How do you compare? Check out these organizing statistics.

Did you know that 36% of respondents think their home is disorganized and 85% of respondents would save up to an hour a day if they were more organized?  NAPO teamed up with Decluttr.com to poll Americans on disorganization.  Click here to see where you fall on stats such as what percentage of those who hired a professional organizer did so to have a less stressful home. 

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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.

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!

How do I know if I'm ready to go paperless?

This is a question I answer more than any these days. I give the same answer every time, no matter who is asking, so it made sense to post to my site. Watch the video below & see if you're ready to go paperless. Click here to watch other FAQs about working with me.

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

How I used Evernote this week to immortalize (and toss) my nieces' artwork

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Evernote is a one stop shop for zapping kids' artwork. I save about 1 out of 10 pieces my nieces create for me. Everything else gets photographed into my "Memorabilia" Evernote notebook. I only have about 50 notes in here as of now. I deliberately do not tag these notes. Just like a "real" memorabilia box, I like opening this notebook and rummaging through it, all but forgetting what I added but having the joy of rediscovering it. Once that number gets to 100+, I might change my mind about that. The latest work of art from my nieces is a fan art triptych dedicated to my cat, Zucca. They lovingly drew pictures for him that we posted above his food. A few weeks later after Zucca was tired of looking at them, into Evernote they went. View the installation art piece here.

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff video made its rounds on the internet back when it came out in 2007. I recently came across it again and it's as relevant as ever: a manifesto of sorts against clutter and consumerism, revealing the social and environmental reasons why it's crucial that we all begin to live with less.  It's just brilliant. Watch the video below.

Visit storyofstuff.org to learn more

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

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.

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.

The saddest office cubicles in America

Whoa. I've walked into some pretty impressive messes, but never encountered anything as depressing as these. Scroll through pictures of Wired Magazine's America's saddest cubicles if you need a reminder of how good you have it! Think your office is sadder?

Tweet a photo of your workspace to @wired using #SadDesk. If I were a judge, this one would bring home the 2014 crown.

Don't Resolve to Organize Your Office in 2015

Resolve to organize your office in the remaining days of 2014! Two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and get organized. Seeing how you’re here, chances are you have resolved or will resolve to organize that office once and for all.  Once my clients decide to pick up the phone and call me, organizing their office takes only a fraction of the time they expected.  What has been put off for years often takes just hours to accomplish.

It is not too late to completely transform the state of your office and make a new resolution in 2015!  If time is tight, surely you can schedule in a few power-hours to set yourself up for finishing in the first weeks of the New Year.  This plan is not a comprehensive one for every office, but will at least serve as an outline for those of you who just don’t know where do start.

This is how you’ll do it:

Plan A:

Today – Write down your vision for your office.  What are 10 things you’ll do once you’re organized?  Resist touching any piles until you do this!

2nd Week of December – Schedule at least 2 hours to just toss and recycle (it’s what you’d be doing with me anyway.)

3rd Week of December– Group like with like (receipts, statements, kids papers, house papers, etc.)  Piles are just fine.  Actually, a single pile of all things dated 2014 is a great start.  Don’t think “organizing,” think “mindless clumping.”

4th Week of December – Drop your new categories into folders, labeling them with respective dates, account numbers, etc.

5th Week of December– Set yourself up for the New Year by creating a mirror image of step 4’s folders, but with 2015 dates.

1st Full Week of January– You’re off the hook!  Plan a resolution such as learning Thai cooking or watching more indie films – anything other than organizing your office!

Plan B:

No time to do any of the above in December?  Well, there are no excuses for not doing step 1, write down your vision. Do it.  It only takes 5 minutes.  As for the remaining steps, the plan will still work wonders on the other side of January 1st.  Schedule each of those into your January calendar now.

Plan C:

I can show those stacks of paper who’s boss in no time.  Hire a pro.

What part or parts of the plan are you committing to in 2015?  Or, will you wait for 2016?   If you’re planning to organize your office this year or next, what is your plan of attack?  Please share in the comments!

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 & speakingReach her at (202) 262-1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com.  Watch video lessons on office organizing here.  Learn about Skype consults here.  Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com.  

Proof that cool organizing knick-knacks don't solve your problems.

organizing Even the cleverest of tools need regular purging, thoughtful categorizing, and clear labeling.

If either of these aren't in place from day one, here's what happens.

Buying products is not organizing.

Do the work.

Have you bought an organizing product that you mistook for a magic wand?  

What was it?  What problem did you want to to solve?  

Where is it now? Please share comments below.

 

Office Organizing ExKacy Paidepert 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

Cheap shredding at Office Depot

shredderMy clients are always thrilled to hear that all Office Depot stores offer shredding for $.99 per pound of paper.

I've had a few report back to me that it is indeed as easy as it sounds.

Knowledge is power.  

As of today you have no excuse for harboring those bags and boxes of paper to shred on a rainy day.

Full details here.

Have you already used Office Depot's shredding service? Let me know in the comments if so.

 

Office Organizing ExKacy Paidepert 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 used Evernote this week: Eliminating cookbooks

using evernote I eliminated these cookbooks plus a stash of tear-outs of old recipes.

I photographed favorite recipes with either the Evernote app or Genius Scan and saved them into my "Food & Recipes" notebook.

Click here to see how it looks in Evernote (and to get my favorite fall breakfast recipe).

Office Organizing ExKacy Paidepert 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

2 New Additions to the Filing Hall of Shame

Please help me in welcoming two new additions to the Inspired Office Filing Hall of Shame!  You can imagine my excitement when my client and I unearthed these two gems from a filing system that hadn't been purged in at least 5 years.  Consider these to be examples of how not to label a folder!  Why exactly?  They're just glorified piles, telling us nothing specific about the contents. The good news is that anything in these folders self-expires after even just a short amount of time.  We had a good chuckle and tossed their mysterious contents in a matter of minutes.  Don't know where to start purging your own files?  Hunt and peck through your office for any vaguely titled folders and envelopes.  Trust me, you can blindly toss the contents.  If they once were "important" or required "action," their ship has sailed and you're surely onto bigger and better things. Need more examples of unhelpful labels?  Check out the original Filing Hall of Shame here! Do you have folders worthy of the Inspired Office Hall of Shame?  Please share!  Email me pics and you too could be a member of the esteemed club of folks who are swiftly moving towards a filing system worthy of the Inspired Office Hall of FAME!  This is all in good fun.  My clients all know that their folders are lovingly showcased here and have graciously offered to serve as examples!

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