Friday, October 18, 2013

Organizing Obsession: Document Bags

I'm on the move. From client to consultation to meeting to gym to events. I'm on the go.

All along the way, I'm carrying paperwork. And do you want to know what spells unprofessional and disorganized (aka, not Professional Organizer)? Messy papers.

The secret to avoid messy paper syndrome and keep your papers organized is a document bag.

First, two important points to keeping a document bag organized: 

1) Review items inside it once a day.
2) Only use it to store and carry items you need on the go. Nothing else. 

It sounds simple because it is.

While you're out there running from meeting to meeting, best to look like a boss. No more basic manila or elementary school pocket folders. You gotta own it.

From MochiThings

From The Container Store

Campo Marzio from Kate's Paperie

From Need Supply Co.

And that is all.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cord Wrangling Basics

Cord control isn’t as scary as it sounds. Even the most technically challenged can handle it with the right tools.

And let me tell you, it's a little home improvement that goes a long way to making your space more sane.

This week I’m sharing the best cord wrangling tools for any situation. 

In Your Bag
Start simply and contain your cords on the go. 

  • GRID-IT! – Control your cords while traveling. 

By Your Bed
This is the most common area for cord chaos. There is nothing soothing about going to bed and waking up to a jumble of cords. My favorite solution usually involves a combination of these products. 

  • CableBox – I recommend the box that includes a power strip. 

  • Cable Ties – You can also find the basic clear ones at your local hardware store.  

Behind the TV
Once you’ve mastered your bedside and your bag, move on to the area behind your television. Definitely a bit tougher, but here is my step-by-step guide to tackle it.  

  • Cable Zipper – Best for the large cables behind your television. This photo looks a bit scary, but I promise it's easy. 

The Cord Control Combo Kit can be found at Home Depot. All other products are available at The Container Store. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Organizing Don’ts Featured on

Nobody wants to be a fashion don’t. And guess what, you don’t want to be an organizing don’t either.

To avoid the sad fate of an organizing don't, check out the article I contributed to with five organizing don’ts you don’t wanna do.