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  • 10 Time-Saving Habits

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    Aby Garvey
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    This weekend it’s time to spring forward, which means many of us are going to lose an hour. It could be an hour of sleep, an hour of fun, or an hour of getting things done. Regardless, now is a great time to think about ways you can save time on mundane tasks and free up time for the people and activities that give your life meaning. Here are ten habits you can create that will help you save time—not just this weekend but in the weeks ahead. 1. Handle small tasks right away. When you take care of little tasks as soon as you discover them, you save time remembering they need to get…
  • Organizing Storage Areas So That Finding Is Not A Problem

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    Janet Baker
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Spring is just around the corner, and you may be thinking about projects for your spring cleaning. Maybe even cleaning out the basement, garage, or attic! Getting storage areas organized may seem overwhelming, but it can be rewarding to declutter your life. You may have things in an attic, a garage, a basement, a storage [...]
  • Perfectionism, Procrastination and Organizing

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    Ellen
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
        Perfectionism and procrastination sound like opposites but are they really? Do you set incredibly high standards for a project including lots of planning and then don’t get started because it won’t be completed to your satisfaction? Do you put off a project, thinking you will have more time or energy to do it later? More often than you think, perfectionism can be immobilizing you.  Here are some points to think about with perfectionism, procrastination and organizing.   Are you a perfectionist? Begin by becoming aware of perfectionism in your life. Many people do not…
  • Get Unstuck and Be Productive

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    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…
  • Where Does Strength Come From?

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    MonicaRicci
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    "Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." ~Arnold Schwarzenegger 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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  • Where Does Strength Come From?

    MonicaRicci
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    "Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." ~Arnold Schwarzenegger 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!
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    MonicaRicci
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
     "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." ~Albert Einstein 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!
  • It's National Organize Your Home Office Day!

    MonicaRicci
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    Today is National Organize Your Home Office Day! Maybe you can't tackle the WHOLE thing but you can do one or two small things. Sort out a stack of business cards you haven't looked at in ages. Dump and organize a desk drawer. Clean out your office closet. Heck just taking everything off your desktop and giving it a good wipe down is a great way to reboot your mindset. I pared down a few binders I was no longer finding useful and I consolidated the information inside them down into just ONE! How will YOU take a few minutes to celebrate Organize Your Home Office Day today?  PS: Follow me on…
  • You Have Only Two Choices

    MonicaRicci
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    "There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."  ~ Denis Waitley 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!
  • Use It Or Lose It

    MonicaRicci
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." What a lovely quote by English textile designer, artists and writer William Morris. I think of this quote a lot while helping clients make tough decisions about what to keep and what to release into the world. The items hardest to deal with are often things that used to belong to someone else. When organizing items that belonged to a client's loved ones, our goal is always the same. We want to move through the process so we keep only the most special items and release the rest in some fashion. Our…
 
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  • Adjusting an Organizing System to Meet New Needs

    Nancy Vorsanger
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Recently, I’ve made a couple of changes in what I cook for my family. I’m feeling good about serving better food and enjoying my return to a long-dormant hobby. But these changes have had a cascade effect: cooking new things means I’m using different equipment, so I’ve had to rethink how I organize my kitchen. The changes I made weren’t big, but they’re a good reminder that organizing is a process, and that organizing systems are not static. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that Aby wrote a comprehensive post about the phases of organizing: the…
  • De-stress Your Morning with a New Evening Routine

    Aby Garvey
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Schedule changes that are forced by external events, like back to school, turning back the clock, or new evening activities, offer a terrific opportunity to intentionally add and subtract things from your existing routine. Since things are going to change anyway, why not add new habits and create a new routine that makes life easier and better? When we aren’t intentional, these transitional times can cause the organization in our home to blow up. As new daily responsibilities enter (making lunches, helping with homework, etc.) habits that were holding our home together often fall by the…
  • 10 Time-Saving Habits

    Aby Garvey
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    This weekend it’s time to spring forward, which means many of us are going to lose an hour. It could be an hour of sleep, an hour of fun, or an hour of getting things done. Regardless, now is a great time to think about ways you can save time on mundane tasks and free up time for the people and activities that give your life meaning. Here are ten habits you can create that will help you save time—not just this weekend but in the weeks ahead. 1. Handle small tasks right away. When you take care of little tasks as soon as you discover them, you save time remembering they need to get…
  • 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…
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  • Fun Things to do With Kids in Raleigh

    Molly Gold
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    photo credit GRCVB photo credit GRCVB With the first official day of Spring break upon us, its time for our family to let loose and have some local fun. Because this is not a time when our family travels, I’m always challenged to make sure this precious time away from school and spent as a family is fun and relaxing for us all. Over the years we’ve grown to find we’ve got a short list of fun things to do in Raleigh that the kids come back to so I thought now would be great time to share that list with you. Special thanks to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau…
  • Spring Break at Disney World

