supplies

Practicing What I Preach

As a Professional Organizer, I live the advice that I give my clients.  I regularly donate unworn clothes and unused items; I efficiently process incoming e-mail and paper; I manage my time using an effective to-do list. But even I’m not perfect. That’s why I found it so satisfying last week to tackle something that had been nagging at me for a while — something that was violating TWO of my six basic organizing principles.

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Nip Paper in the Bud

Paper flows into our lives with surprising regularity, and it piles up quickly.  Snail mail, newspapers, magazines, work memos, school flyers, invitations, brochures . . . the longer you put off dealing with it, the harder it is to get started and the more deadlines you will miss. The solution?  Set up an efficient paper processing center and nip those papers in the bud.

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Setting Up Your Desk Area

Once they have gotten rid of piles of paper and rediscovered the tops of their desks, clients often ask me what is the best way to set up their desk areas. Sit down at your desk and spread out your arms in all directions.  Any part of your desk that is at your fingertips is what I refer to as “prime real estate”.  Prime real estate should be reserved for those items that you use constantly. Make a list of…

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