvement book on Amazon and would stay there for about a week. Now, the book has been downloaded almost 10,000 times from Value of Simple and Amazon, inspiring people to capture, organize, and share anything to improve … well, anything. It’s time to celebrate,…
  • How to Align Your Money, Values, and Dreams with Sophia Bera – SASM 067

    Joel Zaslofsky
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Some people think that money is what makes the world go ‘round. (And they should really study physics). Some people believe that the key to personal finance is simply to make more than you spend. But my guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode – Sophia Bera, Certified Financial Planner at GenY Planning – knows better. Maybe it’s all the articles she’s written for The Huffington Post and Forbes. Maybe it’s because she started in the theater and brings a vitality to personal finance that stodgy old men have been stifling for centuries. There’s just something about…
  • 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,…
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    Metropolitan Organizing ®

  • Closet Capsules: How To Build The Ultimate Wardrobe

    Geralin Thomas
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Create A Timeless Wardrobe With Closet Capsules For Every Occasion What’s A Closet Capsule? Closet capsules eliminate the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome so many of us struggle with as we stare at a closet full of clothes. Your capsules group items together based on the occasion. Rather than wade through all your pants, […] The post Closet Capsules: How To Build The Ultimate Wardrobe appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • What To Pack For A NAPO Conference

    Geralin Thomas
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas NAPO 2015 Conference Packing List NAPO 2015 is an annual conference and organizing expo that brings professional organizers from around the world together. This year it’s going to be held April 15-18 in Los Angeles. If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, do so now. [ For a printable copy of this packing list, click […] The post What To Pack For A NAPO Conference appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • The Ultimate Professional Organizer Recommended Book List

    Geralin Thomas
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Books Every Professional Organizer Should Read I’ve created the ultimate recommended reading list for professional organizers in every specialty. The topics range from residential organizing to wardrobe organizing to working with those who struggle with hoarding disorder. Some of the books are written by experts in the field, trusted names in professional organizing. Others are […] The post The Ultimate Professional Organizer Recommended Book List appeared first on 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 ®.
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  • 5 Steps to Paper Organization & Your Taxes

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Enjoy the post 5 Steps to Paper Organization & Your Taxes Paper Organizing for a Pain-Free Tax Season If your paperwork isn’t organized, tax season can be extremely stressful. You should have already received your official tax documents in the mail in January, but there’s still a lot to do. April 15 is approaching fast and you don’t want to be left unprepared. Remember, the sooner you file your taxes, the sooner you’ll get a refund. Here’s how to organize your tax documents and important paperwork before you file your taxes. 1. Gather all your income statements Your employer…
  • 7 Tips to Organize Your Email Inbox

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 7 Tips to Organize Your Email Inbox Email Inbox Organization Everyone struggles to control the constant inflow of emails to their inboxes. Everything from important messages to junk mail lands in your inbox. If it’s not managed or organized, email can quickly become a source of digital clutter. Here are a few tips to help you manage and organize your email inbox. 1.     Use Categories, Labels and Folders Create parent categories like: Personal, Business and Financial. Then create subcategories. A few subcategories for your financial folder could be: Bank Statements,…
  • Control The Chaos: 5 Steps To Organizing Your Garage

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Enjoy the post Control The Chaos: 5 Steps To Organizing Your Garage Garage Organizing Tips The garage is often the last place to be organized in a home. Much like many families have an “everything drawer” in the kitchen or home office, many garages end up serving as the “everything room” of the home. Garages hold a seemingly endless list of household goods: Lawn and gardening equipment Household tools Ladders and stepstools Car maintenance supplies Laundry machines and ironing equipment Holiday decorations Old paint and craft project supplies Family heirlooms What’s missing? Your…
  • The Desire Map Workshop

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Enjoy the post The Desire Map Workshop Designing Your Life Based on How You Want to Feel In 2013 I read the book The Desire Map and have since then been using it to create a life based on how I want to feel rather on the things that I want to accomplish. It’s a truly powerful experience and it has connected me with not only with myself in a much deeper level, but also with people engaged in the same journey: making this life an authentic and meaningful one from the inside out. In this journey I met Sabrina Espinal, who is not only a fantastic and successful VA and WordPress site…
  • Letting Go of Mental Clutter

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Letting Go of Mental Clutter Letting Go of Mental Clutter Mental clutter is often most acute right as you’re ready to go to bed. You lay down after a long day, and — all of a sudden — your mind starts spinning. I’ve got so much to do tomorrow. I’m not sure how to handle a situation at work. Oh and I can’t forget to pick up the dry cleaning! The internal dialogue just won’t stop and all you want to do is go to bed!   Traditional Spaces by Vancouver Architects & Building Designers Kerrisdale Design Inc   Types of Mental Clutter Though it can come in…
 