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    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Spring break season has arrived and for many families that means a much anticipated trip to Walt Disney World is right around the corner. If you are blessed to be visiting this Spring, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the recently introduced Magic Bands and Fast Pass + system, Starbuck’s (YES!!!) stores in Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and all kinds of new merchandise to enjoy.  When it comes to special events and activities that will only happen at this time of year, I’ve got a list of eight that truly catch my eye ~ check them out! Epcot International…
  • Spring Break Staycation Tips for Teens

    Molly Gold
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    By the time your kids are teens, words like Staycation can yield some epic eye rolls. With their friends off to Spring break at Walt Disney World (yes even in high school and especially senior year!), at a warm beach, or touring colleges, staying home as a high school student is anything but cool. Keenly aware of what everyone else is doing, there is nothing worse than having nothing to share when they head back to school. Since family is likely not top of their list for awesome people to spend time with, you can find your hands full of all kinds of disgruntled moodiness if you aren’t…
  • The Problem with Spring Break

    Molly Gold
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Amen for Spring break! Ask any student, no matter how young or old, and they’ll all tell you they can’t wait for Spring break.  A week to sleep in, do fun things, perhaps travel with your family on a short or long trip, and just take a breather from the rigors of school. While little ones need a break for different reasons than older ones, universally this week in March or April is all kinds of awesome no matter what you do. And while that’s all fine and good, Spring break can be a bit of a problem child. For working parents who can’t take time off, Spring break…
  • When the Final Season of High School Sports is the Worst

    Molly Gold
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    After what seems like a lifetime (and for some kids it really is just about that), the final season of high school sports arrives full of memories just waiting to be made. In today’s “Just Do It” culture, high school sports is wrapped in drama.  Full of all kinds of complicated, this crazy few months has more emotion and passion than any other I’ve walked through.  If you are the Team Mom, its a countdown to saying goodbye to families and kids you’ve come to love.  And for all Moms, its a tidal wave of “last time” moments that are there one…
 
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  • Simple Stand-Up Desk Solution

    Paul H. Burton
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Join the revolution – be healthier and more productive. My Personal Experience Everyone’s heard about stand-up desks. “Get Off Your Rear!” is the true believer’s battle cry. The pitch is that sitting all day is unhealthy and unproductive, so Stand Up. Much to my skeptical self’s surprise, I have joined their ranks. I purchased my first stand-up apparatus a year ago and haven’t looked back. To the contrary, I have pursued refinement of my standing workspace accoutrement with a vigor normally reserved for mobile technology! What’s the Difference?
  • 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…
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  • Get out of your office!

    Elizabeth
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We just may have started Spring here in South Dakota!  It’s sunny and in the 50’s today which is a dream come true.  It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sun! Speaking of getting outside – have you been spending too much time in your office?  Are things feeling a little stale? Sometime in the next week or so go to a coffee shop or a park and get out and dream. Start writing down your dreams (or coloring!) and dream big. Write everything down and do not let the sky be the limit. Where do you want to be in one year, two years, and three years? What do you want your…
  • 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…
 
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  • Owl River Runners

    Elaine Shannon
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Owl River Runners Synopsis Jaime joyrides on the back-roads of Owl River, population: sinking. She’s going nowhere fast, and it’s the same in life. BFF Paula pressures her to apply to colleges, papa Hal just wants to keep her out of juvie. However, Jaime can’t know where she’s going until she knows where she comes from. When ex-con Ray shakes her down for the whereabouts of a stash, Jaime learns her departed grandpa Graham’s family secret: he ran the biggest pot-ring East of Montreal. Now Jaime must recruit Paula and hapless admirer Ricky if she’s going to outmaneuver tough-guy…
  • Turn the Page

    Elaine Shannon
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    The years of mothering, nesting and care giving are slipping into the past chapters of the book of Elaine. As I turn the pages these days I am meeting a new person. She is familiar…cousin familiar. She is interesting and complex yet simple at the same time. Think of a sunset and sunrise happening at the same time with two suns meeting in the middle of a crimson sky…one ending and one beginning. How is it that this can happen to a person? Life is complicated enough without all these changes. How will people react to this Elaine? This Elaine wants to be free, to travel, sleep in…
  • Simply Zen

    Elaine Shannon
    14 May 2014 | 3:39 am
    Simply Zen is a 30 minute Community Based Regional TV show produced for Bell Aliant. The show explores wellness subjects and inspires people by providing practical and fun ways for them to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well being. It’s real people telling stories about wellness. The ideas explored are practical and accessible to everyone. It is a down to earth show with an interview format and richly woven with visuals from the shoot location. You can watch Simply Zen several ways: • Video on Demand- To Access Community One content on FibreOP TV: TV Remote – Press…
  • I am OK

    Elaine Shannon
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Are you OK? I have been asked this question more than once in the past few months. It is a valid question considering these factors; I am LIVING large these days – a sure sign that something is amiss My skin looks like it did when I was in the grips of puberty – when we are unwell our skin can’t hide it My social calendar is quite open  – when people are not jet setting it must mean something Just because you are a wellness enthusiast and host of a TV show about Wellness does not automatically mean that you are the epitome of health and wellness. It can actually be…
  • The Divorce Movie

