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  • What to Do When You're Powerless

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    MonicaRicci
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    "When we are no longer able to change a situation… we are challenged to change ourselves." ~Viktor Frankl PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
  • How to Get What You Really Want

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    Aby Garvey
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    As I write this, I’m taking a break from the major reorganization project that’s going on in the lower level of my home. As I mentioned in my last post, we’re changing the functions of the four major areas of our lower level—my office, Jay’s office, the storage closet and our family room. This means a lot of stuff is moving around, getting decluttered and organized. This also means that there’s lots of time for my mind to wander as I’m sorting things and schlepping belongings from one room to another. This week’s lightbulb moment: This project is actually something I want…
  • A Summer Break from Blogging

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    Molly Gold
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Just in time for a busy July, I’m in the midst of a summer break from blogging. But here’s a hint ~ given the fact that I’m posting today and the fact that Back to School season is right around the corner (have you noticed school supplies in your local box box store yet?) my summer break from blogging is winding down. Completely unplanned ~ I know, I KNOW!!! ~ taking a break from blogging found me so beyond content to keep my laptop closed and my keyboard quiet. Somewhere in the process my subconscious took over and decided this obvious time off the grid had to happen…
  • Optimism: It’s Why We’re Late

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    Paul H. Burton
    6 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Dark Side of Optimism Whoda thunk that something so positive could have a dark side? That’s right. Optimism, the feel-good feeling, the basis for the entire self-help industry, the underlying principle of the smiley face can be harmful. Now, I’m not having “a case of the Mondays,” cuz it’s Thursday. I ask only that you consider the evidence. Would Optimism Please Take the Stand We’ll dispense with the pleasantries, Optimism. Is it not true that you Conspire to make people think their next meeting is “just two floors down?” Encourage people to do one more thing before…
  • Clothes shopping on a budget

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    Kathi Burns
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, I’m on a tight budget and really want to buy some new clothes. Do you have any advice to help me make the right choices? Erika, Cardiff Erika, Buy clothing that will span all seasons — like wool crepe or matte jersey. Try to plan your wardrobe around three neutral colors. Choose between khaki, navy, brown, black, white or creme. Buy more solids than prints – you won’t get tired of them as quickly. Everything you buy should flatter your figure. This means it not only plays up your best features but also hides what’s not perfect. Darker colors and…
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  • What to Do When You're Powerless

    MonicaRicci
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    "When we are no longer able to change a situation… we are challenged to change ourselves." ~Viktor Frankl 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!
  • What Do You Focus On?

    MonicaRicci
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    "If you focus on results, you will never change.  If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon 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! Related articles 7 Tips to Simplify Spring Cleaning How To Accurately Value Your Possessions
  • Do You Have What Counts?

    MonicaRicci
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." ~Winston Churchill 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!
  • A Prisoner of Fate?

    MonicaRicci
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    "People are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt 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!
  • Dude, Where's My Stuff?

    MonicaRicci
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    We're moving. Relocating. Gettin' outta Dodge. No matter how you slice it, moving isn't fun. Nobody looks forward to the moving process, but you'd think for an organizing expert moving would be a piece of cake, right? Heck, how much STUFF can she have?? The truth is that *everyone* accumulates stuff over time, and the longer you live in one place, the more you're likely to have. Well, after thirteen years in our sweet little house, we were faced with our own clutter issues and although our home has never been chaotic in any fashion, did I mention that Christmas Boy, whom I love and adore,…
 
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  • How to Get What You Really Want

    Aby Garvey
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    As I write this, I’m taking a break from the major reorganization project that’s going on in the lower level of my home. As I mentioned in my last post, we’re changing the functions of the four major areas of our lower level—my office, Jay’s office, the storage closet and our family room. This means a lot of stuff is moving around, getting decluttered and organized. This also means that there’s lots of time for my mind to wander as I’m sorting things and schlepping belongings from one room to another. This week’s lightbulb moment: This project is actually something I want…
  • To fill or not to fill…

    Nancy Vorsanger
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Consider a kitchen cabinet assigned to pots and pans. What’s the best way to use it? It might feel efficient to get as many items in as possible. You’re getting more storage bang for the buck, right? But you don’t only have to store your kitchen equipment, you also have to use it. And when the equipment is packed in tightly, that becomes difficult. Maybe you have a variety of pots, three or four inside a larger one, and some behind others. If so, you know how annoying it can be to get the ones on the bottom or in the back, because you have to shift things around or move things out to…
  • Stop filing paper if…

    Aby Garvey
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    My evening project this week has been doing some (serious) decluttering in the lower level of my home. My kids are teenagers now and we decided it’s time to switch up how we use the lower level. This means some old stuff has got to go to make room for the new. (Ping pong table anyone?) I’m pretty much reevaluating every item (that belongs to me) in my office, storage closet and the family room. Even my file cabinet is getting a pretty thorough once-over, something it hasn’t gotten in a while. I discovered I was holding onto a lot of pretty old paperwork from back when I started simplify…
  • 5 Summer Organization Tips

    Aby Garvey
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    In some ways, summer and staying organized seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. Summer means unscheduled days, spontaneity, and a generally more relaxed approach to life. On the other hand, being organized is often associated with schedules and rigidity. I propose we can have both…the fun and spontaneity of summer, with just the right amount of order that we don’t find ourselves facing a three-month clutter dig out come fall. Sound like a plan? Here are five ideas to try. 1. Evaluate your priorities. What’s most important to you this summer? Is it time with the kids? Getting…
  • Organize End-of-School Paperwork