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  • March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

    Michelle W.
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    We’re excited to offer two Blogging U. courses this March: Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Read on to learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build blogging habits and…
  • New Theme: Lyretail

    Caroline Moore
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center. Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase,…
  • WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

    Meredith
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post. Before New Editor App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those…
  • Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

    Ben Huberman
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest. This is where choosing the right theme can play an important role (this is true for non-poets too, of course): you want your posts to be readable, clean, and inviting. Here…
  • A Year of Reading the World: A Q&A with Ann Morgan

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year of Reading the World, was born. You can read about Ann’s journey in her new book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, available now in the UK. (The US version, The World Between Two Covers, will be released on May 4.) I chatted with Ann about the blog-to-book journey and her experience of reading and blogging about…
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    Best Results Organizing

  • Paper Doll Gets Hooked on GeckoTech and Meets a Spy: A Shoplet Review

    Julie Bestry
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Periodically Paper Doll reviews new and established office supplies and accessories through the Shoplet Product Review Program. A few years ago, I wrote the post If It Quacks Like a Duck Then It Might Be a Zebra, a Shoplet review of wackily-patterned Duck®-brand tape. Today, we’re looking at a different kind of quacker, a gecko that thinks it’s a […]
  • Paper Doll’s Geeky Organizing Love: 6 Tips To Declutter With Your Darling

    Julie Bestry
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    When your Valentine presents you with a gift box, whether packaged in classic Tiffany Blue or wrapped in lopsided, awkwardly taped, Sunday comics pages, your heart warms. When love fills your heart, and a gift fills your outstretched hands, it’s the thought that counts. But other times, the people you love present you with clutter, like […]
  • Organize Your Reading: From Paper to Digital–Peekster, Booke, MatchBook & BitLit

    Julie Bestry
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    A few weeks ago, Paper Mommy sent me some mail. In the envelope — yes, an envelope, because Paper Mommy likes to go Old School — there were coupons, one of her goofily-captioned, one-panel, self-portrait comics with a big-bosomed, big-footed, curly-haired stick figure, and a clipping from the Buffalo News: an article with advice on shopping for a mattress. I appreciated […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Favorite things: February edition

    Michelle
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    New feature! Because why not? (Really, it’s because I am obsessed with Product Hunt–it’s my new Pinterest–and I’m constantly finding new things and looking for new outlets to share them in, and what better outlet than my own blog?) Scannable Scannable is another home run from the Evernote team. Super quick, easy, high quality scans using your iPhone, with one-click send to email/Evernote/message/etc. It’s free, it’s well-designed, if you’re without a scanner, just download it already. Now that I have it, I’m obsessed with digitizing all my…
  • How to Get to Inbox Zero Faster (The Best Free Tools/Apps)

    Michelle
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    What separates productive people from business owners that are constantly stressed? This post is part of weekly feature, Workflow Wednesdays, that aims to find out, with a weekly post going in-depth on a specific part of a business owner’s workflow and what they do that makes it rock. Interested in being featured in a post? Sign up here! Email was definitely on my list of things to do better this year. And there’s a lot of subsections of that: processing email, sending email, communicating more effectively…you get the picture. I’ll probably do another post on sending…
  • Looking for a gift for the freelancer in your life? Look no further.

    Michelle
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of year again. The time when we all buy our gifts last minute while praising the wonders of the modern world (Amazon Prime, ahoy!). Or, alternately, we sit at our computer screens and frantically search for the right gift. If you’re looking for something to send your friends/family/relatives for gift guide ideas, or if you just wanna buy something awesome for the freelancer in your life, look no further: A mouse that doesn’t kill wrists Depending on how practical your recipient is, this might be something to ask for rather than something to buy, but I’m…
  • Behind the scenes: the November recap

    Michelle
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Monthly recap time! And I’m more on it than last month, since it’s only going up on the tenth! Go me. How I spent my time: I tracked more time in November than in October (114 hours vs. 90), but not as much as September or August (where I did about 125 hours each). This really surprised me, because I tracked all of my NaNoWriMo working time as well as business working time. Out of that time: It looks like all of that extra 24 hours went into writing the NaNo project–so the time spent both on internal biz/client work was pretty much the same. Actually, a little less, because…
  • Workflow Wednesday: Evan’s Filofax system

