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  • Does Mindfulness Wear You Out?

    Niels Teunis
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    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are certain terms that a have a peculiar property. We don’t know precisely what they mean, but whatever they mean they are, or are considered to be, a good thing. Mindfulness is one such term. Whatever mindfulness is, we know it’s (supposed to be) a good thing. And mindful parenting, well, that’s just dandy. I can’t stand it. All this talk about mindfulness is seriously beginning to piss me off. Sorry for the language. But the reason it pisses me off is that this whole notion makes parenting harder, not easier. I know that’s not what they’re trying to…
  • Enthusiasm!

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    MonicaRicci
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    "Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, Essayist, Lecturer, and Poet 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!
  • Change is in the Air

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    Aby Garvey
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Around here change is most definitely in the air. Just look at these two photos I took in my yard, just one week apart. The first was taken on November 7th. It was a sunny, not-too-cool beautiful fall day. Exactly a week later, things had changed a lot. It was dramatically colder and the fall leaves were covered with a light dusting of our first snow. It looked a lot more like winter than fall. Just like that. At simplify 101 we help people create change in their lives. Unlike the change in the weather, these are changes that people want, often times changes they’ve wanted for years and…
  • How to Organize Holiday Coupons

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    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net With Thanksgiving right around the corner, its time to hit the stores, at least the grocery stores, and make the most of those holiday coupons. As I get ready to host 17 of us for a fabulous feast and a fun filled weekend, my first holiday expenditures always focus on food and entertaining items and I love that fellowship and family sets the tone for the rest of the year.  Thanks to my  GO MOM!® DIY Holiday Bundle, I’ve been mapping my holiday specific expenses and to-do list to keep me on track and I’m ready for my traditional…
  • Five Killer Note Taking Abbreviations

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    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…
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  • Enthusiasm!

    MonicaRicci
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    "Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, Essayist, Lecturer, and Poet 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 Clean Does Your House REALLY Need To Be?

    MonicaRicci
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Guest blog post by my friend and colleague Hazel Thorton. I love nothing more than a clean, tidy, organized home!  But those are three completely different things: Clean = the absence of dirt, dust, grime, pet hair, bugs, etc. Tidy = no visible clutter lying around on surfaces such as counters, tables, and floors Organized = you can find what you need when you need it, and get stuff done on time A lot of my clients bemoan the fact that their house isn’t as organized as their friend’s or neighbor’s. I ask them, “Have you seen inside their closets and drawers? How do you know they are…
  • Are You Climbing Mountain or Foothills?

    MonicaRicci
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    "The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills." William Arthur Ward 1921-1994, Author 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 Are You Sand or Mountain? Get…
  • The Secret To Shutting Up Your Busy Brain

    MonicaRicci
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
     Guest blog by my colleague Carrie Peeples Do you feel like you've got a million things swirling through your brain? Do you need a few more hours in the day to get it all done? Ever wished for a personal assistant...or 5? If you have the budget to hire assistants you can stop reading now because this just won't apply to you. For everyone else, here's how you can be your own personal assistant or, if you want to be fancy, your own aide de camp. The act of writing tells your brain that you've already processed that information and don't have to worry about it. It frees your brain to do other…
  • What's Your Greatest Power?

    MonicaRicci
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    "We all possess more power and greater possibilities than we realize, and visualizing is one of the greatest of these powers." Genevieve Behrend 1881-1960, Author 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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  • Change is in the Air

    Aby Garvey
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Around here change is most definitely in the air. Just look at these two photos I took in my yard, just one week apart. The first was taken on November 7th. It was a sunny, not-too-cool beautiful fall day. Exactly a week later, things had changed a lot. It was dramatically colder and the fall leaves were covered with a light dusting of our first snow. It looked a lot more like winter than fall. Just like that. At simplify 101 we help people create change in their lives. Unlike the change in the weather, these are changes that people want, often times changes they’ve wanted for years and…
  • Holiday Planning Tip: Is it time to change your traditions?

    Aby Garvey
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    I’m sure you’d agree that traditions are part of what make the season so meaningful and memorable. Activities like cutting down a fresh tree, going to the Christmas Eve candlelight service, visiting Santa, and decorating your home make the season special. Every year we look forward to cutting down our own tree. However, too much of a good thing can become a not-so-good thing. If traditions flow into your life but there’s no thought of removing an old tradition for a new one, your holiday to-do list can become overstuffed. It’s a bit like beloved possessions. If…
  • The 4 W’s of Holiday Planning

    Aby Garvey
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The holidays are designed to be a magical time of year, filled with time spent with loved ones relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. But for so many of us, the holidays turn into a time of rushing, stressing, and enduring. Instead of enduring the holiday season, you can enjoy it. All it takes is a little bit of preplanning and prep using the 4 W’s to guide you. Here’s what I mean: Why: Why is this time of year important to you? Asking why, both as you’re planning the season and throughout, will help you focus on those activities and people that matter most to…
  • 7 Tips to Save Time in the Kitchen

    Aby Garvey
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Whether you love to cook or simply do it out of necessity, you’ll enjoy cooking more when the process is organized and efficient. Here are seven easy-to-implement ideas to help you get organized and save time in the kitchen: 1. Declutter your cabinets and drawers. How much time do you spend rifling through the utensil drawer looking for the pancake turner or your storage containers cabinet searching for a matching lid? Declutter your cabinets and drawers, and let go of utensils and other items that are just getting in your way—and eating away at your time each and every day. 2. Organize…
  • Use Short Bursts of Time to Organize

    Nancy Vorsanger
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    If I had a surveillance camera in my kitchen, there would be a lot of footage of me at the microwave. I warm up the same cup of coffee several times. And since I often drink a couple of cups a day, that’s a lot of reheating. But I put those 30-second bursts to good use. Thirty seconds doesn’t sound like much time, but I’ve learned that I can get quite a bit done while my coffee is heating up. Maybe I’ll empty the drainboard. Or I’ll move something from the counter back where it belongs. I might take the recycling to the garage, or simply close the cabinet doors. My coffee-reheating…
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  • How to Organize Holiday Coupons

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    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net With Thanksgiving right around the corner, its time to hit the stores, at least the grocery stores, and make the most of those holiday coupons. As I get ready to host 17 of us for a fabulous feast and a fun filled weekend, my first holiday expenditures always focus on food and entertaining items and I love that fellowship and family sets the tone for the rest of the year.  Thanks to my  GO MOM!® DIY Holiday Bundle, I’ve been mapping my holiday specific expenses and to-do list to keep me on track and I’m ready for my traditional…
  • How to Organize A Holiday Budget

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    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Just in case you haven’t noticed, the end of the year holiday season is upon us and its time to talk about how organize a holiday budget. And thanks to the planning tools in our GO MOM!® DIY Holiday Bundle I’m not worried one bit about how I’ll make it all happen. Because I’m the kind of person who both loves a great deal and has to be in the actual season to decorate, entertain, and buy gifts, that means I don’t do a bunch of advance holiday purchasing. Of course I may pick up a decor item here or there, stock up on…
  • How to Organize Holiday Cards

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    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit morgue file Just because its early November doesn’t mean its too early to talk all things holiday cards. Lets be honest ~ they can be a huge source of stress if you don’t get on it early and get them done.  In our house we celebrate Christmas and sending those cards can be a huge time drain if I don’t take this task off my to-do list by December 1st ~ there’s simply too much going on!  But honestly, they are so truly worth the effort because they make us stop and remember the people in our lives that we love so much. How can that not be worth a little…
  • A Classic Christmas with Stone’s Education and Toys

    Molly Gold
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The holiday shopping season is upon us and I’m excited to get started finding the perfect gift for the ones I love. I’m one of those people who needs to actually be in the season before I can decide what I want to buy for everyone. I know, seems opposite of my organized ways, but I think for me this is really about tradition. I love to visit the stores when they are decorated from top to bottom with all the sparkles possible. And I like to know what my people really want to receive. When it comes to gifts for the kids, I’ve always been drawn to classic toys, games, and books…
  • How to Make a #DIY Holiday Planner

    Molly Gold
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Now that November is in full swing its time to talk all things holidays and it all starts with the #DIY Holiday Bundle by GO MOM!®. Call me biased but after 15 years of making planners, I truly believe this is the ultimate holiday organizing tool to help you stay organized and on track so you can stay focused on enjoying the reason for your season, whatever that may be. So let’s check it out! And its just that simple! These are the key forms and worksheets included in our #DIY Holiday Bundle.  You may have noticed mine looks mighty full. In the back I keep an ongoing collection of…
 
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  • 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…
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  • What do you do when someone lets you know you are wonderful?