    Aby Garvey
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:10 pm
    If you’re like me, one of the best parts of summer is the break from all the paper my kids bring home from school! Before you settle into a well-deserved vacation from paper, take time now to organize school paperwork and handle any lingering action items left over from the past school year. Here are a few tips to get you started… Take time the week school gets out to fill out the registration forms for the upcoming school year. It will feel much better to know this task is complete, rather than have it hanging over your head all summer long. Record important dates for the upcoming…
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  • A Summer Break from Blogging

    Molly Gold
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Just in time for a busy July, I’m in the midst of a summer break from blogging. But here’s a hint ~ given the fact that I’m posting today and the fact that Back to School season is right around the corner (have you noticed school supplies in your local box box store yet?) my summer break from blogging is winding down. Completely unplanned ~ I know, I KNOW!!! ~ taking a break from blogging found me so beyond content to keep my laptop closed and my keyboard quiet. Somewhere in the process my subconscious took over and decided this obvious time off the grid had to happen…
  • How to Manage Travel Sports and Summer Vacation

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    26 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    If you are a Mom with kids in travel sports, you probably just spent Memorial Day weekend on the sidelines cheering your player on. While families all over are starting their summer or nearing the end of the school year, your family is gearing up for a summer on the road managing packed weekends at tournaments all over the state (or beyond) and keeping the rest of your family happy too. Travel sports parents know their summer schedule long before there is even a glimmer of those 90 degree dust and sweat filled days.  For me, this schedule lock down happens in January and I’d be…
  • 11 Tips for a Great High School Graduation Party

    Molly Gold
    5 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    High school graduation season is upon us and if you are anything like me, you’ll want this event to be as perfect as can be. Last year our oldest graduated from high school and I was amazed at what a meaningful time it was not just for him for for our entire family as well.  To celebrate this special time in our son’s life, we hosted a graduation party for family and our very closest friends. The kickoff to a whirlwind graduation weekend that included Baccalaureate and his actual graduation too, my house was full of activity, hosting meals and having so very much fun.  It was a…
  • How to Organize Your Pantry with Lazy Susans

    Molly Gold
    4 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Today we are talking about how to use Lazy Susans in your pantry. I’ve had the same size pantry for 17 years. Purely a coincidence the house I lived in for seven years before this one happens to have the exact same pantry design as the home I currently have lived in for ten. Actually you’ll see that my pantry is not outfitted with a custom organization solution and it has a hard right angle in the back. I finally figured out that Lazy Susans are the way to maximize that corner ~ and no, I don’t know what it took me so long to figure this out! So here are the five ways Lazy…
  • Memorabilia Organizing Tips for May

    Molly Gold
    1 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    May is the month that seems to deliver more keepsakes than any other time of year. From photos to greeting cards, certificates and awards, treasured artwork and photos from special events, May is game on for things coming into your home that have a very special meaning. But the challenge is knowing exactly what to do with all that stuff. Which is why we so often put off tasks related to memorabilia. We have sentimental feelings associated with that stuff and it can be hard to discern what’s really worth keeping. And once we decide to keep it, what to actually do with it. If you…
 
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  • Optimism: It’s Why We’re Late

    Paul H. Burton
    6 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Dark Side of Optimism Whoda thunk that something so positive could have a dark side? That’s right. Optimism, the feel-good feeling, the basis for the entire self-help industry, the underlying principle of the smiley face can be harmful. Now, I’m not having “a case of the Mondays,” cuz it’s Thursday. I ask only that you consider the evidence. Would Optimism Please Take the Stand We’ll dispense with the pleasantries, Optimism. Is it not true that you Conspire to make people think their next meeting is “just two floors down?” Encourage people to do one more thing before…
  • Gamify Your Day By Taking Smart Breaks

    Paul H. Burton
    3 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Be Smart, Take Breaks The mind is not a marathon runner; it’s a sprinter. Decision fatigue sets in and performance suffers. Filling the mental energy tank back up is easy, just take a break. Think of it this way: The mind is a product of the brain. The brain is an organ. Organs need rest and nutrition to perform at peak levels. As obvious as this seems, we persist in believing that working longer and harder produces the best result. The reality is that success – of any kind – comes from working better and faster. The first step to better/faster is to keep the main engine…
  • A Baker’s Dozen on Traveling Productively

    Paul H. Burton
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Easy Ways to Make Business Travel Better Traveling for business is often a consequence of career success. Making the experience comfortable and productive can be challenging. Ten years of traveling has taught this road warrior a few tricks for achieving that result. Best Gear Here are some arrows for the business travel quiver. Duplicate Toiletries Kit. Investing and maintaining a travel-only toiletries kit ensures that everything needed is present. The investment is minimal and the return is high during the packing and the traveling stages. Noise Canceling Headphones. Jet roar leaves ears…
  • 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…
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  • Clothes shopping on a budget

    Kathi Burns
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, I’m on a tight budget and really want to buy some new clothes. Do you have any advice to help me make the right choices? Erika, Cardiff Erika, Buy clothing that will span all seasons — like wool crepe or matte jersey. Try to plan your wardrobe around three neutral colors. Choose between khaki, navy, brown, black, white or creme. Buy more solids than prints – you won’t get tired of them as quickly. Everything you buy should flatter your figure. This means it not only plays up your best features but also hides what’s not perfect. Darker colors and…
  • Organizing heirlooms

    Kathi Burns
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, All of my relatives seem to think that I am the holding ground for their old stuff and I end up with lots of things that I don’t want. How can I keep my house from being barraged with unwanted heirlooms and family junk? Joy, Cardiff by the Sea Joy, Learn to stand up for yourself and tell your well meaning relatives politely ‘thanks, but no thanks.’ If they protest, ask them why they feel you should hold onto what they no longer need. One of the best ways to prevent clutter, is to stop it before it starts. Do your family members consider your house the dumping…
  • Paper organization

