5 Simple Hacks to Organize Operations for New Businesses

New entrepreneurs often spend a considerable amount of time focusing on product development or definition of their services. They may refine their business plan numerous times, identify funding sources and more to prepare for the launch. One aspect that is often overlooked, however, relates to the general organization of operations on a daily basis. Many of today’s new business endeavors…

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10 Digital Filing Ideas for Professional Organizers

As a professional organizer, you’re used to helping clients get rid of clutter, come up with a streamlined storage solution and keep their homes and offices in optimal shape. However, there may be one area that’s been overlooked — computers. These devices can easily become overwhelmed with information, files and photos. Here’s some advice to give to clients to keep…

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Are Hoarding and Mental Illness Related?

Is hoarding a mental illness? Whether you know someone who hoards or have caught an episode of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, you may be familiar with the associated health risks. People hoard anything from books to animals, causing unsafe living conditions for themselves and those who live with them. Those considered hoarders have a difficult time parting ways with excessive…

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How to Make Organization Fun to Earn More Clients

Although many of your clients probably like the idea of spending time in a well-organized home or office, they likely resist the thought of organizing the space to get it to that point. People don’t often think of organizing as an enjoyable activity — especially if it involves decluttering. According to a 2014 Listia survey, 80 percent of respondents would…

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How far does the confidentiality clause in your client agreement REALLY extend?

As an organizing consultant, you often have access to clients’ confidential information, and this is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s such an important issue that I’ve invited Lisa Montanaro to share her expertise as a Certified Professional Organizer and former attorney, so you can approach it as a true professional. If you are a professional organizer, chances are…

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They Left Us Everything, by Plum Johnson [Book Review]

I recently read They Left Us Everything, and it appealed to me on many levels. It takes place in Oakville, Ontario, which is located between Etobicoke, where I grew up, and Hamilton, where I live now, so it’s familiar territory. The author’s description of her relationship with her late mother was compelling. It was different than the relationship I had…

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How to gain more clients with an organizing party

There are a lot of Christmas parties and other festivities happening this month, but my guest today is going to tell us about a different type of party altogether. If you’re looking for new ideas for your organizing business, you’ll want to read about Kate Martin’s organizing parties! Some people would rather go to the hospital for major surgery than get…

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Learn more about Organizing for Personality Types

Over the past two-and-a-half months, I’ve shared with you pretty well everything I know about personality type and how it influences an individual’s relationship with time and space. For your convenience, here’s a recap of the entire series: Learn About Organizing for Personality Types How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® work? Helping your clients identify their personal organizing style Helping…

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