    Elizabeth
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A selection of beautiful cards sent to me Why is it (and maybe it’s just true for me but I’m betting it’s true for others) easier to repeat negative things people say about us then good things? I have no trouble telling my husband if I get an e-mail that tells me what I’m doing wrong, but I gloss over positive comments that I get. I love going to the mailbox and receiving notes from others. I just received a thank you note from someone I sent a copy of my book Confidence: Now is Your Time. She wrote I loved the 1st chapter I read and laughed about the cute story of…
  • Make TRUST a way of life

    Elizabeth
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    As entrepreneurs there are so many factors that play into our success such as: Belief, courage, faith, focus…the list could go on and on. But a big one is trust. When you trust your expertise, when you trust you are doing what you were put on this earth to do, when you trust you are doing the right activities to get in front of your right-fit clients, etc. amazing things happen. But, how can you make trust a way of life? I closed my SuccessPlus 2014 women’s business retreat by sharing with the ladies my 5 Step System to TRUST. This has not only changed my life land business but…
  • Make what you want to do a way of life

    Elizabeth
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I recently attended Mark LeBlanc’s Achiever’s Conference in La Jolla, CA. What a fantastic place to hold a conference. Within 4 blocks of our hotel was the ocean and also countless great restaurants. I had as much fun in the conference as during my free time! As we were walking to dinner one night the sun was setting over the ocean – it was breathtaking. One of the themes that ran through Mark’s content at the conference was making the tasks we need and want to do in our business and personal life a way of life. There is a huge difference between a habit (where we…
  • Is it time to surprise your clients?

    Elizabeth
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am often appalled by customer service. Particularly on the phone with companies. It can be almost impossible or takes far too long to be connected to a real person. Just curious – are you ever surprised when someone answers the phone right away and you don’t have to go through 5 different prompts to get to the right person? Why do we need to be surprised?! Shouldn’t that be common practice? What an interesting commentary on life today when we are surprised by great customer service. I use Infusionsoft as my contact database system and email service provider. Whenever…
  • I can do this myself

    Elizabeth
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Every September Sioux Falls has a downtown Sidewalk Arts Festival. It’s really quite amazing!  Streets and streets are lined with booths of interesting and some not so interesting items. My favorite item were the shelves with cool handles attached to use as hooks.  I loved them and the creativity behind them. I didn’t buy one.  Why?  Because I thought “I can have Micah make me one of these.” Have I had Micah make me one?  Of course not. I wonder how many of your prospects don’t hire you because they feel they can do it themselves. This is why follow up…
 
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  • Don’t Judge Your Value By Facebook

    Carrie Greene
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    I help facilitate a Facebook page for a group of entrepreneurs. The page is for day-to-day support.  Everyone is encouraged to use the page as a place to ask questions, share celebrations and challenges. I was monitoring the page one day and I saw a post by someone who “admitted” she had been hiding. She shared that things had been hard. She hadn’t been following through on commitments. She said that she had been hiding because it was obvious from all the other posts that everyone else was doing great. Stop judging yourself by what you see on Facebook. Facebook is a world of extremes.
  • A Key Question To Help You Discover Your Value

    Carrie Greene
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was coaching someone recently. She said she was having trouble appreciating her value and that she knew she was undercharging her clients. I asked her what type of business she was in. She told me that she helped people reduce stress. And then I asked my favorite question. So what? It’s a question I ask all the time. She didn’t understand. I asked her to tell me about one of her clients. She told me about a client whose stress was causing severe back pain. So what? She took pain medicine, the pain wasn’t as bad but there was always some pain and the medication made her sleepy. So…
  • 6 Steps to Ideal Clients

    Carrie Greene
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is what I posted on Facebook. “It’s tempting to say yes to any client who offers to pay you, there are clients that quite simply are not right for you.” As the likes and comments racked up I started thinking about that simple statement. I’ve been on both sides of  “wrong client”. I’ve been the wrong client and I’ve said yes to the wrong client. Both sides are horrible for everyone. Regardless of what type of business you are in, a business owner is in the business of sales. Unless you sell, you don’t earn money. When the opportunity presents itself to make money,…
  • Commodity vs Value Based Pricing for Your Services

    Carrie Greene
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    It’s an interesting conundrum. We are told that we must provide amazing customer service if we want to get and hold on to customers, but it’s not always true. Don’t believe me? Think about how many hours you spend waiting for customer service for your Internet or cell phone company.  There is always a recording playing telling you how important your call is and that they value your business. I bet you spend hundreds of dollars every month with them.  Was it their customer service that won your business? Is their customer service what keeps it?   Malls are big business. Where I…
  • The Right Resources to Business Profitability

    Carrie Greene
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I was at a beautiful, beachside hotel in Miami, the elevator opened; a bellman with six large pieces of luggage was already inside.  As I joined him, I commented that someone brought a lot with them.  Then he told me, two of the suitcases were empty but they will be full when they leave. Shopping was on someone’s agenda. Why do we shop? It can be a necessity. There are things you truly need, that your survival depends on. It can be a convenience.  It would be nice to have a new outfit for a party or an extra few snacks on hand in case you get hungry. It would “make life easier” or be…
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  • America Recycles Day: Recycle clothes for the planet

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

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

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    Trying to keep up with the mail can be a never ending task. Even with going paperless, paying bills online and printing less, most residents still receive a pile of mail on a daily basis, so they will still...
  • Take Back Your Drugs Day

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are in almost every home across America, and sometimes old and unused medicines are stored in the medicine cabinet because people don't know how to dispose of them properly. To solve...
  • Celebrate Earth Month at the Howard County GreenFest event

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:32 am
    To celebrate Earth Month, Howard County will be hosting GreenFest 2014 on Saturday, April 5th. This year’s GreenFest focuses on promoting better water quality and a greener lifestyle at home and at work and will be...
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  • The Metal Element: Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 4

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

    Ann
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my Five Elements series so far, we’ve looked at the Feng Shui attributes of the Wood and Fire elements. Let’s look now at the stable, nurturing qualities of Earth. The nourishing Earth element in and around beautiful San Gimignano, Italy. The Earth element creates a “home base” in your life.  Its unique mothering quality makes you feel balanced and secure, giving you an inner place that supports your efforts to care for yourself while caring for those around you, too. Earth’s symbolic shape is a square, the most stable and grounded of shapes. Anything…
  • A New Approach To Decluttering? Marie Kondo in the NY Times

    Ann
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A recent article in the New York Times features Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing and decluttering professional whose ideas have caught my attention and that of many of my faithful readers. The main points of her approach make good sense to me: Keep only things that “spark joy” (the things you love, as I’ve written about here) Don’t buy new organizational products as it’s likely you already have everything you need (as I’ve also written about). And I particularly love the nice Feng Shui changes in the “Before & After” photos she includes…
  • The Fire Element: Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 2

    Ann
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my last post we looked at the Feng Shui attributes of the Wood element, which brings flexibility and strength into your life. Let’s look today at the warm, charismatic and joyful qualities of the Fire element. Fire feels magical and transformative, creating a warm atmosphere for a life that’s dynamic, expansive and happily social. Fire’s symbolic shape is the triangle, evoking the shape of a merry fire burning in a cozy fireplace. So pointed shapes such as stars do a great job bringing Fire into your space. Good lighting is another important way to evoke the vitality of…
  • Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 1: The Wood Element

    Ann
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Do you find Feng Shui’s Five Elements a bit overwhelming? When I first started learning Feng Shui many years ago, I felt confused by the Five Elements: how much of an impact do they really have? I soon discovered that they’re one of the most essential and useful aspects of Feng Shui, a critical part of your Feng Shui toolbox. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water: each element has unique qualities that add specific benefits and strengths to your life. Each one is represented by a specific color and shape that add ever-flowing Chi energy to your space. Each is nourished by another…
 
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  • Helping Kids Learn Organizing Skills is a Worthwhile Endeavor

    Kathi Burns
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of my readers seems to be at her wits end trying to keep her son from tossing everything on the floor. She was so tired of the constant chaos that she wrote to me for help. This is her situation and my recommendations: Dear Kathi, I am a subscriber to Add Space to Your Life and enjoy reading and seeing people’s lives change by simply getting organized. Well, my question involves my son.  He is 8.5 years old and is the most disorganized child I’ve ever known, he keeps everything and most of it gets left on the floor or stuffed in a drawer.  It drives me crazy and I need some…
  • Want to teach your kids how to save money?