    Kathi Burns
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, I have piles of paper spread all throughout my house. I am basically organized with the exception of all of this paper which is driving me crazy. Where should I start and how can I keep it under control? Marilyn, Encinitas Marilyn, Piles of paper are piles simply because you don’t have a place to put each piece of paper when it comes into your life. After you look at each piece of paper, it needs to be either thrown away or stored in a proper location. Do not add it to a pile for future consideration. If you don’t have time to read the papers as they come into your…
  • Kids party etiquette

    Kathi Burns
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, All of my friends are confused about attending parties with our children. When the party is held at a home, we have a hard time deciding whether we are required or expected to stay for the entire party. What is the proper way to let parents know if they must, should offer, or don’t need to stay for a 5 year olds’ birthday party? Vicki, Oceanside Vicki, Invitations should state clearly whether parents should plan on attending the event. An easy way to let parents know they are off the hook is to include wording on the invitation that says, ‘ childcare provided’.
  • Business attire

    Kathi Burns
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, Is it optional to wear nylons at work these days? I work at a bank and would love to forgo the pantyhose ordeal. Christy, Del Mar Christy, The business environment in Southern California is more casual than most other cities. With the warmer climate, women often wear sandals and open-toed shoes 6-9 months of the year. In my opinion, with the proper shoes, you can dress very professionally without hose. With this in mind, if you are still doubt about your particular bank, ask a trusted manager. If this isn’t possible, pay attention to your superiors. Does everyone wear hose…
 
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  • Are you overwhelmed by clutter?

    Janet Baker
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    We all know that clutter can get in the way of success, peace of mind and happiness. Whether you can get it done yourself, with family members, or with an expert, getting organized and getting rid of clutter, can be accomplished. Have you lost the ability to be creative? Are you tired of losing important [...]
  • Paper Tiger Webinar hosted by Meggin McIntosh

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    16 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    This Paper Tiger webinar hosted by Meggin McIntosh, “The Ph.D. of Productivity”™ and Paper Tiger Expert, will 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 paper [...]
  • What does time management have to do with getting organized?

    Janet Baker
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It’s no secret that there are multiple reasons we choose to get organized. More often than not, we connect being organized with being successful. The truth is, however, that one of the greatest benefits of being organized is time management. ~~~~~~~ Benjamin Franklin said, “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” ~~~~~~~ If [...]
  • Paper Tiger is Easy to Set Up and Learn

    Janet Baker
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Create a Paper Tiger Online account in 60 seconds and change the way you manage paper forever! Click here to see how Paper Tiger works in this video. Click here to view a short getting started video. To view tutorials for the concept of Paper Tiger and additional training for the desktop version of Paper [...]
  • De-clutter for a Stress-Free Summer

    Janet Baker
    27 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Most everyone is thinking about vacation time about now. The beach and time to relax is a welcomed thought, but you can't get away from thinking about all the things that still need to be done before going on vacation. Do you really want to go on vacation then come back to clutter that you've [...]
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  • CAUSEBOX by Sevenly – Summer Edition

    Laura Wittmann
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    A couple of months ago I was super excited to tell you about a great company called Sevenly (read that post HERE) and their quarterly subscription box service called CAUSEBOX that curates $150+ worth of socially conscious products for women from companies with hearts to change the world and sells it to customers for $49.95/quarter.  […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> CAUSEBOX by Sevenly – Summer Edition
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ June 2015

    Laura Wittmann
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Yay to the end of June!  June was such a busy month that I’m looking forward to the slower days of July now that the kids finished school last week.  I’m also excited to get some organizing and painting projects done as we switch some rooms around in the house.  My middle son is taking […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Sponsor Spotlight ~ June 2015
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ June 29/15

    Laura Wittmann
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends!  Whew what a week it’s been around here!  I am absolutely pooped out.  Between entertaining my in-laws, my birthday and then graduation celebrations I am ready to sleep for a week to recuperate! It was such a great time though and it’s still hard for me to believe I’m old enough to have […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ June 29/15
  • Preparing For Travel With Kids

    Laura Wittmann
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:31 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Katie at Organizing Moms.   Are you planning a family trip this summer? Traveling with family can be so much fun, and it’s a great way to spend time together. However, preparing for travel with kids can sometimes feel like an insurmountable task. We don’t live close […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Preparing For Travel With Kids
  • 5 Tips for an Organized Summer

    Laura Wittmann
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  Summer….oh how I love you! I really do. I love the relaxed nature, the sleeping in, the ability to wear flip-flops 24/7, the late nights, and really just the chance to take a break! Even more so, I cherish the long […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Tips for an Organized Summer
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015

    Ramona
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The surest way to the soul is through the flesh. (M. Luhan) — Passion traveling straight from the punching bag to my heart! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015

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    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Each man’s belief is right in his own eyes. (W. Cowper) — Quick! Someone get Rush Limbaugh a pair of corrective lenses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015

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    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ambition…the glorious fault of angels and gods. (A. Pope) — Both a gift and a curse from the heavens for us mere mortals! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Mother's arms are made of tenderness so children can sleep soundly in them. (V. Hugo) — Where to rest my head as an adult? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Live life in crescendo. (S. Covey) — Pianissimo is for wimps! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015

    Ramona
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The surest way to the soul is through the flesh. (M. Luhan) — Passion traveling straight from the punching bag to my heart! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015