    Elaine Shannon
    31 Jan 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Divorce is a full length feature film produced by Elaine Shannon, written and directed by Robert Parsons of Let Em Laugh Productions. Executive Produced by Richard MacQueen (Roaming). The film was shot in various locations in Southern New Brunswick during the summer of 2013 and stars a large number of talented people from the Saint John area. It is Elaine’s first venture into the world of feature film. She embraced the opportunity with open arms. Along with 1st Assistant Producer and co-founder of Let Em Laugh Productions, Julius Malco, they had the pleasure of learning from…
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  • How To Use Mirrors For Good Feng Shui

    Ann
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Mirrors are everywhere. By far the most widely used of Feng Shui’s nine essential Chi adjustments, mirrors are extremely important to your ability to create and activate good Chi energy in your home or office. Mirrors add light, depth and movement to a space, and of course they perfectly reflect what is opposite to them. So it’s necessary to bring your conscious intention to the act of hanging a mirror so it can fulfill the purpose you have in mind. Use your mirrors wisely. These top tips show you how to use your mirrors to create good Feng Shui. Do use mirrors to increase…
  • Join Me for a March 17 Webinar: “Feng Shui Your Life For Business Success”

    Ann
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Success in your business starts at home. Learn the Feng Shui principles, techniques and adjustments you need to set yourself up for career success before you even get to the office. Register now for this 1-hour webinar to learn How the state of your home affects your business The parts of your home that have the biggest impact on your career and financial success How to recognize blockages and open up channels of energy in your home How to use Feng Shui’s key tools to maximize your ability to focus and be creative and productive in your work Client success stories that show you how Feng…
  • 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…
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  • Busting Ten Myths About Clutter and Getting Organized

    Kathi Burns
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    What does it really take to live efficiently? We have many misperceptions about what it takes to become organized as well as a few common stumbling blocks to finishing the job once you begin. Kathi Burns of addSpace to Your Life will debunk the misconceptions about home organization so that you can get your life in order and gain new found peace of mind! Myth #1 Once I get organized, I will be organized forever! Organizing is always an ongoing process. It is true that the more systems that you have in place, the easier it is to get back to the place I affectionately call ‘zero’. Zero is…
  • Letting go after a loved one has passed away

    Kathi Burns
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Often I’ve been called in to help people with what I consider very sacred organizing work which is to help a client move on after the death of a loved one. This often involves releasing the things that are no longer relevant to them that might have been relevant to their loved one. The client does not need to keep these things in their life because it makes them sad. When organizing a loved one’s belongings after their transition, it’s all about energetics; getting rid of the things that make them feel sad and keeping only the things that have good memories attached to them.
  • What Documents to Keep and What You Can Pitch

    Kathi Burns
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
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  • Even the most organized executive assistants could use a little help

    Kathi Burns
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I recently had the opportunity and pleasure to work with an executive assistant at a local corporation. She handled 8 legal attorneys and all of their work and demands. When I was called in, she was getting prepared to handle 15 more, so her workload was essentially tripling. Although she was already very organized, taking on this increased caseload meant she needed to be impeccably organized and efficient. I came up with a few solutions for her that should help. We went through the papers on her desk, which she had been leaving in piles, and when something was needed she would sort through…
  • 3 Myths About Clutter That Are Probably Causing You Stress

    Kathi Burns
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Look around you, if you see mess and clutter, it is causing you well deserved peace of mind. And with so many misconceptions about what it really takes to live efficiently, it’s no wonder that many people never truly get organized. To get you started on the right path, I’m going to debunk 3 myths about home organization right now:   Myth 1: You have to be an expert. I assure you, you need no special experience or skills to organize your home and live clutter-free. You simply need the desire to get there, and a few pieces of insider know-how.   Myth 2: You have to always…
 
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  • Organizing Storage Areas So That Finding Is Not A Problem

    Janet Baker
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Spring is just around the corner, and you may be thinking about projects for your spring cleaning. Maybe even cleaning out the basement, garage, or attic! Getting storage areas organized may seem overwhelming, but it can be rewarding to declutter your life. You may have things in an attic, a garage, a basement, a storage [...]
  • Paper Tiger Can Help with Office and Time Management

    Janet Baker
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Whether you’re just starting a new business or you’ve been in business for years, getting your office organized will help you with time management. Can you imagine having to search through this desk everyday to find something, or actually getting anything done? Paper Tiger Filing System Software for office organization is being used in companies [...]
  • 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 [...]
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  • 11 Ways to Get Organized with Bathroom Cabinet Doors

    Laura Wittman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’m back with more cabinet door organizing ideas. This time I’ll narrow our focus to bathroom cabinets. There aren’t as many ideas for the bathroom as there are for kitchen cabinet doors, but the ideas are still inspirational. Not only are […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 11 Ways to Get Organized with Bathroom Cabinet Doors
  • 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed

    Laura Wittman
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. It’s the end of the day and you are exhausted (with a capital “E”!). But before you crawl off to bed and allow your head to hit the pillow- there are a few things you should do in order to both […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ March 23/15

    Laura Wittman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, I was away all weekend on a girl’s trip and unfortunately came home sick.  Please forgive me for this shorter Menu Plan Monday post today as I take some time to rest.  But first let me leave you with a beautiful picture of our retreat location.  This was our view from the dining […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ March 23/15
  • Friday Favorites: Free Spring Cleaning Checklist, No-Clutter Birthday Gift + more!

