Texture App: Like Netflix for Magazines

Texture (formerly Next Issue) is the Netflix and Kindle of magazines.  If you like the smell and touch of a glossy magazine in your hands, it’s not for you.  If you don’t like the coffee table clutter and waste of magazines, it is for you.  Here’s how it’s like Netflix though: for a monthly subscription of $9.99 you get unlimited access to a full buffet monthly magazines such as Bon Appétit, Vogue and Dwell on 5 devices. Learn more about Texture at www.texture.com.   Is a clear coffee table and and newsstand of magazines in your pocket worth it to you? Please share in the 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.

Never lose another photo

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 7.24.50 PMI really resist using technology late at night, but two nights ago I found an app so good that it kept me up til 1:30am: Google Photos.  WOW.  This is the photo organizing tool/app I've been waiting for.  Folks always ask me about digital photo organizing and until now I didn't have any suggestions.  I found iPhoto to be too cumbersome, so like many of you, my 1000+ photos sat on my phone.  I was uploading them to Dropbox for a while, but that took up valuable hard drive space.  Google Photos are in the cloud and I'm 100% fine with that.  Does Google own my photos now? Probably, but I really don't care. The pros certainly outweigh the cons: - Automatic uploads/back-ups from all devices - Ability to title individual photos - Searchable by date, location, face, title (even without a title or description) - Super simple creating of galleries - Easy sharing of galleries - Free

Here is a thorough, 10 min tutorial my my favorite YouTube tech guru, Steve Dotto:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD1sxS1hIms

Do you have experience with Google Photos? Do you use another photo organizing/saving/back-up software or app that you love?  Please share in the comments!

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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.

How I Used Evernote This Week to Recall What Best Buy Recycles

evernote Twice last week the topic of Best Buy's recycling program came up. Folks wanted to know what they accept.

Luckily, I had Evernoted a picture of the recycling station that sits at the entrance of each Best Buy store and brought it up within seconds.

View picture here.

In addition to these categories, you can drop off any electronic for recycling at their customer service desk.

Have you used their service?

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 used Evernote this week: Saving an Inspirational Quote from Instagram

I saved a powerful yoga quote in my "Yoga" notebook with my "Quotes" tag.  These two lines by Kino MacGregor caught my eye in Instagram so I screenshot it and saved the image to Evernote. Since then I've heard those words in every yoga class, adding en extra second to each Virabhadrasana III ever since.

Let go of your attachment to pleasure, let go of your aversion from pain.  In the perfect balance between these two opposing forces lies the peace and joy of the yogi's equanimous mind. - Kino MacGregor

Click here to see my note.

Yogi or not, there's a lesson in here for you, asking you to dig deeper in the moment you want to give up.

 

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

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.