My simplicity inspiration comes from this UK site

I’m officially getting my news these days from the UK’s House and Garden.  Every history and patina-soaked image of clean European living inspires me to be a better editor of my own things, and seek out one-of-a-kind items that will outlive me.  It serves as a reminder that beauty is often the absence, not the presence of 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.

Flip this switch to break the phone addiction

These days It’s become rare that a hack is actually such.  So many “hacks” require 101 easy steps. That’s why The Atlantic Senior Editor James Hamblin's video lesson on how (and why) to use turn your iPhone screen gray caught my attention last week.  Why would you want to deny yourself the technicolor color screen that you pay big bucks for?  It’s those exact colors that lure you to check your phone every five minutes.

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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.

A Day in the Life of a Minimalist

Joshua Millburn, half of the famous duo, "The Minimalists" guest posted A Day in the Life of a Minimalist on Leo Baubata's Zen Habits blog. You’ll agree that Joshua has absolutely earned the label “minimalist,” not just by buying less, but also scouring his days for superfluities, thus, finding true breathing space in his life. This is one of the most unique and inspiring “day in the life” posts I have ever read, stressing habits over routines.

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3 Smarter, Lighter Holiday Gift Ideas

1. My fiancés family has taken a novel approach to secret Santas this year.  Instead of everyone getting something that will sit unused or get donated weeks or years later, we each listed 3 things we want under $40.  This way, its still a surprise, but guaranteed to be something wanted. 2. My sister has given me “the gift of Bill” this Christmas.  Bill is her carpenter and he will be renovating my bedroom closet today!  Aside from gifting me the deed to a mountain cottage, this is absolutely the most perfect gift I can imagine receiving.  Which services and vendors have made a difference in your life this year?  Give a loved one their expertise instead of more stuff.

3. Give the gift of order!  Click here to purchase a 2 hour Inspired Office organizing session for recipients within 15 miles of Silver Spring, MD.  After purchasing you’ll receive a beautiful printable pdf.  Trust me, I’ll make you look good.

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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.

Finally! A Productivity Planner from the creators of the Five-Minute Journal

The creators of my beloved Five-Minute Journal have created a beautiful Productivity Planner.  If it’s designed anything like the Five-Minute Journal, this is going to be a journal you can’t wait to fill-out - that actually works.  The new planner claims to guide your focus on the three to five most important tasks of the day - the same technique used by Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and others.  Projected delivery date is January 2016. Pre-order yours via Kickstarter here.  (I bought 4 - 1 for me and 3 for gifts.)

Watch the video below to get the whole tour and learn exactly why it works.

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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 quit checking Facebook on my phone

It’s not that complicated: I took the Facebook app off my iPhone a couple of weeks ago and haven’t looked back. I was also shocked at the lack of reflex to check Facebook once it was gone. Perhaps like you, every time I check Facebook (but particularly when I check it on my phone) my first reaction is “What am I doing here?” Repeat 25x/day, then you really start to disappoint yourself in the face of such a silly addiction. This was a knee-jerk reaction to a friend’s post on why she was deleting her Facebook app. Nope, not going to be so cutthroat with Instagram... Who’s in? Who’s done this already? Share your comments below! 

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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.

I finally wake up early because of this Instagram post

You just never know what's going to stick in your mind long after you see it. You also never know what seemingly tiny little experience will actually prompt you to change. I've struggled with being an early riser my entire life. "Early" to me is anything before 8am. The best thing about being self-employed: waking up whenever I want.  I certainly don't take this to extremes. Getting out of bed after 9:30 on a weekday is just plain depressing. I am guilty of routinely getting way too much sleep though, simply because I can.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a post on Instagram that was my "come to Jesus" moment. I didn't recognize it as such until a few days later. Something had changed. I had deleted every alarm that was set after 7:25am.  I was still snoozing for about 20 minutes, but that 7:25 alarm had become my new normal.  It still is, even on weekends.  Knowing that alarm is coming has also completely reshaped my late nights for the better.

I've been wanting to share this with you but I wasn't able to find it again on Instagram. I've re-created it for you here. I believe that how we do anything is how we do everything. As this image states, it's not just about rising and shining. It's about being more consistent with what I preach and the life I want to live.  I think it struck me because the "before" half looked so cluttered.  Always seeking out ways to further declutter my life, not just my space, I had to make the change.

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What kind of person are you? The left image or the right image? Are you an early riser but haven't always been so? Please share in the comments below.

I went on vacation empty-handed. Here's what I missed (and what I didn't).

Have you ever gone on vacation and left all of your luggage behind? This is precisely what I did last weekend when I took a short getaway with my good friend Lauren Fritsch. Lauren lives in New York City. I drove up last Thursday with plans that we would spend Friday and Saturday night at her cottage upstate. In order to make this happen, we had to do some some pretty intricate juggling with the cars so I could park on the street all weekend.

