Posts Tagged ‘organizing’

Are you part of NAPO’s Golden Circle?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

logo-golden-circleIf you have been a NAPO member and in business for 5 years, then be sure to attend the next Golden Circle gathering in January 2016. If you haven’t been in business for 5 years yet, you have this to look forward to because it is so valuable!

Here are a few highlights of things we discussed at the last meeting. The conversation was SO useful both as a professional organizer and as a business owner. Plus, it’s just plain fun networking with each other.

 

Le Tote

One of the discussions we had was about clients who love to shop, and this website was suggested as a possible solution. This service allows you to “rent” clothing, so it satisfies the need for getting new stuff on a regular basis and also keeps the closet from overflowing. At least, that’s the idea. 🙂

This is from the Le Tote website: “Always have something new to wear. Get 3 garments and 2 accessories delivered to your door – unlimited times each month. Wear everything. Send it back. Receive your next set of options days later!”

Get more information from LeTote.com.

The Confidence Code

Have you read this book yet? It is a fantastic in-depth look at the confidence gap between men and women. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman bring you the scientific research, interviews with high ranking, successful women and specific actionable steps for becoming more confident. This is a great resource for women, especially entrepreneurs!

Get more information from TheConfidenceCode.com.

PicMonkey & Canva

Do you have a Facebook page but don’t know how to create the cover image at the top? Do you have a blog but don’t know how to design infographics? Do you need to create something visual but don’t have the design or tech skills necessary?

There are 2 online services that you can use for free that take all of the guesswork out of it. Check out PicMonkey and Canva!

If you have any questions about Golden Circle, please feel free to contact our Golden Circle liaison Lauri Mennel at laurimennel@gmail.com.

How to print smarter!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

3d image of home printer and documentsOne issue I tend to see with many of my organizing clients is pages and pages of unnecessary printed paper cluttering up their home office.  As far as I see it, extra printed paper has three main drawbacks.  First, it is harmful to the environment (unless you make the effort to print with recycled paper); second, it is expensive, as printer ink does not come cheaply under any circumstances; and third and probably most importantly, it creates unnecessary clutter and covers up the important papers and bills on your desk and in your home office.

Before printing out anything, ask yourself if you really need to print it in the first place.  Could you save a document as a PDF in an electronic file folder instead?  Or could you save an email in a specially designated folder in your inbox? If you still feel you need to print, take these steps to reduce paper and ink usage:

1) Preview the document before you print if possible and only print the pages that you really need
2) Set your printer settings to their lowest quality or draft printing if it is just for home use
3) Set your printer to print double sided if possible
4) Most importantly, have a recycling bin nearby to get rid of the paper when you are done with it!

Penny Catterall is the Owner and Founder of Order Your Life, LLC , which has helped clients in the Washington DC metro area control clutter, improve workflow and make life simpler since 2009. Penny specializes in home, home office and small business organization services and is also available to help you organize ‘virtually’ anywhere in the world.