Making Something out of Something Else

You’ve probably head the saying “making something out of nothing.” Usually, this sentiment is offered when someone is making a bigger deal out of something than necessary.  However, when it comes to organizing, I say, “make something out of something else.”  It can be a very effective creative philosophy to hold when attempting to organize your office, home, or life in general.

For instance, you know that shoe holder that hangs over your closet door but rarely holds shoes?  Why not think outside the box and use it instead to organize your paperwork, or kids’ toys and books, or office/craft supplies? read more

Copy your Wallet

If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to have lost your wallet, or heaven forbid have it stollen, you know how stressful the process of cancelling all your credit cards and reording new ones can be.  Do yourself a favor and make a photocopy of the front and backs of all your vital cards in your wallet.  The phone numbers on the back of your credit card informing you where to call in the event of an emergency do you little good without the card!

Follow these simple steps to help:

1.  Empty the contents of your wallet and set aside important cards (license, credit cards, other forms of photo id) read more

Planning vs. Failing

My fortune cookie the other night said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

One of my ongoing life lessons is that what I want to happen doesn’t just happen.  I can’t wish something into existence. Believe me, I’ve tried.  Weight loss.  Cleaner house.  Less debt.  Um…nope.

I think that’s the hard part about resolutions.  If I don’t identify a clear next action step and then put it in the schedule – and then do it! – my best intentions turn out to be vain wishes. read more

A New Coat of Paint

Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed. -Irene Peter

I was riding in the car with my friend and her four year old daughter recently when the car started making a screeching type sound.  Not being a car-savvy person, I could offer little to no assistance on the matter; however, my friend’s daughter knew just what to do.

“Mommy, I know how to fix it.  Paint the car red.  Red cars are good.”

We laughed at her adorable precociousness, but really, don’t we often do that in our own lives?  We stick to the surface, slapping a fresh coat of paint over a problem, thinking that will fix everything when really the issue is deep-rooted and often requires a major shift in attitude, belief, patterns, and systems.  We rearrange our homes (and our lives) but don’t really change anything because the real work, the important work, is hard and takes time.  But well worth the effort, especially when over time we can look back and see a real, and lasting, difference in our lives. read more

Donate Your Old Cell Phone to a Worthy Cause

I recently upgraded my cell phone.  In doing so I was left with an old phone that did not have service and was not providing me use.  I did not want to throw the phone away as I’m sure there is an appropriate recycling method for cell phones nor did I want to keep it stashed in a drawer to take up space and constantly remind me that I had not done anything with it.

I came across an organization that accepts used cell phones and distributes them to domestic violence agencies.  I was thrilled to see that not only would my phone be recycled, but go to a good cause.  And there is a bonus: you can mail your old phone to the company at no charge to you.  Their website offers a label you can print from your home computer and attach to an envelope.  Drop the envelope in the mail and you’re done. read more

Home Organizing: 7 ways organizing can benefit your social life

If I could only tell you the number of times that we have had clients tell us: “I never have friends over because I’m too embarrassed about how my home looks.”

Or, “My friends and family are constantly annoyed because I’m so disorganized, and I’m constantly running late.” Just last week a client told us that (other then her son and his wife) she hadn’t had anyone over in at least 3 years.

One of the under-estimated costs of disorganization is the increased sense of social isolation or embarrassment about the state of your life. Therefore, allow me to highlight several ways in which becoming more organized can improve your relationships and social life (as well as your own functionality and peace of mind.) read more