    Ramona
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Each man’s belief is right in his own eyes. (W. Cowper) — Quick! Someone get Rush Limbaugh a pair of corrective lenses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ambition…the glorious fault of angels and gods. (A. Pope) — Both a gift and a curse from the heavens for us mere mortals! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015

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    30 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Mother's arms are made of tenderness so children can sleep soundly in them. (V. Hugo) — Where to rest my head as an adult? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Live life in crescendo. (S. Covey) — Pianissimo is for wimps! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • How to Get Rid of Old Computers & Electronics! | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto… Computers and electronics are such an integral part of our daily lives, but what do you do when you need to upgrade? Watch this video for strategies to safely donate your computers, clear your closet, get a tax deduction, help your community, and help the planet. Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdcomp.) >  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…
  • 3 Unusual Kitchen Organizing Hacks | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Are you hacked off about the lack of storage and function in your kitchen? Unless you are remodeling, there aren’t a lot of changes you can make to this hub of the home. Watch this video and try these kitchen hacks to maximize your storage and make meal preparation less stressful and more productive. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdhacks.) >  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…
  • How to Make Sure No Task Falls Thru The Cracks! | Part 2 Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Are you drowning in little pieces of paper, notebooks and expensive planners- but, still feel like you are swimming upstream? With so many commitments in our daily lives, it can be really stressful trying to keep your life afloat. Watch this video for some relief- the lifeline is on the way! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdtodo2.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If…
  • How to Make Sure No Task Falls Thru The Cracks! | Part 1 Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Finding the right way to manage your tasks can be a hard nut to crack. There are so many options out there- how do you know what to try? Watch this video to keep you from cracking up while filling the cracks in your to do list. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdtodo1.) >  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…
  • 11 Questions for Planning the Ultimate Summer! | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Summertime, and the livin' is easy… Wait, what? I guess the kids didn’t get that memo. So, what do you do now that the temperature is rising and along with your wanderlust? Watch this video and start singing a new tune and enjoying your endless summer. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdsummer.) >  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…
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  • Tip of the Month: Reorganize Your Workplace with the Mini Binder Kit

    Nicola
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    I have a co-worker, let’s call her Lily, who is very diligent about taking notes. She is constantly taking notes about various things throughout her workday. Notes are taken on everything from sticky notes to scratch paper in an effort to jot down information to ensure it is not forgotten. I proposed that Lily reorganizes her system of note taking by creating a compact and central location to store all of these random notes that relate to important information. The Mini Size Binder Starter Kit is the perfect tool to use in this situation. Take a look at all the components that come…
  • How C-Line Employees Use Our Products: Sheet Protectors

    Nicola
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Sometimes the best way to see our products in-use is by simply looking around the office. Our employees at C-Line will often head to the sample room in search of one of our products. Take a look at how Rose, a member of the C-Line marketing department, utilized the Colored Polypropylene Sheet Protector. The blue colored sheet protectors make the proof pages stand-out. “Many of our customers will send us catalog proof pages throughout the year. Our department has a system of tracking current pages, along with proof pages and storing everything from that customer in a three-ring binder to…
  • How to Create a Photo Album Using One Type of Photo Storage

    Nicola
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Whether you are creating an album to showcase pictures from your summer vacation or assembling a montage of your child’s entire school year, C-Line can help you organize your memories. Instead of buying numerous styles of photo holders, why not purchase one kind that has the ability to accommodate a variety of styles and sizes of photos? The Redi-Mount Photo Mounting Sheets are a 9” x 11” size page that offers versatility to individuals. Once you pull back the see-through plastic, you are ready to begin! Here is how to use these double-sided holders to create your own personalized photo…
  • Tip of the Month: Traditional Lanyards Still Valuable Supply

    Nicola
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    When it comes to using office products, sometimes it is best to go back to the basics and incorporate the use of some traditional supplies. Traditional supplies like a sheet protector or a name badge have been around for quite some time and continue to be beneficial in the home or office. Lanyards are another great item that is economical, durable and serves a variety of purposes. The Standard Lanyards are available in black, blue and red. Here are a few examples of situations that C-Line’s lanyards could be a valuable tool to have on-hand. Need to display your ID badge while at work? The…
  • Product Sighting: Magnetic Shop Ticket Holders at Local Sports Game

    Nicola
    27 May 2015 | 5:10 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. This time, I was the one who spotted one of our C-Line Shop Ticket Holders! While attending a local sports game, my husband and I went to get food during intermission. As we were standing in line, I noticed that the servers kept going to a food warming unit that had two signs in the front. After closer inspection, I confirmed that the signs were being held in our Magnetic Shop Ticket Holders. I asked the server…
 
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  • Lessons on Success from a Hockey Team

    Sue Becker
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    My favorite sports team, the Chicago Blackhawks, recently won their third professional hockey championship trophy in 6 seasons– the Stanley Cup. It’s hard to believe that a short time ago the Hawks organization was ranked by ESPN as the worst of all professional teams in all sports, predominantly due to outdated management habits that were no longer working (and sometimes never worked). Now they’re ranked in the top 10 and are one of business and sport history’s greatest turnaround stories. Whether or not you’re a hockey fan, you can learn some important lessons about achieving your…
  • Time Management Tips for Everybody

    Sue Becker
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    No matter what role you play in life – stay-at-home parent, CEO, student, entrepreneur, retiree, etc. – managing your time has an impact on your quality of life. Well actually, managing yourself with respect to time has an impact, since we can’t manage time itself. It’s not my role to tell you what you should be doing with your time, but I can help you find ways to use time in ways that will make you successful, in whatever way you define success. Here are a few ideas to consider: Say “no” more often.  I’ve previously written about the power of saying “no.” Evaluate…
  • Tips for Planning an International Trip

