These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

By Susan Stone http://susanstoneorganizing.com/

How much do I love my organizing tools? Let me count the ways! I had a hard time narrowing down my personal list of favorite organizing tools so I decided that I had to limit myself to ten “must-haves” that go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis.

This list could go on and on – but here are my top 10:

  1. Smartphone – This is my hands-down “if you could have one thing on a deserted island” choice. From using the apps for visual time reminders to those that help you get off junk mail my phone is my #1 organizing tool.
  1. Brother Label Maker – This handy sized label maker is always in my bag (along with extra batteries and tape cartridges). No matter what you need to label – the crisp type gives a professional, clean, and organized look.
  1. Staples’ ARC Notebook System – This note-taking and paper calendar system allows you to move pages around with ease and is customizable for your needs.
  1. Command Hooks – Hang just about anything without leaving a hole in the wall. Great for going vertical, I love to have a selection of sizes on hand.
  1. NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System – If you’re interested in making your life paper-free, this is a worthwhile investment.
  1. Banker’s Boxes – Essential for sorting items, easy to move and store, and great as a temporary hanging file holder.
  1. Colored sticky notes and black sharpies – I love using the bright colored stickies for labels, reminders, and so much more.
  1. Matching velvet hangers – Using these makes not only makes a closet look more organized, but their thinness gives you more space. I use black for my current clothes and red ones for new items that I’m still considering so that they grab my attention before the “return by” date hits.
  1. 3-ring binders and page protectors – These are wonderful for storing and organizing recipes, stuff torn out of magazines, warranties, and other bits and pieces of info. The page protectors are great forholding onto odd-size papers.
  1. Ziploc Plastic Bags – From snack size to XXL ventilated storage bags, these are great for corralling stuff everywhere – from purses to workshops.

About Susan

Susan Stone is a Certified Organizing Coach and Certified Professional Organizer who helps over-stressed and over-whelmed people create order in their lives to make room for joy. read more

Be Prepared Before You Hit The Road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

In my last blog, I discussed seasonal preparedness for your car, but what about the day-to-day? In this blog, I’ll discuss items that make our cars function well.

Shopping items – bags, coupons, gift cards, oh my!

We’ve all purchased cloth shopping bags with the intention of using them each time we go to the store….but….how often do we leave them behind? To avoid purchasing these on multiple visits (and amassing more than you’ll ever need), as soon as you unpack your groceries, return the bags to a designated space in your car. This is key and it may take a few fails before you form the habit, but you’ll be used to it in no time! Why not also keep your coupons in the car. There are all sorts of great coupon organizers on the market, many of which fit nicely into the pockets of a handy trunk organizer. Speaking of trunk organizers … I’ve even seen some that have a built in cooler, such as this one. read more

Closets 101: First Impressions

Diane LeWand LeWand Organizing

Have you ever heard anyone complain about having too many closets or too much closet space?  No, neither have I.

Nature abhors a vacuum, so our needs expand to fill the space available.  This is fine until the space runs out, but with some strategic thought and planning, you can make better use of what you have.

Closet space comes in all shapes and sizes, but even the single shelf and hanging pole found in most homes and apartments can be arranged to better accommodate your storage needs.  A wide array of closet systems and accessories are available today, priced for every budget. read more

Seasonal preparedness while on the road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

By virtue of living in the suburbs, and as a professional organizer traveling from one client’s home to another, I spend a whole lot of time in my vehicle.  I suspect I’m not alone.

With the recent and much awaited start of spring, it is finally safe to initiate the seasonal turnover of the items in our road salt-stained New England vehicles. This got me thinking about how many items in our cars need to be organized and contained to support our busy and mobile lives! read more

Why Should I Hire a Professional Organizer?

Cheryl Russo Organizing by Cheryl

Someone asked me recently, “What do I really get by hiring a professional organizer?  In other words, what am I paying for?”  Here is what I said …

Well, first you get a really organized home, free from clutter.  You also get tips and advice on how to keep it clutter-free.  But it’s really much more than that.

Each morning when you go into your kitchen, you get a little excited when you look at your counter that has no clutter on it anymore.  Imagine that for a minute.  You also get time back into your life because you don’t have to move 30 things in order to make coffee.  You also get the ease of opening drawers that are no longer jammed shut from too many things.  Just picture for a second how that would feel.  Nice, right? read more

Kitchen Harmony: How to Organize Your Kitchen for Maximum Soul

Erika Salloux Living Harmony LLC

We often hear “You are what you eat.”  I’m going to take you a lot further today, and say that not only is this very true, but we are also how we eat and where we eat.  So when we order our kitchen and regularly engage in certain food practices we order ourselves and consequently generate more harmony in our lives.  Here are the top eight tips that my clients find most helpful when I work with them to reorganize their kitchens to create physically and spiritually nourishing spaces: read more

How to Best Prepare for Tax Season

Stasia Steele  The Little Details

This time of year can be particularly taxing – make it easier with some of these helpful tax tips:

Dig up all of your receipts. Whether it’s a business transaction, major purchase, charitable contribution or other notable transaction, these receipts could lead to deductions. Here’s a list of tax deductions for you to reference.

• Some of these transactions may have occurred online, so remember to search for receipts in your email.
• For receipts that are not online, consider scanning them onto your computer to minimize the risk of losing them or having the ink fade away. Make a note on the receipt so you know exactly what type of expense it was. Store them in the cloud in case your computer crashes and you no longer have access to your files. read more

Zen Technology: How to Get Clear on Your Needs and Wants to Be More Productive

Erika Salloux Living Harmony LLC

Have you ever whispered to yourself, “I really wish I had a way to play Monopoly with my friends in France.”?  Or has your inner voice said, “It would be so wonderful if I could turn off the lights in our kitchen while I’m out at the movie theatre.”  “No,” you say?  Come on, haven’t we all wished we could transfer money from one bank account to another between dips in the ocean?

If you’ve never had these desires, then I’m gonna let you in on a few technology and brain science secrets.  I know I’ll be ruffling some feathers here, but here goes.  And it’s all based in science; really it is. read more

February 13, 2017: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

Judy Eisenberg, Clutter Clearer Coach

National Clean Out Your Computer Day is observed each year on the second Monday of February. The designation was originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in the year 2000.

During the year, I periodically check out my own information and transfer files to appropriate folders, delete outdated information,
computer screen - eliminate the clutter hereand eliminate photos that are no longer meaningful or needed. Yet, this day is a good reminder to me to clean out my computer more often. read more

How City Living Makes it Easy to Be a Minimalist

Cheryl Russo, Organizing by Cheryl

By now you’ve probably heard the term “minimalism.” There are books, blogs, websites, magazine articles, and films dedicated to it. Maybe you have heard just enough to be intrigued and want to learn more about it. Maybe you’ve read about what it can provide in terms of less stress, finding direction, and focusing on what matters in life, and maybe that interests you. It definitely attracted me, and I’ve been reaping the benefits ever since I first learned about it. It’s something that once you’ve started, you don’t stop. You see everything you do through the lens of minimalism. You no longer just buy stuff; you have a method to purchasing. You think about each new item that comes into your home. You might even have a rule like, “if I buy something, then something that I have gets donated.” There are lots of resources out there for how and why to become a minimalist. read more