Archive for April 2017

Tuesday Tidbit – Bridging the World of Organization!

Bridging the World of Organization outtaspaceorganizing.comI’m a believer in personal development and to practice what I preach, I’m headed to the 2017 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) annual conference. There will be hundreds of other professional organizers from around the world. So excited!!

Some of the sessions I’m registered for are:

  • Bridging the ADHD Spousal Communication Gap through Organization,
  • Organizing Dead People,
  • Mental Floss for Eliminating Brain Clutter,
  • a TED talk on Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, and

a number of others. A super full week of my kind of fun!

Watch for updates on my Facebook page.

Tuesday Tidbit – 18 on the Eighteenth

18 on the Eighteenth outtaspaceorganizing.comAs a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) there is access to all sorts of useful information. Since today is the 18th, it is an ideal time to  remind you that a 4-drawer file cabinet holds 18,000 sheets of paper!

Just think about that for a moment. The 80/20 Rule, often referred to as the Pareto Principle, suggests  we only look at 20% of what we file. That means roughly 14,400 sheets of paper have been filed and will never see the light of day again.

Moving forward, be ruthless when you file, and if you need my help to handle the backlog, let’s start the conversation by calling or emailing me.

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Eliminate a Morning Stressor

How to Eliminate a Morning Stressor outtaspaceorganizing.comApril is Stress Awareness month. Wow, an entire month. Let’s focus on just one way to reduce stress in your life and the life of your family.

According to research conducted by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, we spend, on average, 30+ minutes a day looking for misplaced items! 

That’s 7 ½ days a year! (I’d rather take a vacation!)

Being late and rushing is no fun and an unnecessarily stressful way to start your day. It can be very simple to eliminate the stress of one missing item if that item is your keys.

Designate a tray, bowl, hook, or a pocket in your purse (the SAME pocket) and make it a habit to put your keys there. EVERY time!

Then there is no searching, yelling, frustration, or rushing needed.

Really, it is that simple.

Tuesday Tidbit – Unusual “Holiday” This Week

Cherish an Antique Day outtaspaceorganizing.comApril 9th is Cherish An Antique Day. We often pack up crates or boxes of stuff from family or long-gone relatives without much thought. We know we have it (sometimes we forget what we have too!) and we keep it hidden without much thought to integrating it into our home or our lives or to pass it on.

We just store it.

Sometimes it is just the opposite and we have lots and lots of stuff out and it all blends in with everything else and we don’t see it.

It’s all jumbled together.

This week, try an experiment. Either rescue one item from storage or move one item from a collection and give it a spot of its own. Put it out to enjoy and see how you feel about it.

At the end of the week, ask yourself the following: Did you notice it? Did it bring you joy? If you love it and want to display it with love and intention, then go for it. If, however, you didn’t notice it or it didn’t bring you joy, perhaps it is time to let it go to someone else.

You will actually honor and respect the previous owner more by giving it new life with someone else somewhere else, instead of keeping it hidden in a box or crate.