Greeting Cards Organized in Hanging File Folders

A client of mine loves to give gifts and send greeting cards to friends and family.  She had been keeping her cards in several baskets but they were not in any order.  After sorting the cards into similar categories: birthday, holiday, sympathy and so on, and purging some cards that she no longer cared for (especially the free cards sent by charitable organizations as a thank you for your donation) we needed a way to organize the cards.

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The volume of cards was considerable so the card storage boxes that can be purchased at Hallmark would not cut it.  My client already had a two-drawer filing cabinet in her bedroom that was not being utilized.  After emptying the filing cabinet, we madefile tabs with her categories and put the cards in the hanging files.  This makes it much easier for her to see the collection she has and choose a card to send. read more

New Job, New Desk, Whose System? Easy Office Organizing for YOU.

Have you ever started a new job and “inherited” a desk and its previous owner’s organizational system?  It’s like wearing someone else’s glasses. Maybe you can get by for a bit, but then you get a really bad headache.

When you start a new job, there’s lots to learn. Organizing your desk may not be a high priority at first, but the sooner you organize for YOU, the more efficient you’ll become.

Your desk is your command central. You want your desk to be organized according to the way YOU think and work. read more

What Would You Bring to a New Land?

I went to Ellis Island recently and was really fascinated by the history around me.  All those people arriving in a country where they didn’t know the language, customs or rules, but eager to make their way.  One of the things I found particularly fascinating was the luggage, the bags, baskets and trunks.

They literally moved their entire world in a handful of containers.  Clearly only those things that truly mattered made the cut.  It’s a good way to go about purging your own belongings.  If you were moving and could only bring what you could carry, what would you bring?  Granted you are going to keep more than that but, it should help with prioritizing which things you truly need or love. read more

The Tech Box Conundrum

About a month ago, David Galloway wrote a short article on apartment therapy asking “Should You Toss Your Tech Boxes?” I was very excited to hear his answer because my husband and techy friends all save the original packaging their electronics came in. We have boxes stored in our closet, attic, and basement. Whenever I question the logic of keeping all these boxes, my husband and friends tend to spout the same reasoning: We need to keep these boxes just in case we want to return, ship, or sell the item. They believe that keeping the tech packaging is part of the stewardship of owning an electronic device. Between David and his readers, here is the list of criteria they came up with for keeping or tossing your tech boxes: read more

How a Home Inventory Can Help Keep You Organized

Organizing is never just putting stuff in its rightful place and calling it a day.  It is a systematic process with a heavy dose of behavior modification that takes a great deal of strength, determination, and will power.  Once a room, house, office, etc. is physically organized, the work is only half done.  Keeping the space organized is the other half.  This is where a Home or Business Inventory can be extremely beneficial.

Think of an Inventory of a blueprint for an organized space. Tanking inventory with photos, video, and written descriptions of the items within each room is an extremely powerful tool for staying organized.  A Home or Business Inventory is a binder that is laid out room by room documenting photos and written descriptions of where each items should be in a room.  The addition of video to the inventory caps off the process, allowing for easy reference of what should and shouldn’t be in each room. read more

Organized Unpacking- An Organized Move video series Part 5

Erin Elizabeth Wells, Living Peace Founder & CEO, offers you this final episode of her series on “An Organized Move” focusing on the unpacking process. How do you prioritize what to unpack first and what is the process to use to decide what goes where?

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is a Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA and is a NAPO-NE member.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

Moving Day Tool Kit- An Organized Move Video Series Part 4

Erin Elizabeth Wells, Living Peace Professional Organizer, shares her recommendations on those essential items that will make your moving day go smoothly.

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is a Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA and is a NAPO-NE member.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

Packing Supplies- An Organized Move Video Part 3- NAPO-NE Video Tip

Erin Elizabeth Wells, Living Peace Professional Organizer, shares her recommendations on the needed supplies for an organized packing process for your move.

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is a Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA and is a NAPO-NE member.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

Timelines & Space Planning- An Organized Move Video Series (Part 2)- NAPO-NE Video Tip

Part 2 of An Organized Move Series. In this video, Erin Elizabeth Wells, Certified Professional Organizer and Living Peace Founder, discusses the steps involved in creating a timeline for your move process and how to develop a functional space plan for your new home.

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Erin Elizabeth Wells is a Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA and is a NAPO-NE member.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

Oh happy day! Post-It Brand Removable Labels!

The sticky note has become one of those indespensible tools for both home and office.  But sticky notes have their limitations.  Sometimes that little strip of temporary adhesive just isn’t enough.  Post-It has solved the problem.  Removable labels!

And not just in one size or in one color.  Post-It has made labels in many colors and in virtually every size (from a small round label to a full-sized 8.5″ x 11″ sheet label).  And of course there are templates available for the file folder labels and the name tag labels so you can run them through your printer. read more