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There is a small but growing group of Professional Organizers who are also published authors. We like to write. We like to organize. We like to write about organizing–what a surprise! My colleague, Professional Organizer Vickie Dellaquila, CPO, CPO-CD of Organization Rules, Inc. is one of those Professional Organizers. She is the author of, Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.
Vickie recently adopted a mascot for her business and her name is Ophelia. She even has her own Facebook page! Ophelia offers answers to people’s organizing questions and just started doing book reviews. When I saw her post looking for books to review I popped one in the mail for her to read. Boy, am I glad I did–I think she enjoyed it.
“Oh how I wish I had this handbook when I got married! The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook by Stacey Agin Murray is the perfect guide for overwhelmed brides seeking assistance in the daunting task of writing thank you notes. Almost every bride I know has complained about this task specifically due to the amount of legwork and trying to think what to write to people. Stacey has it all here for you in this handbook down to keeping track of who bought you what present and for what occasion (engagement, bridal shower, etc.) to great examples that are personalized, thoughtful, and truly will show your appreciation for each of your wedding guests. I highly recommend The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook to brides out there or newlyweds who are dreading the thank you note writing task. This handbook will guide you through every step of the way and keep you organized with the built in charts. Please do yourself a favor and order your copy before starting your thank you notes!”
Thanks, Ophelia (and Vickie, too)!
I’ll be attending the NAPO Conference in Pittsburgh in April 2017 which is Vickie/Ophelia’s hometown. I’m looking forward to meeting them and thanking them in person for their lovely review of The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook.
Have you read a book lately? Help an author by writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads–they’ll be grateful for your time and words.
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Do you love social media? Are you also a visual person? Then unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know about Pinterest.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Pinterest (according to their website) “is a ‘virtual pinboard.’ Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.”
I first noticed it when a few of my organizing colleagues began posting their Pinterest boards on their Facebook Pages. It looked interesting so I checked it out and was immediately hooked (it can be very addictive)! I’m a visual person with an art background–I find it to be a great way to collect and share ideas with others.
You have to request an invite to ‘join’ (which could take a few days or a few weeks) or ask someone already on Pinterest to give you an invite (that’s what I did). Once you’re ‘in’ you can start creating boards of topics that interest you and ‘pinning photos and videos to them.
Tip: Load the ‘Pin it’ bookmarklet to your browser–it allows you to ‘pin’ any photo/video from the web to your Pinterest boards.
I have a bunch of boards on the topic of organizing and I’ve created a few on the topic of weddings related to my book and the manuscript I’m working on. If you look in the right column of this blog you’ll see a button that says ‘Follow me on Pinterest.’ Click to follow me but if you’d like, first take a quick glance at my boards…
Organized Artistry’s Organizing Boards
Organizing Product I’ve Blogged About
Helpful Organizing Books
My Favorite Organizing Products
Organizing on the Cheap
Quick Organizing Tips
Get Ready for Spring Cleaning!
YOUR Favorite Organizing Products
Organized Artistry’s Wedding Boards
Organize for WeddingPlanning
Stylish Wedding Thank You Notes
Then there’s my board called ‘OMG–So Cute!‘ There’s a lot of cute stuff on Pinterest–can’t be about business ALL the time, ya know…
To learn more about Pinterest, here are a few articles that will be helpful to beginners:
Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest Basics
Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network
Pinterest Tips–A Tutorial Guide for Beginners
Happy pinning! Anyone need an invite?
Every month I choose a new topic for my monthly Facebook Friday Tip-of-the-Week. February is Organize Your Home Office month. Every week I’ll be offering tips on how to get your home office organized whether it’s for a small business or a large family with Mom as CEO. If you haven’t ‘Liked’ or added Organized Artistry, Professional Organizing Services to your Page’s ‘Favorites’ yet, you can do it by clicking here. You’ll get my organizing tips in your News Feed every Friday!
While doing research for this month’s theme,I happened upon a great article by Lisa Kanarek of Working Naked. She is a nationally known home office expert, interior designer, and author who combines organizational and design skills to achieve functional home offices for her clients. The article is called,
5 Organizing Myths Keeping You from Getting Organized
Although the five myths discussed in the article are targeted to home office users, they can be applied to most organizing situations–kitchens, closets, paper, etc. If you’re struggling with organization in your home office or home, I recommend reviewing Lisa’s ideas and applying the knowledge to your particular situation. I think you’ll feel better about your organizing challenges and feel confident to move forward in meeting your home or home office organizing goals.
Whether you have very little or a whole lot–time is precious. We don’t want to waste it on doing things that don’t make us happy or enhance our life.
On my Facebook Page this month, I’ve been talking about Time Management. For my last Facebook December/Time Management tip, I wrote about a little word that takes one second to say but can save you hours/days/weeks of time.
That word is ‘No.’
In doing a bit of research, I came across a great article that summed up the importance of using the word, ‘No.’ It’s called:
The Gentle Art of Saying No by Leo Babauta
In the article, Mr. Babauta discusses his top ten tips for learning the ‘Gentle Art of Saying No.’ It was so comprehensive that I felt the need to share. Read it to learn how to value your time, know and acknowledge your priorities and practice saying the word ‘No.’
So, if you find yourself constantly telling people ‘Yes’ when you really want to say, ‘No,’ read The ‘Gentle Art of Saying No.’ It will add precious hours back into your already busy life.
