Every year around the holidays, no matter what traditions you practice, there is a deep sense of GIVING that suddenly prevails. Canned food, coat and toy drives, gifts for families and friends, cooking, cleaning and preparing for guests. It is a general spirit of goodness that sweeps the nation, bringing us together. But for many, [Read more…]
In past blog posts, I have talked about the need to teach our kids to let go of toys and games that they have lost interest in or outgrown. I believe that the art of benevolence must be modeled and practiced in order to be truly learned. This not only benefits the recipients of donated [Read more…]
Read some “behind the scenes” tidbits that will give you an idea of how we operate here at Organizers Northwest. How we collaborate, what goes on in the minds of pro organizers – and what makes us tick… Read more here
In Lean methodology, the true nature of success is not based on reaching perfection, but rather on a culture of continuous improvement. Which brings us to the fifth and most crucial aspect of the 5S organizing process: Sustain. This 5S step may be the most challenging. It’s not terribly complicated to clean out a space [Read more…]
Congratulations! The first three 3’s of 5S are now complete. The final steps of 5S, Standardize and Sustain, are the elements of this process that differentiate it from other organizing methods. In the Standardize step of the 5S Organizing aspect of Lean Daily Management, the workspace goes from simply organized to efficiently streamlined. I recommend [Read more…]
Now that you have sorted and set in order, it is the perfect time to clean the area. In 5S, the step “Shine” does not only refer to cleaning: it also refers to performing maintenance duties and general inspection, catching money-wasting malfunctions before they occur. In addition, this step in the 5S Organizing aspect of [Read more…]
Now that you have effectively sorted the contents of your office, you are ready to Set in Order. This step in the 5S Organizing aspect of Lean Daily Management is about being extremely intentional about what goes back into the emptied space. One goal in removing items from the space during the “Sort” phase of 5S [Read more…]
For those of you who implement Lean principles in your office, you’ll know the importance of the 5S Organizing aspect of Lean Daily Management. 5S is an organizing method that allows you to maintain order and eliminate waste in the workplace by reviewing office items and minimizing clutter. The 5 S’s are Sort, Set in [Read more…]
Since I’m currently on holiday in France, I thought it would be fun to do a blog on how a typical French person organizes their space. We’ve been staying with my husband’s family here in beautiful Brittany, and I’ve been casting about for a good area of their home to focus on. With my gracious [Read more…]
When the lovely folks over at Smead Organomics contacted us recently, asking if we would like to do a product review for their Life Documents Organizer Kit, I jumped all over it. Smead does a great job of creating beautiful, colorful paper organizing products that actually keep you organized instead of being clutter magnets.
Time blocking is a strategy that has been widely accepted to help increase focus and productivity in the office. The approach is simple: block out chunks of time each day and assign that blocked time to given tasks, eliminating all distractions during the scheduled time. Looking to boost productivity and office organization?
Drawers are a great organizing tool – they allow us to hide away items that we use often in an easy-to-reach and convenient-to-retrieve spot. However, drawers are easily abused. The “junk drawer” is a good example of this. What often begins as a collection of frequently used items can quickly turn into an out of control dumping ground! Read more…
Preparing for a baby, along with sorting and organizing the stuff that comes along with a newborn, is by and large a joyful task. As I prepared for my first baby, I found a lot of pleasure in going through tiny hats, shoes and other items. However, if you don’t have a system in place for all of those incoming items, it can start to feel stressful very quickly! Here are some helpful tips for organizing during the first year of baby’s life. Read more…
For some, tax season is an enjoyable time for reviewing and organizing last year’s finances. For others, it brings a wave of dread as they know that they will soon be searching through old receipts, combing through duplicate files and stressing about due dates. Read more…
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