    Michelle
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    What separates productive people from business owners that are constantly stressed? This post is part of weekly feature, Workflow Wednesdays, that aims to find out, with a weekly post going in-depth on a specific part of a business owner’s workflow and what they do that makes it rock. Interested in being featured in a post? Sign up here! While I love the tactile appeal of analog systems, my usage of them is typically haphazard at best and I always wind up mostly relying on digital means of staying organized. So when Evan Leah Quinn posted a photo of her Filofax that kinda made me drool a…
 
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    Organise My House

  • Cut the clutter challenge – Week #8

    Chrissy Halton
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    This week it’s back to decluttering rooms in the house – and this time the focus is on your main living room. Living rooms can attract lots of different clutter, general media and... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • How to sort out an achievable fitness routine for your time & motivation

    Chrissy Halton
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Being fit helps in so many ways – making housework and errands easier, being able to play with your children in the park for longer, and generally being around for as long as you can. So it... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • The easy way to keep track of cards and gifts year round

    Chrissy Halton
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    How many greetings cards and presents do you buy each year? How many times do you have to run to the shops to grab a last minute gift or card? I have what seems like a never ending list, and while I... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Cut the clutter challenge – Week #7

    Chrissy Halton
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    How are you going? We are a few weeks into the challenge now, and hopefully you can really begin to see a difference to your home. This week we are taking a break from rooms again and decluttering... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Creating a Gift Station…

    Chrissy Halton
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    We all have a variety of wrapping supplies in our house, of that I have no doubt – but where do you keep it all? Today I wanted to look at how I recently created my own Gift Station to give you... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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    Clutterninja ~ Residential Organizing Services

  • Products We LOVE: Silver Jewelry Tree

    Suzanne
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Keeping jewelry organized and stored well is a big challenge for a lot of us. This silver jewelry tree, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond is a definite favorite of mine – especially for bracelets!  
  • Products We LOVE: Cable Tidy Unit!

    Suzanne
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Call ‘em cords, call ‘em cables, most people I know call ‘em words I won’t use here. And as we continue to accumulate more and more tech gadgets, the more cords and cables we have. It’s a common complaint with clients, too, particularly in home offices. Hence my love of the Cable Tidy Unit from D-Line USA. The Cable Tidy Unit is a plastic container specifically designed to house and hide all of those pesky cords – and the power strip, too! Now, isn’t that better?! It’s a bit difficult to see in the picture, but the unit is also perforated to…
  • Resources We LOVE: Just Trash It!

    Suzanne
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Just Trash It! has been an invaluable resource for Clutterninja since we opened our doors. They’re a junk removal company, but they’re really so much more. Just Trash It! offers: Prompt, trustworthy service from a locally owned company Fantastic, responsive customer service – from first call to driving away Service from roughly 30 mile radius of Dunwoody, GA pick-up of donations and email of Goodwill donation receipt (on request) hands-free service: just point to whatever you want removed, and they’re on it! Another thing I love about Just Trash It! is that almost 60%…
  • Resources We LOVE: Beverly Bremer Silvershop

    Suzanne
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    I am a total magpie when it comes to sterling silver. If it’s shiny, I’m drawn to like a moth to a flame. But several years ago, I decided to sell my collection and followed a myriad recommendations to go visit Beverly Bremer Silvershop in the heart of Buckhead. And for good reason: boy, do they know sterling! Just look at the shiny! Ooooooh, look at the pretty! cialis femminile If you’ve discovered or inherited silver pieces that you need or want to sell, there is no other place to go. Truly. The staff (and Ms. Bremer herself) know as much about sterling as is able, I…
  • Products We LOVE: Low Vintage Basket from SeeJaneWork

    Suzanne
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    Today, following our February theme of love, is the Low Vintage Basket found at SeeJaneWork, an awesome site with lots of unique organizational products. The Low Vintage Basket is a favorite of ours for several reasons. One, the styling works with almost any decor from modern to farmhouse. Two, it’s reasonably priced ($34.00) for a sturdy steel construction and a roomy size (16″ x 12″ x 6.5″). And third, that size allows for a ton of different uses. Use this basket to hold towels and extra TP in your guest bath, to hold dog toys, to corral fresh fruit on your kitchen…
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    Productivity SOS

  • How To Use Trello with the Pomodoro Technique

    Productivity SOS
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    The Pomodoro Technique is a fantastic way to keep yourself motivated.  Trello is a brilliant tool for organising yourself and others.  Putting the two together can provide a very visual way of planning how you will use your pomodoros and track your progress through the day.  In the five steps that follow, we will show you how to use Trello with the Pomodoro Technique to become super-organised! 1: Create a new board This step is straightforward.  Create a new board and give it a name including today’s date.  In our example, the name is ‘Pomodoro Technique 25 Feb 2015′.
  • Do You Really Know How To Send An Email?

