January 31, 2011

I'm a Guest Blogger!

February may be National Weddings Month but January has been Guest Blogger Month for me. To end the month, I am guest blogging about getting organized for wedding planning at TheWeddingYentas.com.

It may sound like the creators of The Wedding Yentas are a bunch of ladies who are eighty years old and live in Miami, but instead, they are two young women--one a wedding photographer, the other a Jewish bride who saw a need and created a space where tradition mixes with hip and current trends.

If you know a Jewish bride, send them to the Wedding Yentas. Tell 'em Tevya and Golda sent you...

January 24, 2011

National Weddings Month - Free Shipping!

February is National Wedding Month--it's right around the corner! In honor of the occasion, I will be offering free shipping on my book, 7 Steps to an Organized Wedding Thank You Note.

To take advantage of this offer, go to the Organized Artistry website and click on 'Brides and Grooms.' Print out the order form and in the box that says, 'Add Shipping and Handling' write code: NWM2011. 

FREE SHIPPING! A great way to save money on your wedding. It adds up quickly, doesn't it?

Know someone getting married? 7 Steps to an Organized Wedding Thank You Note will make the life of any bride or groom easier with it's 7-step system for writing well organized and heartfelt thank you notes (You want to get one of those in your mailbox--don't ya?).

All orders must be postmarked by February 28th.

Don't delay! February is the shortest month of the year...

January 18, 2011

Coming Soon--National Weddings Month

With Valentine's Day right in the middle of the month, February is the perfect choice for National Weddings Month. Love is in the air. It's the perfect time to start hammering out a plan to make your wedding day special.

If you live in a place that's usually covered in snow at this time of year, settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and flip through those bridal magazines, do your online research and make your phone calls. When the weather warms up, you'll want to be outside with your fiancee!

For tips on organizing all the paperwork you'll gather for your wedding read my article, "Get Organized for Wedding Planning."

In honor of National Weddings Month, my February blog posts will be aimed at offering ideas, helpful hints, and organizing products to those about to walk down the aisle. So, if you know someone getting engaged or married soon, let them know that help is just a few blog posts away!

January 15, 2011

Cool Product - Are You a Bag Lady?

I've worked with many female clients over the years who love bags--handbags, shopping bags, all kinds of bags. I, myself have a small collection of cool shopping bags from my past. Introducing a new kind of bag for you to love...the Tili Bag.

It's not a purse--it's a ziploc bag, as Emeril would say, "kicked up a notch.' Who wouldn't want to whip one of these out of a diaper bag, backpack, suitcase or pocketbook?

Ziploc-like bags are one of my favorite organizing products--inexpensive, readily available and now chic, too! Hooray!

To find out more go to Tili.com. Bag ladies--organize with style!

January 13, 2011

I'm a Guest Blogger!

January is 'Get Organized Month' but for me personally, it has become 'Guest Blogging Month!'

Through a connection made on LinkedIn, I am guest blogging at the blog of Professional Organizer Milena Borges called 'There is Always Room.' My topic: 'Getting Organized for Wedding Planning: The Wedding Binder.'

Know anyone who just got engaged or who is in the middle of planning their wedding? Share the blog's link with them. You'll be helping some very busy brides and grooms organize one of the most important events of their lives...

January 12, 2011

NAPO-NNJ's Get Organized Project

Seven years ago, The National Association of Professional Organizers declared January as Get Organized Month. NAPO chapters across the nation organize public events to inspire and educate people to better organize their lives.

This year NAPO-NNJ (Northern New Jersey) is hosting a free 'Ask the Organizer' panel at Restyle Renew, a clothing and furniture consignment shop in Denville, NJ on January 22, 2011 from 11:30am-2:30pm. NAPO-NNJ members will be on hand to teach how to de-clutter and organize a closet and address all organizing needs presented to them.

Win a 4 hour home closet organization session scheduled in April including a $500 gift certificate to California Closets.

So drop on by, get solutions to your organizing challenges, and make 2011 the year you 'Get Organized!'

Restyle Renew
27 East Main Street
Denville, NJ

January 8, 2011

Presidential Organizing Quote

"I ask my staff never to hand me paper until two seconds before I'll need it because I will lose it."

-President Barack Obama
Source: Time Magazine

January 4, 2011

Enough Already!: Peter Walsh on Oprah's OWN Network

Do you miss the the TV show, Clean Sweep as much as I do? Well, if your cable company offers Oprah's OWN Network, you're in luck.

Peter Walsh, Professional Organizer Extraordinaire, is continuing his quest to help people get out from under their mountains of clutter in a new show called "Enough Already!." I had the chance to watch the 'sneak peek' episode on Sunday night--it was an eye opening look at a family is crisis and the decluttering of their home.

I enjoy watching him but mostly, I listen to him with the ears of someone in the same profession, trying to pick up a tidbit or two that I could use to assist my own clients. He talks often about having a 'vision' for a room. A vision defines a space--once you know what you want for a room, you'll know exactly what items should be in it and what items do not meet the vision of the room and should not be allowed to take up space there.

The mom on the show was having a tough time letting go of items that had memories attached to them. Here's what Peter said to her. I thought this was brilliant...

"There are two main types of clutter. There is 'Memory' Clutter. That's the stuff that reminds you of an important person, an achievement or an event in the past. Then there's 'I Might Need it Someday' Clutter. That's the stuff you hold on to in anticipation of a whole lot of imagined futures."

"And the moment they take over, what happens is that the 'Memory' Clutter holds you in the past and the 'I Might Need it Someday' Clutter holds you in the future. So what it does, is it robs you of being in the present.It robs you of enjoying the only thing you have which is NOW."

If you have 'Memory Clutter,' keep the items with the most sentimental value and photograph the rest. Have 'I Might Need it Someday' Clutter? Think about what your 'vision' for the future is and only keep items in line with that vision--just like the room.

Want to watch? Enough Already! is on Mondays at 8pm on OWN. I'll be in front of my television listening and learning.