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  • 7 Ways To Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

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    MonicaRicci
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Guest blog post by Sofia Lewis With a busy lifestyle and endless to-do lists, it can be easy to neglect your home. Time passes and before you know it, clutter can take over your house. However, if you follow some simple steps you can keep your living space in order. A Matter of HabitMake cleaning part of your daily routine and set your own rules. For instance; “put everything in order before going to bed” or “tidy up the room before leaving the house." Most of all keep up with those rules and don’t submit to inertia. Do one extra organizing job on top of your regular tasks. Taking…
  • 5 Simple Ideas for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

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    Aby Garvey
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    I’m finding it hard to believe, but this weekend is the last weekend before Christmas! If you still have shopping left to do, don’t panic. Instead give these ideas a try to streamline your last-minute gift giving. 1. Pick a day and get ‘er done. Jay and I used to do all of our Christmas shopping in a single day. It was a fun tradition that fell by the wayside as our kids’ wish lists started to include more items purchased online. But, if you’re in a shopping pinch, this is a terrific way to catch up in a single, accomplishment-packed day. Whether you decide to…
  • Manage Your Time with a #DIY Planner

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    Molly Gold
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Today it’s all about time. Yes time ~ that four letter word because when you can’t find it you are desperate for ways to create that 25th hour. And when you have more than enough of it you couldn’t be happier. GO MOM!® was founded on the concept of the GO MOM!® Planner and today, our #DIY planner in its downloadable PDF format is as streamlined and time focused as it can be. Let me show you how! This is my personal GO MOM!® DIY Planner. You can see I have my cover sheet right inside this clear view binder in a fabulous pink. We use an 8 1/2 x 11 format. And I am addicted…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #18 – Super-size It

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    Elizabeth
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    My life changed forever the day I super-sized my office and went from one computer screen to two screens. It’s hard to explain until you do this why this is such a big deal but with two screens comes increased productivity and focus. On the main screen I have up what I am working on and on the second screen I have my calendar, Numbers Tracking Tool, My Focus Tool, Quick Books and my contact database system up. This way I stay focused on one thing but have other items handy at a glance without minimizing what I’m working on. This helps me stay totally focused on one thing at a time…
  • Brilliance & Light for the Holidays

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

    MonicaRicci
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Guest blog post by Sofia Lewis With a busy lifestyle and endless to-do lists, it can be easy to neglect your home. Time passes and before you know it, clutter can take over your house. However, if you follow some simple steps you can keep your living space in order. A Matter of HabitMake cleaning part of your daily routine and set your own rules. For instance; “put everything in order before going to bed” or “tidy up the room before leaving the house." Most of all keep up with those rules and don’t submit to inertia. Do one extra organizing job on top of your regular tasks. Taking…
  • Who Surrounds You Today?

    MonicaRicci
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself. ~Edmund Lee PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
  • What's The Value of a Home Inventory?

    MonicaRicci
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    Guest post by Elizabeth Dodson Have you ever wondered where certain items were in your home? Ever thought that you might have an item you couldn't find so you purchased another one just like it?  Not knowing where items are in your home can lead to a disorganized home life. It can also end up costing your more because you keep replacing things you can't find. A home inventory is an organized listing of your home’s structure and your possessions within the home and other spaces like a storage unit or a garage. Creating an inventory with photos, videos, receipts, and descriptive details…
  • When Are You A Champion?

    MonicaRicci
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. ~T. Alan Armstrong, 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!
  • "December 7, 1941 -- A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

    MonicaRicci
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered these words in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt's speech would usher in the United States' involvement in World War II and by the end of four years, the Axis powers were defeated at the cost of over 400,000 American lives. Today marks the 73rd anniversary of that infamous day. It's a day we remember and honor the Greatest Generation -- young boys who went to war, many of whom paid the ultimate price. Let us never forget. PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it…
 
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  • 5 Simple Ideas for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

