Archive for May, 2015

Now What? A Great Planner for Students

May 27, 2015

I love a good planner and am always on the hunt for those which will help my clients feel more in control of their ‘to-do’ list. Here is a planner that I saw at the NAPO 2015 Conference last month.

I am  so excited about Order Out Of Chaos’ Academic Planner—A Tool For Time Management. This planner gives students a natural way to visualize time that helps them time manage and control their schedule. What makes this planner so special is the space at the bottom of the page for listing after-school activities and weekend plans. Students can identify if social commitments will interfere with school plans. Hence, at a glance, students can easily identify blocks of free time. With larger formatted pages, there is plenty of space to write assignment details as well as long-range events, like family vacations or camps.

 

For more information on the Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management, visit: http://orderoochaos.com/shop-products#!/~/product/category=5059090&id=34250373

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Now What? Furniture Origami

May 20, 2015

Do you know what origami is? It’s the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. When I think of origami I think of intricately folded paper that resembles a swan, swallow, deer or some other graceful creature.

Never in my wildest imaginings did I think that a furniture company would name itself Origami. Well, this furniture company displayed some of their wares at the NAPO 2015 Conference in Los Angeles. The featured sturdy shelves that fold flat! These shelves can be installed in minutes because there is nothing to assemble. The shelves simply unfold and you lock them into place.

The company has a wide variety of shelves which serve multiple purposes. For instance, they have a Washer and Dryer Rack, a Mudroom Rack, a TV Rack, a Computer Desk and even a Laptop Trolley. I was amazed when I looked through their catalogue by the wide variety of shelving racks they offer.

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Here’s a link to their site. http://www.origamirack.com There’s a video on the homepage which shows how easy it is to unfold the racks and pop them into place.

So, if you have a space that needs some shelving – particularly to use the vertical space. Investigate this option.

Let me know what you think!

Now What? Another NAPO 2015 update

May 13, 2015

Last week I told you about HomeZada – a wonderful computer program to help you with everything to do with your house and home. This week I’m reviewing the Purse Perfector. This is not a new invention but the company has been tweaking their design and this year I decided to really investigate it. This is the perfect tool to help organize your bottomless tote bag. You know the one you carry to the beach. The tote bag holds everything: your book, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and all the other various and sundry items we women carry in our bags. I don’t know about you but I always end up holding things in my bag for other members of my family too! Usually I am asked to please hang onto hats, sunglasses, other family member’s books or magazines so my tote bag is necessarily very big.

How do I find MY things amidst all these other belongings? Well, that’s where the Purse Perfector comes in very handy. It has pockets, sections, and slots to hold all my necessary items. It comes in two sizes: medium and large. It’s on sale right now in honor of Mother’s Day. Here is a picture from the website:

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I put my driver’s license, health insurance card and a credit card in the slots in the very front. My lip gloss goes in the little holder and right next to that I put gum or breath mints. I have room for a kindle or e-reader or small notebook in the center section. Behind that I put my reading glasses and sunglasses. Then I stash my keys in the section next to my glasses. This is how I keep my things all together and organized – even when they are at the bottom of a large tote bag!

The Purse Perfector comes in a variety of colors and you can use it in all sorts of different ways. It even zips apart if you want to use it in a small handbag. Check out their website for more information! http://www.purseperfector.com

Now What? Musings from the NAPO 2015 Conference

May 5, 2015

I’ve been home now a couple of weeks from the NAPO 2015 conference in Los Angeles. Can you imagine staying in a hotel with (I’m not sure exactly how many) about 600 or so professional organizers? It was a very large hotel and conference center. I get lost easily and so was thankful that the conference organizers had lots of signs directing us to various and sundry classrooms.

For us organizers (those new to the profession and those of us who are more experienced) it was a magnificent few days. It offered us time to connect with friends we really only talk to face to face once or twice a year as well as time to take classes. I made lots of new connections, took terrific classes, and visited with vendors in our expo hall to learn about the latest and greatest organizing products.

My head is still spinning from all the new information I acquired. I plan to take my time deciding how to incorporate this information. A few classes I took were focused on running a business. Even though I’ve been in business now for ten years (WOW!) the elements I took away from those classes will help me to run my business better and to better serve my clients. I’m excited about that.

My plan is to review with you some of the things I learned at NAPO 2015 that I plan to share with my clients. Maybe these are things you would like to implement also.

The first is a program you can download. I plan to use it myself. It’s called HomeZada. As I said this is a program you download but it is cloud based. So, it’s accessible from anywhere, anytime. This is important because the HomeZada program provides you with tools to create a fantastic home inventory. If anything should happen to your home because this is cloud based and you can access it from anywhere anytime you would still be able to provide the insurance company with an accurate record of the contents of your home. How fantastic is that! Also, a home inventory comes in very handy if you’re planning to move.

HomeZada also has a way to keep track of routine household maintenance schedules and renovations. You know that it’s important to have great records of any and all home improvements. With HomeZada you have a tool to record what you did, how much it cost, and when the renovation or repair happened. All very important details. The program does other things too but these are the functions that impressed me most.

I can’t wait to start creating my own home inventory. How about you? Are you interested? Does the thought of having a home inventory, maintenance records, home improvements, user manuals all in one place – thus easy to find and access – thrill you? Check out HomeZada at: http://www.homezada.com and let me know what you think!