The skills of planning, time management and organization are all controlled by our executive functions, located in the frontal lobe of the brain. That area of the brain does not finish developing until as late as early adulthood, and those skills can always be improved upon! Two such executive function skills critical to being organized [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…]
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…]
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…
Today, I decided to go back in time and review our Organizers NW blogs of the past. I came across this gem blog post (Giving and Getting Decluttered) from 2013 that pretty much sums up exactly what I want to say about organizing every year during the holidays.
Recently, I attended local book club meeting held at a local upscale consignment store. The book was “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, by Marie Kondo. The book itself is not hard to read. Kondo’s writing style is extremely simple, and her tips and suggestions are clear-cut and very directive. There are many things I like and appreciate about the book, and a few that, for me, fell flat.
Our own Veronica is expecting a baby shortly and has just shared some excellent organizing tips that will help help when a transition is on its way. Whether moving, downsizing – or expecting a new family member, she’s nailed it! Less Mess. Less Stress. Better Life.
November 15th is National Clean out your Refrigerator Day. Really. In celebration of this joyous occasion, we’ve collected some fridge organizing tips for you.