    Aby Garvey
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    I’m finding it hard to believe, but this weekend is the last weekend before Christmas! If you still have shopping left to do, don’t panic. Instead give these ideas a try to streamline your last-minute gift giving. 1. Pick a day and get ‘er done. Jay and I used to do all of our Christmas shopping in a single day. It was a fun tradition that fell by the wayside as our kids’ wish lists started to include more items purchased online. But, if you’re in a shopping pinch, this is a terrific way to catch up in a single, accomplishment-packed day. Whether you decide to…
  • How to Make Hot Chocolate in a Jar

    Aby Garvey
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    If you’re running short on time or ideas for holiday gifts, hot chocolate in a jar is a simple, semi-homemade gift idea sure to please many on your holiday list. This is an idea I have shared before in the past, but since it’s a timeless idea, I wanted to share it again. Hot chocolate in a jar makes a terrific gift for teachers, coaches, neighbors, co-workers or friends, anyone you want to give a little something warm and sweet. If you’re all done with your holiday prep, tuck this idea in your back pocket for a winter birthday, Valentine’s Day or next holiday season.
  • Flip Your Stack of Paper

    Aby Garvey
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    During the course of preparing for the holidays (decorating, tidying up for guests or holiday parties, etc.) chances are that you’ll encounter a stack of paper that needs to be sorted through and dealt with. You might be tempted to stuff this paper into a bag to deal with later. But, if you’re like many people I’ve encountered over the years, “later” never really comes. Instead of stuffing and stashing, give this idea a try. First, take your stack of paper and flip it over. When you do this, the oldest papers in the stack are now on the top of the pile. Chances are good…
  • Five Quick Decluttering Projects to Clear Up Space in Your Kitchen

    Nancy Vorsanger
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Does your kitchen have what my friend calls a “scary cabinet,” stuffed with perilously stacked items? Or a drawer crammed so full that it’s hard to open—or to find anything inside? It’s easy to accumulate kitchen items, often to the point of excess. But how many of those items do you regularly use? Are they taking up space that you need for something else? And how much time are they costing you: stacking and unstacking them, moving them out of the way to find the thing you really need, or maybe even dodging them as they tumble out of your cabinet? The good news is that paring those…
  • 7 Ways to Have a Happier Holiday

    Aby Garvey
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    If you find yourself in the midst of this holiday season wishing to trade in all the hustle and bustle for a bit more happiness, you’re not alone!  Here’s a collection of some of my top holiday planning tips to help you create a merrier season.  Take a look at your ongoing tasks and activities, and see what can be eliminated or deferred until after the holidays. During the holidays, we often try to add so many other activities into our already full calendars. What can you set aside in order to fit in the extra holiday events? If you’re faced with a particularly daunting…
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  • Manage Your Time with a #DIY Planner

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

    Molly Gold
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Now that Christmas is just two weeks away, its go time for any of those special family holiday traditions to take place.  And depending on what those are, the verdict just might be out about keeping them in tact. Lets take the Elf on the Shelf.  Having to remember to move that Elf at the end of each incredibly busy day throughout the holidays found me secretly hoping every year that we could find a graceful exit for him to leave our holiday traditions forever.  Added not because he held some heartfelt meaning but simply because I fell pray to some seriously savvy marketing and he seemed…
  • #DIY Hall Coat Closet EasyClosets Product Solution

    Molly Gold
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Welcome to the final video for our Funky Spaces #DIY Hall Coat Closet Series. We are in my house and you can see that this hall coat closet is the ultimate funky space thanks to this crazy ledge that completely stands in the way of using the space efficiently. You might recall that my goal in partnering with EasyClosets.com for this project was to create a space that we could actually work with. We had to move the hanging bar so we could access the depth of the closet to maximize any storage solutions and we needed to make sure to create a safe room in the event of a tornado. Because we…
  • #DIY Hall Coat Closet Demolition

    Molly Gold
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Today I’m sharing the second update for our Funky Spaces #DIY Hall Coat Closet series with EasyClosets.com. This time its all about our huge but ill designed hall coat closet and what kind of demolition we’ll be up to to make it product installation ready. Check it out! I am sitting inside my big walk in closet that is right off our home’s foyer and while its seems like it would be lovely, it’s completely funky because of this huge bump I’m sitting on. You can see we’ve emptied the space entirely of its contents including all that memorabilia, ahem.  …
  • Funky Spaces #DIY Hall Coat Closet with EasyClosets.com

