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Making a Difference

in Blog, General, Uncategorized | by admin | on June 24th, 2011 |
Today's post that isn't about organizing things.  It's about organizing people, and the importance of grassroots protest. I was told recently that one person can't make a difference in the world's problems.  That's clearly not true.  Look at Ghandi.  Nelson Mandela. Susan B. Anthony.  They each started out as one person, acting as they felt they must.  One person, given the knowledge, motivation, and resources, can make a difference on a global scale (eventually).  However ... One person, acting locally and independently, is NOT going to make a difference.  For instance, I can protes
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The To-Do List Blues

in Articles, Blog, General, News, Time Management, Uncategorized | by admin | on January 12th, 2011 |

We all know that feeling of doom that descends on us when there's a big job on our to-to list. (In fact, many's the time I've got lots of other jobs done in the service of postponing that one task I'm avoiding.) What is less obvious is that the same feeling of oppression and being overwhelmed can be created by having a whole bunch of small jobs that have been hanging around forever. This feeling is more insidious, because you can't point to one thing and say, "If I could just get X done, I'd get rid of this feeling."

So, here are some tactics for dea
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Back to School Planning

in Articles, Uncategorized | by admin | on August 9th, 2010 |
It's getting closer - That time of year you either long for or dread - Back to School time!  Now is the time to start thinking and preparing, so that you're not scrambling at the last minute and over- or under-buying.  Here are some things to consider: Gather First, go through the house and gather up all the supplies you already have. Chances are you have more than you realize. For example, I've never known anyone who didn't have dozens, even hundreds, of pens picked up for free from realtors, banks, car dealers and so on. (Except you, Shannon!) There's no reason why y
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Just because you can’t do something all at once …

in Blog, Uncategorized | by admin | on June 26th, 2010 | 1 Comment
... doesn't mean you can't do it at all! I've been living in this house for more than six years now, and ever since I moved in I've hated the carpet in the bedroom. Pulling it all out seemed too overwhelming a task for me, so I told myself I'd hire someone. However, because I knew I was quite capable of doing the job myself, I never got around to hiring someone else to do it. The result - six years later, I've still got that awful carpet! Today, I realized that I could apply the advice I give to my clients to the task of removing the carpet: When a job seems overwhelming, break it into small
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The People in Your Neighbourhood

in People, Uncategorized | by admin | on May 4th, 2010 |

(Stolen shamelessly from Elaine Shannon)

Remember the Sesame Street song "Who are the people in your neighbourhood"?  (You can view the video on Youtube)  Well, neighbourhoods have changed, haven't they.  Many of the people I do business with, or turn to for support, I never see in person.  We communicate via email, Skype, and Facebook.
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The Rube Goldberg Effect

in General, Uncategorized | by admin | on May 1st, 2010 | 1 Comment
Do you remember Rube Goldberg?  He was an American cartoonist best known for his "Goldberg machines".  His cartoons depicted complex sets of instructions for completing simple, everyday tasks.  For instance, his Self-Operating Napkin required 13 steps to wipe one's mouth with one's table napkin! Rube's cartoons were a gentle, humorous way of reminding us that we have a tendency to make the simplest tasks more complicated than they need to be.  When we do that, we get exhausted just thinking about the job! How we perceive a task directly affects our willingness to do it.  If a task can
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Take this simple quiz

in Articles, Uncategorized | by admin | on April 5th, 2010 |
Do you need to hire a Professional Organizer?
  1. Do  you have nightmares about drowning in paper?
  2. Do you spend time hunting for things in your office? (Documents, Blackberry, staff members...)
  3. Does it take you more than three rings to find your phone?
  4. Are you surprised to hear that some people use their garage to store their car?
  5. Is your basement "finished" - with boxes, toys, unfinished projects ...?
  6. Do you have closets so full that you can't see what's in them any more?
  7. Is it a challenge to get out the door on time in the mo
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Your turn

in Articles, Uncategorized | by admin | on April 5th, 2010 |
  1. What are some of the ways clutter gets you into trouble?
  2. What are some of the ways being organized keeps you OUT of trouble?
  3. Tell us where you're stuck and where you've succeeded.
  4. Share your great ideas and your not-so-great ones, and we'll share some of ours!

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Why hire an organizer?

in Articles, Blog, General, Uncategorized | by admin | on April 3rd, 2010 | 2 Comments
A Professional Organizer is an individual who creates customized solutions to increase the efficiency of any home, office or individual ... Professional Organizers help their clients to find balance, restore order, and maximize their time and resources at home, office and workplace locations. Let Re:Organized! help optimize your time and resources, reduce stress, simplify your life, and beautify your surroundings. Not sure you need a Professional Organizer? Take this quiz! Do you need to hire a Professional Organizer? Take this simple quiz...

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