Spring Cleaning Isn’t Just for Spring Anymore!

11 06 2010

I came across this Fabulous Article that sums up why is vital for us to take time out of our day and straighten out our home, office and any space we occupy.

Just look at the title of the article…

Organized Home Office

Spring Cleaning Isn’t Just for Spring Anymore! | ModernMom.com.

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Tidy Up Your Finances

27 05 2010

Have You ever asked yourself what does a PILE of bills and statements paid or not paid mean?
It all relative to someone being clueless of what is happening with their finances, whether it is to their detriment or not.

Check out this amazing article in Oprah.com magazine with Suze Orman

http://www.oprah.com/money/Suze-Ormans-Spring-Cleaning-Overhaul-Your-Files-and-Finances_1

 

 

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The 10 Habits of Highly Organized People ~ Great Article from Oprah.com

11 03 2010
You know those folks who seem to have it all together? They’re not perfectionists (far from it). Instead, experts say, they follow a few simple rules.

bargains 1. Walk away from bargains
Just because you can buy a cashmere sweater for $20 or three bottles of ketchup for the price of one doesn’t mean you should. “Ask, ‘Do I have something similar?’ and ‘Where am I going to store it?’ before making a purchase,” advises New York City professional organizer Julie Morgenstern, author of Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life.

cookies 2. Make peace with imperfection
Efficient people give “A-level effort” to the most important projects (say, work assignments or a kitchen redesign), and for the rest they do just enough to get the job done, says Renae Reinardy, PsyD, a psychologist who specializes in hoarding disorders. Maybe you give yourself permission to bring store-bought cookies to a school bake sale or donate a bag of stuff—unsorted!—to Goodwill. “Trying to do every task perfectly is the easiest way to get bogged down,” says Reinardy.

labels 3. Never label anything “miscellaneous”
You put a bunch of things into a file or box and write this catchall across the front. “But within a week you’ve forgotten what’s in there,” says Morgenstern. Instead, sort items into specific groups—”electric bills,” “lightbulbs,” and so on.

schedule 4. Schedule regular decluttering sessions
Rather than wait until an industrious mood strikes (we all know where that leads), have a decluttering routine in place—whether it’s spending 15 minutes sorting mail after work or tackling a new project every Sunday afternoon.

phones 5. Stick with what works
“I have clients who will try every line of makeup, every cell phone—it’s exhausting,” says Dorothy Breininger, president of the Delphi Center for Organization. Don’t waste time (and money) obsessively seeking out the best thing.
foyer 6. Create a dump zone
Find a space to corral all the stuff that you don’t have time to put away the moment you step in the door, says Breininger. Once you’re ready to get organized, you won’t have to hunt all over the house for the dry cleaning or your child’s field trip permission slip.

sos 7. Ask for help
“The organized person is willing to expose herself to short-term embarrassment and call for backup,” says Breininger. Which is to say, that elaborate four-course dinner you planned? Change it to a potluck.

drawer 8. Separate emotions from possessions
It’s healthy to be attached to certain items—a vase you picked up in Paris, your grandmother’s pearls. But holey concert tees or cheap, scuffed earrings your husband gave you years ago? Just let them go.

kitchen drawer 9. Foresee (and avoid) problems

You wouldn’t leave the house on a gray day without an umbrella, right? People who appear to sail through life unruffled apply this thinking to                                  every scenario, says Breininger. Have a cabinet packed with leaning towers of Tupperware? Organized folks will take a few minutes to short-circuit   an avalanche before it happens. (In  other                                                                                                                                                             words, rearranging that cupboard now is easier than chasing after wayward lids as they scatter  underneath the fridge.)

clothing bank 10. Know where to donate
It’s easier to part with belongings if they’re going to a good home. Identify a neighbor’s son who fits into your child’s outgrown clothes, or choose a favorite charity. “It will save you from searching for the perfect recipient every time you need to unload something,” says Morgenstern.

http://www.oprah.com/home/The-10-Habits-of-Highly-Organized-People_1/2

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“Too Many Things Clogging up Your Life”

6 03 2010

Finding clarity in clutter may seem impossible, yet as you start addressing one area at a time you may start finding a possibility of a clutter free space.
Tip:
Clarifying what clutter means to you can help you make a better decision in what you want to let go of and decide where would be the ideal place to start to Organize.