    Molly Gold
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Today begins the next installation in our Funky Spaces Series with EasyClosets.com and this time it’s all about our hall coat closet. There’s no time like the holidays when your house if full of guest and the coats they wear that you realize just how poorly designed and inefficient your space can be.  You might think I have the perfectly organized house. However just like you, I’m at the mercy of what the builder put into our home as a starting point to work with. And this hall closet just off the foyer is one of the funkiest spaces you’ll ever see from me but…
 
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  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #18 – Super-size It

    Elizabeth
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    My life changed forever the day I super-sized my office and went from one computer screen to two screens. It’s hard to explain until you do this why this is such a big deal but with two screens comes increased productivity and focus. On the main screen I have up what I am working on and on the second screen I have my calendar, Numbers Tracking Tool, My Focus Tool, Quick Books and my contact database system up. This way I stay focused on one thing but have other items handy at a glance without minimizing what I’m working on. This helps me stay totally focused on one thing at a time…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #17 – Stop It

    Elizabeth
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all due respect to the social media gurus out there I’m wondering if the time you spend on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram, etc has put money in your bank account. I would really like to know. Too many people are hiding behind their computer and hoping that if they just post enough and comment on other’s posts they are doing a good job of marketing. Not if it’s not getting you conversations with prospects. You may think I have something against social media.  Not at all.  I want it to be a part of your marketing plan – not your only marketing strategy. If…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #16 – Settle No More

    Elizabeth
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When the thought of a doing a task sounds too hard it’s really easy to stop. We can come up with so many excuses why NOT to do something. What if, instead of settling, we’d go the extra mile? When I work out at my Kosama gym I wear a belt that transfers various data not only to the TV screen in the gym but gives me an overview via e-mail when I get home. I can tell at any moment just how hard I’m working. What would it be like if we had this sort of accountability as we work in our business?! Most workouts I burn between 400-540 calories and my goal for some time has been…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #15 – Save for Later

    Elizabeth
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Having a shredder is a wonderful idea.  Using it is even better! I used to always have a big pile of papers to shred on the floor by my shredder until I would take the time to shred. Drove me nuts. I needed a system. I wanted to have a place to keep the papers I wanted to shred but out of sight. I discovered the most amazing tool for my new system - Post-it Wall Pockets. Simply wonderful!! I placed the Post-It Wall Pocket on the side of my desk by my shredder and put paper I want to shred in the pocket.   The papers are there when I’m ready.  No more piles. We all know we should…
  • 2015 Success Now: Action Step #14 – Support You

    Elizabeth
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are following Action Step #7: Schedule or Be Lost then you know today is planning day for the upcoming week. I’m sure you have no problem planning your business meetings, client work, family get togethers, etc. But, what about you? What will you plan for yourself this week? Or, is this question foreign to you? During my keynote presentation “Now Is Your Time’ I ask the audience to write down one thing they will do for themselves in the next 3 days. Most of the audience stares back at me with shock. Something for them – what kind of question is that?! Declaring…
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  • Brilliance & Light for the Holidays

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

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

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

    Kathi Burns
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    I have always struggled with what to wear as an African American Male, so I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me? 1. I have attached a picture of myself and I’m wondering if I am a cool or warm skin tone? (I have green veins) 2. What kind of jewelry will look best on me? For example, white gold or yellow gold? 3. What colors of clothing would be best for me to wear? If you have time, it would help me a lot if you could answer these questions. Best Regards, Ewane Masango University of Oklahoma Business Finance and Philosophy Hi Ewane, Thanks for your question and also…
  • If You Have Clutter, Listen Up!

