My thoughts on one-size-fits-all filing systems

A while back someone wrote in with a question on the Paper Tiger filing system. My email to her summarized countless conversations with clients I’ve had on the same topic. Though I have one client now who successfully uses one, I rarely see them in-use. In fact, I can’t go a month without finding one of these systems empty or abandoned in a new client’s drawers.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

The joy of vintage office supplies

In a magnificently stuffed antique shop in Royal Oak, Maryland (Eastern Shore) last week I was reminded of how much I love vintage office supplies.  They combine my love of all things patina, quality, age, and good design with office organizing. I gasped when amongst the thousands of odd and beautiful objects, a vintage brass letter sorter jumped into my arms.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How I used Evernote this week to train to do pull-ups

If I didn’t have Evernote and still read paper magazines (as versus digital magazines on my iPad with the Texture app), I would have torn out this article on training to do pull-ups and it would have swiftly found it’s way into a pile. I would forever aspire to be able to do 5 pull-ups in 30 days, wondering where that darn article went.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Free shredding event in October in Bethesda, MD

Free shredding events are golden opportunities to unload your paper.  You may already have your shredding separated, but didn’t know where to take it, or the shredding is still mixed in with the keep, the recycle, and everything else you can think of.  Either way, don’t let one pass you by.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

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Odd tossing rituals? You’re not alone.

I once had a client who, upon dropping each piece of paper into the recycling bin, tore the piece in half straight down the middle.  She told me she didn’t know why she had to do it that way, but it’s just the way it was.  I’m all for whatever works, so I followed suit and did the same.

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Kids don’t want to inherit your nice stuff? Some advice.

I took a bit of a newsletter hiatus towards the end of summer, but something about popular author Elizabeth Gilbert’s recent Instagram post was just the sign I needed to perk up for fall.  It’s simply a photo of her scribbled reminder that says, “Figure out paperwork” followed by #neverfigureditout.

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She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

New video: How to fake an office closet if short on storage

I’d rather spend hours sorting and tossing than strolling the pretty aisles of the Container Store. Simply putting things in boxes is rarely the answer, but sometimes a good workhorse of a product opens up a world - or wall - of possibility.  This was the case when we corralled my client’s scattered collection of The Container Store’s Like-It Modular Drawers to effectively create a supply closet in an office that was in dire need of one.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Kids don’t want to inherit your nice stuff? Some advice.

This article is worth sharing if for no other reason than three people sent it to me.  The New York Times’ Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It explores exactly that issue.  As aging parents downsize, their beloved objects don’t necessarily find a warm welcome in the homes of their children.  With the rise of minimalism’s popularity, less and less, children have the space or desire for their parents' things.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Podcast interview #1 on Able Business Radio

My friend Zachary Sexton recently interviewed me on his podcast: Abe Business Radio.  Zachary is a small business productivity expert and coach.  I cannot recommend him highly enough.  He is to time, projects, and goals as I am to paper.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Get cash for printer cartridges

The only thing that feels better than recycling is getting paid to do it. A reader shared with me a great resource for selling your unused printer cartridges.  One hook: they must be unopened in the box.  I see a lot of these in offices where my client has recently (or not so recently) bought a new printer and the old cartridges are incompatible.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Why a 2nd desk won’t solve your problems

My client and I are so close to taking a gorgeous “after” shot of this office - we started in 2013!  No it hasn’t technically taken us this long to do the job.  We worked for about 20 hours back then, and largely fixed the systemic “behind the scenes” problems, and even cleared the entire extra table and most of the desk.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

New before and after video!

It’s been a while since I posted a video but I’m back with what is already one of my favorites. It’s my first before and after video! My personal favorite videos are the ones shot on-site in clients' homes and offices. This one was filmed in Houston, TX by my client as we just triumphed over her kitchen table that had been covered in paper for years. You’ll see the before pictures in here too.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What I’ve been organizing lately - receipts, receipts, and receipts

If you ever spend your spare time wondering “Hmm, I wonder what Kacy Paide is doing right now,” hold this picture in your head.  When in doubt, I’m sorting receipts. This photo isn’t to indict any particular client because her pile of receipts could belong to pretty much any of my clients.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What a cool way to use Ikea drawer sets

Office organizing products don’t impress me much - putting in time to do the real work does.  That’s why it’s notable that I was wowed by a creative use of Ikea drawer sets spotted in a magazine.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Uh oh. Organization can’t be bought.

I had the pleasure of meeting many of San Francisco’s professional organizers over a year ago when I spoke for the second time at the NAPO-SFBA annual conference.  Samantha Pregenzer was one of those organizers and I’ve enjoyed following her gorgeous and insightful Instagram feed ever since.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

The joy of having only one.

Something big is happening: I’m in the process of actually finishing a book.  In fact, I’m slowing down so I can savor it.  Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home is a beautifully written memoir by a woman who suffered and survived a brain aneurysm.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How I took an office from good to great

What I’ve been organizing lately: a fashion designer’s office in NYC

Full disclosure, this wasn’t lately; about two years ago I was hired by a fashion designer in NYC.  In going through some old before and afters, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t shared this story with my readers yet! This was a classic case of me wondering how we were going to fill the time for which she had hired me.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Making over my client's goal list

If we’re not already making an effort to practice positive thinking, we certainly are aware of the benefits.  I’m not here to go into the depths of why this works, or to explain how feelings create actions that create results, but rather to show specifically how to apply this to living a beautiful life.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Micro book review of “Goodbye, things”

Here’s a very short review of a book I haven’t read.  A client recently shared with me her excitement for her new copy of goodbye, things by Fumio Sasaki.  It already has me thinking, though I haven’t read any part of it.  Of all she was telling me, these two pieces have really stuck:

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Tim Ferriss’ podcast interview with Marie Kondo

I don’t live and die by Marie Kondo’s word, and actually rarely prescribe her method to my clients, but I’m a huge fan. I love that her name has become a verb and that she’s layered the world with a fresh awareness of the impact of things on our spirit and mood.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.