October is Kitchen Organizing month at Organized Artistry’s Facebook Page. Every Friday I post a tip based on the monthly theme. My first tip was…
“Got deep cabinets? Make your kitchen items easier to see, access, and organize by installing pull-out drawers. No more surprises in the back of your cabinets! (This comes from personal experience–I love my wire pull-outs!)”
I really believe that up there with the label maker, pull-out drawers for cabinets are one of the greatest inventions designed for getting and staying organized.
Here’s how I came to love my pull-out drawers…
Our kitchen was built in the 1950’s. It’s about 10’x10′ and didn’t have much cabinets and countertop area. Hubby and I had a piece designed by Home Depot that doubled our counter and cabinet space–hooray! In configuring the cabinets to hold our kitchen items, I realized that the bottom shelves of these cabinet were going to be a challenge to access. I didn’t want to waste that valuable new space. But how was I going to make the most of it?
I decided to look in my local Home Depot and there they were–wire pull out drawers. I knew they would do the job–and they were the perfect size, too! I brought them home and installed them myself in a few hours with the help of a pencil and an electric screwdriver.
I use one pull-out drawer for frying pans…
And one for storage containers…
Why are pull out drawers so great?
• They increase your storage space
• No getting on your hands and knees to look for what you need
• Never lose items in the back of your cabinets again
Hubby and I have talked about redoing our kitchen one day. Mark my word–if that ever happens, there’s going to be a large amount of money in the budget for pull-out drawers!
I mentioned last week that I would be revealing October’s topic for my Facebook Tip-of-the-Week. Here it is: It’s all about the kitchen in the month of October!
Why the kitchen? Well, I thought it would be a good idea to offer kitchen organizing tips this month because the holidays are coming. And what do holidays revolve around? Food! And where do we prepare food? In the kitchen. And what room do many of our guests gravitate to when they come to visit? The kitchen.
My first Facebook Tip-of-the-Week for the month of October has to do with cabinets. Read about it and check back for a blog post on my own experiences with this week’s tip.
Have any kitchen organizing tips that have worked for you? I’d love to hear them!
For the past three months, I have chosen Fridays to be ‘Facebook Tip-of-the-Week Day.’ I’ve picked a theme for the month and every Friday, offered up a related tip to my Facebook Fans.
In July, I gave tips on Getting Organized for Travel. During the month of August it was all about Back-to-School. September’s tips had everything to do with Decluttering.
Now, it’s time to select the theme for October…
You have my word–it will not have anything to do with ghosts and goblins or falling leaves. This Friday I’ll be posting my last tip on decluttering. After that, stay tuned for some subtle (and maybe not-so-subtle) ‘what-could-the-next-theme-be?’ hints. Here’s the first one–
I’ll be talking about a particular room in the home…
Keep checking my Facebook Page for more hints or drop by Friday, October 7th when I reveal the first tip of the new month. Looking forward to reading your comments!
Every Friday on my Facebook Fan Page I offer my fans an organizing tip based on a monthly theme. September’s theme is Decluttering.
Decluttering is about sorting and purging your belongings, creating a logical home for them and letting go of the items that you no longer want. Sometimes those items will go in the trash. Sometimes they’ll end up in the loving arms of a friend or family member.
Sometimes, they’ll end up in the loving arms of a stranger. A stranger who has been looking for that item you are giving away. A stranger who cannot otherwise afford to buy that item new.
As the saying goes, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
Before you begin the decluttering process in your home, think about where you would like to take your donations to. This prevents the donated items from lingering in your home too long. Either…
Bag ’em up. Put them in your trunk. Drive to a donation center.
Bag ’em up. Call for a pickup. Place bags in front of your door.
Below is a short list of organizations that accept donations. Some have freestanding stores and some will pick up at your home. All will give you a tax deduction form for your records.
The Salvation Army
These are the biggies, but don’t forget your local thrift shops and donation centers, too!
Where do you usually donate your unwanted items?
During the month of August I’ve been posting weekly organizing tips to my Organized Artistry Facebook page. The topic: back-to-school organizing.
This past week I talked about how to avoid the age old question, ‘What should I make my kids for lunch?’ But, lunch is not the only thing that can go in a lunch box. How about including a note or surprise in that lunchbox that shows your kid that you’re thinking of them during the day? Need some good note/surprise ideas? How about 51 of them? Read…
51 Smile-Inducing Lunch Box Notes and Surprises
Keep it organized by determining when you’ll include a note or surprise with your child’s lunch–every Monday, the day of a big test, or when you want to give them a little extra lovin’ are a few good ideas. Mark it on your calendar as an extra reminder.
My son starts kindergarten this Fall–I’ve bookmarked the site so I can refer to it during the year. He’s going to love some of these notes and surprises. I like #19 and #25 best.
Which one will your child like?
If it’s August, it must be Back-to-School shopping time!
In honor of the tradition, I’ll be posting weekly organizing tips on Organized Artistry’s Facebook Fan Page on the topic of Back-to-School organizing. Check back every week in August for a new way to get your kids (and yourself) organized for the upcoming school year.
Until then, I leave you with one of my favorite commercials…
I’d better practice my singing–my five year old starts kindergarten this year and he needs supplies!