    Kathi Burns
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tap into their video game passion and make their playtime pay off. Point them to the Great Piggy Bank Adventure.com. This is a free online game created by Walt Disney Imagineering and T Rowe Price to get families talking about money and to help kids learn budgeting skills.
  • 10 Things We Can Do to Become More Balanced

    Kathi Burns
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I recently listened to a Lorin Beller Blake, a very successful entrepreneur and dynamic keynote speaker at the Moms in Business Unite Conference and wanted to share her tips with you to help you achieve more balance in your life: 1.      Quality time with family.  Choosing to pick up my daughter from school each day is one way I choose to have quality time with her every single day. So, choose quality time with family. It does not have to be long. A few minutes each day is invaluable. 2.     Book it!  I also put in my calendar my work out schedule on a weekly basis.  That…
  • Go Green, Buy Less and Repurpose Your Coffee Filters

    Kathi Burns
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    COFFEE FILTERS – Quick solutions for something you probably already own and have in stock! 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling. 3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish. 4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter. Or, Broken glass from your BEST tequila when the neck snaps off your bottle! 5.
  • Holiday finance and time organizing

    Kathi Burns
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Kathi, Do you have any suggestions on ways to save money and be more organized prior to this busy holiday time? Gabriella, Entrepreneur Gabriella, Compile a list now of the people you will buy Christmas gifts for this year. Keep this list in your purse or wallet. As you go into stores for errands, buy presents and make a note on your list. Keep a running tally and you will avoid duplicate gifts. Wherever you decide to store these gifts, make sure to keep them all in one space. An under-the-bed storage box will serve you well throughout the year. Pre-shopping increases the likelihood that you…
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  • Managing a Move with Kids

    Grace Brooke
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ah the joys of moving which are only magnified by the presence of small children. For most people moving can be quite a bit of work. When you add small children into the mix that amount of effort multiplies exponentially along with the stress. So what should you do? Unfortunately there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that works. However, as a mother of two, I have learned quite a few things over the years – most of it through trial and error – that I am glad to share. Empowering the Kids Part of the problem with a move is that kids feel powerless. Think about it…often…
  • Using Organization for Labeling and Packing

    Grace Brooke
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Using good organization practices for labeling and packing items, whether for moving or just storage, is always a wise idea. Often times when doing something like packing a box or tub there is the good intention of doing things properly, but we cut corners to save time. However that time saved ends up being time wasted down the road when you can’t find what you want or are worried about the condition of your packed items. What is the best solution? It makes sense to develop a system for packing and labeling that you can use for any situation. Not only will it become familiar and thus…
  • Selling Your Home: Organizing & Staging

    Grace Brooke
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the more difficult aspects of preparing to sell your home is staging. Many realtors prefer that a home is “staged” properly for open houses and regular viewings by perspective clients. The reason for the staging is simple; people want to look at a home and imagine what it would look like if they lived there. That can be rather difficult when your home has an array of knickknacks and personal mementoes along with the other type of personal touches most of us adorn our home with. Think of it from the buyer’s perspective; what do you want to see when you walk into your…
  • Home Organization: Creating a Neat & Tidy Attic

    Grace Brooke
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are like me then the attic is a place for long-term storage. Holiday decorations, old mementos and even unused shoes can find their way up there. This area of the home is where things are often stored, never to be seen again. For those people who are preparing to move, the attic can create quite the quandary.  Since the attic is a space where you have “plenty of room” people often avoid making tough decisions about what to keep versus store and plenty of things just get shoved up there; out of sight, out of mind. So what is the best way to attack this problem? I have…
  • Home Organiziation: Tips for Downsizing Your Kitchen

    Grace Brooke
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Getting ready to move into a new home with less kitchen space than you currently have? Do you have so much “stuff” that you aren’t sure how to make it all fit in a functional manner in your new space? Rather than just throwing everything in boxes now and attempting to deal with it later when space is really a premium, let’s take a different approach. By de-cluttering and downsizing what you currently have combined with a little planning and preparation before you pack can save you lots of stress on the other end. By making the decision now on what to keep you are…
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ November 24/14

    Laura
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends and welcome to another Menu Plan Monday.  It’s a big one too for my US friends with Thanksgiving coming up.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you there.  Enjoy! Thanksgiving Menu Planning Resources: If you are looking for a few last minute resources check these out. Free Thanksgiving Printables Cute Thanksgiving Day Menu Planner […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ November 24/14
  • Washi Tape Stemware Labels

    Laura
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. A few weeks ago I admitted one of my hostessing faux pas and how I made an organized drink station to solve the problem. Today I’ll share a quick-fix for yet another entertaining oversight I’ve made in the past. Recently we […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Washi Tape Stemware Labels
  • Friday Favorites: Organized Pantry, 2015 Planner Printables, Jobs for Kids + more!

    Laura
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Hi friends, how are you on this fabulous Friday day?  I am in the throes of birthday planning for my soon to be 9 year old tomorrow.  He has gone crazy with how he wants the day to go.  I made the mistake of telling him that he was born at 4 in the morning […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Organized Pantry, 2015 Planner Printables, Jobs for Kids + more!
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Laura
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. One of the things that I love to have on hand for a quick breakfast, especially amid the holiday chaos, are muffins.  There’s something about a fresh from the oven muffin that is just hard to resist!  Muffins are also my usual […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time

    Laura
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    So last week I accidentally blew up my Facebook page.  I shared a link from a fellow I don’t even know who wrote an article on how people who are constantly late are selfish and rude.  Well people took umbrage to such a statement and oh the defending of the lateness that ensued.  Now I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time
 
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    Organize to Revitalize!

  • Fact Friday: Productivity Increases When Workers Use a Tablet

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    “According to Dell’s 2014 International Tablet survey of IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) tablets are good for business as it helps increase productivity and liked by employees. ITDMs in India and Brazil believe tablets help increase productivity by 25%, while in the US and UK ITDMs believe that it has helped improve the production by 20% followed by China with 15% increase in productivity. “   Read More:  Tablet at Workplace Improves Mobility and Productivity | CBROnline.com | 10.27.2014   Related Information Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our…
  • Masters of Disaster: How to Keep Your House Organized and Clean This Fall

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many thanks to Lizzie Weakly for today’s post on how to keep your home clean and organized. Image Credit: Canva With each new season comes new challenges for the cleanliness of your home. Different outdoor activities results in changing needs for house cleaning. Fall can be particularly challenging as crunchy leaves and dirt track through your house. Thankfully, by changing a few habits, your home can feel fresh each and every day of the autumn season. Spruce up Your Entryway Those beautiful colors of the changing autumn leaves are better left outdoors. Unfortunately, leaves easily…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Thanksgiving Edition

