Every year before the holidays I like to take a few minutes and whip through the file that holds my household instruction manuals and warranties. I recommend this habit for you too, because inevitably, during the year, you acquire new stuff and you get rid of old stuff. Especially now that small electronics are such ever-present necessities. Read more
1. an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.
2. overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
3. affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
Most of us already have abundance in one or more areas of our lives. If you have abundance in all the areas you want, good for you! If you don't, try setting limits to help create it. It may sound counterintuitive, but I believe setting limits to create abundance is not only possible, but necessary, and here's why… Read more
I spent about 2 hours going through old files this morning, shredding and tossing and making new files. I felt like I was my own client, and that felt great! In the midst of this happy toss-fest, I got to wondering why I was able to sit myself down and do the work alone, while so many people need the help of a professional organizer to accomplish the same result.
Most clients are:
Overwhelmed; stuck and unable to make progress on their own
Unsure of the decisions they are making in the process
Have difficulty prioritizing and creating a plan of attack
Don’t understand the basic principles of organization, storage, accessibility and usability Read more
Atlanta's Kim Banta has quite the creative eye. She used to do every craft under the sun, until I got hold of her. Kim's 17 x 19 foot bonus room over the garage is her craft and project space. It looked like this (left) when I first saw it.
After many (MANY) hours of planning, elbow grease, both on-camera and off, as well as having just the right products, you can see the result below. Read more
I've often said the best solutions are the simplest ones. Case in point: My "carbinet" at home is always a problem. We call it the carbinet because it's the cabinet where all the carbohydrates live. Chips, pretzels, crackers, bread, and stuff like that is stored there.
Anyway, where there are chips, there are chip clips and we have a bunch of those in there too, which has been driving me nutty for months. Clips of all sizes end up all over the cabinet, underneath things, half the time they fall out when the cabinet is opened, and they're just generally a pain in my behind. A few days ago I had enough, so I attached the little buggers to the inside of the cabinet door with adhesive Velcro and voila, my chip clip chaos is a thing of the past!
So quick, so simple and practically free, and best of all, I'm not annoyed anymore! And isn't ending life's little annoyances so much of what simple organizing solutions are all about? What simple organizing solutions have you come up with in your own life to eliminate those nagging little irritations at home or at work? I'd love to know!
You know I looooove to throw things away! But it really bugs me to have to touch a garbage can in order to use it. The worst offenders are the large cans in public places that have the hinged front flap that you have to actually put your hand on and push to drop your trash into the can. YUCK. That's a smart design… NOT.
However, I'm happy to say that Simplehuman has developed a really cool line of infrared trash cans that open when they sense your hand over them. This means no more foot pedals to snap off and break (like my cheap plastic kitchen can did years ago) and no more lifting the dirty lid with your clean fingers in the middle of food preparation. This might give me the chance to say OPEN SESAME a lot more often!
On a recent business trip, my airplane seatmate and I got to chatting (shocking, I know) and she thought it was amazing that I hadn't checked a bag given that my trip would last seven days, so I thought I'd share a few tips with you for packing light.
This is what was in my rolling carry-on bag. There's the large Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder which holds all my clothes (except the jeans, t-shirt and sandals I was wearing when I took the photo), the three smaller Eagle Creek zipper pouches which hold my underwear, my non-liquid toiletries, and my cords and chargers. Read more
I love leftovers! Cold pizza? Awesome for breakfast. Mashed potatoes? Awesome for breakfast! Risotto? Awesome for breakfast! (You seeing a pattern here?)
I grew up on leftovers and to this day, I eat them all the time. But I admit that as organized as I am, sometimes I don't write the date on the container with a Sharpie. So then I'm stuck wondering if something is safe to eat or if I'm about to discover just how bad Botulism really is. Read more
I know I'm not the only one out there who lives and travels with a mobile phone, portable GPS unit, and an iPod (I used to have a PDA but I broke it!) Some of you have even more electronic stuff than that. I know between the car chargers, the wall chargers, and the computer and camera sync cables, you get sick and tired of having to think about which charger goes with which piece of equipment. Zoinks, Scoob!
You know the scenario… you're driving down the road and you need to plug in your portable GPS unit so you can find your next stop. You reach for the car charger and plug it into the dashboard outlet, then try to connect it to your GPS but it won't fit. You quickly realize you grabbed the phone charger instead, so you start feeling around on the floor for the GPS charger. They look similar so it's easy to mix them up and grab the wrong one. Drat! Read more
If you ever catch yourself saying, "I just need more closet space!" or "My place is just too small", listen up.
I want to share with you my own personal secret to creating more storage space in your home that's easy, practical and it's right under your nose. OK, actually it's not under your nose exactly. It's under your butt. Read more
My husband loves new books and he just picked up The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Ferriss is a 29-year old wonder boy who's managed to create a deafening buzz in the marketplace with his book and his unconventional, rule-breaking philosophies.
He's also apparently Champion of the Universe at everything he attempts, not unlike 70's series super-couple Jonathon and Jennifer Hart (come on, you remember Hart to Hart, don'tcha??)
Television acting? He can do it. Tango? He can do it. Chinese kick-boxing? He can do it. Do you speak four languages? He speaks SIX! Oh ye mere mortals, I warn you do NOT try to outdo this young feller! Now I know I'm being a bit irreverent, I'm (mostly) teasing, and I admit I haven't read the book and I don't know if I will, but so far, Christmas Boy digs it. And typically, if he digs it, I know I will too, because I trust his judgment. Read more
The other day, as I was driving across town I saw this sign. I just had to stop and take a picture of it because it reminded me of the misguided notion that a lot of people hold about organizing, apparently U-Haul included.
Newsflash: Storing stuff is NOT organizing. Containerizing is NOT organizing. And for Pete’s sake, just getting rid of stuff isn’t organizing either. These things all play into the organizing process, but standing alone they all just, well… stand alone.
Storing, containerizing and throwing out aren’t organizing because you can store clutter, you can certainly containerize clutter (my clients do it all the time) and you can for sure get rid of stuff and still not be organized. Read more