Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Five Simple Ways to Save Your Desk

Who among us will admit their desk is a disaster area? You have papers everywhere and Diet Coke cans from a week ago. There are documents you have to get back to your boss tucked in somewhere with personal bills you need to pay stat.

Well, never fear, because this week I’m sharing five simple ways you can save your desk. Organizer’s Promise:  Each of these will take about five minutes to do and will make you even more awesome at your job.

1. Deal with the trash. Do you have a trashcan easily accessible? If not, get one. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to dispose of those Diet Coke cans and gum wrappers when the trashcan is at your fingertips.

2. Corral your action items. A simple inbox or tray for items you need to act on will ensure you never loose track of important paperwork. To prevent your inbox from becoming a black hole, spend five minutes in the morning reviewing the contents. Trash any papers that are no longer relevant, and take action on timely ones. After a while, checking your inbox will become a habit.

Trays from West Elm

3. Create a personal space. In any office it’s easy to get personal items like tissues, hand lotion, bills, and all that other good stuff strewn all over your desk. My solution: set aside a small drawer in your desk. Bonus points if you use drawer organizers. Or consider something creative like wall pockets to maximize unused wall space and keep those items in one place. 

Photo courtesy of Design Sponge

4. Clear the decks. The easiest way to streamline the amount of papers you keep on your desk is to identify an inbox to contain papers that 1) should be returned to their original file or 2) should have a new file created for them. Once you have those papers in one place, schedule time once a week to go through it. This is also the perfect task to delegate to an assistant.  

Photo courtesy of Glitter Guide

5. Now maintain daily. Schedule five minutes at the end of the day to put away any items you’ve pulled out, throw away trash, and generally tidy up. There is nothing better than coming into a clean, organized desk in the morning. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guest Blog Post: Roomations

I’m back and blogging better than ever over at Roomations, an amazing site for all things interior design.

This month, I’m sharing my finds for the most fab and functional bins out there. From baskets to canvass. From metal to plastic. Do you want jute, sea grass, lacquer, or linen? The options are endless!

And please read along every month for a mix of organizational inspiration and tips, my favorite things, and general musings on all things organized.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Five Habits of Highly Organized People

Have you ever met a person and wondered, “How the heck are they so on top of everything?!” Today I’m sharing the secret… Maybe they are an Urban Simplicity client!

Okay, probably low odds, but I really am going to tell you five habits of organized people. Make these routines and behaviors part of your everyday life, and you’re sure to be the envy of all your friends.

1. To Do List – I never get tired of extolling the benefits of a To Do list. A good one is the basic secret to good time management – keeping you focused and on task. I say, never work without it!

Sugar Paper Kraft To Do List
from Design Darling

2. Regular Maintenance – Once you get some basic organizational systems put into place, maintenance becomes much less overwhelming. Consider the prospect of weeding through your overstuffed closet versus simply stashing that stained shirt into a bag marked donation. Integrating a daily, monthly, and yearly maintenance plan into your lifestyle will make all the difference.

3. One In One Out – I think this should be the golden rule of organization. Every time you bring in a new item, another has to go. So, treat yourself to a new pair of shoes, but make sure to toss the pair that hurt your feet.

4. Home for Everything – People are always lamenting that they don’t know where to put things. Then, of course, they can’t find something when they need it. That equals frustration and lost time searching and wasted money buying duplicate items. Creating a strategic plan for where things “live” in your home is essential.

A place for everything, and everything in it's place.
From Pottery Barn

5. Repetition – The beauty of organization is in the simplicity. One way to simplify your life is by taking the guesswork out of it. Determine what tasks you need to accomplish each week, set-up a basic system or steps to get it done, and repeat.

What’s your secret to staying organized? 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Organizing Obsession: Cool Hooks

It was back in 2011 when I fell in love with hooks. You might vaguely recall my off the hook weekend. That really sealed the deal.

Well, the love affair continues. Aside from the obvious uses (hanging up your clothes!), hooks are incredibly versatile for organizing everything from kitchen supplies to office supplies and even jewelry. 

Lately I'm into the natural look for my hooks. A perfect combo of form and fashion for any closet, bathroom, or entryway.

Modern Twig Coat Hook from StudioLiscious on Etsy

Driftwood Hook from Calypso St. Barth

Dot Coat Hooks from CB2

Happy hooking! Errr....