    Productivity SOS
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:12 am
    One of the first skills you learn online is how to send an email.  Unfortunately, the learning process will tend to focus on the mechanics of it all.  You’ll learn how to open Outlook, GMail, Hotmail or similar, press ‘new email’, type your message and hit send.  Voilà – you can communicate with the world.  The problem is you’ve only learned how to send an email, you haven’t learned how to send a good email. Why bother learning how to send better email?  A good email will save you and the recipient time.  You’ll communicate more clearly.
  • How To Create Recurring Reminders in Evernote with Sunrise Calendar

    Productivity SOS
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:34 am
    The reminders function in Evernote is a very handy way to bring time-sensitive information to your attention when you need it. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to set a recurring reminder using Evernote’s own software. For those of you with a need to be reminded of a routine task, you can make use of third party software to create a recurring reminder. Best of all, one of the best apps for achieving this goal is completely free. Download Sunrise Calendar and link it with your Evernote account. You can now create a new Evernote reminder or modify any of your existing reminders. Just…
  • Office for iPad’s Shrove Tuesday Surprise is a Bit of a Pancake

    Productivity SOS
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Shrove Tuesday isn’t exactly known as a big day for technology announcements but Microsoft chose today to unveil a surprising new feature for Office for iPad.  Building on last year’s Dropbox integration, Office for iOS now includes support for iCloud Drive and other third party storage solutions.  Unfortunately, the limitations of this integration left us feeling flat as a pancake. Our disappointment is rooted in the fact that the integration only supports the ‘open’ function.  This means that you can open, edit and save any document that you store on iCloud Drive…
  • How To Make The Most of Your Daily Review

    Productivity SOS
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Yesterday we discussed the benefits of a weekly review in the manner of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. We acknowledged that the biggest problem with implementing a weekly review is the amount of time that it can take. Our solution was a simple one, which just involved doing a little bit of your weekly review every day. Essentially, this involves committing yourself to spend one pomodoro each day on a daily review. What to include in a daily review While a full weekly review, as defined in the GTD book, involves a twelve step process, we recommend that your daily review involves…
 
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  • ADHD Bill Paying Solutions

    Ellen
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
          It’s a struggle to pay your bills.  Anxiety, math phobia, and paperwork challenges all add up to ADHD bill paying problems.  Financial documents are a nightmare because of details, multiple steps and lack of consistency.  Not to mention those awful accruing late fees!  Try one of these ADHD bill paying solutions.   Bill paying center Gather together your bills, a pencil, calculator, stamps, envelopes, checks and manilla envelopes. Open the envelopes of all the bills and mark the date due on each. Divide the bills to pay according to the date due and the…
  • 15 Favorite Organizing Products

    Ellen
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
      There are so many organizing products available everywhere. It can be confusing and overwhelming.  It’s about size, proportion, color, clear and so many more choices.  In addition you probably have a lot of organizing products at your home that you can reuse like baskets, bins or even shoe boxes. I put together this list of favorite organizing products to share some basic products that I love and that make a difference for you!   shoe grid   This shoe organizing grid works wonders under your short hang items. You can put this at the back door to create a faux mud…
  • Organizing a “Texas Basement”

    Ellen
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
      It’s quite funny but in southeast Texas we have no underground basements. The same applies to southeast Louisiana.  Due to the water table in Houston, our “Texas basement” is storage above the garage.  (In other parts of the country this is called the attic!) It can be accessed by a pull down ladder or through a door.  No matter where your basement is located, Texas or not, some of the same organizing strategies apply!  Organizing a Texas basement is the same as other basements.   Partner up, partner. It’s always best to work in a partnership with a big…
  • Celebrating 15 year of Organizing

    Ellen
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
      It’s hard to believe that Professional-Organizer.com is celebrating 15 years of making a difference with individuals, families, students, professionals and stay at home people.   In 2000 when Professional-Organizer.com started: Hoarders and Clean Sweep were not on TV Professional organizers and productivity consultants were just beginning to be recognized as resources to help you at home and work. Clutter was not recognized as one of the top 3 resolutions for making change in our lives each year.   What I love about my work is the mutual trust, respect and joy of my work…
  • Small Business Computer Clean Up

    Ellen
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our small businesses require 24/7 computer access.  There’s nothing more troubling than computer challenges.  Check out these tips in collaboration with Lisa Margetis. She is sharing about keeping your computer cleaned up and ready at all times.   What’s the best way to get started “cleaning up your computer” for a small business? The best way to start getting business files organized is to create and implement a style of folder organization that is easy-to-follow for both you and your employees. If you can create an accompanying training guide as well, this will be very…
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