    Laura Wittman
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hey friends, happy Friday to you!  I’m heading off to a Ladies Retreat with 15 other gals from our church this weekend.  Should be fun!  I spent many hours preparing my meals to bring with me.  There are cooks and meals provided where we are going but I wouldn’t want to burden anyone with all […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Free Spring Cleaning Checklist, No-Clutter Birthday Gift + more!
  • 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks You Don’t Want to Forget

    Laura Wittman
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Whether you’re still buried in snow or already wearing tank tops, it’s That Time of Year. What time? Spring Cleaning time, of course! What Spring Cleaning Isn’t: Decluttering A lot of people think Spring […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks You Don’t Want to Forget
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    Organize to Revitalize!

  • Get Organized For Spring!

    Dan Loya
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Original Image Credit: Pixabay This edition of the 5-Minute Organizing Challenge will inspire you to “spring into action” and refresh your home. This is the time of year when we apply the adage, “Out with the old, in with the new.” Use these five mini-challenges (each takes only five minutes or less) to get yourself organized for Spring. Clean to a theme. Create a daily theme for each organizing session to make sure you clean and organize in one area at a time. It only takes a few minutes to brainstorm one or two areas you will work in, such as cleaning all the windows in your…
  • Stay Connected With Friends and Family by Being More Organized

    Ellen Delap
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Is disorganization holding you back from being the person who connects with family and friends? You love to purchase note cards and birthday cards. You think of yourself as the person who sends cards for special occasions. Your home and office are brimming with special cards for special people that have not been mailed. But, your friends haven’t heard from you in quite a while. You would love to get together with them for a drink and to laugh.  You cross paths with friends and always say, “I’d love to get together” — but never set a date. There’s no time…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Get Your Tax Receipts Organized

    Dan Loya
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    It’s tax filing season, so this 5-Minute Organizing Challenge will help you get your tax receipts in order. Most people don’t know where to start with their piles of receipts, so these five simple steps will help you get an effective tax filing system in place. These mini-challenges will take five minutes or less for each step, so it shouldn’t take long to get your system in place. 1. Spend a few minutes gathering supplies you’ll need: file folders, writing utensils, and paperclips. 2. Next, list categories and subcategories for the types of receipts you have. Then, create a…
  • 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…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (J. Kabat-Zinn) — When a storm hits, grab your wetsuit and hang ten! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Love consists in this: 2 solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. (R. Rilke) — Connection is as vital as oxygen. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Forever is comprised of nows. (E. Dickinson) — Immortality comes from always living in the moment. Siempre vive! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. (A. Einstein) — You get an A+ for questioning authority! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (J. Kabat-Zinn) — When a storm hits, grab your wetsuit and hang ten! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Love consists in this: 2 solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. (R. Rilke) — Connection is as vital as oxygen. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Forever is comprised of nows. (E. Dickinson) — Immortality comes from always living in the moment. Siempre vive! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. (A. Einstein) — You get an A+ for questioning authority! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Simple Life Together

  • SLT075: 4 Critical Areas You Need to Consider When Downsizing

    Daniel Hayes
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Back in Episode 65, we talked about Strategic Simple Living and shared a few great tools you can use to plan your simple living strategy. Specifically, we used the 4 Direction Ideation Tool of Looking Outward/Inward/Backward/Forward as lenses for developing your strategy. We shared how we used this tool when downsizing for trying to find the perfect area for us to live. But when we came to a decision point, we used a different framework for evaluating our final choice…and actually choosing where we’re moving to. So, armed with all we learned from the 4 Direction Ideation Tool…
  • Simple Things: Podcasts

    Daniel Hayes
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Not long ago I introduced a series called The Best of Old and New. I’d like to continue that series with this installment and talk about the power of audio. Specifically, about podcasts. Now, granted, there were no podcasts “back in the day” but radio was certainly the dominant form of entertainment. It was free and anyone with a radio could listen in. And if you have ever listened to our show, you know I’m an audio kind of guy. For a long time, radio was THE new and best way to get the word out fast or to provide entertainment to the masses. When Franklin Roosevelt was Governor…
  • SLT074: 3 Simple Living Habits You Can Use Right Now

    Daniel Hayes
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    When it comes to simple living, we can all use a few more tips to help us along. We’re going to share 3 more simple living habits you can start using right now for a better today and tomorrow. One of our most popular shows was Episode 55, 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity. We passed along what we feel are the top 7 habits you can develop to bring some serious simplicity into your life. That show was shared thousands of times…over 2300 times on our Pinterest page alone! Well, today we’re going to share 3 more. So let’s jump right in!  Read More… Note: Get a copy…
  • Simple Things: The Best of Old and New

