I have a confession. I am not an early Christmas shopper. When people learn that I am a Professional Organizer, they assume that I have an organized system for Christmas shopping. They also think I have all my decorating, shopping, and gift wrapping done before Thanksgiving.
I do have a system, but I rarely do anything related to Christmas until early December. In fact, sometimes I even wait until December 14th to do my shopping. I kick into hyper-drive, get organized and get it done.
I haven’t always used a system. In the past, I got caught up in the spirit of the season and blew my budget. It happened year after year. Continue reading →
I spent my adolescence and teen years in a 1950’s ranch style home. My husband and I have owned a 1940’s bungalow, a 1960’s ranch and currently live in a 1970’s bi-level home.
All these homes had one thing in common.
The closets contained only a single shelf and rod that stretched along the back wall.
That was it. A shelf and a rod.
The shelves were about six feet from the floor. A few homes built in the 1960’s and 1970’s had small walk-in closets. These walk-ins usually had a shelf and a rod along two side walls.
A rod positioned sixty-eight to seventy-two inches from the floor was and still is the optimal height for dresses and overcoats. Today, our needs are a lot different. We have a more complicated array of garments to store. There are short tops, jackets, skirts and pants in every length.
Hanging these clothes on that single rod results in wasted space below the clothes.
Cluttered desks trigger many of the calls that I receive from prospective clients. I was hired by a company to help Holly, their Accounts Payable Specialist accomplish a miracle; she wanted a clean desk. Holly’s inbox received a stack of paper on average of one foot in height each day. She made numerous large stacks all over her desk as she processed the paper. Her desk looked messy and she felt like she was working in chaos.
We met for a consultation and she described the steps that she used to process the payables. As Holly described her work, I asked questions so that I could visualize her work flow process. One of my favorite questions is “What is your next action?” This question helps my clients break down their work into steps. We focused on her next actions and within a very short time we had identified three repetitive actions.
She entered the payables into the accounting system.
She scanned the documents into a digital file management program.
She shredded the documents because it was no longer necessary to keep the hard copies.