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Who says your junk drawer has to be cluttered?

4 02 2010

This versatile 23 compartment drawer storage system features 2 bins. The lower bin has 14 sections perfectly sized for small household or craft items, such as tape, scissors, batteries and tools. The upper bin has 9 sections and fits perfectly on top of the lower bin, sliding easily so as to not block your view to the items below.

With this organizer, there is no reason to ever wonder what is in your “junk drawer”.
http://www.organizedatoz.com/Made-Smart-Junk-Drawer-Organizer-p/325.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January is Get Organized Month

6 01 2010

I would like to share with you all an amazing article that Miami Herald has published in today’s paper.  Check it out and let me know how you can start implementing these tips:

http://www.miamiherald.com/103/story/1411021.html?storylink=twtuser — New year is a good time to get organized

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Organize Your Life…

30 09 2009

Get Organized at Work

August 3, 2009 at 5:53 am · Filed under Organize Your Life, Work It @ Work

workspaceIt’s 9am and you have arrived at work…your inbox is overflowing with emails, your desk is full of paper work, the voicemail light is blinking on your phone, you have work from yesterday to finish, co-workers are stopping by for information and you still haven’t had your morning coffee. Turn your morning work marathon into a relaxed atmosphere where your creativity and last good nerve are spared. It’s time to get organized.

On the first day try to get to work 30 minutes early to organize your workspace. If your workspace looks like a hurricane hit it…try and hour early. Make sure you have plenty of files and labels on hand.
Before you start work
Your desk is where it all happens so let’s get rid of the clutter!

  1. File all current projects and tasks in a file organizer that sits on your desk. Having your “must have tasks” at the tip of your finger tips is key for easy access.
  2. Put all old paperwork, proposals, and other papers in a file with a label that indicates the name of the task and the year. Recycle the paper of all duplicate information.
  3. Surf through emails and detect the ones that are most important. If an email only needs a quick response take care of it quickly. In doing this, you have eliminated a task and your co-worker can move on with their task because of your speedy reply. For emails that need a little more time move them into a To Do file on your computer. Make sure you write the email task on your To Do list for the day so you won’t forget.
  4. Check Voicemail and return all calls

Sidebar: Checking email and voice mail are tasks that you do every day. Couple them along with other tasks you must complete every day. I like to call these my Bundle Routine Tasks (BRT). Just like the phone company you can bundle your tasks that are reoccurring, so can you. Do you have daily or weekly tasks? Think about them and create a daily bundle routine and a weekly bundle routine to keep you on track.

During Work

  1. Create a To Do List for the day (In the beginning of the week and month create a To Do List for the Week and for the month to keep you on schedule)
  2. Pick up where you left off the previous day. Start your day with the most vital tasks. Once you have completed a task, send it off to your co-workers that are in need the information and put a nice big check next to the item on your To Do List.(smile) Move on to the next task on your To Do List.
  3. Mid morning email check: Surf through your email and reply to vital emails.
  4. Mid morning voice mail check: Review your voice mail and return important phone calls.
  5. Any important tasks that you could not take care of during your mid morning email and voice mail check put them down on your To Do List.

Lunch- Enjoy your time to yourself. Leave work at work and indulge in a good lunch and Me Time. You not only deserve it, but you body needs to regroup.

After Lunch

  1. Continue to work tasks on To Do List
  2. Do you have any afternoon Bundle Routine Tasks? Complete them now.
  3. Afternoon email check
  4. Afternoon voicemail check

End of the day wrap up
10 Minute Prep: Take the last 10 minutes of the day prepping for tomorrow. Organize the tasks you will be working on tomorrow and place them on your desk so they will be the first thing you see when you arrive at work. File items you no longer need. Begin your To Do List for tomorrow and place your new To Do List next to your tasks for the next day. Finally, your workday is complete. Enjoy your evening.

Karen Vaughn is the founder of the Working Divas Blog. A lifestyle blog that is geared towards work/life balance for women.  She is an awarding winning Radio Personality who has worked in Miami, Indianapolis, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Follow Karen On Twitter @ www.twitter.com/karenvaughn

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