My Client Talked Me Into This (And It Happened To Be A Brilliant Idea)!

I'll let clients keep anything as long as they can make a good argument for it.   Recently I was working with a massage therapist who did just that.  She was doing a marvelous job of letting things go from file drawers, tote bags, and the desktop.  Even in sessions like these, where the recycling bags are filling fast, we can still be left with a pile of things that are somewhat useful or interesting, but leave us scratching our heads.  In this case, she didn't know what to do with a new 2012 planner, an ad for a local green housecleaner, and a handful of interesting articles and recipes. Here's her brilliant idea: she suggested we create a basket of "grab bag" type items and articles that sits out in her massage waiting room.  Anything in there is up for grabs to her clients who are passing through.  It's no longer cluttering up her space and there's a good feeling that one man's trash is another man's treasure.  It's also a nice addition to the waiting room, giving her regulars something to look forward to.

This works well for anyone who has a waiting area.  We agreed that anything left in there for more than a couple of weeks must go, keeping the basket fresh.

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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.