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...

Planning for the Holidays

Can you believe it’s December already! This year has flown by and now we are approaching the Holidays. As a professional organizer, I am conscious of clutter, which makes me think very carefully about the gifts I give. Will they serve a purpose or just add to the clutter that already invades their space? Ask yourself this question when you are shopping for gifts this holiday season. Make a list of who and what you need to buy.  Group your trips.  If you can get a few things done at the mall or a plaza that has more than one store, plan ahead.  If at all possible shop locally and support your community.  Many towns have wonderful shops with unique items!   Here are a list of local events that offer great holiday gifts and while you shop can support the local businesses and artists at the same time!   Holiday Arts & Eats at Assembly Row Fri December 6, 6pm – 10pm Sat December 7, noon – 6pm Sun December 8, noon – 6pm     Craftboston Holiday Show New England’s premiere exhibition and sales of contemporary art, craft and design. Hynes Convention Center 900 Boylston St. Boston, MADates & Hours Fri. December 6, 10am – 7pm Sat. December 7, 10am – 7pm Sun. December 8, 11am – 5pm What is your gift buying strategy? How do you make your gifts more meaningful? What’s the best gift you ever received? Share your advice with us on our Facebook...

8 Steps to Switching Your Wardrobe For Winter!

The seasons are changing here in New England and it’s time to switch out your clothes and home goods. It’s a labor-intensive process that many people don’t like, but some preparation can make this process smoother. Step 1: Before you dash off to any store to buy containers, first take the opportunity to sort through your clothes and eliminate any that are torn, stained, stretched, out of style, etc. Make sure to empty all of your pockets of coins or other items left. Step 2: Launder or dry clean clothing before you pack it away, even if you have only worn it once. Step 3: Sort clothes by fabric type. Protein-types like wool, silks, and leathers should be packed together in breathable containers to prevent drying out or cracking. Plant-type fabrics such as linen, cotton, and rayon should be packed separately. Step 4: Choose the right storage solution for you. For breathable storage, think canvas or mesh. For airtight storage, I prefer the Sterilite 66qt bin with the white lid. Target always has them and I like their sizes. You can also use “Spacebags,” they are similar to large ziploc bags that you vacuum air out it minimize space. If you choose to, place the compressed bags into the bins, this will help keep any moisture out. I like the bins as they are stackable. Step 5: Invest in some sort of moth repellent. Cedar is a good choice. Just remember to give the pieces a light sanding between seasons to reactivate the oil in the wood. Step 6: Keep everything labeled in case you need to access it during the...

Quick Tips to Home & Office Organization!

We all do it, we check our email over and over again throughout the day. Resist the urge to continually check email or voicemail. Instead, set specific times – perhaps once in the morning, once after lunch, and once before you end the day – to do this. You can set the sender’s expectation in your signature line, saying “I check email 3 times daily. I’ll respond to your request as soon I am able.” Find what works for you and your schedule. Find your desk covered in stacks of paper, sticky notes, and coffee mugs? Reduce waste at the office. Try to generate less paper by printing less and saving more to electronic storage, such as to your computer or a flash drive. Think before you hit “print” and you’ll have less paper to deal with on your desk. Do you end each day stressed about your next days activities, jobs, or things to do? Plan for tomorrow at the end of the day. Take 15 minutes at the end of every day to create tomorrow’s to-do list. This habit of planning will give you the gift of focus, allowing you to get a jump-start the next morning. In a sense, you’re creating a map for the following day! I hope these tips help you make it through your day organized and successful!...