September 18, 2014
Cyahoga County residents: if you are wondering where to donate those items you no longer need, check out the latest issue of Pass It On. You can search by charity or specific donation. FREE!!! We use ours all the time! This year you can download a pdf version and have it at your fingertips on all of you devices.
September 10, 2014
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and most of us will think about what would happen to our homes if disaster strikes. But what about your place of work? Does your organization have a Disaster Recovery Plan? Check out these tips from Great Lakes Computer Corporation.
September 5, 2014
Friday Filing Tip: Do you really need to keep that piece of paper? Will you remember that you filed it away? Will you even know how to find it? Check out this infographic for some guidance: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/225883737535758497/.
September 4, 2014
What is the cause of the clutter around you? Here are some of the top causes with strategies for moving forward. Click here to see the article.
September 2, 2014
Labor Day 2003 is when we officially launched Organizing 4 U! Thanks to all of you for your support and business over the past 11 years.
August 29, 2014
Friday Filing Tip: Smead Organomics has taken filing in a new direction with the Organized Up system. With these folders the documents can stored the same way you read them---vertically!
August 26, 2014
Check out this article from the New York Times on Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings.
Lately we have been helping a lot of people prepare to downsize. Our advice, just as this homeowner stated: "don't wait" to get started. There are a lot of great tips here, including 'start small' and putting the organizing time right on your calendar.
If time is not...
August 20, 2014
Organizing 4 U is featured on the National Association of Professional Organizers' Get Organized Blog. Follow the link to learn how/why we and five of our colleagues became Professional Organizers.
August 7, 2014
For those of you in the Chagrin Falls area, consider donating your unused art supplies to the Valley Art Center for their Upcycled Art Sale. They will be accepting donations Monday-Wednesday of next week. Follow this link for more information. http://www.valleyartcenter.org/up-cycled-art-sale-artwork-and-supplies.html
August 4, 2014
August is Recycle Your Computer Month. Check out our latest newsletter for tips on reducing some of the electronic clutter in your home or business.
July 29, 2014
Be sure to check out the Upcycle Parts Shop located in the St. Clair neighborhood dedicated to diverting usable pieces and parts from Cleveland's waste streams. The mission is to provoke creativity & promote community through reuse. There is a list of items they are willing to accept-----items that we have seen in many homes and businesses. Here is an opportunity to donate them so they can be tansformed...
July 26, 2014
We were disappointed to learn that the current issue of Ladies' Home Journal will be the last. A May 2007 article, "Overwhelmed In Ohio," featured us as we helped a family organize their home and their time. Our first (and most recent) feature in a national magazine. Follow the link to see the article. https://www.dropbox.com/s/b9wi2tvzk3dops1/Ladies%27%20Home%20Journal%20%20May%202007.PDF
July 25, 2014
Do you like to stagger the tabs on your file folders, and get frustrated when an established tab is hidden by a new entry? Then this Friday Filing Tip is for you! Smead now offers a sturdy FlexiFolder with movable tabs with an added bonus of being erasable so you can revise or reuse them as your needs and projects change.
July 21, 2014
We were happy to provide a Guest Blog for Great Lakes Computer. Are you computer files well organized and do you have a plan to back up all that information? View Great Lakes Computer's Data Backup & Recovery Services for some professional assistance.
July 18, 2014
Do you have trouble reading the labels on your files? This week's Filing Friday tip is to invest in a label maker to give your files that professional look. Remember to name the files in a manner that makes sense to you so you will be able to find it the next time you need it. The Brother P-Touch Easy-To-Use Label Maker was the recipient of the 2014 NAPO Organizer's Choice Award for the Best Solution...
July 17, 2014
In New York City collectors gather to show off their collections and get an opportunity to say ‘Hey, we’re normal.'. Bill Scanga, President of City Reliquary says “I think collectors are a little on the edge of being hoarders. Given the chance, we would fill homes. So it has to be tastefully displayed.”
What do you collect? Collections are fun, but just don't let it...
July 14, 2014
According to some polls 4 out of 5 Americans feel they have too much stuff, and almost half said they do not invite friends over because they are embarrassed about their clutter. Sound familiar? Ever wonder why you hold onto stuff when it causes you anxiety? Check out this article about The Psychology of Clutter.
July 11, 2014
Friday Filing Tip: Do you have a file (or pile) of business cards waiting to be entered into a database? We liked CardMunch, but as of today it is no longer available. Consider utilizing the Evernote alternative. Check out this link for more information.
July 9, 2014
There is an article in yesterday's Cleveland Plain Dealer on How to let go of your parents 'stuff' (page A08). We work with a lot of individuals who have inherited items when their parents downsized or died, and the task of going through those items is OVERWHELMING. The job of going through everything is "both physically and emotionally draining." Check out this article for a lot of great tips! Follow...
June 27, 2014
Filing systems are great, but we often see lots of paper in over-stuffed drawers that have not been opened in years! How often do you reallygo back into your file cabinet to retrieve a document that you saved? Studies suggest that only about 20% of the papers that you file will ever see the light of day again.
Before you file that piece of paper, be sure to think about whether you will really...
June 26, 2014
17 People with Amazing Organizational Skills. How do you organize your books? Fiction vs non-fiction? By author? By title? Have you ever considered organizing them by color? We hope these photos will be inspirational for organizing your books or other collections.
June 20, 2014
25 hours of filing? Do you look at all of those piles and become overwhelmed because there is so much filing to do? Most of our customers don’t like to file, and it is one of those things that they put off on a regular basis. Don't despair; by taking smaller steps to reach a larger goal, you will accomplish more than you think. Today’s Friday Filing Tip is to devote just 30 minutes a week...
June 13, 2014
Here is a Filing Friday Tip: Take some time today to clean out your files and part with what you no longer need. As the Better Business Bureau says "If you don't need it, destroy it...responsibly!" As an added incentive, there is another shred day tomorrow, this one via the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland. East side at the Rad Air in Solon, and west side at the Rad Air in Westlake; both 10-2 tomorrow....
June 9, 2014
JoEllen was interviewed for Uncle Bob's Self Storage, and here is the resulting blog post: College grads: Time for Self Storage 101. It helped that both of us each have two children in college (well, now only one each), and have taken advantage of self storage units. Let us know if you have any questions.
June 5, 2014
Yesterday we helped our client organize her basement prior to an impending renovation. In doing so, she donated many items she no longer uses to charity, and now has a clear plan of how to move forward. Before we arrived home, she had posted on our Facebook page: "Awesome decision to have this wonderful ladies help me set my basement straight! I highly recommend."