Organizing Your Office

        Guest Post by: Ella Andrews Office environments today need to be organized and ordered so operations can run smoothly and effectively, regardless of whether this is on an individual or company-wide scale. Without organization, things will descend into chaos, allowing the items you really need around the office to be lost […]

The Lazy Person’s Guide To an Organized Home

        Guest Post by Ella Andrews There is nothing shameful in admitting that you are not into organizing. Believe it or not, most people have the same attitude towards daily organizing chores. How do they succeed at keeping their home neat? It’s all about the proper storage solutions. You can maintain the […]

How to Make Your home Look More Organized

I’m always asked for quick tips and tricks on organizing. I usually answer that there’s no trick. There is a method, there are routines and it’s an on going process to keep your home organized. However I will tell you that if you are a visual person, one key to looking and feeling more organized […]

Relocating an Office – How to Organize It

Guest blog by: Ella Andrews   Changing offices can be a difficult and stressful transition to make. Organizing an office is a tough job, especially as it can affect the everyday efficiency of a business. Having some useful do’s and don’ts can transform the move into an easier transition.     1) Make sure you […]

OMG it’s Back to School Time!

  Ok parents, I hate to say it but it is back to school time. In fact, some of you might have already sent your little ones back. Here in Philadelphia we are lucky enough to call it summer until the day after Labor Day. So I usually avoid facing the end of summer until I […]

Absolute # 7 – Subtract Before You Add

If you remember the “order of operations” in basic arithmetic it went: “My Dear Aunt Sallie” which stood for: multiply, divide, add then subtract. Well I’m flipping that around because my dear Aunt Sallie has a lot of clutter! So I suggest she subtracts before she adds. This can apply to a lot of operations […]

Wrapping up the School Year in 6 Steps

As we approach graduations and the end of school hoopla, it’s a great time to pull together your child’s memories of their school years. The problem is, many of these papers, pieces of artwork and awards and ribbons are all over the house in bins, files and maybe hanging on refrigerators and bulletin boards. Here are […]

Organizing After a Business Conference

We’ve all been there. You go to a business conference and you accumulate great ideas, business contacts and therefore business cards, as well as free products. No matter how organized you are, it’s a little overwhelming to re-enter your real world with all this new-found stuff and excitement! As I recently came back from such […]

Start Fresh On Monday with my Special Offer!

I’ve something I want to share with you and it’s coming Monday. It will help you organize, freshen the house and your life and with Spring we’re all looking for fresh starts. Want a hint?                                         […]

Back to School Survival Tips for Moms

 Before the tide changes and we go from carefree summer days to the scheduled and often over-scheduled fall, take a moment to consider some of these organizing tips to get you and your family ready for September: Go through the kids’ clothes to find out what still fits.  Make a list of what they’ll need […]

Avoid the Tax Rush

  If you find yourself stressed out this time every  year, trying to find papers and receipts to give to your accountant, you’ve got to be thinking, “There must be a better, simpler way!” And there is. Think about it. Like Christmas, tax time comes the same each year so there’s no reason not to […]

How to Organize Any Room

Like a magician who reveals his secrets, I’m about share with you my lessons  organizing. I have written two books on the subject (now combined into A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization) so you can read the book, follow the steps and then it as a reference for whenever you have your next organizing project. […]

Let Form follow Function

The most important question to ask yourself when you start to organize a room is, “What is the function of this room?” If you don’t like the answer, then ask, “What would I like to use this room for?” Make sure that you’re not using it for more than 3 functions. Once you do, it […]

And so this is Christmas…

Many people might wonder what does a Professional Organizer DO? And isn’t it just a luxury to be able to hire someone to organize your home? Well, yes,in some ways it is. But in many ways the career of a Professional Organizer is filled with much more rewarding circumstances than you might think. Take my […]

5 Tips to Maintaining Your Home Office

Once you’ve set up the office of your dreams. How do you maintain it? Here are 5 suggestions for maintain order in any home office: 1. Consider the method I believe the maintenance step of organizing can fall into two methods: Routines – You create them based on your natural tendencies & out of necessity […]

Setting Up Your Home Office

Whether you are setting up a home office to run your household or you have a home-based business, there are certain steps you can take to make sure it is set up for maximum efficiency. And if you have a home office now that is “not working” (as I hear from so many of my […]

5 Common Organizing Mistakes

Most people want to be organized to a certain degree. And most people think they can do it on their own. They “know” what to do. But as a professional organizer for almost 10 years, I have seen some common organizing mistakes that people make which prevent them from staying organized.  See how many you […]

AVOID THE TAX RUSH – NEXT YEAR

This may sound like another New Year’s resolution, and it is in a way. But if you found yourself stressed out over the last month, trying to find papers and receipts to give to your accountant, you’ve got to be thinking, “There must be a better, simpler way!” And there is. First of all, write […]

My 10 Absolutes or Rules of Organizing

Sure we all have our “spring cleaning” seasons where we throw out the old stuff, organize what we have and feel like we’re ready for a fresh start.  Then life happens and this leaves many of us wondering, “How can I maintain this newly organized room/area in my home or office?” I always say, first it’s a […]

Organize for Your Health

People often assume that the goal of being organized is to have a nice house, or to be productive. But did you ever think about how your organizing skills can help you live a healthy life? I’m sure you have noticed that the opposite is true. Those who live in a cluttered home with no […]

Whatcha gonna do with all those RECEIPTS?

Here’s a common problem I find when organizing paperwork: People don’t know what to do with receipts, but they don’t want to throw them out. Some save them in envelopes, some in hanging files, some even gather them all together and throw them in a box or drawer. But then what? When clients ask me, […]

Where did I put that…

Americans spend on average 55 minutes a day looking for things they can’t find. These items include but aren’t limited to: car keys, paper files, gift cards, coupons, invitations and believe it or not – cash and checks! Are you one of these people who are invariably looking for something? Or maybe it’s your spouse […]

Eliminate Your Paper Piles forever

Ask any organizer and the main thing people have trouble with organizing is paper. I was told in the 80′s that we were becoming a paperless society. Really? I have personally seen one doctor’s office that is paperless and I felt like I was on the Starship Enterprise. So zen, so clean, so efficient. I […]