This month, we are so excited to interview Paloma Media, owner of 11:11 supply, a Portland boutique that specializes in beautiful organizational work tools to aid productivity and create balance. Paloma is also a coach and trainer, and she speaks on topics ranging from equity and inclusion to the science of managing goals and stress. [Read more…]
Whether we like it or not, participation in social media is necessary when running a business these days. If you run a small business and create your own web content and social media marketing, staying on top of all social media platforms and online marketing can be a huge challenge. As professional organizers, our goal [Read more…]
This month we are excited to work in a room that is near and dear to our hearts: the home office! We use a process called 5S when we work in any office. 5S is an organizing method that allows you to maintain order and eliminate waste in the workplace by reviewing office items and [Read more…]
A little known fact about paper organizing is that each individual piece represents a unique object with it’s own traits and information. We tend to think of a pile of paper as being a homogenous grouping of like objects. And while it’s true that paper is in one category on it’s own, to organize paper [Read more…]
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…]
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?
Get your inbox under control and reduce the stress of managing daily email. Organizers Northwest is teaming up with Think Productive to help you understand how to organize your email, ninja-style, with a hands-on approach toward cleaning your entire inbox. Learn tips and tricks specific to Outlook. 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…
Keeping our desks and computers free of clutter can sometimes feel like a full-time job of its own. When we let things build up, they have a tendency to spill over and become even more overwhelming, continuing the endless cycle of paper and electronic clutter.
So how to keep your inbox under control?
This upcoming Fall season will bring some big changes to my home along with the cooler weather – the arrival of our first child. Along with the usual activities inerrant in this new chapter (baby shower, birthing classes, trying not to panic, etc.) comes another, more elusive action item on my list: downsizing our stuff to make room for baby.