November 2009 Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

Welcome to the November issue of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival! It’s exciting for me to watch the carnival grow, with new bloggers participating every month. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to connect with and learn from your organizing colleagues! There’s a lot to read here, so if you can’t get through all the links at one sitting, I hope you’ll bookmark this post and come back later.

Blog Carnival

We’ll kick things off with some posts about Working with Clients.

If you’ve been watching Hoarders, you might be wondering whether you have what it takes to work with clients with hoarding issues. Find out by reading Geralin Thomas‘ post, Cleaning a Hoarder’s Home: Not for the Faint of Heart.

Can you ever combine friendship and business? Lisa Montanaro says “yes” in Mixing Business With Pleasure: Professional Organizer + Disorganized Friend = Valuable Lessons.

Next, we have some Business Strategies in Deb Lee‘s post, The Entrepreneur’s Toolbox:  8 Things You Need to Get (no longer online).

Effective Time Management is crucial to the success of your business, and this topic is covered by Christine Simiriglia in “Thirty Minute Time Management Miracle” (no longer online) and Margaret Lukens in The Jump-Start Meeting.

Alex Fayle says:

Many of us, even Professional Organizers, put off doing things because we think there will be plenty of time to do it later.

There won’t be. As author Mignon McLaughlin said: “Don’t fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all.”

Read more in his post Someday Doesn’t Last Forever. Procrastination is also addressed by Claire Tompkins in Why I Procrastinate.

Several bloggers share some great Organizing Tips that you can use with your clients or in your own life.

In Decluttering Adventure – the Roadmap, Angela Esnouf explains that

The Roadmap is just the start of a Decluttering Adventure, with more steps in the journey to follow.

Hellen Buttigieg explores the psychological benefits of decluttering in her post, Letting Go.

Preventing clutter is also important, and this topic is covered by Ramona Creel in Ways To Bring Less Paper Into Your Life, and Jeri Dansky in How to Shop So You Don’t Wind Up with Clutter.

In Organizing myth: Organize once and never do it again, Lelah Baker-Rabe explains that

Organization requires maintenance; there is no one-time “organization vaccine.”

Julie Bestry, AKA the Paper Doll, uncovers some eye-opening information in Who Knows Your Secrets? Part 2: Checking Up on Your Checking History.

We’ll close off this month’s Professional Organizers Blog Carnival with an announcement from Janet Baker about a “Smooth Sailing Document Management” contest drawing for a FREE 7-day Caribbean sailing vacation!

Thanks very much to everyone who participated this month! Please show your support by visiting their blogs and leaving some comments – it’s a great way to get to know one another! If you’ve never taken part in the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, perhaps we’ll see you next month!

A former professional organizer, I’m now a web designer and Certified Digital Business Consultant. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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Comments

  1. Lelah, I am always so pleased at the variety and the calibre of blog posts that I receive each month. Thanks so much for your contribution!

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