    Kathi Burns
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Most people are fearful about change. When we make change, we are not exactly sure what the outcome will be or what specifically will happen. This can be an uncomfortable feeling. The more you eliminate fear, the easier it is to make change. The easier it is to make change, the easier it will be to let go of your excess clutter. If you feel stuck in any area of your life, you should begin to sort through and get rid of some of your possessions. The actual process of physically letting go of objects from your life creates a release of some of your old habits. You begin to realize that making…
  • 7 Tips for a More Organized Closet

    Kathi Burns
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    1. Keep all clothing and shoes off the floor 2. Keep the floor clear easy to clean 3. If you don’t have built in shoe cubbies and you have extra pole space, use hanging bags for shoes 4. If you need more drawer storage and you have the extra pole space, use hanging shelves for jeans, sweats and other bulky items 5. Use space bags or plastic bins on the top shelf for off-season clothes 6. Remove lids from hampers so clothes actually go into the hamper instead of getting stacked on top 7. Separate and organize clothing items by the way you determine what to wear in the morning.
  • Choosing the Right Colors for Dark Skin Tones

    Kathi Burns
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of my readers just submitted a comment stating that his/her friends said that they should never wear bright colors because their skin is too dark. I feel that this statement is nonsense and this is my response: I am sorry to hear that others say your skin is too black to wear bright colors. Too bad for them because they are incorrect and congratulations to you for trying to jazz up your appearance! Having black skin does not make it inappropriate to wear bright colors. In fact I find bright colors often enhance darker skin tones IF they are right color spectrum for their skin tone, either…
  • Reinventing Yourself After A Layoff or Corporate Downsize

    Kathi Burns
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The best way to begin reinventing yourself after a layoff is to begin removing the physical clutter that has accumulated in your life. I am talking literally about the stuff that has piled up in and around your home. As you clear your clutter, set your intention to get clarity about what you love to do and what type of work will make your heart sing. As you create more open space within your home and begin donating your excess, you will begin to see more clearly how much good you already have in your life. With that will come an awakening about what career will resonate with your life…
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  • Moving Time – Your Clothing Closets

    Grace Brooke
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the more difficult aspects of moving can be trying to fit your current stuff into certain areas of your new space. Closets can be one of the more tricky areas to work with unless you are lucky enough to have a new space with expansive nooks that you are already salivating about filling. Let’s be honest, most of us would love to have a showroom closet. In the bedroom you would open the closet door and walk in to something Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City would swoon over. While you might not be able to pull off that type of high-end look, with a little bit of planning and…
  • Organized Unpacking

    Grace Brooke
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does anyone enjoy unpacking after a move? This portion of the moving process can feel like a trip to the DMV or dentist, but it really isn’t. When you think about it, you have already done all the hard, time-consuming labor like packing and unloading the heavy boxes and furniture. Now all you have left is the home stretch of unpacking! Here are a few tips for a more organized unpacking process that can not only help get things done in a systematic manner, but at the same time can help to reduce some of the stress and anxiety that builds up when faced with big tasks. Tips for an…
  • 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…
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  • Stop Feeling Guilty About Being Disorganized (10 Tips That Trip You Up)

    Janet Baker
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Stop Feeling Guilty About Being Disorganized! 10 Tips That Mess You Up Wednesday, January 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST Register now for this Webinar/Tele-class Do you ever feel guilty about how disorganized you are? Do you wish you had better work/life balance? Well you’re not alone. A while ago I attended a [...]
  • Organizing to Find Things Quickly

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

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

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

    Janet Baker
    8 May 2014 | 11:25 am
    Due to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, Paper Tiger version 3 and older users will need to upgrade to version 4 or switch to Paper Tiger Online. You can check to see which version of Paper Tiger you are running by clicking Help at the top menu, then select About Paper Tiger. You should [...]
 