Long story short, we somehow left the city without any of our bags.

An hour outside of the city we both looked at an empty trunk and then with puzzled faces looked at each other and said "did we not circle back to the apartment to pick up our bags?," followed by, "this is going to make a great blog post."

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Sure enough, my toiletry and clothing bag, laptop, iPad, and Lauren's computer we're still sitting outside of her apartment door. (She immediately called a neighbor to safely tuck them away).

We had the essentials though: Lauren's beautiful baby, iPhones, the wine, the fresh chai ingredients, and a yoga mat. This wasn't exactly going to be a backcountry wilderness experience, but the whole point of my going to New York was for Lauren and I to work all weekend on my new website (Lauren's not just a friend but a talented business coach). Could we still pull this off without a suite of Apple products? We sure did. Here's whe I missed and what I didn't:

What I missed:

My kindle and "real" book - Without most of my technology, I had a lot of reading time on my hands. It would have been nice to catch up on the biz books on my Kindle and the first "real" book I've held in a while, "The Journals of Henry David Thoreau." Reading Elle Decor in the grass next to the babbling brook didn't kill me though - only made me stronger.

My flip flops - I was wearing my fancy leather ankle strap sandles. They were a bit fussy.  I also could have used better shoes on our long walk.

The outfit. The only outfit. The yoga/dinner/hiking/lounging outfit.
The outfit. The only outfit. The yoga/dinner/hiking/lounging outfit.

A tank top - You guessed it - I only had the clothes on my back. Honestly, when I'm relaxing at home or on an escape to nature, I dress for comfort and rarely find the need to change. Luckily I was wearing stretchy cozy, but not terribly frompy pieces. 48 hours in exactly the same outfit was bearable, but 50 hours would have grossed me out. One more tank top and I would have been golden for another few days.

What I didn't miss:

My iPad or laptop - Lauren had a desktop PC in the country, so we could do the bare minimum when we needed tech to work on the site. Without having Apple gadgets wherever we turned, we were forced to focus and execute an effective, thorough brainstorm on Lauren's big art pad. Had we had our gadgets, we would have wasted too much precious time on fonts and colors when the real work to be done was the thinking and discussing.

Hairbrush - I have a full head of heavy, thick hair. My hairbrush is my lifeline to public presentability. Why then had my hair never looked better with 2 showers and 2 days without a brush?

Toiletries - I get really into finding and packing just the right itty bitty toiletry bottles for my trips. Thankfully Lauren had more than I needed, but I absolutely could have gotten by with a bar of soap and a jar of coconut oil.

I am absolutely one of the lightest packers I know. Still, the 80/20 rule applies when I travel: I only wear 20% of what I bring. This experience will forever change the way I pack. Sure there were little details that would have been nice, such as tweezers, a nail file, and my Sonicare. Turns out they're just nice, not necessary.

Have you ever suddenly found yourself without a bag on an entire trip? Have you been in a situation where you unexpectedly didn't have something you thought you needed and it was impossible to get? What did you miss? What didn't you miss? Did if change the way you thought about your things? Please share in the comments!

How to get rid of 564 items in a month

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A lot of minimalism articles are just fluff, explaining its popularity without teaching the execution, which is why I liked Why Tidying Up Could Change Your Life in The Guardian. It offers 5 applicable steps for lightening your load and becoming a minimalist.  Step #2 challenges readers to play the 30 day minimalism game.Here's how it works: on day one, donate/toss/recycle/trash one item.  On day two, get rid of two items.  Repeat with three items on day three.  Repeat daily and by the end of the month you will have 564 less items!  This technique has you anticipating, planning and earmarking items for tomorrow.  It even has built-in accountability with #minsgame so you can share your wins with others and see pics of what your fellow challengers are chucking!

Read the article here.  Up for the challenge?  What would you donate/trash on day 1?  Day 15?  Day 30?? Please share in the comments!

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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.

Let's Spread These Email Guidelines for the World

Alexandra-Franzen_003I was pumping my fist in the air while reading Alexandra Franzen's Email Guidelines for the World. She so sweetly lays down some rules for how we can keep life simpler for those we email.

This made me reflect on one of my email practices: I never ask "How are you?" so I especially like her definition and application of the Sanskrit word Asteya, meaning, non-stealing - especially non-stealing of others' time with our communication.

I've heard agreement from others that a well-intended "how are you" is burdensome, because the recipient feels obligated to give a thoughtful reply in the face of 100s of other pressing emails.

 "How are you" sits there, unanswered, and the guilt sets in.

Do you feel the same way?

Do you think that an email can be kind and thoughtful in the absence of a "How are you?" What types of emails would you like to receive less?

 Do you have mindful/efficient email practices? Please share comments below!

 

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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.

Marie Kondo Folding Video in New York Magazine

I just love organizing superstar author Marie Kondo more and more.  She teaches us to respect our things, let joy be our guide, and how to fold our undies.