    Daniel Hayes
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    I like simple things and sometimes pine for simpler times. That said, the realist in me knows that even times past weren’t all that simple, but there will always be a part of me that likes to imagine they were. We could all use a little more simple these days. The “Rapid Wire” cashier system. When I was a kid, I loved to sit with my grandfather as he told me of how he worked in a store back in the late 1920s and early 30s.There were no credit card machines, or even a cash register. There was a teller with a scratch pad & pencil, and a pulley system with a can on it. The…
  • SLT073: Simplifying Simple Life Together

    Daniel Hayes
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Okay, folks. We had intended this episode to be more of a “finality”. It was supposed to be more of a “farewell” episode and post. But the truth is, we’re having trouble with this because Simple Life Together is such a big part of our life. If it sounds like we’re waffling a bit, that’s because…well, we are! So I guess you could say that we’re simplifying Simple Life Together. We should just jump right into the dirty work and break it all down for you…  Read More… Note: Get a copy of Supermom vs Super Mom for yourself or gift it to a Mom who…
 
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  • How to Be Virtually Paper-Free | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I can think of lots of things I wouldn’t mind being “buried” in- dark chocolate bars and cashmere sweaters come to mind. But, paper is nowhere on that list. Paper can be confusing and overwhelming, so it often gets stacked, stashed or shoved- and ultimately never looked at again. Watch this video, grab yourself a chocolate bar and let’s cremate that stack of paper! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdpaper-free.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on…
  • Where Do I Start? How to Get Started Organizing Your House | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    One of the best parts of a board game is that they tell you where to start. It’s not so easy when you are looking at a room full of stuff. Watch this video to figure out where to start. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdbegin.) >  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, and/or Comment. (Tweeps…
  • How to Start Your To-Do List and Reduce Your Stress! | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    There are only so many pots you can keep on the fire at one time. You know that sinking, nagging feeling that you have forgotten something? Watch this video for strategies to pull all of those To-Do list items out of your head and onto a list before you get burned! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdtodo.) >  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…
  • 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,…
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    C-Line Products Blog

  • Q and A: Attaching Electronic Files to Hard Copies of Tax Documents

    Nicola
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Often times, our customers look to us to make suggestions on how to use our items to solve an organizational problem. 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: I have a storage dilemma! After my taxes are filed, my accountant usually provides me with a CD of all the tax information. It has electronic copies of what we filed, in addition to W2 information, investment statements, etc. Typically, I create…
  • 5 Ways to Organize Tax Documents with Sheet Protectors

    Nicola
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    When it comes to storing current and past tax documents, there are a variety of directions to go. Expanding files, project folders and document cases are all great options to pick from. However, if you want to ensure that documents remain visible and easily accessible, using sheet protectors is a better approach. Regardless of the style chosen, the sheet protector will preserve documents, while also making it possible to look-up information quickly. C-Line has over 40 sheet protectors to choose from ranging in style, size and design. Here are the top 5 ways sheet protectors should be used to…
  • Before and After: Keep Your Annual Checklist Intact

    Nicola
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Sometimes the best way to see how a product can be beneficial is to look at how someone stores files or information before a C-Line product was used. When it comes to tax season, I always refer to a preparation checklist that my accountant gave me several years ago. As you can imagine, it has seen some wear and tear over time. Although the pages are damaged, I want to preserve the document. Before Before: Here is the stained and crinkled tax checklist. Here is my checklist. It might not be in the greatest shape, but it still does the job of getting me tax time ready every year. The document…
  • Tip of the Month: Prep for Tax Time Throughout the Year

    Nicola
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    When it comes to tax season, I often find that half the battle is the preparation that occurs prior to meeting with your accountant. Searching for end of the year statements, donation receipts and more can be a time consuming task. To avoid this last minute scramble, C-Line has a product that allows you to organize documents throughout the year without taking much time to file the paperwork. The 21-Pocket Stand-Up Expanding File can be placed on top of a desk or filing cabinet and instantly creates a tax time organization system. The poly file is legal size so documents up to 8-1/2” x 14”…
  • 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…
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    Discover Freedom Blog - Organize Your Home, Office, and Life

  • “Busy” is Not a Badge of Honor

    Sue Becker
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    I’m surprised that I’m still surprised how often people answer “busy” when I ask them how they are. Sometimes it seems as though people view being busy as a badge of honor to be respected, and maybe even worthy of sympathy. Well I’m proudly taking off my busy badge and doing all I can to resist putting it on, even when others insist. The chaos, urgency and difficulty of being in the moment caused by being busy are just not what I want my life to be about. Sure, there are unforeseen events, like a friend’s hospitalization, that require life to be more hectic, but I resolve not to…
  • 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,
 
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  • Should I Save or Should It Go?

