How professional creatives use their space to organize their thoughts

Artists have some of the most creative ways of organizing their thoughts and projects. Thanks to Austin Kleon, author of Show Your Work, for recently sharing in his blog these two creatives and how they creatively use space to produce art. They're not necessarily space-saving solutions, but contain some out-of-the-box inspiration: Click here to see how artist & author Twyla Tharp uses bankers boxes like you've never seen before. http://tumblr.austinkleon.com/post/58625662398

Click here to see how film editors and writers are using the trusty, analog index card to layout their ideas.

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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.

What chefs can teach us about organizing

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Any chef knows (and may very well live by) the French cooking term mis-en-place, meaning "to put in place."  In a bustling kitchen restaurant, mis-en-place is crucial for the chef's sanity and the timely delivery of the perfect plate.  Culinary Institute of America instructor Dwayne Lipuma told NPR, "Once [students] set up their station I should be able to blindfold them and tell them ... and they should know that their tongs are always here, their oil is always right here, their salt and pepper is always right here."

If you were blindfolded, could you find anything you need in your office?  Please listen to and read NPR's For a More Ordered Life, Organize Life a Chef.

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

How To Not Lose Your Phone Charger

How many times have you heard "Is this my charger or yours?"

Confidently answer next time by putting your name on yours.

Because my sister, friends, boyfriend, and mom all have identical iPhone chargers, I put my name on mine recently.

Spread the word! No more nameless phone chargers!

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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.

One of the Coolest Things I've Found in a Client's Office 

oprahI never know what I'm going to find in a client's office.

Last week I had one of those rare moments where I said, "You HAVE to keep this! Are you kidding me?''.

It was a vintage address book with something very cool scribbled under "W."

Guess who... Oprah Winfrey's home address from when she lived in Baltimore !!!

You just never know what you'll find when organizing . It was a rare instance when I told my client she HAD to keep it. They met back in the day.

Moral of the story: if you have an old, obsolete office supply with a story as cool, you get to keep it too.

 

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

Depression Study Explains Why Most of My Organizing Clients are Women

11Researchers at UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) studied the link between depression and the amount of stuff in our homes.  Read the study here.  It was validating to see research explain something I witness often as an organizer, but this bit on females in particular was news to me:

" CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found a link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects. The more stuff, the more stress women feel. Men, on the other hand, don’t seem bothered by mess, which accounts for tensions between tidy wives and their clutter bug hubbies."

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

The Book I Wish I Had Written

magic tidy bookAdmittedly, I haven't even read it yet*, but everyone is buzzing about Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

It teaches her "KonMari" method which is centered around the simple question - "Does this spark joy?" - Which I like so much more than "How old is it?" or "When is the last time you used it?"

It can be applied to anything from offices to closets, as described in this article and this one.

She swears by holding an object in your hands to feel the energy of it.  I agree that this can be effective, as sometimes I have to hold a paper to generate ideas.  However, sometimes my clients are so overwhelmed that they let go of more when I'm doing the holding!

Either way, this 4 word question is a powerful one that can clear the messiest of messes.

Where in your home or office do you see this method being most effective?

Please share in the comments!

* I wrote this on a Monday night and the following Tuesday morning one of my more intuitive clients gifted it to me!  'Twas meant to be!

 

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How I Used Evernote This Week to Remember A Useful Napkin

5Have you ever found something really useful scribbled on the back of a napkin or envelope? I certainly did while organizing last week.

My client found the cleverest diagram of how to recall measurements of cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.

I snapped a photo with my camera that will be at the ready next time my retired schoolteacher mother pop-quizzes me!

Click here to see the diagram in my Evernote.

 

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.

 

7 things I learned about organizing in 2014

7 KCI've been a professional organizer for 13 years now and continue to learn more about organizing with each project, including my own.  I hope I'm a more effective and influential organizer with each passing year.  As an organizer, I observe as much as I sort.  Reflecting on and learning from the themes that emerged continually bring a freshness to my perspective. I intentionally didn't read my list of 7 Things I Learned about Organizing in 2013 before writing this (but turns out #5 was on last year's list too)!  So, I guess that's in important one!

Here are 7 things I learned about organizing in 2014:

1. Organizing is liberating.

I always knew this, but "liberating" is the word I heard most in 2014 to describe how it feels to let go of the things that no longer serve.  In the fall I heard a client say it in his basement, then everyone seemed to echo it all around me!

