Who Wants To Get Organized?
A Little Order, Please
I have been organizing people for over 10 years, and during that time, I've learned a lot about what works and doesn't work. Blogging give me an even better way to share my ideas about organizing with the masses -- and dadgummit, I intend to do just that! This weekly blog is a compendium of tips, tricks, techniques, and theory about how to organize every area of your life. You will find a little bit of everything -- time management, paper management, space organizing, clutter-clearing, home, work, kids, finances, travel, holidays, you name it. If you're new to us and starting at the very beginning (which Julie Andrews says is a very good place to start) you will find a discussion of my organizing philosophy (so you know where I'm coming from), where our clutter and disorganization come from, and the first steps for organizing any area of your life.
Of course, the first step in getting organized is finding the right system — whether your goal is a more manageable in-box, a garage that will hold your car, or less time spent running errands, you need a set way of doing things and a home for everything you own. But any system is meaningless (Read More)
How much of the information in your life exists in electronic format? Do you have a good system for keeping it organized? Without a method for sorting, naming, storing, and purging non-paper items — it all becomes become virtual clutter. However, electronic filing isn’t as complicated as it might seem. It’s easy to set up (Read More)
Matt and I don’t spend a lot of money on “stuff” (there’s just no room for conspicuous consumption when you live in a 29-foot Airstream!) But we do enjoy having lots of “experiences” — so we have to work hard to keep our entertainment and travel budget under control. Fortunately, I’ve figured out how to (Read More)
Last week, I talked about the benefits of online banking — and there are many! This week, I’d like to share the bill-paying side of the equation with you — including an explanation of the system I set up for my client to save time on managing his finances.
I just helped one of my coaching clients to “electrify” (as he called it) his bookkeeping and bill-paying. It took a second to set up the automated systems and software programs — but he saves at least two hours a week now that his accounting is handled electronically. If you’re still recording your income and (Read More)
I am just about ready to throw the damned telephone in the trash! I’ve had several incredibly frustrating interactions this past week — the kind of unnecessary back-and-forth “phone-tag” that could be eliminated altogether if some people would just learn how to leave a thorough and complete voice mail message. So it’s time for a (Read More)
Talking about technology and frugality often brings up a bit of a catch-22. Technological advances can make certain items less expensive (like downloading movies instead of going to a theater) — however, it's also very easy to spend more on your gizmos and gadgets than is really necessary, if you're not careful.
With gas prices hovering at more than $3 per gallon, it makes sense to try and reduce your transportation expenses — but how to do it? Unlike cable TV or Starbucks or eating out (which are obvious luxuries that could easily be cut from the budget), you need your car! After all, you have to (Read More)
Next to buying a house or a car, having kids is the biggest money drainer that most people will experience in their lives. Children these days are expensive — in addition to the basic costs of clothing and feeding them, you've got summer camps, private schools, piano lessons, video game systems, and birthday parties to (Read More)
The one good thing about a down economy is that you can find lots of bargains on just about everything you need (or want) to buy in life — groceries, household supplies, clothes, sporting goods, cars, appliances, multimedia, even entertainment and restaurant meals. And you don't even have to spend hours clipping scraps out of (Read More)