    Dan Loya
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Original Image Credit: Houzz This month’s 5-Minute Organizing Challenge is going to help you get your kitchen organized for Thanksgiving. If you want to have a stress-free Thanksgiving celebration this year, then these mini-challenges are designed for you. Each one of the tasks only takes about five minutes or less, but collectively they will allow you to get your kitchen in tip top shape before the big day. Purge kitchen drawers and cupboards. Start out by quickly looking in the storage spaces in your kitchen and toss items you rarely or never use into a box. This will help you open up…
  • Fact Friday: Muscians Are Good at Task Switching

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    “A new study suggests that playing music is instrumental to being able to smoothly switch between tasks – even more so than learning another language … meticulous training may help them to develop superior control to respond efficiently to stimuli in an environment where both switching and non-switching components exist.”   Read More: Musicians are better at multitasking | ScienceAlert.com | 10.28.2014   Related Information The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done by Dave Crenshaw            …
  • 5 Tips for Keeping Children Organized

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Let’s face it, most kids are messy. Sure, there are those rare exceptions that seem to have been born with a well developed sense of orderliness and organization — those kids that put away their toys without asking and patiently line up each and every doll or truck before they go to bed. But they are rare … really. Most kids have so much stuff coupled with an over abundant amount of enthusiasm and an innate desire to continually play. Their days are chock-full of activities from morning until night, and when they start to go to school everything expands exponentially. There…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well. (Z. Ziglar) — And have fun, even if you suck! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    He who leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (Unknown) — But with others beside you, it's an adventure. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. (M. Twain) — A never-ending battle between chocolate and broccoli! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    We don't see things as they are, but as we are. (A. Nin) — To see differently, you must travel beyond your own horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well. (Z. Ziglar) — And have fun, even if you suck! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    He who leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (Unknown) — But with others beside you, it's an adventure. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. (M. Twain) — A never-ending battle between chocolate and broccoli! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    We don't see things as they are, but as we are. (A. Nin) — To see differently, you must travel beyond your own horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • 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…
  • SLT 072: How Do You Define Work Life Balance?

    Daniel Hayes
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Vanessa was getting ready to throw away a magazine (because of course, she practices the “one in one out rule“) and the headline on the cover was: The Balanced Life! She told me that she paused for a moment and thought, “Do I have balance?” We hear so much about it, but how do we define work life balance? What does it really mean? Can we really achieve a balanced life? And so we got to talking about balance for a while, and thought we’d explore that a little more…. (Read more…) Note: Get a copy of Supermom vs Super Mom for yourself or gift it to a Mom who…
  • Simplifying Your Playroom: Why Taking Away My Children’s Toys Doesn’t Make Me The Grinch

    Daniel Hayes
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    This is a guest post from Cheryl and Jean-Francois Moreau of Revive. In the fight against clutter there is an army that is hard to conquer. They’re big, noisy, relentless and…plastic. Yes, plastic. Parents can hardly remember a time when they could walk carefree through their living room without feeling like maneuvering through a minefield, calculating every step to avoid the painful *crunch* of a toy underfoot. But what are all of these toys and where did they come from? A more practical question still is how can we reduce them without causing a meltdown? Toy Marketers Are Geniuses…
  • SLT 071: The Power of Habit

    Daniel Hayes
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Never underestimate the power of habit. In mid-April of 2014, I decided that I needed to make some positive changes to my morning ritual. I’ve talked about my morning ritual a few times on the Simple Life Together podcast, and we discussed the power of habit, routines and rituals back in Episode 30 and also in one of our most popular episodes, The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity in Episode 55. But recently I read a book on habits (well, actually I listened to the audio version) by Charles Duhigg, titled The Power of Habit. But let me back up just a bit and talk about my…
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  • Clutter Video Tip: Black Friday Shopping Clutter Prevention Strategies!

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

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

    Lorie Marrero
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Is needlepoint your Nirvana? Can you crochet your way to a blissful day? Or is sewing the reason for that growing smile on your face? Love it or not, sometimes you just can’t finish a project when you want to. Watch this video for strategies to organize your craft projects. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdcraft.) >  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,…
  • Clutter Video Tip: 5 Very Cool Smartphone Tips to Get You Organized!

    Lorie Marrero
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Lurch knew the value of an efficient phone call. Let’s face it, mobile phones have become a necessary accessory for daily life, so making them easier to use can add precious time to your day. Watch this video for strategies you can use to maximize your phone time. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdphonestuff.) >  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…
  • Clutter Video Tip: 7 Ways to Tame Your Email Inbox

    Lorie Marrero
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Does the thought of opening your email inbox fill you with dread? Is your inbox bloated and crammed full of stuff that you don’t even remember asking for? Watch this video to learn strategies for managing your inbox. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdemail.) >  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,…
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    masterorganizing.net

  • Home Clutter Causing Chaos in Love? How Clutter Affects Couples and How to Overcome It

    MasterOrganizing
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
      During this time of year we get the chance to get together with family and friends who we haven’t seen in a while.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can pick up conversations with people as if I just saw them yesterday, others sometimes not so much.  It all comes down to how we communicate with one another. So I met with my good friend Anna Osborn, LMFT to discuss how couples can communicate with one another when de-cluttering your home or just even getting ready for the holiday festivities. Click the picture above to listen to our discussion or click here. Even…
  • Last Week Of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Today is National PrepareAthon Day !  Many of you have taken up the call to prepare yourself against disasters and emergencies all month long.  Huge high fives to you for going on this month long emergency preparedness journey.  All this preparation will keep your mind at easy when an emergency does arise in your hometown. This week is all about practicing where to go and what to do in an event of an emergency.  Practice! Practice! Practice! these routes with your family members. Organizing Tip: Create a map like the one shown above and post it by the main exits of your home.  This…
  • Week 3 of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s week 3 of National Preparedness Month and we are more than half way through.  Great job for keeping up! This week is all about physically creating your Preparedness Kits.  Check out what I have in my home preparedness kit and where I got them: Water (One Gallon Jugs)  -Sprouts Food (Non-perishable) – Sprouts/Costco/Amazon Energizer Emergency Weather Station -Amazon Headlamp with LED Lights  -Target Energizer AA Batteries – Target First Aid Kit – Target Pocket Mask - American Red Cross Emergency Bandage - Amazon Coghlan’s Four Function Whistle -REI…
  • Week 2 of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It’s week 2 of National Preparedness Month and this week it is all about focusing on how to plan for specific needs before a disaster. In other words what are your specific emergency plans for your children, older family members, pets or business. Because we moved recently, my family and I discussed the new locations of where to meet in an event of a disaster.  We decided that home would be our first place to go in an emergency and if home was not accessible then the neighborhood park stop sign next to the school would be our meeting place. The purpose of this week is to get real…
  • Week 1 of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
      September is National Preparedness Month and each week I will be sharing my organizing tips along with Ready.gov to get prepared for emergencies. This week we will be focusing on “How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.” I challenge you to sit down with your family after dinner tonight and create or update your Family Communication Plans.  Click on the links below to access easy to fill in pdfs: Plans for Kids Plans for Parents Organizing tip:  Keep paper copies in a plastic Ziploc bag or laminate it and place it your emergency preparedness bag (we will be going…
 
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    C-Line Products Blog

  • New Dry Erase Pockets Perfect Storage Place for Weekly Meal Plan

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

    Nicola
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    When our sales team attends trade shows and conferences, the goal is to utilize C-Line’s products as much as possible within the exhibit space. It helps the show attendees visualize how products are actually used, and we enjoy putting our items on display. The 13-Pocket Vertical Expanding File was added to the line in early 2014, and in a short amount of time, this item has become essential to have at all shows we exhibit at. It has been put to use in a variety of ways, but the most beneficial aspect of the file is how it organizes the papers. Instead of storing letter-size documents in…
  • Create an Ideal Coaching Portfolio with the 8-Pocket Portfolio and Dry Erase Sheets

    Nicola
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Taking up new projects is something I have always enjoyed doing. A few months ago, I decided to start coaching for a grammar school volleyball team. Having only played and never coached before, I was not aware of what to expect, but I was definitely excited about the opportunity. Within a week of signing up to coach, I was provided with a packet of documents that included emergency contact information, registration and medical information, schedules, etc. Each coach was required to have all of this information on hand for every game and practice, so I needed to get it organized quickly. With…
  • Index Dividers with Pockets Keeps Documents in Order to Home Renovation

