Home Office Set-up for Optimal File Management and Productivity

July 23rd, 2013

Do you have a home office?  Or do you use your tablet, phone or laptop and your home office is all over your home?  The key to reducing household paper clutter and increase productivity is having a centralized home office.  A home office could be a designated area of a room or a specific room.  Your home office should have a place for papers to be dropped as they enter the home.  It should also have an area where papers that require action or follow-up are placed.  Your home office is an extension of your home and should be treated as such.  You should give it an inviting coat of paint, good lighting and hang some artwork and/or pictures of your family and friends.

Last week, I was interviewed by Robert Lerose of Bank of America’s Small Business Community.  Their site provides great resources and support for small businesses.  Check it out.  It is free to sign-up and participate. I will let you know once the article is published.

Here is a video I created a few years back on creating an ideal home office.

Do you have a dedicated home office? Do you use it?

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Removing clutter ~ It is not about the physical stuff

July 16th, 2013

When folks set out to declutter, they often worry about no longer keeping their things. Professionals in the organizing and psychology fields realize it is often not about the stuff but rather the feelings you get when you see the stuff. The emotional attachment we have with the memories or feelings associated with the stuff. I have found that people are more successful, productive, happier and more financially stable when they free up their physical space and can do more with less.

My number one tip for starting an organizing project is

  1. Start with organizing the area that bothers you most.  Think about the area that keeps you up at night.  The area that is the last thing you think about before falling asleep and the first thing that you think about upon waking.  Start there.  By creating a system, a home for those things for easy access, ease in putting away and retrieving, by seeing success organizing that area, you open yourself up for a clearer mind.  You feel a weight lifted off your back.  You open up mindspace for greater enjoyment of life and create the inertia to continue decluttering other areas.

I saw this quote on Pinterest and think it is perfect.  This  is why I offer services to help people unclutter their spaces.  I’d be lying if I didn’t get joy of seeing a clients desk free of clutter for the first time or actually being able to see the color of the floor covering.   The reason I wake up and get dressed in the morning is not to see clutter-free desks, countertops, or floors but for the satisfaction I receive by knowing my assistance in eliminating or reducing other’s clutter has helped others open their mind and spirit.   I receive joy from knowing my services have helped clients find time for them in their day, find time to spend doing the things that make them happy, find time to smile and take a deep breath without worry that things are getting lost, misplaced or falling apart.  I love what I do.  I love the feeling I have when leaving a client appointment.  There are few other things that I could do that would leave me and my clients with a high level satisfaction in their life.

Look around the room.  What types of things are cluttering your surroundings?  Set the timer for 15 minutes and grab any unnecessary things that are taking up space in your surroundings and your mind.  Let me know how it goes.

 

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Use It or Lose It ~ Organizing Style: Cutting Boards

April 16th, 2013

We are down in New Orleans at the National Association of Professional Organizers 25th Annual Conference.  I am presenting on Friday.  The topic “All Things Google: Tools to Organize Your Clients and Organizing Business with my co-presenter, Josh Zerkel.  I am a Google lover and will soon be starting a regular post on “Using Google to be More Productive” so stay tuned.

On my flight to New Orleans, I read the infamous “SkyMall” magazine.  It is always chockful of organizing items.  Some practical… others impractical.  I came across the Joseph Joseph Chopping Boards.  They are today’s “Use it or Lose It?”

Joseph Joseph Index Advance Chopping Board Set

We have seen many cutting boards that are color coded to avoid cross contamination.  We also know that many times in kitchens cutting boards don’t have a real “home”.  This set comes in two colors – silver or dark gray and two sizes – small and large.  They stack within their case so they are vertical taking up less space in your cabinets or countertop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Joseph Index Advance Chopping Board Set – $67.95 (large)

  • Chopping board categorization system with four colored boards
  • Color coding system: red for raw meat, blue for seafood, green for veggies and white for cooked foods
  • Illustrated tabs provide at-a-glance reminder; contemporary ABS storage case with a non-slip base
  • Boards are made from polypropylene; convenient, non-slip feet on both sides of each board
  • Dishwasher safe

The chopping boards get “filed” when they are not in use.

What do you think?  Would you use it or should we lose it?  Leave a comment below.

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What’s New in the Organizing Industry?

March 26th, 2012

The NAPO logo

Last week, I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Annual Conference.  Over 850 organizers gathered at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore Maryland.  There was an Expo Hall with over 58 exhibitors, 3 key note speakers, 30 break out session options.  It was a very busy four days.  In addition to sharing my feelings on Twitter as @PutItAway, I also Tweeted the conference as @NAPONatl. As always, conference was an amazing experience.  I was able to learn, network, hang with old friends, make new friends, meet friends who I knew only from social media, be inspired and inspire others.

Over the next few days, I will share my experiences from the 2012 NAPO Conference.  I will share tips from the sessions I attended, reviews of products exhibited, lessons learned from others and pictures of some of the fun.


Great conference tote bag from tote bag sponsor Tote Buddy!
 

If you attended conference, I would love to hear about your experiences.  What was your one take away from conference or your favorite thing?  Please comment below.

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Free Paper Shredding Event – Montgomery County, Maryland

March 12th, 2012

Ok, who has completed their taxes and now has lots  of papers to shred?  Well folks in Montgomery County listen up, you are in luck!NBC Washington logo

NBC Washington & PNC Bank are at it again.  They have announced their next wildly popular Community Shred.  The spring Community Shred takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Montgomery College Rockville Campus.

Here are the details…  The event takes place from 8am – 11am.  Cars must be in line by 11am or they will be turned away.  So come early.  You may bring up to (5) five boxes of personal papers for shredding (no CDs or credit cards). Shredding is the best way to recycle (friendly for the environment) your personal papers and is  the best way to protect your identity.

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Photo courtesy of NBC Washington’s website

To keep this event safe and secure for everyone, please DO NOT BRING these items: batteries, flammables, combustibles, electronic equipment (hard drives), media materials (DVDs, CDs, Tapes), binders, hanging files.  If you have all of these types of good things to recycle, fear not.  The Montgomery County Transfer Station recycles almost everything and anything AND is only 2.2 miles from the Montgomery College Campus.  Guide to friendly recycling in Montgomery County.  Now that is what I call safe and environmentally friendly spring cleaning!

Community Shred
March 24, 2012
8am – 11am (cars must be in line by 11am)
Montgomery College Rockville Campus
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850

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