    Claire
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-06-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPeople who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing. Sometimes, the story is that they decided to get rid of a bunch of stuff that hadn't been used in decades and "the…
  • Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

    Claire
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-06-01 13:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Creating an organized space makes it easier for you to lay your hands on the things you need and helps you be more effective because you now have time for the important stuff. It's also an essential part of taking care of the most valuable person in your life, yourself. Christine Arylo, coach and author of the new book, Choosing ME Before WE, graciously took some time from her book promotion schedule (you can hear her speak on June 2nd at 7pm in Oakland at Great Good Place for Books) to do an interview for my…
  • Shoe Storage Ideas

    Claire
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-06-11 16:00:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWhen you’re not wearing them, take care of them. That means putting them away. These boots may be made for walking, but they don’t do it on their own. The three keys to good shoe storage are: Easy to use, accessible and spacious. Habits create ease. When a task is a habit, it’s automatically easier because you don’t have to think about it. Make putting your shoes away part of your current routine. When you come inside, you put your jacket and bag somewhere, right? And I don’t mean on the back of the sofa.
  • Declutter the Digital

    Claire
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-01-17 12:27:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRule of thumb: it’s easier to organize things when there are fewer of them. How often do you look through a folder or collection of digital photographs and find only a handful that you want to show to anyone? The rest are too dark, out of focus, more versions of the same thing, make you look fat, or you have no idea why you even took them. If you get rid of them now, it’ll be easier to find the ones you like and share them. Next time you download your camera, really look at each photo and decide whether you…
  • 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…
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    Organize It Blog

  • Before Your Closet Consultation

    Elizabeth
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    We have helped thousands of customers bring order to their homes and lives with this service. Our easy process: Call me at your convenience and we’ll discuss: Shoe storage requirements How you prefer to hang your slacks Space required for “long hang” garments (dresses, robes, etc.) Whether you require socks and underwear drawers for “one stop dressing” within the closet space Wall dimensions and how to measure Ceiling height Obstructions (light switches, electrical outlets, HVAC registers, and access panels) Door type/door swing A budget for the project The actual design session…
  • 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…
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  • Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Hires an Organizer And You'll Never Guess What Happened

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Big Bang's Mayim Bialik seems to be happy to have hired a Professional Organizer; her results really opened her eyes.  (photo) We don't think we've ever seen someone write about their celebrity organizing experience like Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik wrote about recently. Best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Mayim really, really opened up on Kveller, a Jewish parenting blog and you've got to see this. Nervous and brave: "I have been told to do for years but resisted and finally gave in…
  • 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,…
 
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    Value of Simple

  • The Experience Curator: First Edition (Complete with Myth-Busting, High-Fives, and Butt-Dialing)

    Joel Zaslofsky
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Experience Curator is a periodic series giving you the most fascinating, exceptional, or fun moments from 5,000 BCE through today. From online content to offline stories to tantalizing tidbits, there’s plenty here to resonate with anyone (including you). This first edition features the crucial difference between common and normal, an inspiring origin story from rural Jamaica, Tony Robbins high-fiving Al Gore, and a whole lot more. (Oh, and a hilarious story about something you probably thought went extinct: the butt-dial). Grab a beverage, remove your distractions, and let’s explore a…
  • Simplify, Organize, and Minimize: Meet Your New Friend, Streamline, with Tico and Tina – SASM 070

    Joel Zaslofsky
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    What would it feel like to get a cold water shower that changes everything … just four months into a marriage? Does it have to take years and years to become debt-free, work from anywhere, and travel as freely as the wind? These are the questions that my guests – David and Christina (a.k.a. “Tico and Tina”) – faced as a family and are helping others answer now. It doesn’t take long to see how when you follow them online. It’s rare to see individuals, let alone couples, switch so seamlessly between hilarious, poignant, and vulnerable. But they pull it off with…
  • The Dangers of “The Twitch” and How to Stop Yours with Anthony Ongaro – SASM 069

    Joel Zaslofsky
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture this scenario. You’re sharing a meal with two friends and one of them has a smartphone that beeps, buzzes, or flashes every other minute. Worse yet, he leaves his phone on the table and picks it up every time it begs for attention. It’s “pardon the interruption” on steroids. The other friend, however, leaves her phone in her purse. Her consistent eye contact, smiles, and sharp listening skills practically tell you, “You’re the most important thing to me right now.” Which one of these friends is getting invited to your next gathering … and which one has a twitch they…
  • 3 More Dynamite SimpleREV Highlights (and How to Join Our Community)

    Joel Zaslofsky
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Someone should call the oversight police on me. I said I would bring you along for the SimpleREV ride, but it’s been six months since my last update on our growing simple living movement. If you’re thinking, “Dude, what’s a SimpleREV?” it’s the intentional intersection of simplicity and community. And if gratitude, abundance, contentment, or deep connections are your kinda dealio, read on for some highlights about all things SimpleREV. SimpleREV 2015: Will You Be There? On October 3-4, 2014, fifty-five simple living enthusiasts gathered at the University of St. Thomas in downtown…
  • 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…
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    Metropolitan Organizing ®

