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Impromptu jewelry box

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I’m the kind of person that has to see things to remember that I want to do them, or have to do them. I am what they call a visual person. That’s why it is so crucial to me that everything is kept where it belongs. That way I’ll notice things I have to do when I see them laying in a place where I know they don’t belong. The most recent change I made concerned my jewelry. I have had my jewelry laying in a fancy glass heart shaped bowl on my nightstand for years. Because my nightstand is… read more »

Filing system

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This is the “after” picture of the files. As you can see, we broke the files down into sections using colored hanging folders, and we even put the filing tabs in a straight row for each section. This makes locating and returning files much quicker, and eventually without much thought at all. The sections that we made are based on this person’s files and the different categories or groups of files that went together such as billing, office use, etc. When working with any client, we look at every single file and discuss what’s in it, what it’s used for… read more »

Filing fiasco

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This is a before picture of the filing system of a very busy, overwhelmed executive client of ours. The problem she was struggling with is a very common problem with entrepreneurs, her business grew very quickly. Doesn’t sound like a problem, does it? Actually it’s a good problem to have, but it causes a great deal of everyday stress because there are no systems in place to track or complete the endless amounts of office work you have as a business owner. The problem with this filing system, and most of the ones that we see, is that there is… read more »

Perfectly productive

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Look at the dramatic difference in this after picture from our Messiest Desk Contest. Imagine how much more productive the client will be now that they are organized and not distracted by all of the visual clutter. Here are some simple tips on how to set up a productive, stress-free work environment: Keep the things you use the most within fingertip reach. Keep the things you use often within arms reach. Keep the things you use rarely the furthest away. Everything on or in your desk, and in your office, should be assigned a home based on it’s use. Don’t… read more »

What is a zone?

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A big part of getting organized is determining the zones for each area you are working in and then only allowing those things that belong in that zone to live there. What do I mean by zones? A zone is a specified part of a room, or area, that is designated for a certain activity, or a certain type of items. For instance, a home office may be divided into the working zone, the office supply zone, etc. A kitchen might be divided into the food prep zone, the cooking zone, etc. When everyone understands the purpose, or activity that… read more »

Quick tips

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Simple quick tips to tackle any small area in your home or office this weekend. Pick a small area to start in. Sort like items with like items. Purge those items you don’t need or that don’t belong in that space. Find homes and containers for the items you’re keeping based on their use. Label, label, label!

A home for everything

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How many times have you heard that when you get organized you simply find a home for everything? It’s just that simple. By taking the time to assign homes for everything, there are never any questions where you will find things, or where you should put things. Assigning a home for everything even means figuring out where your remote controls will live. A great home for the remote would be a decorative bucket that you already have. This could sit on the coffee table, entertainment center or on top of the TV so you have easy access to it. Voila, simple!

Simplify the holidays

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It’s not too early to begin preparing for the holidays. As a matter of fact, it’s a fantastic idea to get started now before the stress and rush of the holidays is upon us. Here are a few things you can do in advance to get a head start on things: Get copies made of this year’s Christmas picture if you will be including one in your Christmas cards. Buy, address, sign and stamp Christmas cards so all you’ll have to do later is drop them in the mail. Pull out Christmas decorations and determine if you need to purchase… read more »

Here comes winter

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As much as we all hate to admit it, here in St Louis, winter is coming. Take this weekend to prepare. Disconnect hoses and store them for the winter. Turn off outside water supply. Cover or put away patio furniture and decor. Get lawnmower tuned up and prepared for next season. Find snow shovel and put it in an easy to reach/find location. Clear garage so that you can park in it for the winter. Fill windshield washer fluid in car. Make sure you have a windshield scraper.

Weekend project

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What little area in your home or office is so disorganized that it’s really creating havoc in your life? Why not tackle it this weekend? Here are some little projects you should be able to complete in 3 hours or less. And by taking the time now to tackle those areas, it will save you time and stress in the future. Junk drawer Hall closet Bedroom closet Supply cabinet Desktop paper piles That stack of reading you’ve been wanting to read.

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