    Nicola
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    After contemplating for months about whether or not to remodel her home, a coworker has decided to start making plans to renovate her kitchen. Knowing that the planning process would be extensive, she wanted to be sure to stay organized so that all of her research would be in order. Keeping track of quotes and vendors she contacted, in addition to tracking all of her final decisions would be beneficial in the long run. Not only would she be able to recall what colors were used to paint the kitchen, but she could also fall back on another company if her contractor ever fell through. To keep…
  • Extension Cord with Cover is Valuable Trade Show Tool

    Nicola
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    After attending a trade show last month, I gained a new appreciation for one of C-Line’s products. The Lay-Flat Power Extension and Cord Cover is a unique industrial product, which was first introduced to the line earlier this year. Originally, our plan was to display this product on a table at the show, but it ended up being a valuable tool while setting up. When it comes to trade show planning, it seems like you can plan the lay-out of your booth, but nothing is guaranteed. There are many variables that we will not know until we are at the convention center. For example, the location of…
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  • De-clutter Your Calendar and Commitments

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

    Sue Becker
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Phone calls, hallway conversations, people stopping by your workspace – all of these interruptions can be frustrating and disruptive to an otherwise productive day. Not to say there can’t be value in any of the conversations resulting from these situations – it’s just that they often don’t come at an opportune time for us. However, not all interruptions stem from external sources – we can sometimes be our own worst enemy. Let’s explore how to prevent (or at least mitigate the negative impact of) interruptions, no matter what the cause, from derailing your day.
  • It’s Only Natural to Plan Ahead

    Sue Becker
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Watching the squirrels gather and hide their food for the winter offers a great reminder for all of us that planning ahead can prevent disasters down the road. The squirrels know that whether or not they’re ready, winter will arrive soon and present plenty of survival challenges. They wisely (albeit instinctively) are doing what they can now to plan and prepare for their future. Do you regularly plan and prepare for your future? Whether it’s something big like planning for your retirement, or something smaller like planning dinners for the week, planning ahead can save a lot of time…
  • Organization for Effective Co-Parenting

    Sue Becker
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Parenting requires organization systems and communication skills – family calendars, dinner conversations, and homework rules provide structure for kids and reduce stress on parents. If parents divorce, new structures need to be put in place to keep everyone on the same page. Communication becomes even more important although circumstances can make it more difficult. I’ve invited Theresa Beran Kulat, Esq. to share some helpful organizational suggestions for parents whether they are divorced or still married. Continue to have (or start) regular family meetings. At least once a year, get…
  • Pause and Refresh to Improve Productivity

    Sue Becker
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Ever have one of those days when you’re so busy you barely have time to go to the bathroom or grab a bite to eat? Who am I kidding – we probably all have! No matter how busy you are, however, taking time to pause provides a much-needed break and reboot for your brain. Why is that important? When you spend your day in reactive mode, busily responding to everything that comes your way, you miss opportunities to recalibrate and make sure you’re focused on what’s important. You’re so busy taking on tasks and running with them that you may miss the fact that you’re running the…
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  • Cute Fruit Storage

    Claire
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-08-13 10:21:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI guess I've got fruit on the brain. I came across this striking fruit holder on Declutter It! My first thought was that it looks like a toilet seat. But now I think it looks kind of like a life preserver. It's certainly unusual and would be a definite conversation piece. If your kitchen's horizontal spaces are full, this would be a great thing to have since it uses wall space (although I'm not clear on whether you can actually buy one or it's just a design). I suppose you could use it for other…
  • Snail Mail 101

    Claire
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    by Originally posted 2011-06-20 17:24:42. Republished by Blog Post PromoterAh, the plague of the daily mail. Kind of like death and taxes, it’s inevitable. Here’s what’s in your mailbox: stuff to delegate read act on file trash Let’s call it DRAFT for short. Delegate This is mail that you can fob off on someone else. If you’re married, you may decide one partner is responsible for paying the bills, so they go in that person’s in box (don’t have an inbox? Get one). Similarly, one of you may be responsible for social engagements and medical…
  • Calendar

    Claire
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    by Originally posted 2008-10-06 16:05:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Paper vs. electronic If paper: wall or portable To do’s vs. appointments Personal vs. business Repeating events Family calendar Where to keep it When to look at it BACK The post Calendar appeared first on Clutter Coach.
  • Nap to Recharge

    Claire
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    by Originally posted 2009-07-22 09:46:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter A year ago I wrote about the wonderful benefits of power napping. Now, at the Equinox gym in New York, you can take a yoga class that ends with one. Years ago, when I went regularly to yoga classes, I was surprised that many teachers didn't close their classes with the corpse pose. I learned it as the perfect way to integrate all the benefits of the preceding poses. I think fitness-style yoga teachers and their students avoid poses that don't obviously work the body. Why spend five minutes just lying there…
  • Changing Habits Requires Motivation

    Claire
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    by Originally posted 2008-04-25 15:16:23. Republished by Blog Post PromoterChanging habits is hard. It’s easier the more motivated you are to do it. Tip: be honest about what motivates you. I was riding in my friend’s car the other day and she mentioned that she was trying to keep her speed down to 55 mph to maximize fuel efficiency. Her car is a Prius, so she’s really into that kind of thing. I immediately thought, is the speed the same for all cars? How much could I save? What if I went 5 miles over that? I was planning to research it online when I got home. But then I…
 
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  • 9 Organize-It Quick Tips You Need To Know Before Organizing

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

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

    Elizabeth
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    A family pet is more than just an animal, it’s like having another son, daughter, or sibling. We know how important your pets are to you. We also know that sometimes you want to spoil your pet, and sometimes we tend to treat them better than we treat ourselves. Here are 5 different pet products that prove you are more than just an animal lover, and that you just might just love your dog as much as you love yourself! Treat yourself YOUR PET! 1. Buddeez Bag-In Pet Food Dispenser Preserve up to 60 pounds of your pet’s food. Because you wouldn’t want to eat stale food, would…
  • Back 2 School Check List!

    Elizabeth
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Back to school shopping has begun and in case you’re running a little behind, we’ve already created the back to school list for you! Organize-It has all of your back to school essentials. Print this check list and use it while shopping this year. Online shopping? Start here! Shopping for college? Print this list and start shopping Organize-It!
  • Drab to Fab Lockers!

    Elizabeth
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Just in time for Back to School, and Organize-It has some incredible products to decorate your locker with! This year, locker decor has gone to a whole new level. You still have your basic magnets, mirrors, and picture frames, with an addition of the locker shag rugs, locker wallpaper, and the very innovative locker chandelier.  You read that right! The locker chandelier has a magnetic attachment to hang from the top of your locker and is complete with an LED light to brighten up your locker space. We’ve put together several lines of various locker decor products and color coordinated…
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    OrganizingLA Blog

  • Julia Roberts Kicks Mental and Emotional Clutter to the Curb; Discovers a "Lightness in Life"

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

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

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    You'd never now it from this picture, but singer Rod Stewart built a very organized, highly detailed model train city in his Beverly Hills mansion I was really fascinated with model train sets when I was a kid. My parents in Princeton NJ had a converted basement and on top of a pool table my father installed a thick piece of wood that allowed me and my brothers to go crazy with whatever hobby we desired or any school project we endeavored. But when I got older, space was a limitation in small Los Angeles apartments I rented so I really gave up the idea of a hobby that I needed a lot of space…
  • Jared Fogle's Loss was Salvation Army’s Gain – Huge Donation made after Major Weight Loss

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    29 May 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Jared Fogel donated his outgrown clothes to the Salvation Army Very often our organizing clients, for one reason or another will go through a huge purge and discard items no longer desired. As we help clients decide what may or may not “fit” into their current lives and or spaces, they decide what to donate, sell, or recycle (or re-purpose). The Salvation Army, Goodwill, NCJW and Out of the Closet are popular donation sites for the Los Angeles area. Typically, however, our clients don’t find their old treasures hanging in a sandwich shop… Jared's story and connection to Salvation…
  • John's Spring Organization Tips Featured in May 2014 Real Simple Magazine

