Thank you so much to the 150 of you who replied to last week’s reader survey! I’m still combing through the results and learn something every time I peek in there.Read More
Like I just moved in.
These are common responses to a question I ask new clients: "What would a stranger assume about you if they walked into your office right now?"Read More
Everybody wants to know “how long should I keep records?” Each time I’m asked I refer clients to the IRS’s answer to this question to draw their own conclusions.
Most are surprised to learn that they are keeping tax documents for about 4 years longer than necessary.Read More
One of the best gifts I’ve received was from my sister last Christmas: the 660 Curries cookbook. My relationship with Indian food is healthy, passionate, and growing, especially now that I’m not dependent on Indian restaurants! After a few trips to the Indian grocer to round out my spice supply, I was off and running.Read More
Do you have “chronic” file folders? If you’re like most of my clients, you do.
Last week I was working with a client who I hadn’t seen in a year. In revisiting a step rack full of folders that we evaluate year after year, she realized that they were all empty!Read More
Evernote’s Web Clipper is a cornerstone of its functionality. It allows us to grab information from the web, effectively rendering bookmarks useless. The benefits of being able to save and organize content from the web such as recipes and articles speaks for itself, but a not-so-obvious benefit is that we can immortalize a webpage.Read More
Often when speaking to a prospective client for the first time, they say, “My biggest problem is maintenance.” There is no maintenance checklist that applies to everyone, but one way my clients learn to maintain their files is to update their dated folders shortly after the new year.Read More
Two weeks ago when so many of you graciously replied to my request for feedback on what you want from The Inspired Office this year, you told me you are intrigued by my concept of “organizing your head,” but aren’t clear on what it means.Read More
You can imagine my delight when my client greeted me with this scene on Wednesday:Read More
Recently I did an extensive reflection on 2016. In listing some of my proudest accomplishments, carving out time for my Miracle Morning was on of them. In the homestretch of the year, my sister insisted I read this book while we were on vacation in Puerto Rico. As a lifelong over-sleeper, I knew this was a nudge I had to pay attention to. Author Hal Elrod teaches how to consistently wake up an hour earlier.Read More
I still scratch my head at how it took this long for me to discover estate sales. My husband Nic introduced me to them a few years back and weekends have never been the same. Washington, DC is an estate sale wonderland. With people who have lived such big, fascinating, international lives, our sales feel like shopping in a museum where everything must go.Read More
Absolutely everyone who has tasted these has asked for the recipe. They’re my pot-luck go-to. We have a dwindling batch of them in the fridge right now. The fun is in letting people guess the secret ingredient (no one does)!Read More
This is the 5th year I’ve paused at the end of the year to reflect on what I’ve learned as an organizer over the last 12 months. This time around, each observation could stand alone as its own post! Each year I grow as an organizer, and this post helps me to solidify new ways of hearing what clients want, and delivering what they need.Read More
Thank you for all of your positive feedback on my eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time! I’ve heard from many of you who are already implementing what you’ve learned. It contains the true rudiments of my work with clients, just like you, who feel like they should be able to do it on their own, but can’t.Read More
I recently discovered the hard-to-hear message of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Edward Humes, author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash (2012) and Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation (2016). It was his 2016 NPR interview on Door to Door that led me to his equally fascinating and disturbing 2012 NPR interview on Garbology.Read More