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There it was - further validation of my career path buried in the last couple pages of a sweeping paean to Bombay, India (Maybe you know it as Mumbai.)

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Even with a few summer afternoons with reading as the only agenda item, it still took me 5 weeks to read Suketu Mehta’s book Maximum City, about his rediscovery of Bombay decades after having left for the United States as a child. He tells rich, intricate stories of bar dancers, gangsters, slum dwellers, Bollywood producers, and everybody in between. Woven throughout are his personal reflections on finding his own place in a dizzying metropolis of 13 million (at the time), and growing at the speed of light.

I was eager to see how he would tie up such a boundless story of the human experience, and was stopped in my tracks when this was a part of it:

“Surviving in a modern country involves dealing with an immense amount of paper. He who can stay on top of the paper wins.” - Author Suketu Metha on returning to life in the United States after living abroad in Bombay

 
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Yes, getting on top of your paper matters. Yes, the little stuff weighs us down in big ways. Yes, order = freedom.

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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.