Sunday, July 22, 2007

Home Based Business

In my practice as a professional organizing consultant, I often work with owners of home based businesses. I help them set up spaces that encourage efficiency and order. In the process, I hope that this also improves their bottom line.

On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 featured an interview with a successful home based business owner. Interestingly enough, one of her recommendations for success was to hire a professional organizer. See the bottom of the article for this tip.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Spiritual Organizing

At the 2006 NAPO Conference in Boston, I had the pleasure one evening to sit at the same table as California Organizer, Claire Josefine. Claire is the leader of the Simple and Sustainable Organizers e-mail group that I belong to and the author of The Spiritual Art of Being Organized. She had some great things to say about the topic in a recent internet radio interview.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Keeping Up

In my last post, written over two weeks ago, I wrote about my broken dishwasher and dryer. The dishwasher turned out to be a very small problem, but the circuit board on our dryer was literally fried by an electrical storm in our area during the last week of June. Just yesterday, the dryer was repaired and finally put back to use.

While my dryer was on the fritz, I kept up with the laundry by doing a load every day and hanging the items out to dry. I love the idea of saving all that energy, but must admit that I hate towels as scratchy as sandpaper. But had I not kept up on the laundry and exfoliated my skin with those sandpaper towels, I would have had mountains of laundry to catch up on this weekend.

Many of my clients have had what I like to call "organizing blitz weekends" where they spend their precious free time organizing their belongings only to see it all fall apart in a few days or weeks. One of the keys to staying organized is keeping up, which can be extremely difficult in our busy lives these days. However if we simplify our lives and do a little everyday (whatever that activity might be: laundry, e-mail, etc.) it can make a huge difference in staying organized or at least organized enough.