How to get organized for tax season

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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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Minimalism Video Tutorial: The books I love but never read

A few years ago I got rid of my only bookshelf after realizing that I never re-read books, and I only have about a dozen books that I could justify keeping. Always digging deeper to open up more space, I turned to my already very small book collection. In this video I share the books that didn't make the cut this time around. I am still an avid reader, I just read everything on a Kindle! Many of you are still "book people," so this isn't so much a pitch to go digital as it is to focus on the books you hold dear and to let go of the rest. Watch the video below. Click here to watch the entire minimalism series!

Minimalism Video Tutorial: The Crafty Project I Never Started

Have you ever bought something based on a "I'm going to take this ____ and _______ with it?"  Yeah, me too.  In an eternal effort to reach my minimalism nirvana, I'm getting rid of the hard stuff. In this Minimalism tutorial, the 6th in a series, I explain why it was so hard to let go of these cool hanging vases, but did it anyway. Watch the video below.

Click here to watch the entire minimalism series!

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Minimalism Video Tutorial: The Spinning Shoes From My Past

Admit it: you still have workout clothes from a sport you haven't done in years, thinking you might get back into in someday maybe…. I did too.  In this minimalism series video, I get rid of my spinning shoes that I wore about 3x/week for a decade, but haven't worn in 3 years now (I'm strictly yoga these days).  I had to admit that this part of my life is over - at least for now.  No biggie.  Moving on.  Watch the video below and please leave a comment if you too will donate a sporty something from your past!

Watch the entire minimalism video series here.

Minimalism Video Tutorial 5: The Gorgeous Gift I Don't Use

Do you feel like a total jerk when contemplating something that was gifted to you?  I used to (and still do sometimes) but just like everything else that entered our lives, gifts don't have to hang around forever.  Click play to watch my reasons for donating a very beautiful gift that just outwore its welcome:

Minimalism Video Tutorial 4: The Sentimental Sweater

Do you have anything in your home or closet that is wrapped in warm memories, and you keep telling yourself you'll use or wear it again, but never do?

So did I. Watch my new video on why I held on to a cozy old sweater with good memories and why I decided to let it go:

Every fall for at least 10 years I've pulled it out of the winter box thinking - I should wear this this winter - but never ever have.

If I can let go of my sweater, what can you let go of?  Share in the comments!

The Minimalism Series:

Minimalism Tutorial 3: The Painfully Beautiful Stilettos

Minimalism Tutorial 2: The Vintage Shearling Coat

Minimalism Tutorial 1: The Black and White Dress

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Minimalism Video Tutorial 3: The Painfully Beautifully Stilettos

What was I thinking? I've never been this girl and never will. They're about 4 inches too tall for my bad feet. Decorating my closet is NOT a good enough reason to keep these torturous beauties around.

The Minimalism Video Series:

Minimalism Video Tutorial 1: The Black & White Dress

Minimalism Video Tutorial 2: The Vintage Shearling Coat

Subscribe to my YouTube channel here to catch minimalism tutorials each week.

Minimalism Video Tutorial 2: The Vintage Shearling Coat

This vintage shearling coat is absolutely one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Too bad it never fit and gives me claustrophobia attacks every time I wear it. 10 years later, we're finally parting ways.

The Minimalism Series

Minimalism Video Tutorial 1: The Black & White Dress

Subscribe to my YouTube channel here to catch minimalism tutorials each week.

Minimalism Video Tutorial 1: The Black & White Dress

Just because I'm an organizer doesn't mean that I also don't have to work hard at staying organized, or more specifically: minimal.  I've got the one thing in, one thing out rule down pat.  I only own a handful of pens and pencils and I'm practically paperless.  I want a home though that isn't just neat, but looks like the whitewashed, sparse, organic heaven that I see in design blogs.

I don't just want to walk the walk.  I want my home to be a shrine to it.  In order to achieve minimalism Nirvana, I've got to keep digging, which means taking a look at the things I love that I haven't used in years.  This is going to take discipline.  I'm down to the hard stuff.

I've started a series of minimalism tutorial videos, walking you though each item I'm parting with. You'll learn why I held onto it for so long and why I'm finally able to let it go.  My hope is that it inspires you to do the same!  New videos will be posted weekly, so subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch them all (use the link below the video).

Here is Video 1: The Black & White Dress 

About 25% of me already regrets sending this cute little staple to the thrift store, but it's gone and I'm moving on.

