The Organizing Tip That Will Change Your Life

Storage ToteSimple, but super: Never leave a space empty-handed.

Sometimes, it’s the simplest of things that can have the biggest impact on our lives. I know in my own life, in this fast-paced world we live in, it seems like there is never a time when something isn’t disorganized and out of place. Our homes, our cars, our offices, even our computers – they all have stacks, piles, bags and bits sitting around and cluttering things up with stuff that doesn’t belong.

Yet I’ve found one simple and proven way to take a powerful step toward streamlining your spaces and tackling your mess before it tackles you. That is to never leave a space empty handed. Read more

5 Tips For Organizing Your Pampered Pet

pampered pet bedDo you own a pampered pet? Maybe two, three, or more? If you do, then he/she is very much a part of your everyday life, and it’s important to include the pet in your overall organizing plan for yourself or your family. Here are some ways you can organize your pet’s stuff:

(1) Use an old plastic container or wicker basket as a central holding point for the pet’s toys. Place it in a spot where the pet spends a lot of his time, and a spot where he can reach inside the container easily to get the toys. At the end of the day, you can make a round of the play area with container in-hand, picking up the pet’s toys and putting them back inside the container. Read more

Mail, Mail, Go Away! Easy Ways to Tame Your Mail Piles

letter_traysAs you may or may not know, I’m a contributor to FranklinCovey’s Get Organized Community, along with the likes of Dr. Stephen Covey (think: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). As a contributor, I recently answered a question about MAIL, and it’s so applicable to so many people, I thought it might benefit YOU.

>>>>>> Question < <<<<< Do you ever have those days when you barely have enough time to get your mail, much less sort through it? I do, and I’ve been having more and more of these types of days, which means my mail pile gets huge. Read more

Get Organized for Tax Season in 5 Easy Steps

tax filingIn the words of Dave Barry, “It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.”

Filing taxes = huge pain. We all know it. We all go through it once a year. And while there’s no way around tax season, there is a way to make the process less stressful.

P.R.E.P.A.R.A.T.I.O.N. Read more

Painless Holiday Shopping and Gifting

giftsThere’s only one way to take the speculation out of gift-giving: preparation! If you wait until the last-minute to figure out what to get whom, you’re going to waste valuable time in the process.

One manageable way to stay on top of your gift-giving game is to create a list of must-know info about each person. This includes:

– Favorite colors, brands, and sizes for clothing

– Favorite stores, hang-outs, and restaurants

– Favorite authors and magazines

– Favorite music, TV shows, and movies

– Favorite foods, wine, and beer

– If they have any collections, hobbies, or special interests

– Etc. Read more

How to Select the BEST Planner for Your 2011

plannerWilliam Penn, the founder of the great state of Pennsylvania, once said: “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

Does that sound like a day in your life?

One of the cheapest, easiest ways to solve your time management problems is by using a personal planner. (And just to be clear, this does not include “using” it as a coaster, doodle pad, paperweight, or otherwise unrelated purpose!)

Here’s a look at the different types of planners, and how you can pick out the best planner to suit your personality and lifestyle. Read more

What’s Your Organizing Personality?

ducks-in-a-rowOrganizing systems are not one-size-fits-all. Your organizing personality — or what I like to call your logic type — is truly the most important aspect to consider when organizing any room or project.

If you try to organize something that runs against your system of reasoning, then it will never, ever stick!

That’s why, in my work as a professional organizer, I have identified four logic types: Geometrical, Positional, Chronological, and Categorical. Read more

Do You Suffer from Cobbler’s Children Syndrome?

cobblers toolsThe word “cobbler” comes from a bygone era and quickly conjures up visions of Charles Dickens and not so much modern times. But the fact of the matter is — despite living in the 21st century — you may suffer from Cobbler’s Children Syndrome (CCS) all the same.

Simply put, CCS describes a situation where a cobbler spends so much time repairing shoes for all the villagers, that he has neither the time nor inclination to do the same for his own family. As a result, his children have the worse shoes of all the children in the village.

Now, I doubt YOU are a cobbler in the strict sense of the word, but the irony of this syndrome can play out in many situations. Read more

College Entrepreneurs Develop Hip, New Organizer

AccessiblesThis week, I was contacted by a very inspiring group of college students from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts who have developed Accessibles, a hip, new way to organize notebooks and planners.

Rui Wang, one of the students in this group of budding entrepreneurs, explained that, “We noticed that lots of people store their thoughts chronologically and subsequently made etched-metal monthly tabs to let you control how you organize…” Read more