NAPO2015 Expo Fun New Products

Time Timer Watches

The National Association of Professional Organizers held their Annual Conference and Organizing Expo last week. Though I found no shortage of new and innovative products to keep us productive, these four simple items spoke to me as they addressed some of my own organizing challenges. The NEET Cable Keeper by NEET Products Tired of that tangled mess of charging…

I love this product…

3M command strips logo

Of all the products I use with my customers, I think 3M Command Hooks might be my favorite. And based on the ever-expanding selection available, I think others feel the same. Once offered only in white, the plastic hook now comes in a variety of "finishes" - such as brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze - as well as clear(my favorite) and black (great…

Are You a Nester? 5 Lessons from Cozy Living

A baby bird in the tree

I’ve got that nesting feeling. That hunker-down, fluff the house, prep-for-the-long-dark-winter feeling. And fortunately for me, I recently picked up a few nesting skills from an expert extraordinaire, and I’m happy to share them with you here. This summer a Robin built her nest on our front porch. She flew by with a twig in…

Priorities: The Real Ones…

Emergency workers unloading a patient from a helocopter

I witnessed a SKID Presentation (Stop Kids’ Impaired Driving) this week. The students of Jesuit High School huddled on rainy bleachers while a graphic drunk driving dramatization played out before them. The reenactment gripped their every sense - ambulance sirens, helicopter vibrations, blood-soaked bodies, a sobbing mother – and absolute silence as the Medical Examiner arrived – a sight…

A “Back to School” DON’T for Summer Lovers

Back to school on a chalk board

By now you’ve been inundated with Back to School Organizing tips. Many of them are tried and true - a few of my favorites: Set up a Homework Zone Create an easy Lunch station in the pantry Designate a Drop Box for Mom’s papers And for my not-so orderly friends who are already behind: Find*…

Today is a special day for Totally Orderly

Balloons

Happy Anniversary to Totally Orderly! And where was I in 2004? Carpooling my little tots, still sharing an email address with my husband; my mental health career long forgotten. I don’t know why I thought I could launch a business. I knew nothing about marketing, accounting, or strategic planning. ROI and COGS were acronyms too mysterious…

10 Items Obsolete in 10 Years

A cell phone

In honor of Totally Orderly’s 10 Year Anniversary (2004-2014!), I bought myself a new work bag. We, professional organizers, love our work bags full of little organizing gizmos and gadgets.  I’ve had at least five bags - one so big my client hesitated to allow me through the door! Another so small I had to ask to borrow…

Friday Finds: Chalkboard Labels

Canisters with chalk labels on them

I'm just crazy about this chalkboard craze. Which is weird, because I don't like the feel of chalk. (Chalk Ink was the answer to that "touchy" problem - looks great, too!) Anyhow, these Avery Chalkboard Labels are so much fun. These are perfect for boxes and bins - and they're removable! The scalloped edge on this one looks great on containers…

Friday Finds: Time Timer

Time Timer clock

Recently, I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) conference. At the Expo, I came across the newly designed Time Timer... a useful tool for anyone who struggles with time management. I was thrilled to see their new fashionable line of colored desk clocks and updatedTime Timer PLUS. For a limited time, the 3" desk clocks come in bright spring colors (personally,…