    Sue Becker
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:38 am
    Summer is almost here – hurray! Now’s the time many of us will be heading out of town, or even out of the country, for vacation. To make sure you experience smooth sailing (or flying as the case may be), here are some tips for planning an international trip. Make sure your passport is still valid – many countries require your passport to be valid at least six months past your departure date. Make two copies of your passport and photo ID – leave one at home and pack one in your luggage. This will make it easier to get another passport if your passport is lost or stolen. Check out the…
  • Productivity Tools Alone Can’t Save You

    Sue Becker
    19 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    There are loads of electronic gadgets and online tools to help track your to-dos and appointments (Outlook, Google Calendar, Wunderlist, etc.), capture information (Evernote, OneNote, etc.), manage your grocery list (e.g., GroceryIQ), and help with a myriad of other things that are part of surviving modern life. However, whether you use the latest electronic gadget or go old school and use paper and pencil, it’s important to have good productivity habits in place in order to make the most of your productivity tools. For example, I’ve worked with plenty of folks who use an electronic task…
  • So Much Media, So Little Time

    Sue Becker
    5 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    I was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune by a journalist who was grappling with his desire to enjoy more leisure time by watching more movies & television and reading more books. He was concerned that his lists of must-watch TV, books to read, and movies to experience kept growing, but his available media consumption time was not keeping pace. You can read the full article by finding the link in my newsletter, but I’ve summarized it here in the interest of giving you more leisure time. You’re welcome! Adding new items to your media consumption wish list without removing anything,…
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  • Keep Tabs on Your Credit

    Claire
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    by Originally posted 2008-02-26 09:36:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRecently, I got a brochure in the mail about identify theft from the Federal Trade Commission. It reminded me that it’s time for my yearly request for free credit reports. The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that all three of the major credit reporting agencies offer free credit reports to everyone once a year. It’s a good thing to do, to make sure no one has taken out a loan or applied for credit in your name, and to make sure the information they have regarding your accounts is correct. They’ve even…
  • Tip for Purging Email

    Claire
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-09 16:18:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I admit it, there are tons of unattended to emails in my inbox. The vast majority of it is reading. I'll probably never get to it, but I don't mind it being there. The rest is threads about events or plans that needed some back and forth before getting resolved. Just going backwards in time is a slow and unappealing way to find emails to delete. Sorting your email by subject first and then by sender will give you two distinct sets of emails that will already be grouped in nice, tossable chunks. You'll get…
  • Check Out the Clutter Diet

    Claire
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-18 10:13:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterGetting organized can be challenging and time consuming. My aim with the blog is to help people with that task as much as I can without actually being there in person. Of course, I'd be happy if you wanted to hire me, but if you have a large project, hiring a professional can be pricey, to be honest. So, I'm thrilled to recommend my colleague Lorie Marrero's Clutter Diet service. For less than you would pay me to work with you once, you can get a whole year of this service, which provides unlimited virtual…
  • The Smallest Step

    Claire
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-05 16:02:37. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI’ve posted before about the difference between goals and tasks. It’s similar to the difference between projects and to do’s. Goals and projects are not one-shot deals. They need to be broken down into do-able steps. Sometimes even the next do-able step doesn’t seem to be getting done. In her Success Circle tip today, Ann Ronan pointed out that if you feel resistance to doing something, well, you probably will avoid doing it. She suggests taking the smallest possible step that won’t…
  • My new organizing guide is here!

    Claire
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    by Here’s the press release. Oakland, CA. On May 11, 2015, Claire Tompkins, the Clutter Coach, released her new book, Five Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom, on Amazon. Compact and to the point, this book is designed to be read quickly and acted upon immediately, like an instruction manual. No one has any time anymore and that’s not likely to change. Yet, we all want our homes, and particularly our bedrooms, to be peaceful, uncluttered refuges from the pace of modern life. This book is how. The book is a quick read. It’s not A to Z organizing; it gets straight to the point. You…
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  • Trending: Chic copper finishes create a bold statement

    Clare
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Copper saw a trend boom last year and the golden finish shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. We’ve recently had an influx of new copper items that we’re really excited about. When the following items first showed up in my office, I was hesitant. I see a lot of different finishes on any given day, but this brassy copper – I just wasn’t sold. As the pieces sat on my desk, awaiting keyword research and an appropriate copy block, they won me over. Copper is not a color for the neutral at heart – it’s for the stylistically daring. It’s bold, sharp and demands attention. No wonder…
  • Trending: Bungalow flooring is colorful, fun and protective

    Clare
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    I don’t mean to brag, but Bungalow Flooring mats have been selling like crazy on our site lately. Now, I’d like to take the credit and contribute it to my flawless content writing, but I know that’s not the case. These rugs speak for themselves and people are listening. Bungalow rugs are built to last. They’re non-skid and resistant to mold, mildew, fading and cracking. They come in a vast variety of colors, shapes, sizes, patterns and images – yes, images. One of the biggest selling points of Bungalow Flooring is color choices. Most Bungalow rugs come in up to 19 different colors…
  • Hit the road with purpose: the needs, wants and musts of any road trip

    Clare
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    Road trips are the perfect getaway for family, friends and even our four-legged companions. As summer begins, we start to feel that vacation itch, but skipping out of the office for the next flight isn’t always possible. That’s why we at Organize-It love the idea of weekend road trips. They’re a quick getaway for less money, less effort and less hassle. View of the Muskegon River. // Photo courtesy snre.umich.edu. Last weekend I packed up the car and headed for Marion, Mich. for some good ol’ camping on the Muskegon River. And, of course, we forgot just about everything. There’s…
  • Father’s Day gift ideas: the trend of male grooming

    Clare
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Summer begins on Sunday, June 21, this year — but that date means something else, too. It’s the day of Dad. The day of pop, padre, daddy and pa. The day to honor and thank the brave men who have taught us the art of grilling, how to throw a punch and how to abuse the greatness of duct tape. These men know what they like. They enjoy the quiet outdoors from the seat of a lawn mower. They enjoy Sundays on the couch with a cold one in their hand. And lately, reports say, they’re finding enjoyment in their good looks too. Manscaping, mampering and the dad bod Lame internet slang aside,…
  • Happy National Bike Week!