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    15 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Real Simple Magazine features John Trosko of OrganizingLA in the May 2014 issue, available on newstands now. The Editors at Real Simple Magazine contacted John last January to work on a fun decluttering story for their May 2014 issue. They asked him to imagine that if he was given $500 for an average home—and tell them the must-haves he would buy to declutter, and how would he use each. For the story, John used a mix of organizational products from different stores including Muji, CB2, Better Office, Uline and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Along with our expertise in "31 Days To Get Organized Now"…
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    Value of Simple

  • 4 Ways Gift-Giving Is Broken and How to Fix It

    Joel Zaslofsky
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    “You will be tempted with holiday focused food, decor, entertainment, charity, sales and other things designed to make you feel like you aren’t good enough unless you fully participate in the spending mayhem. Spending on any of those things isn’t bad or wrong and in some cases, it’s wonderful, but it is so important to be aware of why you spend what you spend and to decide in advance how much you want to spend.” – Courtney Carver Look out. “The Holidays” – trademark Walmart, Hallmark, Amazon, and a million other wallet-emptiers – are upon us again. And … crap. You’re…
  • Raw and Rocking Stories to Help You Simplify (SimpleREV 2014 Part 2) – SASM 061

    Joel Zaslofsky
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pardon me while I bust into storytime song-mode, ‘cause here comes the hotstepper (word ‘em up). “There once was a man named Joel Who was trying to fill a big hole Then Dan came along And they both sang a song Now SimpleREV’s on a sweet roll What do ya think? Am I destined for a career in the limerick business? I wanted to lead with a story because this Smart and Simple Matters episode is all about stories. But not just your regular “Ho hum, that was nice (and then I found five dollars)” kinda dealio. You’re about to hear stories of people camped at the crossroads of simple…
  • How Simple and Primal Living “Grok” a Ton with Mark Sisson – SASM 060

    Joel Zaslofsky
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It all started in a small fishing village in Maine … No, seriously. It did. Well, at least for Mark Sisson. But how did this former elite endurance runner transform himself into a slow walking, primal living, fat-burning beast? By finding and channeling his inner Grok. Grok is the poster (wild)child at Mark’s Daily Apple – the most popular website of the ancestral health movement – and he shows up often in the 4,000+ articles Mark has published. Grok represents everything great about Primal living like getting plenty of sleep, enjoying the heck out of nature, and respecting ourselves…
  • How 55 People Got Simple, Became Friends, and Owned Huggr (SimpleREV 2014 Part 1) – SASM 059

    Joel Zaslofsky
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Want to know what planning, organizing, and orchestrating a two-day event at the crossroads of simple living and community is like? Let me introduce you to a gathering thirteen months in the making and a few decades overdue: SimpleREV 2014. Imagine a combination of fifty-five strangers, acquaintances, and friends gathered together in a cozy university classroom. The first workshop is about getting vulnerable and having meaningful relationships. The next one is about the social stigma associated with intentional down-sizing. Then comes the Share Economy, developing your mindfulness practice,…
  • Pulse Check – Quarterly Report for July to September 2014

    Joel Zaslofsky
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every quarter, I recap the past, present, and future of my personal journey and the voyage of Value of Simple. This “Pulse Check” is intended to be an honest, transparent, and (hopefully) inspiring assessment of where I’ve been and where I’m going. Are you ready for the Pulse Check from July – September, 2014? It’s Not All about SimpleREV (OK, Most of It Is) Here’s some context before we get this puppy cranked up: I feel like sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows as I write this report. Our first-ever SimpleREV event ended nine days ago and it was amazing! I’m as desperate to…
 
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    Metropolitan Organizing

  • 3 Creative Holiday Promotions For Your Organizing Business

    Geralin Thomas
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Helpful Hints On Marketing Your Organizing Business The holiday season can be a great time to boost sales, reach new customers and expand the client list for your professional organizing business. With a little preparation, you’ll be able to grow your organizing business over the holidays and set yourself up for a great start to […] The post 3 Creative Holiday Promotions For Your Organizing Business appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Create More Space With Garage Organization

    Geralin Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas How To Use Weekly And Seasonal Chores To Help With Laundry Room And Garage Organization Winter is the perfect opportunity to organize some of the most neglected rooms of your home: the garage and laundry room. With snow season quickly approaching, it’s important to make room in your garage to park your car. Garaged cars […] The post Create More Space With Garage Organization appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Professional Organizer Reveals Her Most Frequently Asked Questions

    Geralin Thomas
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Important Frequently Asked Questions To Think About The new professional organizers I coach often feel overwhelmed by the amount of questions they have and the number of decisions they have to make. If you’re starting a professional organizing business, you most likely have a few questions about how to find new clients and what services […] The post Professional Organizer Reveals Her Most Frequently Asked Questions appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Organizer 411

    Geralin Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Geralin Thomas Organizer 411 Hangout with Smead Organomics I recently participated in the Organizer 411 Hangout hosted by John Hunt of Smead Organomics. I, along with Linda Samuels and Leslie Josel, answered organizing questions from around the world. Here are a few of the highlights.   What are some methods of organizing a filing system? Alphabetically Categorically […] The post Organizer 411 appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • 5 Ways To Market Your New Organizing Business With A Limited Budget

    Geralin Thomas
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Helpful Hints On Marketing Your Organizing Business If you’ve just started a professional organizing business, or plan to become a professional organizer soon, it’s important to begin to think about marketing and promotions. Most professional organizers are naturally good at organizing — many have organized for years as a hobby or found the industry because […] The post 5 Ways To Market Your New Organizing Business With A Limited Budget appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
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    Helena - A Personal Organizer

  • Office Organizing & Decorating Gift Ideas

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Office Organizing & Decorating Gift Ideas Make Office Organizing Fun Gone are the days we had to accept that the only available furniture and office accessories were black or gray. Boring! These days there are so many beautiful, colorful and high-quality office organizing supplies and accessories, that no one – not even my dad! – needs to accept less than gorgeous for their office space.       Gift Ideas – White & Gold Office by helena-alkhas featuring Kate Spade If you’re looking for a gift for someone in your list, I hope you…
  • 3 Tips to Prepare for Baby’s First Winter

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 3 Tips to Prepare for Baby’s First Winter Preparing Baby For Winter The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather predictions for the 2014-2015 winter season are out and it looks like it’s going to be an extremely cold winter. Here you are about to ring in baby’s first winter and you want him to be at a comfortable temperature through the holidays and beyond. Here are three tips for how to prepare your home for the frosty wintertime. Keep Baby Comfortable with a Swaddling Blanket Keep your baby comfortable throughout wintertime by using a swaddling blanket for a…
  • Get Organized with the 2015 Calendar & Family Planner!

