It’s that time of year again! Spring is such a wonderful time to go after your long overdue organizing projects, and it can feel very cathartic to clean and organize your home after the long winter. It can be hard to get started, so we recommend making a list of to do’s and checking them off [Read more…]
There are so many wonderful ways to begin a productive and organized New Year. One of my favorite suggestions is to use a time management method called “time blocking” to create focused, productive chunks of time in which to get things done. The concept of time blocking is based on Parkinson’s Law, which is the [Read more…]
As we all know, it is possible to share space with others who do not hold the same values or wishes as you do when it comes to organization. That may mean a neat-freak sharing space with a messy one, a “piler” with a “filer” or any combination of things. Or you may also find [Read more…]
Last December, two friends and I were talking about New Year’s resolutions. One of them asked for my opinion as a professional organizer about how I help my clients to keep their resolutions. [Read more…]
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…]
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…