December 2009 Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Here it is – the 7th Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, and the last one for 2009. We have a record number of professional organizers participating this month, and I’d like to thank those who are joining us for the first time, as well as our regulars and everyone in between! Grab your favorite beverage and get ready to read and enjoy!

Since it’s the festive season, it’s no surprise that many of this month’s entries are related to holiday preparations.

Angela Esnouf has some great ideas for clutter-free Christmas gift in her special series, beginning with Angela’s Advent, Day 1.

Lelah Baker-Rabe suggests a few simple things you can do to create a year-round gift wrap station to minimize stress and maximize efficiency, in her post Preparing for every day: Gift wrap station.

If you’re looking for a unique way to keep track of Christmas card lists for yourself or your clients, check out Jeri Dansky‘s Forget the Address Book: Use an Address BOX.

Of course, this is also a good time for making plans for next year, and while you’re doing that, you might find it interesting to read about other organizers’ success strategies. Anne Blumer tells us how she got to where she is today in her post, Ask the Organizer Panel, and Angie Weid shares The Story Behind Organized Solutions, saying:

This post is sharing a story of being kicked down, learning to stand back up and keep on working toward success.  My hope is that it encourages fellow organizers to be strong and succeed.

Lisa Montanaro offers some eye-opening information in Coopetition: A Fantastic Way To Boost Your Business, a sneak peek of “Don’t Go It Alone: It Takes a Village to Run A Successful Business,” which she’ll be presenting at the 2010 NAPO Conference in Columbus, OH.

Looking for interesting organizing resources? Be sure to read My Brain Book from Hellen Buttigieg.

Janet Baker discusses the why’s and how’s of Indexing Your Document Management Filing System is Worth it When You’re on the Road.

Janine Adams wraps up this month’s Professional Organizers Blog Carnival with a look at her favorite social networking site in Why I Love Twitter.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s edition. As you visit your colleagues’ blogs, be sure to take a moment to leave a comment or two and get to know one another.

As the Carnival continues to grow, I’d love to know what you’d like to see in the future. Specific topics for each month? Two separate carnivals, with one dedicated to organizing and the other to business ideas? Or just keep it the same?

Topics for 2024

Forming New Habits
Submission dates: December 21 to January 17
Sponsor: Geralin Thomas, Career Coach to Professional Organizers

Creative Storage Solutions
Submission dates: January 18 to February 14
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Money Management
Submission dates: February 15 to March 20
Sponsor: Mindflows for ADHD

Education and Organizing
Submission dates: March 21 to April 17
Sponsorship available

Filing Systems
Submission dates: April 18 to May 15
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Submission dates: May 16 to June 19
Sponsor: Peggy Wonder, Space For You

Writing and Organizing
Submission dates: June 20 to July 17
Sponsorship available

Meal Planning
Submission dates: July 18 to August 14
Sponsorship available

Organizing Meetings
Submission dates: August 15 to September 18
Sponsorship available

Organizing for Seasonal Changes
Submission dates: September 19 to October 16
Sponsorship available

Best Organizing & Productivity Books
Submission dates: October 17 to November 20
Sponsorship available

Best of 2024
Submission dates: November 21 to December 25
Sponsorship available

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  1. Avatar Ellen Delap on December 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Blog carnival is a great way to get loads of ideas! Thanks for sharing the info and the spirit of the season! Hugs, happy organizing and happy holidays!

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on December 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Same to you, Ellen, and I hope you’ll take part in a future Blog Carnival!

  3. Avatar Michelle on December 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Hmmmm… I definitely think that, as the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival continues to grow, it’d be beneficial to separate the business ideas from the organizing ideas. And monthly themes would be a great way to manage all that information! Some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lelah Baker-Rabe Lelah Baker-Rabe on December 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    What a wonderful selection of posts. Thanks for rounding them all up again this month, Janet. Happy New Year everyone!

  5. Avatar Janet Barclay on December 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Deb and Lelah, I’m glad you enjoy reading the Blog Carnival. Thanks for your ongoing support!

    Michelle, thanks for your feedback, and for joining the Carnival this month! I really do appreciate it.

  6. Avatar Julie Bavington on December 21, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Oh, what a marvelous idea! Thanks for compiling and sharing! I agree that as the resources grow there will need to be a division in order to organize them for easier access – Business ideas/Organizing; Topical; etc.

  7. Avatar Janet Barclay on December 21, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for your input, Julie. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to having you participate in the Blog Carnival next year!

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