Quote for the Week: a Habit of Excellence


dress-upWe are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.


I heard someone famous once say that she was not a naturally outgoing person. She simply made the choice to pretend that she was – like she was acting a part in a play everyday. She wanted to be bold, so she dressed up in bold clothes and played the part. When her natural reaction to a new situation was to shrink back and observe, she would jump in with both feet.

And before she knew it, she discovered that she wasn’t acting anymore. Through repeatedly acting, she became. We are what we repeatedly do.

Do you want to be an organized person? You’ve read so many good and helpful things here – you know what to do! Take those little steps every day. Pretend you are that organized person you dream of being and do all the things an organized person does. Before you know it, you won’t be pretending anymore.

Have an amazing weekend!


Last Chance to Win a TV Stand from Bush Furniture



This time around, I’d like to hear about your favorite media storage solution (or the problem if you haven’t found a solution yet).

How do you store your movies or CD’s? How about and abundance of books – what have you discovered for that?

Our Grand Prize would be a great media storage solution!

This TV Stand by Bush would give you the perfect place to store movies and CD’s, a DVD player or a stereo system!

Other great prizes are: Read more


Carmen’s Favorite Organizers A to Z – Part 3


(3) C is for the Calendar Tin.

Calendars normally contain your reminders, appointments, and important dates. But this calendar doesn’t hold words – it holds office supplies!

The Calendar Tin stands 3 “stories” high. (Not literally, silly! That would be pretty big.)

Each story is a compartment…one for tacks, one for paper clips, and one for rubber bands. And all of these supplies are included with the tin, which makes it even a better bargain. Read more


Space Treat: Bundle Up! And Special Event next week!


daisyWe’re still freezing here in NYC! So bundle up – both outside and at home or the office!

Instead of sprinkling your day with various activities you need to accomplish, make better use of your time around the office and house by bundling like tasks into separate categories.

That means gather up a bunch of phone calls and whip through them in one fell swoop. Then move on to the next bundle. (Do your phone call bundle first, that way if you have to leave a message you’ll still be around to answer the return call while you’re finishing up another bundle.) Read more


Marcia’s Virtual Organizing Seminar


neat-deskYou too can have an organized work environment!

Join Marcia Francois for her next Virtual Organizing Seminar on Tuesday, February 24th from 11am to 3pm EST. This is an excellent seminar for those of you who work at home, have a small business, or simply want a more organized and efficiently run office. The seminar is divided into separate sessions with work-time in between for you to put the lessons into action!

What do you get … Read more


Household Routines Improve Your Happiness


Getting organized — specifically getting into a household routine — is scientifically proven to improve your overall well-being.

According to the book The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, it’s important to establish a schedule to take your tasks from “To Do’s” to “To Done.”

Dr. David Niven writes: “We often feel overwhelmed by the chores that have to be done on a regular basis. Read more


Space Treat: Are you energy efficient?


TornadoTazYou may already be composting in the backyard, showering with a low-flow shower-head and installing CFL bulbs in every light fixture but are you efficiently using your biggest resource… your very own built-in natural energy?

Energy – we all have our very own unique cycles of high and low energy. When we sync these cycles to our daily tasks, projects and activities we become more energy efficient and as a result we can get more done in less time with less stress.

Do you spring out of bed at 6:30am raring to start your day or are you more of a night owl, who just begins to really wake up at 10:30pm? Perhaps you’re like me, Read more