  • How To Choose A Shredder For Your Home Office

    Geralin Thomas
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas A Shredder For Every Purpose When it comes to purchasing a shredder, the options are overwhelming. There are literally thousands of shredders to choose from. Here are some tips to narrow your focus and help you decide on the best shredder for your home or office. Determine Usage How many people will be using your […] The post How To Choose A Shredder For Your Home Office appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • How To Work With Subcontractors

    Geralin Thomas
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Hiring And Managing Subcontractors Subcontractors can be a key component of expanding your professional organizing business. Hiring a team of subcontractors will allow you to take on more clients and tackle large organizing projects. Use the tips below to assemble an organizing team that will work collaboratively. Assemble Your Team Search For Subcontractors Cast a […] The post How To Work With Subcontractors appeared first on 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 ®.
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    Helena - A Personal Organizer

  • Grab a cup! Weekly Reads & Inspiration

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Enjoy the post Grab a cup! Weekly Reads & Inspiration Inspiration on Organizing & on Living a Better Life Every week I read and go through so many of my colleagues and fellow bloggers’ posts. Some are new, some are old “reading friends” of my Saturday morning reading routine. Life can get on the way of sharing their wisdom, insights and tips, and I decided to start listing them here for you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy. Hi there! This was a very hectic week and I had to trim down my reading list. I know Spring Break…
  • Tips to organizing your papers & filing system

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Tips to organizing your papers & filing system Filing and Document Organization Eclectic Home Office by Other Metro Artists & Artisans Catalina Estrada The key to organizing documents for filing is staying on top of paperwork as it comes into your home. That starts with having a filing system that works for you. Here are a few tips to help you set up a filing system to organize all your documents and important paperwork. 1. Review your old files Get rid of outdated files as well as those you no longer need. Check the IRS website to see which documents you should keep…
  • Grab a cup! Weekly reads & inspiration

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Grab a cup! Weekly reads & inspiration Inspiration on Organizing & on Living a Better Life Every week I read and go through so many of my colleagues and fellow bloggers’ posts. Some are new, some are old “reading friends” of my Saturday morning reading routine. Life can get on the way of sharing their wisdom, insights and tips, and I decided to start listing them here for you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy! The Story of Telling – The Importance Of The First Stroke – @bernadettejiwa Seth Godin…
  • Would you like to help and participate?

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Would you like to help and participate? Paid Research on Hoarding As a professional organizer interested in the research and study of topics related to disorganization, I’d like to invite you to participate in this research. Please see the message below, and if you qualify click on the link to participate. My name is Monica Wala and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology department at Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg, Illinois. I am working on my clinical research project studying the effects of hoarding on the lives of adults, with a…
  • Feng Shui for Celebrating Birthdays

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    Enjoy the post Feng Shui for Celebrating Birthdays “Day after day we can’t help growing older. Year after year spring can’t help seeming younger. Come let’s enjoy our wine cup today, Not pity the flowers fallen!” {Wang Wei} The moment of your birth is when your personal Trinity of Heaven, Earth and Mankind Luck was established. Celebrating your birthday each year is a wonderful opportunity to increase your good luck and share good chi! Here are some special ways to inspire your own celebrations or create very special birthday gifts for your family and loved ones.
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
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    Best Results Organizing

  • Tax-Time Freebies To Keep You Organized

    Julie Bestry
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Have you already finished your taxes? Just starting them? Are you inching your way towards finishing them, and looking around you to find that you have a mountain of papers ready to shred? March and April, collectively considered “tax time,” is the perfect opportunity to clear out your file folders, your desk drawers, your purses […]
  • 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 […]
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    Bombchelle

  • Can the app you use make you write faster? (An experiment)

    Michelle
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In case you missed it, last year, during NaNoWriMo, I wrote a dang book. A book that is now being serially published and will soon be available for purchase on Kindle. Because I am physically incapable of not being a total nerd at any given time, I wanted to try something: testing my writing speed and seeing if the tool I was writing in had an impact on it. The baseline: Before I started experimenting with these apps, my average words per hour across 2-3 weeks of writing was 1,417 words per hour. Before it comes up: I have used Scrivener and I wasn’t a huge fan. I couldn’t stand…
  • The Freelancer’s Financial Toolkit (What keeps me sane + saving)

    Michelle
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Money. We all have (at least some of) it, we all want (at least a little) more of it. And one of my personal goals this year is to get better at managing it, along with making the aforementioned more of it. Along the way, I’ve come across some amazing apps that help me out…all listed below! I’d love to hear your contributions too, so chime in in the comments, on the Facebook page, or on Twitter (tweet @_chelleshock). Without further ado… Harvest If you’re a long time reader, you know I love Harvest. I just can’t gush enough about it: their customer support…
  • Dear freelancers: we’re better than this

