Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

As we slowly emerge from the bitter cold of winter into the bright green of spring, I know one question is on a lot of our minds. How can we stay organized with the environment in mind? Organizing goes hand in hand with environmental consciousness since both in their very nature focus on reduction. Here are a few handy tips to “green thinking” during spring cleaning season! Paper is more often than not the number one source of clutter! Reduce the amount of paper waste you generate by keeping things electronic. Reuse paper with one printed side as coloring material for kids. Always remember to recycle! Shredded paper, paper bags, and cardboard boxes are all just as recyclable as old magazines and junk mail. Spring cleaning gives you the perfect opportunity to create a donation pile. Old winter clothes and children’s toys can be donated to various organizations such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Green options exist for nearly all aspects of your life! Consider switching from cleaning products full of dangerous chemicals to safer, more eco-friendly options. Local stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s offer tons of green cleaning brands such as Seventh Generation products and their own name...

Maximizing Your Office Space

Let’s face it—whether your office is an executive suite, a cramped cubicle, or you find yourself working from home, we’ve all encountered the overwhelming sense of frustration clutter and disorganization can bring. No matter how much space you may have it sometimes feels like there’s nowhere left to put anything! Try following a few of these easy tips and you might be amazed to realize office organization is within your reach! Consider adding shelving to your work space. While this might seem like a daunting task at first, there are plenty of easy and low-budget options out there. Swing by your local Lowes or Home Depot for ideas on mounted shelving. If power tools aren’t your thing, there are plenty of stand-alone options as well from places as convenient as Target. I think everyone should have a label maker. I have two— one that is attached to my computer and a hand-held one. These come in handy in any office and help you stick by the mantra “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Three-ring binders work great for keeping track of bank statements and investment statements since they usually already come with three holes punched in them. Using binders and filing systems is great for keeping paperwork organized and your desktop de-cluttered. One of my go-to brands for office organization is Sterilite, which you can find at most Staples. They have small, white, basket-like trays that come in four sizes and are perfect for organizing drawer space. You can mix and match to fit in whatever desk drawers you...