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Enjoy the post Get Organized with the 2015 Calendar & Family Planner! The New 2015 Calendar & Home Management Binder The new 2015 & Home Management Binder is here and now is a great time to get yourself organized for the new year. I’ve created a downloadable and fully editable Home Management Binder for busy moms who have a lot to juggle and I wanted to give you a simple and organized way to keep all the information you need to manage your home with ease. The 2015 Calendar has yearly, monthly and weekly views, with plenty of space for you to enter tasks, appointments and…
  • 11 Ways to Feng Shui Your Holidays

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 11 Ways to Feng Shui Your Holidays Feng Shui Holiday Lights, Colors, Scents + Sounds {Feng Shui Your Holidays} 1. Add Holiday Lights During the Holy Days, the amplifying of physical light is a shining metaphor of welcoming spiritual light. You can light candles and fires; hang twinkling lights; and hang colored Swarovski crystal spheres or scatter them on your table’s centerpiece with candles. 2. Add Holiday Scents A wonderful way to uplift your spirits is through scent. Especially uplifting are fresh orange and satsumas; displaying fresh pine boughs or burning evergreen…
  • Organizadora vs. Organizador

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Enjoy the post Organizadora vs. Organizador ¿Es La Organización Profesional Un Campo Solo Para Mujeres? La industria de la organización cuenta con mujeres excepcionales. Al hablar de este campo, organizadora mujer es lo primero que salta a la mente pero ¿Es una profesión exclusiva para ellas? Acaso los hombres no tenemos cabida también. La realidad es simple, hombres y mujeres pueden ser organizadores y organizadoras. No hay una prohibición para dedicarnos a esta profesión, el género no condiciona desarrollar una carrera y un negocio en organización. En números quizá pudiera ser…
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    Best Results Organizing

  • 11 Ways To Organize Your Focus With Ambient Noise

    Julie Bestry
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Are you a shush-er, or a shush-ee? When you drive down the street, searching for a house number, do you turn your radio down? You’re probably a shush-er — you need quiet to focus. When you sit down at your desk to work, create, or do homework, does silence make you jittery? You may be […]
  • All About That Place (Where You Write Things Down)

    Julie Bestry
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    To improve something, you must first observe & document it. Pen on paper once a day is a sufficient start.— Garrick van Buren (@garrickvanburen) November 17, 2014 Life and the internet have been conspiring recently, causing me to think about the issue of organizing one’s thoughts, and particularly, organizing them with pen on paper, as […]
  • Organizing? Let Your Voice Be Heard! Answer the NAPO Survey!

    Julie Bestry
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    You have the power! Yes, you! You have the power to let your opinions be heard and to help shape the direction of the organizing and productivity industry. The National Association of Professional Organizers is conducting an online survey to ask members of the public (that would be you, gentle readers) about your attitudes and behaviors related […]
  • 6 Resources to Read More Books, Drop By Drop

    Julie Bestry
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    In 1841, throngs of New Yorkers, old money and new immigrants, alike, swarmed the docks to ask arriving travelers from England whether Little Nell in Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop was alive or dead. Before the book was available as, per se, a book, it had been serialized, weekly, as many Victorian-era novels were published in installments in […]
  • 12 Tips for Organizing Your Reading Time

    Julie Bestry
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently, we talked about organizing your space for more reading time. That’s a great start, but you probably still have obstacles. You’re busy: at work, at home, volunteering, and schlepping between home, work, school and all the sites of your errands. Maybe you’re tired. Maybe the last book you read cover to cover was Goodnight Moon. Perhaps reading […]
 
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    The Calendar Spot

  • Legal Size February 2015 Calendar

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Use our Legal Size February 2015 Calendar to plan your events and holidays this month! This February 2015 calendar contains plenty of space in its 8.5 x 14 area. Each cell is 2 inches by 1 inch.  Don't forget about Valentines Day and the other great holidays in February: Super Bowl (February 1) Ground Hog'sDay (February 2), Valentines Day (February 14) Presidents Day (February 16) Mardi Gras (February 17) With so much happening this month, do your planning with our February 2015 Calendar! Download this Legal Size February 2015 Calendar by clicking the image:  …
  • 2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner Tracking your yearly projects is made easier with this 2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner. This 5-page planner lets you view your year at glance in just a few pages. Each of the planner pages lets you view your year a quarter a time. These 2015 planner pages also contain a notes section. Use this 2015 printable planner to keep track of important daily events each day.Download this  2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner by clicking the image below or this link: 2015 Printable Planner   More…
  • Printable Blank PDF December 2015 Calendar

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Printable Blank PDF December 2015 Calendar Happy Holidays from The Calendar Spot! Hoping this Printable Blank PDF December 2015 Calendar helps you plan your upcoming family holidays and relaxation after a productive 2015! Enjoy the upcoming holidays that include: Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve! Enjoy the holidays and use this December 2015 Calendar to help plan this holiday filled month! Download the calendar by clicking the image below or this link: December 2015 Calendar More 2015 Calendars To Consider: January 2015 Calendar February 2015 Calendar March 2015…
  • Printable Blank PDF November 2015 Calendar

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Printable Blank PDF November 2015 Calendar Get ready for this festive holiday season with our Printable Blank PDF November 2015 Calendar! In November, you will enjoy several days and holidays including: Thanksgiving, Novel Writing Month, and Real Jewelry Month! Plan your special vacations around these events by downloading the November 2015 calendar. Download the calendar by clicking the image below: As you prepare to cook your holiday turkey, you might consider buying a cooked turkey. Guess what? I do this every year? LOL! Amazon has some great fully cooked options for cooks like…
  • Printable Blank PDF October 2015 Calendar

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Printable Blank PDF October 2015 Calendar Use our Printable Blank PDF October 2015 Calendar for your fall holiday planning. October 2015 has several holidays to celebrate including: Halloween, National Cookie Month, and Bosses Day! Use our printable October 2015 calendar to plan out your fun activities. Download the October 2015 calendar by clicking the image below or this link:  Printable October 2015 Calendar. Special Events –  October 2015 Calendar: October 31 – Halloween October 16 – Bosses Day National Cookie Month Need an October 2015 image? Use the…
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    Bombchelle

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Delegating

    Michelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As I’ve mentioned a time or two, I wanted to experiment with other formats of posts (including audio posts)…this is my first go at it! Let me know what you think! Do’s & Don’t’s of Delegating: the transcript Hi guys, this is Michelle Nickolaisen with Bombchelle.com and today’s audio post is about delegating. Delegating is a sticky spot for a lot of business owners, especially if you’re operating as a one-person business because it is really, really crucial to grow in your business. Even if you don’t ever want to expand past one person, getting started…
  • Workflow Wednesdays: Chrissy Das on effective editing processes

    Michelle
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    What separates productive people from business owners that are constantly stressed? This post is part of weekly feature, Workflow Wednesdays, that aims to find out, with a weekly post going in-depth on a specific part of a business owner’s workflow and what they do that makes it rock. Interested in being featured in a post? Sign up here! Editing has been on my brain as of late, since I’m working hard at NaNoWriMo and contemplating how to tackle the seemingly-massive process of editing it, so I got Chrissy Das to sit down and answer a few questions for this week’s installment:…
  • Workflow Wednesdays: Martin Stellar on how to write more and write faster

    Michelle
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    What separates productive people from business owners that are constantly stressed? This post is part of weekly feature, Workflow Wednesdays, that aims to find out, with a weekly post going in-depth on a specific part of a business owner’s workflow and what they do that makes it rock. Interested in being featured in a post? Sign up here! This week, I’m talking to Martin Stellar, a monk-turned-tailor-turned-copywriter-turned-teacher (say that three times fast!). In our interview, we talk about why NaNoWriMo works, why you keep getting stuck in your writing, and Martin reveals his…
  • App showdown: Proposal apps (Bidsketch vs. Quoteroller)

    Michelle
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two apps enter, one app leaves! A few weeks ago, I had a need I don’t usually have, which was to create a proposal. I figured this was the ideal time to try out a few different proposal-creating apps and compare them in a review…the results are below! (It’s worth noting going in that I don’t regularly create proposals and have never used a proposal creation tool before, so I may have missed a few things or had a harder time than someone who comes from that background would have.)  The Bidsketch video review: The Quoteroller video review: Price comparison: Bidsketch:…
  • Review: Calendly

    Michelle
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s an assortment of scheduling apps available out there in various price points and they are definitely not all created equal. My current favorite? Calendly, which is super easy to use and has a great starter plan. Here’s a few key features: Syncs to Google Calendar Allows you to set and customize (both the timing and the content of) reminders, cancellation notices, and confirmation emails The free plan has limits to customizations, one event type (for example, a 15m meeting or a 30m meeting, but not both), and “Powered by Calendly” branding The paid plan is $8/mo…
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    Organise My House

  • 23 Money saving tips for Christmas

    Chrissy Halton
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    There’s no getting around it – Christmas is expensive – or at least it can be if you don’t get yourself organised and prepared. This post contains 22 fantastic money saving... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • “The Book With No Pictures” – Make reading a fun part of the day

    Chrissy Halton
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    When you think about childrens bedtime routines, you tend to think about reading a book with them – it’s one of the best ways to spend some quality time together, it relaxes them for... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Printable planner pages for 2015 now available!