Please share with me in the comments which items you'll donate after watching!

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Video Interview: How to Use Original Art in the Office with Michele Theberge

Does your office inspire you? Is it beautiful to look at? Or does it have aging washed out Matisse prints on the wall?

If so... take a little bit of time (16 minutes) to watch or listen to this interview with my client Michele Theberge.

She is a professional artist and has some great tips on how to use art in your office:

Michele addresses:

  • The link between art in a workspace and productivity/creativity
  • How to find original and affordable artwork (including Michele's favorite website)
  • Whether it's worth rotating artwork or not
  • How to be be sure you're picking the right number of pieces for your office
  • The mindset behind creating an inspiring, art infused office

Find Michele at her website here and subscribe to her Youtube channel here.

Do you have inspiring artwork in your office space? Let us know below!

 

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

[VIDEO] How to Organize Your Morning Routine

I filmed this video from a client's home office. I helped her get a wrangle on the first 20 minutes of her morning, to set the tone for the rest of her day.

This is how we did it, using a visual tool to help it stick.

Do you have a visual way of remembering your morning routine? Comment below if so.

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

[VIDEO] How Much to Toss When Organizing

I get asked this question all the time so I thought I'd answer it for you! "How much should I really be throwing away?" 

Grab a piece of paper and write down what percentage of things in your office you expect are trash. Do this right now! There's no right or wrong answer.

But whatever answer you wrote down, you will most likely exceed it.

So I don't actually have a set rule each client should stick to.

The number I want you to start with is the one that just came to mind, bumped up a little.

So please tell me in the comments - what number came to mind for you?

 

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 to Organize a Desktop with File Boxes

Do you know that simple file boxes can create miracles in your office? This is a system I've done time and time again with clients who don't want to use filing cabinets. It's a great alternative and works well as a mobile, accessible filing system.  Read the first comment below for an update from my client who let me film this at her desk!

Purchase boxes here.

Are you an 'out of sight, out of mind' person like my client?

Please comment below and share your categories that would be better accessible in a file box!

 

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

Video: Evolution of the Desk

Take 55 seconds to watch The Evolution of the Desk by the Harvard Innovation Lab.  See how technological advancements since 1981 have transformed, and in theory, simplified, the desktop landscape.

(Attribution: Best Reviews: The Office)

However, not even my desk is as clear as the final shot!

clear desk

Nevertheless, this is a clever project and I can't imagine how much time when into creating this.

Read more about it here.

Do you think technology has cleaned or sullied computer desktops? I think it's not so black & white, but people seems to have strong opinions on this, so shoot!  Please share in 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

Video: 5 Ways to Organize Your Office in the New Year

[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2oKyITqDWA&feature=youtube_gdata_player"] To make a long story short: Click through to the video to hear how I build a case for doing the following: 1. List ten things you'll do once you're organized. 2. Do the mega-purge. 3. Create a 2015 series of file folders. 4. Group like with like. 5. Delegate one place for receipts.

Which one of these tips do you find most helpful?  Which sounds most difficult?  What are some of the things you'll do once you're organized?  Please share in comments!

7 Day Inspired Office Challenge

Decide this week that you're going to start organizing your office.  I can't tell you how long it's going take, but start with step one and then move onto the next easiest step.  Do whatever it takes so that one year from now your office doesn't look exactly the same, or worse!

 

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. 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.  Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com.

 

Video: What the Professional Organizer bought from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Last week I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond for the first time in years - without a coupon!  Someone once asked where I put all of my Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons…..er….I don't get them.  What I bought may surprise you…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_IcfNSoUEY

 

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.

Video: How to organize a shared desk

It's hard enough organizing a desk, but is doubly as hard when the desk is shared with a business partner or, in this case, a spouse. This video will teach you a solution for the clutter (and blame) that accumulates on a shared desk.

Do you share a desk?

If so with whom?

What issues do you run into and what would you change about your partner's organizing style?

Will you do things differently after watching this video? Will you share this video with your colleague/partner/spouse sitting next to you?

Please share 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

Watch my client's tour of her sticky note project planning wall

I was thrilled to show up to my new client's home in Oakland, CA a few weeks ago to see that she had watched my video on how to tackle to-dos with a project post-it wall and used it create her own!

Want to create your own personalized project wall?  Watch Michele's tour below:  

 

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