2. It's ok if systems need to change.

I started working again with a client who I helped one year previous.  She was frustrated that the once successful system that we had put in place last year was no longer working.  Specifically we crafted a morning routine list at work and masterminded a pretty elaborate to-do list, with color coded paper and start dates for each task.  It made me realize that my own to do lists looked nothing like they did a year ago.  As your life evolves, your habits and systems may have to as well.  It is not a sign of failure!

3. One can reap the emotional benefits of organizing long before the end is in sight.

One day it took 4 hours to uncover about 10 square feet of a client's bedroom floor (sometimes I do take on non-office projects).  I was pleasantly surprised at how enthusiastic and energized she was throughout the session. I asked her something I had never asked a client before: "What did you learn today?  What do you now know that you didn't know 4 hours ago?"  She answered: "That this could be so much fun.  And EASY!  I thought this would be agonizing."  We still haven't finished yet, but even with hours of digging still ahead of her, she's already benefited tremendously.

4. The most important things we keep are the things that tell our stories.

In November someone asked me if I thought I was overly reliant on technology, considering the fact that I had used Evernote to save my favorite recipes and donate my cookbooks.  This question prompted a few weeks' worth of reflection, surprisingly having me take inventory of what beloved objects I will always want to see and touch.  I knew there were indeed many, but I had never before been prodded into asking myself why they matter.  The full answer can be read here.

5. You never get it done. 

Organizing is a process more than it is a state.  You don't reach a point where you declare yourself "organized" and stay that way without maintenance.  As long as you receive gifts, mail, news and ideas you will need to keep at it.  As things flow in, they must flow out.

6. Organizing takes time, no matter who you are.

This year more than any, I've realized how much time I personally spend organizing.  It takes very little for my delicate equilibrium of order to be threatened.  Just one day's worth of mail thrown on the dining table is more clutter than I'm usually willing to harbor.  I don't have a magic wand though, so I endlessly toss, shred, recycle, and donate as much as I buy.  It's hard to quantify how much time I collectively spend per week on this, but it's hours, not minutes.  I do believe that to stay organized, you have to do this, but don't get down on yourself if you don't have the time, or don't love doing it! If you did, you'd be a professional organizer, and the world needs variety!  Go do what you're good at, and hire someone who loves to do what you hate.

7. There's no singular explanation for why people have too much stuff.

Someone asked me at a party: "Why do you think Americans have so much stuff?"  My answer: "I really don't know."  Sure, we can make sweeping generalizations about consumerism and disintegrating values, but that can't be the whole story, considering I organize for a living and genuinely like so many people who are (or were) stockpilers of cheap made in China crap! The answer she expected to hear discounts the unique histories that shaped each individual's current space. When I hear generalizations like these, I immediately see the faces of the people I know who have or had too much stuff.  So seldom (though truthfully, it happens) does the easily accessible explanation of overindulgence come to mind.

If I must call out a common denominator amongst my clients, it's that they all are ready to change. Regardless of their past choices, their tide is receding. Attention to this topic of organizing can either be a disheartening one, further angering ourselves about the Costco-ization of the country, or a hopeful one, showing how we are only ever one less purchase away from liberation.  I always tell my friends that there are two types of cluttered people: those who are willing to change and those who aren't.  If you're willing to change in 2015, let's work together.

What did you learn about organizing in 2014?  Anything goes - the smallest minutiae to the grandest of life lessons.

Comment below please!

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!

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How I used Evernote this week: Saving a Sentimental Voicemail

8-birthday-cupcake-ruth-blackI saved a sentimental voicemail.  Ever since my birthday months ago, I've saved a voicemail on my phone of my mom and nieces singing "happy birthday."  Using the directions here, I held my phone up to my computer and played the message through the iPhone speaker with the Evernote mic on.

It came out surprisingly clear.  I now have this sweet birthday song saved forever in my "Memorabilia" notebook, freeing me to delete the message.

View audio note here.

 

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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.  

How I created a 23 year old's first filing system

23 year oldRecently I worked with one of my younger clients: a client's young adult son who needed help getting organized for a job search.  I've been helping him organize since he was in high school.  We organized for college, study abroad, and moving out of home, so it was fun to see watch him transform into a motivated professional!

We managed to toss everything paper except for those that fit into these folders.Here's a peek, at the system, which is a mini version of systems I've created hundreds of times for folks in every stage of life.  We created a number of files that fall under just four larger groupings. For those of you who are becoming more and more paperless, these four categories may be all you need.

