Learn to Say No Gracefully- It Takes Practice

I was standing outside my kid’s school recently when I heard a parent comment about being too busy.  She listed all the kid’s activities and all the volunteer projects she had going on at school and at church.  She sounded exhausted, but resigned, like she had no choice in the matter. But I want to […]

Organizing Kids Rooms Today

All parents know the difficulty of getting children to clean up.  You ask, nag, give up, make it a game, and still it’s a problem.  So what is a parent to do?  Organize!  Organizing your children’s rooms can make tidying up much easier. One of the key elements to having an organized and easy to […]

What does Paperless Mean? And Who is a Mobile Worker?

There is a lot of talk these days about paperless offices and mobile workers. With that talk there is also quite a bit of confusion.  So I thought I would take a moment to define these terms and what they mean to a small business owner.  Paperless: The first thing to keep in mind is […]

Digital Clutter- i.e Desktop Computer Clutter

Can you find that document you created last month?  Are you asking yourself where that email you need to respond to is now?  Is your desktop cluttered with files and folders? Computer clutter can be a bigger problem than physical clutter because there is an endless amount of virtual storage.  We use up lots of […]

10 Tips for Getting Paper Under Control

 Take a paper tour- include mail, files, to do piles, desktops, kitchen tables, kids homework, etc. Centrally locate all paper- can you keep it in one place? Set up a comfortable sorting station with space to work, recycling, and a shredder. Create filing systems that work for you- Create one system for active, another for […]

Beyond Spring Cleaning

It is starting to feel like spring outside. Flowers are blooming. Birds are building nests.  With all the rain keeping you inside, it’s a great time for “Beyond Spring Cleaning”. What is that, you say? Beyond Spring Cleaning is letting go of unnecessary clutter and organizing specific areas of your home.   This welcomes spring’s […]

A New Year, A New Way

A New Year, A New Way I want to wish you a wonderful New Year and talk a bit about what a new year can mean to you.  Everyone has their own rituals and ways of welcoming the year and saying goodbye to last one.  One thing many people seem to have in common is […]

Gratitude

It is a gorgeous day outside and has been for a while here in the Bay Area.  I know we need rain but I love the sun.  And speaking of loving I have so much more of it in my life since I started cultivating gratitude. It may sound a bit strange but the more […]

Making Time to Organize

Many people think they have to find time to organize, but really the trick is to make the time. You need to schedule a block of time to tackle a single project. I hear people say, “I am going to organize my house this weekend.”, or “I am going to clean out my whole office […]

New Routine

For those of you who have children or function on the academic calendar, this time of year is like the beginning of the year. If you are anything like me, I look forward to the summer holiday, enjoy it for a while, and then look forward to school starting again. Now that it has started, […]