    Elizabeth
    20 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    May is National Bike Month, and the third week in May is National Bike Week. If you haven’t already, go ahead and pull out that bike and start getting active! Enjoy your biking season, and let us worry about how you will store your bike after the summer months. Organize-It has some secure, space saving, and effective solutions for off season bike storage. Here are some options you may want to implement for the times your bike needs a break. For those bike enthusiasts who travel, we have car bike racks that offer support and a safe transport to and from your destination. There is an…
 
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  • Want a Thriving Community? Share More, Own Less, and Join the Economy of Human Connection with Sash Milne – SASM 077

    Joel Zaslofsky
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I knew it instantly: she’s my kind of people (and probably yours, too). Sash Milne knows how to rapidly connect community with simplicity and is practically living in my vision for SimpleREV. Consume less. Share more. Be intentional everywhere and at all times. Treat people as humans, not potential transactions. I tell ya, I was overwhelmed with gratitude after watching her ABC Open interview and reading her related blog post. I mean, she gets straight to the heart of what’s important – to the simple-living movement and timeless community-building efforts – when she wrote: A…
  • My Expansive Vision for SimpleREV Local Gatherings

    Joel Zaslofsky
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Visions. They can be powerful, fleeting, and rapidly evolving things. Remember my original vision for SimpleREV in November 2013? Or how about the May 2014 Smart and Simple Matters episode with a renewed, bigger vision? If you’ve heard of SimpleREV already, odds are you think it’s just an annual event in Minneapolis every October. And if you’re really paying attention, maybe you know we have a cool community-sourced video series called What Simple Living Means to Me or a dormant (and hopefully soon-to-be revived) podcast called All Things SimpleREV. But that’s where…
  • How to Go Carbon Neutral, Grow from Rejection, and Have the Pope Ask for Your Prayers with Jared Brock – SASM 076

    Joel Zaslofsky
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I had no idea how Christians signed emails until I met my guest. And you probably didn’t know that he flipped the script on books about prayer by making his eclectic, soulful, and hilarious. This Smart and Simple Matters episode with Jared Brock – co-founder of Hope for the Sold, author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, and frequent forest resident of a 1975 Airstream trailer – switches quickly from inspiring, funny, and practical. You’ll probably pull different gems from our conversation, but I was struck by a couple of Jared’s statements in particular. The first was his…
  • 2 New Ways to Experience … Um … Experience Curating (Print and Audio)

    Joel Zaslofsky
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I knew this day would come. I did, I did. Other folks, though? Um … I’m not so sure they did. In-between kid’s birthday parties, celebrating my sister-in-law getting her PhD, and cheering on Emilie Wapnick for nailing her TED Talk about multipotentialites, I’d did some rejoicing myself. “Joel. You’re just going to lay it on me, right?” Fine. Alright, alright. But just this one time. Experience Curating is now in print and audiobook formats. And I won’t blame you if you want to skip the upcoming story and just click here to get your copy. It’s…
  • The Experience Curator: Why We Fear, How to Budget, and 2 New Ways to Get Experience Curating Edition

    Joel Zaslofsky
    6 Jun 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 edition features Experience Curating: The Book in print and audio, “The Republic of Fear,” a radical(ly awesome) way to budget, and a whole lot more. Grab a beverage, remove your distractions, and let’s explore a combination of topics and mediums that I’ve found valuable … and I believe you’ll dig, too. Your…
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  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – 2

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – 2 ORGANIZING YOUR HOME FOR FUN & RELAXATION 2. Hang hooks near the garage door where you can hang the wet towels from the pool or beach until you’re ready to do the laundry. It will prevent a pile of wet towels “hanging around” in your laundry room. The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – 2 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips Organizing Your Home for Fun & Relaxation 1. Place a basket or bin of waterproof material in your garage or mudroom to gather all your beach and pool gear. It’s a great place to shake off the sand and dry out wet googles. The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • Have a Happy 4th of July!

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Enjoy the post Have a Happy 4th of July! 4th of July Printables & Easy Recipes Looking forward to enjoy the holiday with family and friends? Grab these free printables and use them to decorate your home, and as you get hungry and thirsty dive in the easy to make recipes. My favorite summer drink recipe is here for you: sangria! If you like to add more fruits, go with white peaches. Just fresh for summer. Have fun and enjoy! Click to Download   Click to Download   Click to Download   Click to Download     The post Have a Happy 4th of July! appeared first on A…
  • Home Office File Organization

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Home Office File Organization Home Document Organizer The only way to stay on top of household paperwork is to create a filing system for your home office. When a bank statement or bill is received, file it immediately — that way you’ll never have piles of paperwork develop on your kitchen counter or in your home’s entryway. Here’s how to develop your filing system, choose the best file categories for your home office and stay organized. Transitional Home Office by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors   Supplies You’ll…
  • Maximizing Your Home Office