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  • Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries

    Laura
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. One of my most favorite parts of the holiday season is the food.  Shocking, I know!  In particular, it’s the finger food.  The grazing, the meals made of little bites, and the ability to chat with friends and family while nibbling on […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries
  • Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

    Laura
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. The holiday season is upon us, and we’ve made our list a long time ago. Now we’re in the “checking it twice” stage. Making sure we have gifts for those key gift exchanges, and getting things ready to ship to far-away […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas
  • Choosing Joy {and free printable}

    Laura
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I was just going through some old blog posts and found this one below that I wrote last year at this time.  The words are especially comforting to me this year as the last couple of months have been a rough road for me.  I’m dealing with sickness and pain in the way of an […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Choosing Joy {and free printable}
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 15/14

    Laura
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  Hope you all had a terrific weekend.  I am in the thick of watching my romantic Christmas movies and watch at least one every day.  I’m talking about the sweet Hallmark type ones that always have a happy ending.  They are so good!  I’m slightly obsessed and my PVR has so many waiting for […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 15/14
  • Visual Aid Gift List Tracking

    Laura
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. For me, this is crunch time to finish any remaining gift purchases. Usually by now, if I have anything left to buy, it’s the little “extras” that have gone unnoticed or weren’t a part of my original gift list. Sometimes I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Visual Aid Gift List Tracking
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  • Chillax this Holiday Season! How to Destress and Get Stuff Done.

    Naomi Cook
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I love the word Chillax! A hybrid of the words “chill” and “relax,” it basically means calm down! Okay, are you laughing and saying: What is she talking about?! Yes, I know, I know … the holidays can be stressful, but there are ways to reduce that stress and still be productive. For example, you might try to get one harder task out of the way and then reward yourself when you’ve completed it. So, if you’ve spent the greater part of a day (or two) decorating your tree, you can feel good knowing that you’ve crossed something off your list. ……
  • How to Stick To Your Budget This Holiday Season

    Dan Loya
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    The December edition of the 5-Minute Organizing Challenge will help you avoid overspending during this crunch time for holiday season shopping. Instead of being triggered to spend yourself into debt, you can outmaneuver the marketing tactics that are aimed at getting you to spend beyond your means. As usual, each suggestion below only takes about five minutes or less, so they can be very simple to complete. 1. Write a List or Use an App Start out by spending five minutes or so making a list of who you’re buying for and what you plan to buy them. Also, record how much you plan to spend for…
  • Get Organized for The Holidays ~ The Ultimate Gift!

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The holidays are here! Are you feeling overwhelmed this holiday season? Do you have a lot of tasks on your to do list? Things like … Finish buying the holiday gifts Schedule the family get-togethers Begin to bake and cook and then bake some more Get the house ready for guests and take care of last minute home repairs Keep all of the balls in the air at work Keep everyone happy!!! Whew! No wonder so many people get stressed when the holidays are approaching. Are you one of these people? I hope not! But it doesn’t have to be that way because let’s face it, YOU should be enjoying…
  • Get Personalized Styling With Stitch Fix

    Nealey Stapleton
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    I just heard about a new website that makes shopping for clothes on the Internet an enjoyable and successful experience. Say what?! Let’s back up … A Story About Online Shopping   I’m not much of an online shopper, but I have a client that does most of her shopping on the Internet. The process usually goes something like this: She spends time searching for an item she wants in particular or simply does some browsing. She purchases stuff and waits for it to arrive at her door. Then she tries everything on, which typically leads to returning almost everything she ordered due to…
  • Three Simple Organizing Products You Can Use Right Now

    Ellen Delap
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    I love simple organizing products that can be used in many different places throughout your home or office. Simple products may not have the “bright and shiny” attraction of some tools, but they are sanity savers. Simple organizing products can provide big benefits because they allow you to easily see what you have and to quickly access the stuff you need. The biggest bang they offer is the ability to organize your stuff directly at the point of use. My three favorites are Command hooks, over the door hooks, and over the door shoe organizers (affiliate links). Keep reading…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    What I do is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. (Unknown) And I want the biggest bang for my buck! — (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Happiness is a sort of action. (Aristotle) — Even if the action is nothing more than quietly enjoying the moment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears mail that none can pierce. (H. Longfellow) — The armor of esteem! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (E. Roosevelt) — Or without your complicity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    What I do is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. (Unknown) And I want the biggest bang for my buck! — (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Happiness is a sort of action. (Aristotle) — Even if the action is nothing more than quietly enjoying the moment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears mail that none can pierce. (H. Longfellow) — The armor of esteem! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (E. Roosevelt) — Or without your complicity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Simple Life Together

