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At the end of the day, what does a cleared off desk mean?

I remember a past supervisor commenting that my desk was always neat and clean at the end of the day.  She meant this in a positive way. I was very proud that my desk was always neat and cleared off at the end of the day and ready to begin work the next morning.  But just what did my cleared desk mean in terms of my being productive and managing paperwork?  Were the tasks I had put on my “To Do List” completed?  Were there any mismanaged papers?  Were my supervisor’s priorities met?

Having a cleared, neat desk does not mean being organized!  However, the answer to the questions above is “Yes!”  – I was very  organized and finished my daily tasks efficiently – most of the time.  I had a process that worked for me in terms of getting paper from the ‘In Box’ to where it belonged and prioritizing tasks from ‘To Do’ to ‘To Done.’

Most of us have a process to manage our daily work routine, however, when things get out of focus, we can use a little help and learn new techniques to get us back on track.

A new technique for you may be as simple as discarding more of the paper that crosses your desk – (a shredder can be your friend).

Or you may need to set up a tickler file (a tickler file organizer allows time-sensitive documents to be filed according to the future date on which each document needs action).

Or, you may need a full-scale reorganization!

You’re not alone.  I’ve had to reorganize more than once in my lifetime.

 

 

Knowing When You Need a Professional Organizer

I agree with Peter Walsh, Professional Organizer and Clutter Expert, Author and TV Personality who appears on the OWN Network. To me, whether you’re decluttering your space, your schedule or priorities, you’re renewing your lifestyle to be able to do the things that are important to you. 

 

 

 

Time to contact a professional organizer to help you when…

 

You’re experiencing a meltdown because you can’t function on a daily basis because of a particular situation in your life, such as:

  • You’re missing important appointments such as medical appointments or a meeting with your child’s teacher due to overload in your daily schedule.
  • You’re losing money because your financial records (bank statements, tax records, investment records, bill paying) are not current or not being taken care of.
  • Your search for files on your computer takes too long.
  • You’re embarrassed to entertain in your home because of clutter.
  • Pots and pans fall out of your kitchen cabinet every time you open the door.
  • You have three year old cosmetics in your bathroom.
  • Your garage looks like a tornado blew the entire neighborhood’s belongings into it.

A professional organizer can help you manage the complexity of your life. A solution may be as simple as showing you how to prioritize your daily schedule.

Contact me if you need organizational help, or perhaps someone you know needs my help, then have them to contact me. 

Your lifestyle, renewed.

Do You Celebrate National Organize Your Home Office Day?

By now, you realize that our calendars are full of national holidays, along with some pretty unconventional designated days of recognition.  Well, the second Tuesday in March has been designated as National Organize Your Home Office Day!  So my blog today is in honor of this day. 

I have been working with a married couple for almost a year. Their goal is to declutter their entire home.  Most people think that professional organizers come into their homes and want them to buy a lot of organizing products. As with any project, no matter what your income, you will set a budget for us to work within. You pick and choose where to splurge and where to save.

The wife had clothing in every closet in their home, including the space she utilized as a home office and  a professional  work from home office.  As you can see in the before after photos below,  the clothing was removed from the office closet and it became an Office Supply Closet. However, we used small bookshelves the client already owned to place her office supplies.  She was able to save by not purchasing additional shelving at this point, and  she used money from the budget in other areas she felt were more important. The doors to the closet are closed most of the time anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re fortunate enough to have a high budget home office, or if you’re like me and have a small budget home office, your goal should be to have it organized so that it will be functional for you. Squidoo.com has a collection of articles to read and videos to view on National Organize Your Home Office Day and How to Organize Your Home Office.

Well, do you celebrate National Organize Your Home Office Day? Send me your comments.

Do you need your home office organized. If so, contact me

Happy National Organize Your Home Office Day!

The Animal House Series, Article 1 – What’s Hogging Your Closet?

 Article 1 in a Series of 3

(Are those…   canned goods…  in your closet?!!!)

    After leaving my job in Washington, DC, I returned home to stay with my Mom until I could find a place to live in Nashville, TN. With time on my hand, I did the thing that was most natural for me. I found tasks to keep me busy and to “earn my keep” while my Mom was at work. Although semi-retired, she still runs her own housecleaning business.

I opened my Mom’s clothing closet, and not to my surprise, I found stockpiled can goods and staples. I wasn’t surprised because my Mom is from the Depression era and she always stockpiled food during my childhood.

After sorting the food items, I put quite a few rusted, expired cans and a couple of old bags of rice and macaroni in a  box and placed them on her back porch  (to assure her they were expired before I threw them away). I then organized her kitchen cabinets placing the food items from her closet into them. When she came home, I showed her my work. She politely said she knew she probably had a lot of expired food, that some had been given to her and some she just forgot about.  She wasn’t quite sure if she liked the newly arranged cabinets but thought she could live with the change. However, I think she wanted permission from someone else that it was okay to let go of some things people give you.

Change doesn’t come easy for many of us. Lesson learned for me–always ask before proceeding to make changes to someone’s home, even if I do have good intentions and even if it is my own mother!  Let me assure you, as a professional organizer, I will work with you and will never intrude into your space to discard anything or make any changes without your permission. I hope she’ll let me organize that closet soon.

We all know that food products have an expiration date. However, if we’re keeping food in our closets, or places other than our pantries, and don’t use before expiration, we’re wasting money, space, and  a possible health risk if we eat expired food, according to WebMD. You can get more information on food product dating from USDA Fact Sheets: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Food_Product_dating/index.asp. Whether we stockpile food because we grew up in a less prosperous time, or because we feel obligated to keep what others have given us, letting go or using food items before expiration can be a weight off our shoulders. In fact, it may feel a bit like hog heaven!

Click here to download a free printable Grocery List!