If you've finished your copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and are jonesin' for another Kondo hit, read this article in New York Magazine. There's a gem hidden inside: a video of Marie breaking down how to fold your unmentionables!

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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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

I Want to Crawl Inside of this Website and Live Here

This, friends, is exactly the type of site that inspires me to live a cleaner, lovelier life - and there's not a single organizing product in site.

Take a slow, breezy stroll through Swedish interior designer Lotta Agaton's portfolio here.

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119 CircleOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter & receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com/subscribe.

Cool Book Alert: The Organized Mind

organisedmindI read the cliffs notes version here in this Time Magazine article and had quite a few a-ha moments just from the article.

I absolutely agree with what Daniel Levitin teaches about creating separate work spaces for different tasks.

Using the same computer screen for balancing the checkbook, responding to emails, watching cat videos and more apparently does a number on our hippocampus.

 

kacyRoundOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

Tested: The KonMari Folding Method

I gave my copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a smirky sideways glare when author Marie Kondo outlined a precise method of folding and rolling clothes. Nope, I was never going to take organizing that far….until I did and it almost doubled my drawer space.  Last week, my friend and client, Cassandra Metzger, who gave me the book got on-board too.  This is her drawer makeover.

Before

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After

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What you can't see here is how spacious it was when we were done! So, we filled it with shirts from a neighboring drawer and closet!  Between this and another drawer, she freed up 15 hangers in her closet and gained about half a drawer.

Along the way we did a few things to ensure this will last:

- Shirts and tanks must be folded in a way that the detail that differentiates it from those of the same color show on the rolled edge.

- Stick with me on this one…you do need to measure the drawer's depth, or just use one perfectly rolled piece a your guide.  If rolled pieces are even half an inch too long, they'll get caught and drag when opening.

- The drawer either has to be full or you'll need drawer dividers to keep pieces from coming unrolled.

I did this in my own closet too with identical results.  Even more than the extra space, I love that I can see each piece.  Nothing is hidden.  Once you roll and unroll a few pieces to get your little rhythm down (which actually takes very little time) you won't go back!

Think you'll try it?  Please share in the comments.

Shop Muji for Mod Minimal Office Supplies

mujiLast weekend in NYC I was reminded of how much I love the Japanese variety store Muji.  If I hoard anything it's Muji office supplies.

I mean, how many checklist memo pads does a girl need? Not in NYC, LA, or SF?

Buy Muji pencils, notebooks, file boxes and more online here.

 

kacyRoundOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

Jerry Seinfeld's Sermon on Clutter

It's actually as much philosophizing as it is rampaging.

Take 5 minutes to watch his hilarious manifesto on shopping, accumulating, clutter, garages, and his perfect shopping experience.

The best line: "All things on earth only exist in different stages of becoming garbage."  I've watched it a few times and his take on storage facilities has me LOLing every time.

Enjoy, and tell me your favorite line in the comments!

kacyRoundOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

I Just Rediscovered My Most Heartwarming Testimonial Ever

As I was sorting through my books last week, I came across a book that a past client (and gifted intuitive & healer), George James, had authored and gifted me back in 2013.  I flipped open to the front page and found these words:

"Know you are doing God's work so humans can spend more time with God." 

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I share this because it is a lesson for all of us.

Why does organizing matter?

So we have time to do the things that matter the most.

 

kacyRoundOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

How I Personally Got Rid of 17 More Things

I've been tearing through the book that last week I said I wished I had written, but then a brilliant 18 page (free) e-book showed up that immediately had me donating 5 books, 3 DVDs, a candleholder, 8 more pieces of clothing, and stumbling around my house muttering "Everything must go. Everything must go."

The free PDF on Youhavetoomuchshit.com is Marie Kondo's crude, tell-it-like-it-is underdog British cousin - and it works. The proof is in my donations bag. (It also claims the url I wish I owned).

Read now: www.youhavetoomuchshit.com

 

119 CircleOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter & receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com/subscribe.

The True Cost of Minimalism

minimalist Strange how this is true!  I don't think it should cost more. Absolutely not!

Want the look for less? Do it yourself (or hire an organizer)! Credit due to The New Yorker, of course.

 

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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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

Here's what I carry instead of a purse (and a peek inside)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMelX_rrwKY Believe it or not, I don't carry a purse.  Never have, and likely never will.  However, I do of course need some bare essentials on me when I'm working with organizing clients.  Here's a peek inside of my work bag that never goes to restaurants, never goes to stores, never goes to friends' houses, etc. ONLY to work!


Do any of you also not carry a purse?  If you do, are you willing to experiment with not carrying one for a few days?  If you do carry a purse, what in there is so essential and bulky that it won't fit in a large wallet?  I never understood why women need so much stuff on them.  It feels like a burden to me, but apparently millions of women feel differently! Do tell all in the comments below.