  • Simple Things: Podcasts

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

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

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

    Daniel Hayes
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Okay, folks. We had intended this episode to be more of a “finality”. It was supposed to be more of a “farewell” episode and post. But the truth is, we’re having trouble with this because Simple Life Together is such a big part of our life. If it sounds like we’re waffling a bit, that’s because…well, we are! So I guess you could say that we’re simplifying Simple Life Together. We should just jump right into the dirty work and break it all down for you…  Read More… Note: Get a copy of Supermom vs Super Mom for yourself or gift it to a Mom who…
  • SLT072: 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…
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    The Clutter Diet Blog

  • Clutter Video Tip: What to Do With Sliding Closet Doors

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

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

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

  • Clutter Free Holiday Gifts

    MasterOrganizing
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Don’t know what type of gift to get your loved ones?  How about gifting them experiences rather than physical things that can just add up to the clutter in their home.  Here are my favorite clutter free gifts for this year’s holiday season: Women: Nail Salon, Massage/Spa or Facial Treatment Gift Certificates Men: Case or bottle of their favorite alcoholic beverage or Haircut/Barber Gift Certificate Young Adults: Movie Tickets or Concert Tickets, Help pay towards an experience that the youngster is currently interested in like..Ski/ Snowboarding Lesson, Swim Lesson,…
  • 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…
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    C-Line Products Blog

  • A Before and After Look at the 13-Pocket Ladder File

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Claire
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 pm
    by A software engineer reached out to me last week to let me know about an app she and her partner developed to increase their own productivity as they worked on their start up. It’s called 52 Wins. There’s a companion blog that will record the successes of the app users as they build a skill, try something new, stick to a plan or whatever it is they choose as a goal over the coming year. Sounds inspiring! Having a community of folks also working on their goals is a great support to working on your own. They are offering the app to 10,000 people for free, people who truly want to…
  • Organizing Appliances of the Future

    Claire
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-07-21 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Any day now, the wonders of modern technology will be put to use helping you get organized around the house! Well, maybe not, but a gal can dream, can’t she? The Mail-o-Matic.  Just feed your mail by the armload into the top chute (you can’t overload this baby!) and the Mail-o-Matic will sort it for you! Mail drops into labeled slots, ready to read. Position the side exit tube over your recycling bin for one-step junk mail handling. The Clutter Buster Deluxe. You’ve heard of in-wall vacuum…
  • Organizing kitchen spices

    Claire
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    by Originally posted 2014-05-20 16:11:19. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI worked with a client unpacking and setting up her kitchen this week. I corralled and sorted all her spice containers; jars, plastic bags, paper bags, plastic boxes, fabric bags; and we saw that there were duplicates and even triplicates of some spices. One problem is that spices don’t all come in the same kind of container and plastic bags don’t work well in a spice rack. That means that some spices end up packed into a larger container in the pantry, away from the jars in the rack. They’re usually not very…
  • Multitasking Revisited

    Claire
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-08-06 11:07:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter My previous, multitasking-bashing post may have given the impression that I'm against multitasking. I'm not. I'm for anything that helps you get your work done. Multitasking, or the illusion thereof, is appropriate when: You have a short attention span You crave novelty You're easily bored You're energized when there's a lot going on at once Deadlines motivate and thrill you The caveats here are that: You need to be actually accomplishing things, not just spinning your wheels (however fast they…
  • 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…
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    Value of Simple

  • How to Redefine Rich, Grow Gratitude, and Be Happily Humble with Matt Ham – SASM 063

    Joel Zaslofsky
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is it possible to humble yourself with confidence? And what if living a rich life is more about your heart than your bank account? These are the kinds of questions that I and my special co-host for this episode – Andy Traub – Ask our groovy guest, Matt Ham. Wait. What? Co-host?! Yep … I’m continuing my experiments on Smart and Simple Matters and got a great idea for some co-hosted episodes from my pal, Jared Easley of Starve the Doubts. So don’t be confused when you hear Andy opening up the episode. He’s a total pro at co-hosting and really rocked this for us. We kept the…
  • Is Being Ruthlessly Unreachable and Advertising “I Won’t Help You” OK?