 

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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

Q&A: Kacy, have you become overly reliant on technology?

A few weeks ago someone posted a question in response to my post on donating my cookbooks after I Evernoted my favorite recipes, wondering if I felt I was too overly reliant on technology. I sat with it for a few days and then put my reflections into words, and learned a great deal about sentimentality in the process: Best Digital Organizing 1

Q:

I'm hearing all sorts of great things about Evernote! I especially like your use for the recipes tear-outs or print outs. But, do you get the impression that you're getting perhaps overly reliant on technology? I only thoughtfully buy cookbooks that I view as an investment for my family. I write in the margins, remember the sauces spilled on them, and fully intend to pass them down to my daughter when she becomes an adult as a treasured heirloom. There's just something special about having that tangible cookbook that my husband and I used when we were just figuring out how to cook together as newlyweds in college. You can always send those books my way! Mm, World Vegetarian and Indian cooking?! Yum! :-) - Kati

A:

The first thing that came to mind when reading your question was this quote by Stevie Nicks (posted to Austin Kleon's blog):

“You want your journals written by hand in a book, because someday, if you have daughters — I don’t have daughters, but I have fairy goddaughters, thousands of them — all of these books are gonna go to them, and they’re gonna sit around just like we are now, and they’re gonna read them out loud, and they’re going to be able to know what my life was.” Then, pointedly, to Este: “And they’re not gonna find it in your phone.”

Yours and Nicks' sentimentality had me wondering if I am too quick to digitize, but after doing a bit of repatriated anthropology on my own stuff, I settled into an assuredness that I don't.  Thank you for that!  I guess only time will tell if I've become overly reliant on technology.  However, I can't recall any moments where I wish I hadn't digitized or tossed a hard-copy version of something, which I hope bodes well for my future-self.

As for donating all of my cookbooks, I cook, but I'm not a cookbook person, so it's not important that cookbooks are ever attached to memories of me.  Unlike Stevie Nicks, I'm not a journal person either, so journal entries are #2 on the list of "things that I won't pass down one day."  For the recipes that cannot be replaced, such as my grandmother's recipe scribbled in Estonian, Evernote serves as insurance that her memory won't be lost if the piece of paper ever is.  And so it sits both in my parents' kitchen and in my Evernote.  I use technology to keep safe items of sentimental value, not to replace them.  Her recipe is meaningful and my Indian cookbooks were not.

When I help clients minimize their things, I like to focus on keeping the "best of," instead letting go of the "worst of."  Looking around my house right now, I see a collection of "best of" objects that I hope are enjoyed for generations to come, much like your cookbooks.  I see leather pouches that my sister gave me from her time in Niger, the vintage Bertoia Diamond chair that I painstakingly de-rusted with my own hands, and a metal batik stamp that I picked up while studying abroad in Bali.  So, your question also had me asking myself what do I honor enough to pass down?  What physical objects - that feel like a part of me - cannot be digitized?  I discovered that there actually is a collection of things that are infused with my memories, and none of these can be Evernoted.  For everything else though, I want it out of the way and on my computer so these seeable, touchable gems can shine.

I also use technology to store memories that originated in the digital world, such as the swarm of "love texts" from my boyfriend when we first met.  Without a digital system, these would be lost forever.  Since we don't generate shoeboxes full of letters anymore, I want to ensure that memories like these are still treasured and kept safe.

I like that you point out that you only "thoughtfully" buy cookbooks that are an "investment" for your family.  My cookbooks weren't thoughtfully acquired, but my furniture, family memorabilia, and travel treasures were.  My mission is to show people the joy their space can hold when they invest in it thoughtfully, as you have done.

Where are your stories?  In cookbooks?  In journals?  In saved text messages? In furniture?  Wherever they are, care for them.  Care also requires you to eliminate the superfluities as you go, so that both you and the next generations only get the "best of."

Please share thoughts in the comments!

 

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.

How I used Evernote this Week: Genius Bar Questions List

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I have a note in my "Tech" folder called "Genius Bar Questions." I added to this list an issue I'm having with iPhoto.

It may take me a few months to compile more than 3 or 4 questions about my Mac to warrant a visit to the Apple store, but the next time

I make a Genius Bar appointment, all of my questions will be accessible in one place.

 

New Headshot w_posterOffice 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

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.

 

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