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I’m not old but I’m out of the loop when it comes to certain things like Netflix, iCloud and Instagram. I think all that came out when I was in the middle of parenting two children under the age of five. Sleep deprivation and very little extra room in my brain didn’t allow for much more than me learning how to use Facebook and Pinterest (and oh, yeah–taking care of my little ones, too…).
Another new ‘thing’ I wasn’t familiar with was podcasts. I had heard of them. I knew they were recorded audio, not on the radio–but where were they? Were they in that ‘cloud’ I had no knowledge about either?
Embarrassing, but I had to look up exactly what they were and where I could find some.
I don’t have a ton of time to listen to podcasts, but I decided to find some time in my schedule when I discovered a guy in Los Angeles who had a podcast on–you guessed it–organizing! The guy in Los Angeles, is James Lott, Jr. and his podcast is called The Super Organizer Show. He is a highly energetic person who truly loves what he does. One of his wonderful characteristics is that he believes in giving thanks out loud and living in gratitude–that’s how he starts all of his shows. Isn’t that great?
I found out about The Super Organizer Show on Facebook. James had interviewed Ellen Faye, the Past President of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) and because I ‘like’ both Ellen and NAPO on Facebook, it came up in my news feed. I dug out my infrequently-used earbuds and carved out some time to listen to a few of the podcasts from The Super Organizer Show. I found them to be funny, fast-paced, and informative. On iTunes, I reviewed the list of past show topics and saw that there had never been a guest on the show talking about weddings. James is an author–I thought maybe he’d want to interview someone who wrote a book on a topic in organizing. I looked up James’ contact info and dropped him a line about me and The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook and the rest is history! He loved the idea of talking about wedding thank you notes and he booked me on his show for the day after he was attending his friend’s wedding.
How did I prepare for my first podcast?
• I read my book two times a few days before recording the podcast.
• I created an outline of my chapters.
• I flagged pages in my book that I thought James might reference.
• I brainstormed some stories and anecdotes related to my book I thought I might want talk about.
• I buried our home telephone under some sheets in our linen closet in case it rang during the recording of the podcast (I used my business line for the podcast).
• And yes, I used the restroom ten minutes before dialing in–I had no idea how long I’d be on the phone with James. Good thing I did–we were on the phone for an hour!
In a nutshell–I got organized to talk about organization! And (off mic) James even recognized and mentioned how prepared I was.
I had a ton o’ fun with James talking about my book, wedding thank you notes, sleep deprivation and it turns out we both have pen fetishes and love trying out different pens when we see a display in a store (ahhh, to be a writer…). He was engaging, came up with creative questions, and made me feel very at ease. A very positive first podcast experience!
Wanna listen to the podcast? Here are three places you can find it:
On You Tube (audio only)
For more information about James Lott, Jr. and The Super Organizer Show:
The Super Organizer Show on Facebook
The Super Organizer Universe (blog)
Thanks, James for having me on your show and for making my first podcast a very enjoyable one. Now that I know about podcasts, I guess now it’s time to carve out some time for Netflix!
If you watch HGTV or read Real Simple magazine, you’ve probably heard of’ ‘Professional Organizing.’ It is the art of helping people create and maintain systems and processes using basic principles of organization.
But have you heard of ‘Virtual Organizing?’
Virtual Organizing is the art of helping people create and maintain systems and processes using basic principles of organization–virtually. When I say ‘virtually,’ I mean helping people get organized via the phone, Skype, FaceTime, email–as opposed to working with them in person.
Virtual organizing has evolved over the past few years. Although there are thousands of Professional Organizers in the United States, not every Organizer lives in a densely populated area that might provide them with an adequate amount of clients. Not everyone wanting to hire a Professional Organizer has one in driving distance of their home. Thus, a new way of organizing was born. If people could use technology to communicate with friends, relatives, and business associates, why not use it for helping people get and stay organized?
Why I started offering Virtual Organizing services…
I have been doing Residential Organizing since I formed Organized Artistry in 2002. I love rolling up my sleeves and working side by side with a client to help them reach their organizing goals. I work with clients within a 30-minute radius of my home and wished to somehow widen that radius without having to travel far. With school-aged children, I wanted the option of working close-to-home. At the 2016 NAPO Conference, I heard a veteran Professional Organizer speak about how she added Virtual Organizing to her business model so she could work with people around the country who were in need of her specialized skills. She developed a tele-class in Virtual Organizing and offered it to colleagues so they could learn how to organize virtually, too. A few days later, I signed up for it. I successfully completed the course and now offer Virtual Organizing as part of my list of services. I still work with clients in their homes but I’m excited to organize those in different regions and time zones, too.
Have you been thinking about getting organized but didn’t realize that Virtual Organizing was an option for you?
Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Virtual Organizing:
• You don’t have a Professional Organizer in your area
Although there are over 4,000 members of NAPO, you may not have a Professional Organizer in your immediate area. Maybe you need a Professional Organizer with a specialization or particular skill set. That Professional Organizer is just a phone call, email, or FaceTime session away from helping you reach your organizing goals.
• You want/need accountability or support for your organizing project
You started organizing a space in your home but the project stalled for a multitude of reasons. That’s OK–it happens. Working with a Professional Organizer ‘virtually’ can provide you with someone to check in with, help get you back on track, and to your measure progress. They’ll be a cheerleader, resource, teacher, and provide ideas, motivation, and support. Consistently moving your organizing project forward is key to it’s completion–Virtual Organizing can make that happen.
• You don’t want a stranger in your home
There are hundreds of reasons why you may not want a stranger in your home. Maybe you have small children, a sick family member living with you, or maybe you have white carpeting and want to keep it as white as possible by having as few people in your home as possible. Or, you may have something in your home that you don’t necessarily want people to see (besides the disorganization). Virtual Organizing is a way of inviting a Professional Organizer into your home without actually having them walk inside.
• You would prefer to do the ‘physical organizing’ when it’s convenient for you
Does your work schedule change often? Are you a night owl or an early riser? You may want to do the physical work of organizing when you have a pocket of time or when you have the most energy. This might not necessarily be when a Professional Organizer could come to your home (I don’t know many Organizers who start at 6am or see clients at midnight…). So, schedule your ‘virtual’ appointment with your Professional Organizer and block out time on your calendar to do the required sorting/purging/labeling/filing when it works best for you.
• You prefer to be comfortable. Really comfortable.
Organizing ‘virtually’ means you can organize in your PAJAMAS! No need to get dressed if a Professional Organizer won’t be coming to your home for two or three hours. Other Professional Organizers might mind, but I don’t care if you FaceTime with me in your pajamas or bathrobe. I, on the other hand will be dressed (unless we mutually agree on a ‘pajama day…’).
With today’s technology, Virtual Organizing makes perfect sense. Can you picture yourself getting organized ‘virtually?’ If the answer is ‘Yes,’ click here to see how Organized Artistry and Virtual Organizing can bring organization to your home and life from miles away.
Transform your home from the comfort of your home…with Virtual Organizing.
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?