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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Use It or Lose It – Organizing Style

April 2nd, 2013

We are starting a regular post called “Use It or Lose It”. We will feature an organizing or productivity product we find and ask you “Use It or Lose It?”  Would you use it or should we lose it and move on?

Today’s product is from CB2 (a division of stores from the Crate & Barrel company).

 

 

 

 

The CB2 Chalkboard Storage Line.  The items are made from wood composite.  They are a painted chalkboard surface and include one piece of white chalk.  They wipe clean with a soft dry cloth.

 

Prices

File Box = $39.95

Pen Cup = $4.50

Magazine Holder = $19.95

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

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When do you organize your groceries?

September 28th, 2012

Over the past two weeks, I got involved in a social media conversation about organizing your groceries.  I think most would agree that organizing your groceries as you put them away makes a lot of sense but how do you feel about organizing groceries while still at the store?

I believe the conversation first started by this card Geralin Thomas posted on Facebook.  The Facebook post garnered 155 Likes, 49 Comments and 41 Shares.  It also created a multi-day dialogue on Twitter.  Comments included everything from cashier insensitivity to “my cashiers rock!” to “I go to self-checkout for this exact reason.”  There were many (including myself) that as this “card” states, place our items on the conveyor belt exactly as we would like them bagged.

In Montgomery County, MD (my home county) and in neighboring Washington, DC, we are charged a fee for not using our own bags.  Not only do I bring my own bags, I am a fan of Tote Buddy.  Tote Buddy neatly holds piles of reusable bags, helping you declutter and stay organized for every shopping trip.  My conveyor belt organization, grocery list and coupon organization along with my Tote Buddy, bag organization has caused some cashiers to stop and take pause in amazement.    To the point that, they have asked me for information on how to purchase a Tote Buddy.

Tote Buddy

Maybe it is just the cashiers at my local Harris Teeter but I find that when the cashier is observant and sees the effort you have put in to organizing your purchases, they try bag it accordingly.  My items are placed on the conveyor belt based on where they go once they are brought in to the house.  All of the cosmetics that go to the bedrooms in one bag, all of the laundry and cleaning supplies that stay in the basement in another bag, dry food stuffs in another and the normal refrigerated and freezer in another.    I kinda thought that this was normal but this conversation has told me that apparently it is not.

 

I have read comments that some go as far as freezer goods go in one color bag, dry goods in another color, produce in another.  Do you organize your groceries while still at the store?  How far do you go?  I’d love to hear your comments below.

 

 

 

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How to organize almost anything – Step 1

April 12th, 2011

So I’ve shared the four basic steps to organizing almost anything

junk drawer

  • Empty
  • Sort
  • Purge
  • Replace

In this plan, we are aiming for organized and good enough. We are not talking about buying any supplies (other than a trash bag, a recycle bin and a shopping bag to hold donations). In this project we are not running out and buying label makers and pretty bins. We are aiming for better and good enough, increased function not perfection.

Let’s attack the easiest one. It always helps to start off with something easy to get you rolling.

EMPTY

I doesn’t matter what you are organizing you need to start with a clean slate. Let’s say your organizing a drawer…. find an EMPTY spot on the floor, a countertop, a desk and remove all of the contents of the drawer. All of them, no really everything. If you find any obvious trash, go ahead and toss it. You can do a general sort now grouping similar item but don’t worry we will handle sorting in detail in step 2. If you are using the floor to EMPTY the drawer, you may want to lay down a piece of cardboard, a trash bag or newspaper first especially if you are EMPTYing a desk drawer. Desk drawers are prone to having leaky pens and we don’t want to get ink on your hardwoods or carpets. Remember to only EMPTY one drawer. We will go through all 4 steps with each drawer before EMPTYing the next drawer.

EMPTYing is the same if it’s a closet. Pick a section, a wall, the floor, just shoes or belts. EMPTY everything out of that section. That is it. Told you this step was easy.

Stay tuned for step 2 – SORT. That is where the real fun begins!

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