    Joel Zaslofsky
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was stunned at first. Did Cal Newport really conclude that being ruthlessly isolated and publicizing “I’m Not Here to Help You” was the takeaway from Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek? This question comes from an article Cal wrote on I Will Teach You to Be Rich about time management from an MIT postdoc’s perspective. The section that sent me spinning was this: Fix your ideal schedule, then work backwards to make everything fit — ruthlessly culling obligations, turning people down, becoming hard to reach, and shedding marginally useful tasks along the way. The beneficial effects…
  • Hear That? It’s Simple and Better Quality Time with Your Kids from Chris and Sarah Wehkamp – SASM062

    Joel Zaslofsky
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I know many ways to get you or your kids laughing, being silly, and enjoying quality time. But there are few better – and more reliable – ways than literally listening to Chris and Sarah Wehkamp. They are the husband and wife duo behind Imagining Aloud, a series of high-quality, all-original, entertaining audio stories for children and families. You want warmth, humor, and universal human values, without the preachiness, delivered by memorable characters every single week? They gotcha covered. They created Imagining Aloud for their website, Parents Who, because, like me, they want…
  • 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…
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    Metropolitan Organizing

  • Questions To Ask Before Moving Into A Senior Living Community

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

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

  • Organizing Products Make Great Christmas Gifts

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Organizing Products Make Great Christmas Gifts Christmas Gift Ideas Galore! Shopping for all your Christmas Gifts can be overwhelming even if you have a gift list! We get to the store and see so many cute things that are NOT on our list and, next thing you know we went over budget, bought more than we needed and well, aren’t so happy about it. Also, we tend to buy items that become clutter on our relatives and friend’s home: another coffee cup, another tray, another placemat. With that in mind I made a selection of organizing products that can make great Christmas…
  • Be Guestroom Ready!

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Be Guestroom Ready! Guest Room Essentials So many ideas to keep your guests comfy and make your life easier by planning ahead!     Guest Room Essentials by lgb321 featuring glass home decor     Guest Room Decor by beg1214 featuring a landscape painting   Guest Room Decor inspiration by punnky-interiors featuring shabby chic chairs The post Be Guestroom Ready! appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • Christmas Gifts Ideas

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Enjoy the post Christmas Gifts Ideas Still looking for a Christmas gift that says, “I actually took a moment to think of you and make you something special,” but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? TinyPrints has you covered. They are offering one of four free gifts to all customers. You can choose from a free photo magnet, a free personalized coffee mug, or a free personalized notepad. You can also choose to get $16.99 off personalized home decor. Just click here and use promo code CHOOSEGIFT when you check out to get it free. Shipping will run you less than…
  • Yummy Holiday Meals on a Budget?

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Yummy Holiday Meals on a Budget? Saving Money on Holiday Meals The concept of frugal holiday meals may sound like an oxymoron, but it really isn’t as impossible as it may seem. Even though holiday meals express the great value of abundance, you can still avoid stretching your finances beyond their capabilities. {Honestlyyum.com} How to Save on Holiday Meals? There’s nothing stopping you from serving up delicious holiday meals without destroying your budget in the process. The key to saving money on holiday meals is planning and forethought. When you put time and…
  • Duelos Y Organización Fallida

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Enjoy the post Duelos Y Organización Fallida Un Duelo Mal Manejado Y La Organización Fallida Tienen Más Relación De Lo Que Pensamos La organización tiene que ver con tener espacios que nos resulten agradable; en los que podamos encontrar aquellas cosas que necesitamos, cuando las necesitamos; con vivir de manera más simple y con niveles de estrés manejables.  Hay personas que tienen un hogar con espacios saturados de cosas, mismas que usan poco o realmente no usan. Pueden incluso estar en pésimas condiciones y que en apariencia, al menos para otros es más basura que tesoro. Con…
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  • Paper Doll’s Guide to the Gift Guides: Decluttering Calling Birds & French Hens

