Goodwill and Uber Team Up May 2, 2015


This is your chance to get help de-cluttering your home!

Goodwill and Uber have teamed up to help.  On May 2, 2015 simply:

1- Gather everything you want to donate/de-clutter

2- Request “GIVE” on your UBER app

3- An UBER SUV will arrive and take your donations to Goodwill for you.

Available in many US and International cities.

CLICK HERE for more details and information.




Spring Cleaning Our Warehouse


It’s time to spring clean our warehouse!  We have too many back issues stored up and need to clear them out.

This means you have the chance to save big on bulk orders.  Do you have employees, clients, an organization or conference that would enjoy a copy of Getting Organized magazine?  We are now selling a box of 100 magazines for  $40- that’s only 40 cents a copy!

Just email us at and let us know:

  • How many boxes you want
  • Which issue you would prefer (see our back issues here)- please note some are no longer in stock and you will need to be flexible
  • Your full name and mailing address (they will arrive in a 30lb box via UPS)
  • After we confirm the details with you, you will need to either send a check to us or pay via Paypal money transfer


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10 Messiest Cities

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Just in time for our Spring issue, Molly Maids has come out with their list of messiest cities- do you live in one?

Here are Molly Maid’s 10 cities most in need of a deep clean, from the least to most messy:

10. Orlando, Fla.
9. Denver, Colo.
8. Seattle, Wash.
7. San Diego, Calif.
6. Atlanta, Ga.
5. Dallas, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
3. Charlotte, N.C.
2. Austin, Texas
1. Houston, Texas

“Houston takes the top spot in our evaluation of messiest homes, but residents shouldn’t be discouraged by our tongue-in-cheek ranking,” Molly Maid President Meg Roberts said. “With cleaning tips from the pros and little elbow grease, the entire country can be spotless this spring.”

Meg suggests prioritizing rooms and cleaning while resolve is high for spring cleaning success.

The kitchen, family room and bathrooms are the most dreaded and typically require the most work, so approach each space systematically by first clearing clutter, dusting and scrubbing from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, followed by sweeping.

In our Spring 2015 issue we share two great articles on how and when to clean your house!

If you need one-on-one help visit our list of Professional Organizers HERE


How To Be More Productive at Work


Question:  I’m very busy.  I have lots of things I need to get done and I work long hours.  I feel overwhelmed and stressed because I work hard and yet still have trouble getting things done.  Are there ways for me to be more productive?

Answer:  Yes.  Many people feel busy and also frustrated because they still don’t get things done despite being busy. Here are some tips for working smarter:

  • Plan your work and work your planA few minutes of planning can save you hours of time.  Create a routine that supports planning for your work day.  Review your calendar and prioritize your task list.  Schedule time for getting work done.  Then work your plan.  This will help you stay focused on what’s important and allow you time to get things done.
  • Take regular breaks throughout the day.  If you’re working a marathon day, treat yourself like an endurance athlete.  To perform well your body needs to recharge with food, water and a change of pace (rest or physical activity depending on the type of work you do).  Your mind also needs a break from focused or intense work to recharge.  Try organizing your workday into 25-90 minute sessions.  Between sessions recharge and come back to the next session with renewed energy and focus.

Debbie Rosemont

Is a Messy Desk Good or Bad at Work?

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“Although not everyone cares about how your desk looks, having a messy workspace could lead others to question your professionalism,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Keep your desk tidy and you’ll be able to find what you need more quickly and increase your work efficiency.”

OfficeTeam identifies seven desk organization mistakes:

  1. Creating a pileup. Recycle or shred unnecessary paperwork and file or scan everything else.    
  2. Failing to contain yourself. Use pencil cups, drawer and file organizers and trays to keep items in their place.
  3. Hoarding. If you haven’t touched something in a year, it probably shouldn’t be on your desk. Keep supplies you access most often within reach, and the rest out of sight.
  4. Not being tech-savvy. Going paperless can help you reduce clutter and find information more quickly, but only if you use a digital filing system or organizational app to keep track of everything.
  5. Over-accessorizing. It’s generally fine to show some personality with your workspace decorations, but leave your teddy bear collection and gigantic cat posters at home.    
  6. Being “crumb”y. Clear your desk of food wrappers, empty coffee cups and dirty plates. Wipe off your work surface after eating.
  7. Cleaning just once or twice a year. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day straightening up your workspace so you can get a quick start in the morning.



Drowning in Email- Help!


Question: Help! I’m drowning in incoming email.  I start opening email in the morning and soon hours have passed and I haven’t done anything but sift through email.  How can I both manage my email and get my work done?

Answer: This is a very common challenge.  Here are some tips for getting in control of your email and assuring you have time to work:

  • Don’t start your day by opening your inbox.  Get something, perhaps the most important something, done from your task list first.  This assures you’ve met one of the day’s goals before you delve into your inbox.
  • Reduce the frequency you check email.  Checking email every few minutes when you’re trying to stay focused on your work is a very distracting and costly behavior.  Experiment working in 25-90 minute sessions without checking email.  You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done and how the quality of your work improves without so much distraction.
  • Turn off notification sounds and icons.  These notifications, even just hearing or glancing at them, can cost hours a day in lost productivity.  Take control of your email and check you inbox on your terms.

Debbie Rosemont –

Never Too Young


A reader recently sent us these photos of her grand daughter looking through Getting Organized magazine!  You are never too young to get organized.  In the magazine, and here on the website, we often share ways to have your kids help you organize.  It is important to teach them the skills they will need- time management, cleaning, organizing – so when they are grown up and on their own they will know how to handle things without you.  Be sure to include children in the process, rather than just tossing things when they aren’t home.  When you include them, they learn.  When you exclude them they can fear loss and actually learn to keep items (perhaps even hoard).

(Our current issue- Winter 2015 has a great article: No More Toys- Helping Kids De-clutter Their Play Areas– subscribe today)



A Reader’s Laundry Room

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We love it when our readers share their spaces!  Here is one recently sent to us:  (we would love for you to send us your organized space:

“Baskets on shelves are for folded clothes, each person in the house has a basket.  Hanging clothes ready for the closet are hung on the side of the rack next to each persons basket.  Dirty clothes are on the bottom.  Labeled for sorting.  This simple laundry system and a new large capacity washer and dryer changed my life!!”