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Maximizing Your Home Office Organizing Tips For Your Home Office Home offices can be much more than the place you do your work. Work is a function of your office, but it’s only one way to maximize the space. The truth is most home offices serve multiple roles. If you work from home, or own a business, you most likely spend workdays at a desk in your home office. If you work outside of your home, the office may become a place to organize paperwork, pay bills and check your email. For kids, a home office is the perfect place to do homework while having access to Mom or Dad for…
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  • New Theme: Libre

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
 
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    Best Results Organizing

  • Hanging Around — An After-Market Hanging File Solution That Works

    Julie Bestry
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a professional organizer, I spend a good deal of time explaining to people that organization and productivity require two kinds of systems, physical and behavioral. Usually, I’m cautioning people not to rely too much on the physical — the shelves or the tubs or the apps or the tools. That’s because one’s behavior, one’s […]
  • NAPO 2015: Wardrobe Organizing, Whether You’re Haute Couture or Low Maintenance

    Julie Bestry
    20 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Longtime readers of this blog know that it’s a rarity for me to venture into discussing closets and wardrobes. Paper Doll‘s corner of the organizing blogosphere is definitely better suited to paper and productivity clientele than that of fabulous fashionistas, but I’d be remiss in my recapping of the NAPO 2015 Annual Conference and Organizing Expo if I did […]
  • NAPO 2015 Expo: Magically Organize Your Writing with the Equil® Smartpen 2

    Julie Bestry
    11 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    We professional organizers are pretty easy to intrigue, but hard to impress. We like novelty, and you can hear our oooohs and aahhhs across the ballroom floor at the NAPO Organizing Conference and Expo when a vendor lengthens a folder tab, come out with a poly version of a product formerly only available in paper, or […]
  • NAPO 2015: Origami & SOFI–Innovations for Organizing Your Home

    Julie Bestry
    7 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    People ask professional organizers about storage solutions all the time. What are the best containers for our possessions? What shelves or tubs or drawers or dividers or other magical tools should we buy to organize our stuff? Of course, that’s the wrong question, or at least the wrong first question. To me, focusing on the storage container instead […]
  • NEET & Cozy Cables: A NAPO 2015 EXPO Organizers’ Choice Award Winner

    Julie Bestry
    4 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Everybody complains about cable storage. You can’t swing a lightning cable without hitting a blog post or video or Pinterest page on keeping cables untangled, separated, and safe, whether via retail products or DIY methods. For example: Paper Doll’s Cable Conundrums & the MOS: Magnetic Organization System Organizing the Cords Under Your Desk! by Helena Alkhas Cords and Cables […]
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  • Are you making one of these rate-setting mistakes?

    Michelle
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Notes/recap: If you aren’t hitting your income goals on a regular basis, it’s probably less because of a failure on your part, and more because the math doesn’t add up. Do not try to do a direct conversion from an employee salary to a 40 hour work week to freelancing hourly rates. If nothing else, freelancers have to pay for taxes, health insurance, and business expenses out of pocket, and employees don’t. If you must try that conversion, multiply the employee hourly by 2-3x to get a more accurate freelancing rate. You also need to account for the fact that you…
  • Artventurists, episode 2: Time management and Instagram do’s/don’t’s

    Michelle
    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Direct download link for episode two In our second episode of the Artventurists, we’re talking about time management and squeezing in your creative work when you have a day job (or business). We also dug into Instagram do’s and don’t’s, and talked about a few of our favorite Instagram accounts and techniques. Show notes: Shenee’s Instagram account (for an example of doing it right) The Worldslip cover proof!!! AHHH! (Elisa’s site is here – she’s the super talented designer who did it) Flow (the book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi…now you see why I couldn’t pronounce his…
  • Monthly recap: April

    Michelle
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Monthly recap time! Getting back on track with these, oh yeah! How I spent my time: I tracked about 50 hours total in April, which is about on track with my averages, considering I took March 30-April 12 off from work.   Out of that time: Most of it (40.7) was internal tracking. The two most time-consuming tasks were email and editing (for the novel). How I made my money: Freelance writing: $1,442.25 Products/courses: $1,855.75 (a solid chunk of that being the Learnable course, most of the rest being the Multipassionate Branding self study) Kindle: $23.73 Worldslip: $3 Total…
  • Favorite things: April edition

    Michelle
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here’s the best of the web that I’m using, reading, and writing from this last month: Using:   Quest A task manager that gives you new equipment and things as you level up, complete with glorious 8 bit graphics. Obviously not a replacement for Asana, but it works really well and I’m using it for grocery lists and around-the-house tasks. Currently iPhone only, sadly. Cite Cite does exactly what it says on the tin: you use it to share text as images on Twitter. Super seamless, easy to use, overall great experience. I only wish they integrated with Buffer, but apparently…
  • Creating a business that’s not about business: a new podcast

    Michelle
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a regular reader of the newsletter or keep up with me around the social sphere, you’ve probably seen references to a podcast that I’ve been working on with a friend. Episode one is finally out, and we’ll be releasing new episodes weekly on Tuesday! You can listen above, or here at the site (still being prettified), here on SoundCloud, and soon (maybe by the time you read this!) via the iTunes podcast directory. (Coming soon: Stitcher and all the other usual podcast suspects.) The idea for this podcast was that David and I both come from B2B backgrounds, but…
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  • 2 simple ideas of how to deal with other peoples clutter and stay calm

    Chrissy Halton
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Today I wanted to chat about something that I get asked often about, and that’s the difficult topic of other peoples clutter. This sort of clutter is the worst type, as you basically have no... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 9 easy laundry tips to make washing a breeze!