    Julie Bestry
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    There are eight days of Hanukkah, twelve days of Christmas, and what seems like 365 shopping days each season to get it “right.” And yet, so often the gifts we give (and get) turn into clutter that we must store, dust and caretake. And not merely clutter, but forgettable clutter. Do you remember the gifts […]
  • Achieve Your Goals: Modern Truths Behind the Urban Legend

    Julie Bestry
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. In 1953, academic researchers interviewed graduating seniors at Yale University to quantity how many had created specific, written goals for their future. The answer: 3%. In 1973, researchers polled the surviving members of Yale’s Class of ’53 and — lo and beyond — the 3% with goals had accumulated more personal financial […]
  • 8 Brainy Tips to Organize Your Holiday Spending

    Julie Bestry
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    It’s time for the seasonal shopping juggernaut. Usually, I’d focus on recommending holiday gifts of experiences and consumables (i.e., stuff to do and stuff to eat, rather than stuff to install, assemble, store, and eventually, dust), but you’re probably heading out into the fray, anyway, if not this weekend, then at some point in the coming month. Before you risk […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Looking for a gift for the freelancer in your life? Look no further.

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

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

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

    Michelle
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yikes…the latest recap yet. NaNoWriMo has been kicking my ass, y’all! But since I know you guys enjoy them, I figured better late than never. So here’s the October breakdown: How I spent my time: I tracked a lot less time than September or August in October–a 45 hour decrease. That’s about a 1/3 decrease. I was super, super low energy in October; not quite depressed (although I had kind of an emotional hangover for some of the month, remembering how bad things were last year), but just no energy for anything. So for the last two and a half weeks of the month, I…
  • Workflow Wednesday: Do a client audit, fix your profit leaks

    Michelle
    26 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 post is from lil ol’ me and you should definitely watch the video for a cameo of my new favorite mug (and my awesome t-shirt, and also my dog…lots of cameos here), but there’s also notes below the video if you don’t want to…
 
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  • What are your Christmas traditions?

    Chrissy Halton
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Christmas tends to be a very family oriented, traditional time of the year for most of us, with lots of activities to fit into a relatively short amount of time – not to mention trying to enjoy... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Living on a budget – why several bank accounts can help

    Chrissy Halton
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Lots of people struggle with living on a budget, and budgeting in general. It can be really difficult to make your income last to the end of the month if you don’t create a system that helps,... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • The best wall planners / calendars for 2015

    Chrissy Halton
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Having a more organised home life becomes easier when you enable everyone who lives in your home to be more proactive and stop having to ask you about everything that’s going on each week... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 8 ways to calm the clutter this Christmas

    Chrissy Halton
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Christmas is one of those times in the year when even the calmest and minimalist of homes can get out of control very easily if you’re not careful. There are so many ways that your home can get... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Printable monthly calendar for your planner – 2015

    Chrissy Halton
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This is the second of my printable planner series of posts. The first concentrated on a year to view planner printable, and today I am sharing with you a printable monthly calendar / planner for... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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    Clutterninja ~ Residential Organizing Services

  • Kids & Filling the Space Under the Tree

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

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

    Suzanne
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:17 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!

    Suzanne
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    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 learned how to…
  • 5 Things to Do Before the ‘Holiday Crazies’!

    Suzanne
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    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 more into organizing…
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  • Organization Coach Forgets Doctor’s Appointment

    Niels
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Embarrassing! That was what it felt like when I realized that I had missed my doctor’s appointment. It has been at least four weeks since that happened. As soon as it happened, I knew I had to tell you about it, but I couldn’t quite figure out how. After all, who would put their trust in an organization coach who forgets such a thing? Where is the reminder, list, agenda item, clarity of focus, plan of the day/week overview that will help me make sure such a thing won’t ever happen again. I mean, where is the system? I was mortified! Except, I wasn’t. I felt I should…
  • 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…
 
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