    Chrissy Halton
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    We are getting to the end of our diaries now – diaries that have been stuffed full of appointments, notes and bits and bobs throughout the year, probably looking a little tired and worse for... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • The best storage idea for crafts / stationary / art supplies & more!

    Chrissy Halton
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I love finding storage solutions that genuinely work – and this set of drawers is no exception! For me it is the best storage idea for crafts, stationary, art supplies and much more – and... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • How to put the joy into fixing things

    Chrissy Halton
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    One of my favourite things is to find products that can truly help around the house – and this week has been a good one! I was lucky enough to be invited to take a look at the new – quite... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
 
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    Volunteer Work Opportunities

  • Different Seasons To Volunteer In India

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    India is a country which enjoys all the weathers. It is a vast place and it is haven for volunteers. Innumerable volunteer projects run throughout the year all over the country. Volunteers from all over the world pour in to India. Many might find it a little difficult to the changing weathers. That is why it is better to know which are the better seasons to work in India. Summer (May to July) is very hot in most of the places. It can go to extremes in the northern parts of India like Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, etc. Hence during such times volunteers can opt to work in cooler places like…
  • Teaching in Africa

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    There are several Africa volunteer programs available, but the one that is always in demand is for teachers. There is a lack of teachers for teaching in schools in Africa. Teaching in African schools, especially in the rural years can be a real challenge, as there are not enough resources and the class rooms can be crowded. Managing so many students can become a difficult and challenging task. There are a lot of unpaid volunteer teaching programs available in Africa. The volunteer might have to pay the fees before enrolling and might get a home-stay accommodation and meals. Paid volunteer…
  • Volunteer Work Opportunities

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Volunteer Work Opportunities
  • Volunteering for Wildlife

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Africa as much as it is known for its vast land and rich culture, it is also known for its deep unexplored jungles and the wildlife. Unfortunately, corruption is prevalent throughout Africa and hence there a lot of illegal activities like poaching and illegal use of natural resources taking place, which is why environmental and wildlife conservation in an important mission in Africa volunteer programs. Usually volunteers above 18 years are taken to these programs. If accompanied by guardians, as young as 14-year-olds are also taken. There are no particular skills needed, although one should…
  • Types of Volunteer Work in India

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    India, the subcontinent, is a melting pot of people from various religions. The land is so vast and beautiful and the culture and tradition varies from state to state. It is divided into 4 basic parts North, South, East, and West. One can get to see snow-filled mountains, deserts, beaches everything in India. India is a land of culinary delights as each region has its own specialities. If you are thinking of doing some volunteer work in India, first do a good research of the place, since India is vast and crowded, a volunteer can be vulnerable. One can either do it independently or get placed…
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    Clutterninja

  • Would you love some holiday help? Here it is!

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    As a gift of thanks, we’re offering a rare special throughout the holiday season! Home for the Holidays Promo ~ 3 hours for $145 (regularly $180) Do you have a quick-and-dirty project that you’d love our help with? Getting your guest room ready for your in-laws or grown kids? Pulling out all of your holiday decor and coming up with a game plan for decorating? Organizing and setting up your gift wrap/holiday crafting/cookie baking station? We’ll even wrap gifts, as long as you provide all of the giftwrap supplies! Give us a call today to schedule yours! 770-927-7497 or…
  • Parenting & Organization: Let’s talk about the kiddos!

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Our kids. We love them. We want to protect them from the dangers of life. We want to make their lives maybe a bit easier than ours. We want them to grow up to become successful, responsible adults. Most of us would agree that that includes them being able to maintain a safe, healthy, and reasonably clean home. And that’s where I frequently see an issue. Trust me, I try my darnedest to not tell anyone else how to parent, but I want to share something I’ve heard many times over the years I’ve worked as a professional organizer. ‘Mom did everything for us kids. I never…
  • 5 Things to Do Before the Holiday Crazies

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    A new client nailed it last week when she said this was the calm before the storm. Most kids’ sports seasons have wrapped up, Halloween is over, but the ‘real’ holiday season hasn’t kicked into high gear yet. Thanksgiving is still three weeks away. Here a few suggestions on things to do now, before the Holiday Crazies kick in! Clearing Out the Old – with the kiddos! Before your kids get covered up with brand spanking new toys, work with each of them to purge all of the broken ones, the outgrown ones, and the ones they never really play with. (Nothing gets kids…
  • Scary Clutter of the Week: Fear!

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    For the month of October, we’re celebrating Halloween and talking about the ‘scariest’ kinds of clutter. This week, we’re going intangible. We tend to focus so much on our tangible clutter, we miss the emotional clutter that causes it! Over the years and working with many clients, I’ve identified the three scariest parts of reaching out to (and working with) a professional organizer. Fear of Judgement ‘I’m so scared to let you in the house!’ ‘Don’t look in my closet!’ ‘Do you really need to look in my kitchen…
  • Scary Clutter of the Week: Your Kitchen Island

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I hear you groaning out there already. You spent all that time and money on your kitchen renovation. You chose cabinet finishes, counter tops, hardware, and appliances. You even got that supercool high-end fridge you’ve always eyeballed. You wanted this: Photo Courtesy: HGTV But somehow, over time, has it started looking more like this? I know. Trust me, I know. That awesomely expensive, beautiful kitchen island is the first place that most of my clients express frustration about when we walk into the kitchen. It makes sense, really. For many homes, it’s the first horizontal…
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    Niels Teunis

  • Why you Wake up at 3 in the Morning

    Niels
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whenever I begin working with someone, helping them get their life better organized, I ask a simple question. And I never get a straight answer. How do you remind yourself of the things you need to be reminded of? How do you remind yourself? If you need to do something in the next few days or weeks, how do you let yourself know about it? It’s stunning, that such a simple question has people stumped. In our busy world, where we can’t possibly keep everything in our head, we have clearly no clue how to do this. We’d be much better of if we could just remember it all, right?
  • Does Mindfulness Wear You Out?

    Niels
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are certain terms that a have a peculiar property. We don’t know precisely what they mean, but whatever they mean they are, or are considered to be, a good thing. Mindfulness is one such term. Whatever mindfulness is, we know it’s (supposed to be) a good thing. And mindful parenting, well, that’s just dandy. I can’t stand it. All this talk about mindfulness is seriously beginning to piss me off. Sorry for the language. But the reason it pisses me off is that this whole notion makes parenting harder, not easier. I know that’s not what they’re trying to…
  • Parent: You’re a Revolutionary

    Niels
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every parent I’ve ever met was trying to give their kids a better childhood than they themselves received. That includes those who had it good! Really, only few of the people I know are really mad at their parents—though we all have our annoyances. The parents I know are not trying to get back at their parents. They just want to do even better, give their children the very best of what they have to offer. They build on the shoulders of giants: their parents. Here is the thing. Since you are trying to outdo your parents (lovingly, gratefully), you are trying to create something that…
  • You are not broken

    Niels
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday I wrote about the lesson resistance can teach you about all the things you have to do. Sometimes though, there are deeper emotional reasons that pull the shade of grey between your eyes and your todo list. I can’t know what these are, but I have seen—and felt—grief interfering with any kind of “doing.” What I’d like to suggest here is that you can look at such deep feelings as if they were a project. For a moment, hear me out. The grief I feel is blocking me from emptying out the closet, because the closet contains too many emotional landlines. What would…
  • Let Resistance Be Your Teacher

    Niels
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you spend a little time online reading about creativity, writing, or productivity, chances are that you will come across a little book by Steven Pressfield, The War of Art. Here is the key insight from this book: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it. This is critical, though you may quibble over the personification of Resistance—with capital R. I am less enamored with Pressfield’s response, which is in part inspired by the Bhagavad Gita. Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it…
 
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