    Michelle
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I love talking to other freelancers. Sharing battle stories, celebrating our successes together, helping out people who are earlier along on their journey. It’s all fantastic. The one thing I’ve noticed is that as a community, we are really bad at giving each other advice sometimes. This was highlighted for me in a recent incident, in which I received an email from a (now ex) client that totally floored me, in which they called me tacky, unprofessional, and told me I had wasted their time, seemingly out of the damn blue. Flabbergasted and unsure what to do in response, I posted…
  • 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…
 
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    Organise My House

  • Cut the clutter challenge – Week #12

    Chrissy Halton
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Now that you are (hopefully!) feeling a lot lighter in terms of your TO DO list, it’s back to a room of the house this week for your challenge – and that room is the Bathroom. The... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • How full is your jar? – Getting your priorities straight

    Chrissy Halton
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Today I wanted to tell you a story – it is one of those stories that has stayed with me for years, and has a great lesson to learn that will help you get your priorities in order and understand... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 7 reasons why planning is vital for a stress free life

    Chrissy Halton
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    This post is all about planning – why planning isn’t a dirty word, and how it can really help to create less stress and more productivity in your daily routines. It can help you to... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Cut the clutter challenge – Week #11

    Chrissy Halton
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    This week on the Cut the Clutter challenge sees another break from decluttering a specific room, and instead we are looking at something that can all too easily get cluttered and make us feel... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • The 5 biggest motivation killers and how to overcome them

    Chrissy Halton
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    We all have days where, no matter what we do, motivation just doesn’t come. A TO DO list longer than your arm looms, but nothing gets done, and it’s a horrible feeling. So, how can we... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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    Clutterninja ~ Residential Organizing Services

  • Take Control by Creating a Command Center

    Suzanne
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    All month, we’ve been talking about paper clutter – from managing the influx of junk mail and bills, to our kids’ never-ending schoolwork coming home, to purging our home office files. Today, I want to tackle another area that many of my clients struggle with – the Home Command Center. Having a Command Center is really a big key to being able to take back control of your household and make sure you run it efficiently. Why? Because it centralizes many of the key functions – managing mail, paying bills, returning signed papers to school. You’ll find a lot of…
  • Drowning in Your Kids’ Paper? Take Back Control!

    Suzanne
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Paper clutter is one of the categories I get asked about the most. Especially from parents who feel like they’re constantly battling the large quantities of paper that comes home with their kids. Homework, projects, term papers, artwork, permission slips, PTA memos – it never seems to end, right? Friday Backpack & Binder Review! Regain Control! One of the biggest keys to controlling ‘kid paper’ is to catch it while it’s coming in. Design a system that works for your family and stick to it. In our home, we set aside time every Friday afternoon to look through…
  • Products We LOVE: Silver Jewelry Organizing Tree

    Suzanne
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Jewelry organizing and keeping it 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!   The post Products We LOVE: Silver Jewelry Organizing Tree appeared first on Clutterninja ~ Residential Organizing Services.
  • Products We LOVE: Cord and Cable Control 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! Junk Removal Atlanta

    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%…
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    Ellen's Blog

  • Fresh Start Spring Organizing

    Ellen
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
      With small green buds peeking out from the trees, or maybe just many feet of ice melting, spring is around the corner (thankfully.)  It’s been a long winter of nesting. We may be especially looking forward to the change of seasons.  We want to get started on our spring organizing.   “Reset” frequently used spots It’s time to recheck those spaces that are frequently used in your home. Those spots are the landing strip and command center.  The landing strip is where all your bags and backpacks land each afternoon.  Get this area back into shape by…
  • Perfectionism, Procrastination and Organizing

    Ellen
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
        Perfectionism and procrastination sound like opposites but are they really? Do you set incredibly high standards for a project including lots of planning and then don’t get started because it won’t be completed to your satisfaction? Do you put off a project, thinking you will have more time or energy to do it later? More often than you think, perfectionism can be immobilizing you.  Here are some points to think about with perfectionism, procrastination and organizing.   Are you a perfectionist? Begin by becoming aware of perfectionism in your life. Many people do not…
  • Small Business Technology and Organization

    Ellen
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
      As a business owner, we all want to find simple technology improvements that can make life and work easier. We see the value in using technology to its fullest. We seek out new technology options. Not long ago, wireless technology was a thing of the future and now two-thirds of small businesses use it unfailingly. Just a few small tweaks to our small business technology helps us in a big way.   Do you take advantage of the cloud? A major trend is the use of the cloud. Did you know that 92% of all small businesses have adopted one cloud based solution? Options like Google drive,…
  • 5 Tried and True Techniques for Productivity

    Ellen
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
      When we have tried and true tools and techniques, we trust these won’t fail us.  When it’s crunch time it’s easier to be more productive.   There are so many different tools, tips and remixes for each of us to use.  I have learned to trust these 5 techniques for making sure I am efficient and effective, especially when it’s down to the wire.   I always trust my planner My first instinct as an organizer is to run to my planner and write stuff down.  In just seconds I won’t remember an appointment, a task for a client, or to return a call. …
  • 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…
 
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