How To Get Relief From Clutter

How To Get Relief From Clutter

Are you afraid to let go of things? Fear can really hold you back from letting go of your clutter. Click the play button below to listen as I discuss how to get relief from clutter during an interview on the Organize Mindfully podcast. In this 30 minute audio, you will learn how my RELIEF process can help you declutter and organize any space in your home or office. I briefly touch on one of the most important things that gets put off, family photos and movies. I love getting these treasures back into peoples’ lives! I also share my favorite internet resource, app, book recommendations, and the best advice I ever received. Like what you hear? Get more resources by requesting my free report, Tips for a More Organized and Productive Year. Click here to receive your...
Easy Ways to Clean Off Your Desk Even When You’re Busy

Easy Ways to Clean Off Your Desk Even When You’re Busy

Think you are too busy to clean off your desk? Think again. A messy desk makes it harder to be productive. costing you time, money, and business. Here are some easy ways to clean off your desk even when you’re busy. Much of what’s on your desk are things you need to do. So instead of letting things you need to do get buried under other things you need to do, set up action files. Label your action files with action words, such as: To Call, To Enter, To File, To Pay. To Do is much too vague – call it what it really is. Be sure the labels make sense to you and be consistent. Avoid any files labeled “Miscellaneous”. Why should you clean off your desk? You won’t waste time searching for what you need when you need it. Less clutter on your desk makes it easier to focus on the task at hand. Keep only the items you need frequently (daily or several times per week) on top of your desk. Everything else can go in a drawer or on a shelf. Where should everything go once you clean off your desk? Make sure everything has a home where you can find things quickly and put them away when you are finished. Use containers to store like items, such as project boxes, literature sorters, in/out baskets, shelves, and file boxes. Store items where they are used. Completed projects can be filed away. You can stay organized all year long. Take a few minutes at end of day to put things away so you’ll be ready for next day. Spend some...
The Innovative Organizer Turns 3!

The Innovative Organizer Turns 3!

April has been a special month for me because it marks the three-year anniversary of The Innovative Organizer, LLC.  Since 2011, I have been helping homeowners and small businesses simplify and reduce stress by cutting the clutter in their lives. Thank you to all of my clients for trusting me and inviting me into your homes, your offices, and your lives. It takes courage to begin the organizing process. It’s been my honor and privilege to work with so many wonderful people, and I have learned from each one of you. I’ve had the opportunity to work with clients from all over the Chicago area, even as far away as Tennessee. I’ve de-cluttered and organized inboxes, photo collections, offices, filing cabinets, storage areas, kitchens, basements, garages, and closets. Dozens of times I have helped overwhelmed families unpack after a move so they can begin living in their new home instead of being surrounded by boxes. Throughout this experience, I have witnessed the physical signs of relief when the burden of clutter is removed from homes and workspaces, and people can find what they need. I would not be where I am today without the support of my many friends and colleagues at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), NAPO-Chicago, and the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO). I have learned so much from all of the organizers and other professionals I have met over the past three years. My business and marketing coach, Victoria Cook, deserves a special mention, as she continues to push me out of my comfort zone. I’m also grateful for the unwavering support and...
How to Organize Essential Documents: LifeinCase®

How to Organize Essential Documents: LifeinCase®

Have you ever been frustrated trying to find an essential document of yours when you needed it? Where are your spouse’s or your parent’s important documents? If you had to evacuate your home and grab what you can, do you know where your essential documents are stored? Imagine being able to locate an important document quickly or take all of them with you at a moment’s notice. Sound impossible? Let me tell you about a product that makes it easy to organize essential documents, LifeinCase®. LifeinCase® is a simple document organizing tool that makes it easy to cut through the clutter and organize essential documents in one place. LifeinCase® is a durable, portable tote with a 500-sheet capacity containing five folders for major categories: Personal, Financial, Property, Medical, and Estate. Large enough to hold all your essentials, LifeinCase® is small enough to take with you. A checklist is printed on the front of each folder to simplify the process of organizing essential documents. Some of the benefits of LifeinCase® are: Easy to organize your documents: The 5 individual folders are intuitive making it easy to find what you need. No guesswork: Use checklists of 50 essential documents to store in 5 categories: Personal, Financial, Property, Medical, and Estate. Portable: The 5 removable folders and tote are durable, yet small enough to store in a fire-proof safe or travel with you. Just the right size: The 500 sheet capacity tote is water resistant and lightweight, and keeps out the clutter by holding just the essentials. Peace of mind: Know that you have all your essential documents in one place. Whether...
Organizing at Phil’s Friends

Organizing at Phil’s Friends

In honor of Get Organized (GO) Month, I had the privilege of joining five other professional organizers from NAPO-Chicago, my local chapter of NAPO (National Organization of Professional Organizers) on a volunteer project. Just after the New Year, we spent an afternoon organizing and de-cluttering at Phil’s Friends in Roselle, Illinois in west suburban Chicago. Phil’s Friends is a charitable organization that provides support and comfort for cancer patients and their families. One of their primary activities involves distributing care packages to these families. The care packages are filled with gender-specific items that help those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Visit Phil’s Friends to learn how to ship a free care package or to learn more about supporting this amazing organization. During our project, we worked on de-cluttering and organizing office cubicles, filing cabinets, a storage closet, and a portion of the work area where the contents of the care packages are stored. By creating a more organized environment that functioned more effectively, the staff and volunteers can be more productive and better able to focus on their very important mission and the many people who benefit from their care packages and letters each week. NAPO-Chicago, comprised of about 85 members, is the largest group of professional organizers in the Midwest dedicated to helping create clutter-free, organized households, offices and businesses throughout the greater Chicago, southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana areas. As I look back at my activities during GO Month, volunteering at Phil’s Friends was an incredibly rewarding experience. All of us know someone fighting cancer, and I was honored to use my passion to organize and de-clutter...

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