    Chrissy Halton
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    I am not a huge fan of laundry, as it is one of those household tasks that never really seems to end. However, creating a bit of a system and a plan to get things done can ease the load a huge amount... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Product Spy – Handbag Organiser

    Chrissy Halton
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Next in line in my product spy series are handbag organisers – and I have to say I am slightly in love with this find as it really does make life so much easier! The post Product Spy –... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Why you should always make it easy to put things away

    Chrissy Halton
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Making it as easy as possible should be your number one priority when thinking about the how and where of storage in your home – and this is the reason why….   The need drives you... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Why you shouldn’t store out of season clothes out of reach

    Chrissy Halton
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Something that we all tend to do is to store away our out of season clothes and twice yearly swap them around – but today I wanted to ask whether this is actually needed at all nowadays –... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
 
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  • The Road to Hell….

    Suzanne
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    The road to hell… We all know the phrase, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’ I’d like to propose that we change that to ‘the road to clutter is paved with good intentions.’ We all sometimes keep things with the best of intentions. This is especially true for those who are very conscious of our impact on the environment. It is also true for those who are creative and love crafting. But frequently, that leads to a clutter problem. A few examples: D.B. hated the idea of throwing Styrofoam away, because it couldn’t be recycled. Deciding to…
  • Do You Keep a first aid kit for your car?

    Suzanne
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Being organized includes being prepared for the unexpected. Most of us will head out on a road trip at some point this summer. One thing this professional organizer doesn’t leave home without? A first aid kit for your car. You can put one together from supplies you have at home. Or you can do what I do and buy one. I actually use this Adventure Medical Kit that I bought at REI for hiking. It’s small, super lightweight, but comes with a ton of stuff. This one has everything from Band-Aids to basic medicines to splinter tweezers, and more. Can you believe all this stuff pictured…
  • Do I Check My Phone Too Much?

    Suzanne
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Email. Texting. Facebook. We seem to live by our mobile devices now. There’s even talk (online, of course!) of a syndrome called FOMO – fear of missing out. That compulsion to check your phone every few minutes to make sure you haven’t missed something. Have YOU ever wondered ‘Do I check my phone too much?’ Over the weekend, I learned about a free app called Checky. And it does exactly that – it tracks how many times you check your phone throughout the day. So I downloaded it this morning. This could be scary! Now, I will add some caveats. First, we…
  • 5 Things To Do Now To Make Back to School Easier

    Suzanne
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    Sure, it’s late May, and most parents and kids are thrilled for school to be done! over! kaput! for another fun-filled summer. But August will come sooner than you think, and you’ll be racing around buying school supplies, clothes, and trying to get everyone into that school year routine once more. Here are my 5 top tips to make back to school easier – on everyone!   Make Back To School Easier by… Bedtime – Keep it Similar Yes, the summer routine is more relaxed than the school year. That doesn’t mean we have to go hog wild. Make back to school easier…
  • Behind the Scenes on ‘HOARDERS’

    Suzanne
    28 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    In 2012, I was lucky enough to be asked to work on two episodes of A&E’s Emmy-nominated show ‘HOARDERS’. I’m frequently asked about my experiences working on the show. Here are the questions I get asked most often. What it’s like behind the scenes on ‘HOARDERS’. (Disclaimer: I can only speak from MY experiences on the show. I only represent my viewpoint.) The organizing team for our Alabama HOARDERS episode. I’m second from left. Question: Was it really as cluttered as we saw on TV? Absolutely. Nothing was added to the home to make it appear…
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  • Organize a July 4th Summer Celebration

    Ellen
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      It’s easy to get in the spirit of our nation’s biggest celebration July 4th.  It takes just a little organizing for summer celebrations for us to have a grand ole time!  Organize July 4th summer celebration with these easy to do ideas.   Red, white and blue Easy to pull together, our patriotic colors set the stage for fun.  Coordinate your party goods, food and beverages around these colors.  Strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon are healthy additions to every celebration.  Make homemade ice cream and add red, white and blue sprinkles.  Guests love to be a…
  • Top 5 Clutter Questions Answered

    Ellen
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      Many  of the same challenges you face others face with clutter. These solutions can be simple ways to start decluttering and organizing your space.  Check out these clutter questions and see if there is an answer for you here.   I don’t know where to start organizing. You see clutter in many different spots in your home. You may wonder what’s the best place to start organizing.   I suggest starting in one of these two ways. Start with what’s most frustrating.  When you are frustrated, you are ready to make change happen.  You are ready to let go of items…
  • 8 Routines of Organized Families

    Ellen
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      Family routines make family life run smoothly.  It’s no secret there are lots of reasons to be an organized family.  It’s these 8 routines that make a difference and help your family be THAT organized family.   1.  Family meetings help everyone communicate, work together and know what is needed. 2.  Grocery shop on the same day or days each week. Never run out of milk, bread or other essentials. 3.  Your family calendar can be paper or digital. 4.  Completing laundry twice a week means everyone can find their jeans and underwear all the time. 5.  Have a landing…
  • Paper Processing (How to make your paper disappear!)

    Ellen
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      Overwhelmed by paper and just want to make it vanish?  Paper processing is a way to be sure you are getting rid of as much extra paper as you can.  Check out these ideas!   Gather paper together mail, your kids’ backpacks, and other areas. Set up a command center with slots or action, pay, file Set up baskets for your kids school papers to keep for a month Process incoming papers 5 minutes each day Create a weekly administrative time for one hour to process everything in your command center and file.   Kids papers Once a month review your kids papers. Keep only what is…
  • Organizing Quotes I Love

    Ellen
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
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