Sunday, November 18, 2007

Organizing- Home Office project

I started a home office project for a new client on 11-15-07. She is moving out of her office and into a home office to spend more time with her children. This is something we see a lot of and I warn my clients of just how hard this can be. It is difficult for people who work out of their house to separate home and work. If you aren't organized and don't have the proper systems in place it can be a disaster.

On Wednesday we tackled the desk. She has a great desk which is key. Setting it up is next. I love the expandable desk drawer organizer by Dial. I will post a picture of one in a desk this week for everyone to see. I start with the desk because as we start organizing paperwork, things can get overwhelming and I need the desk to be a place they can sit and have organization while I tear the rest of the office apart. Everything they need to work is at their fingertips. I want my cleints to move as little as possible once they sit down at their desk. If they get up to get something they could get distracted and lose their focus. So if you are looking at getting your home office organized, you know where to start and then remember don't try to tackle it all at once.

After we got the desk in order we started on the paperwork. We have piles everywhere with sticky notes that say what each pile is. We have sorted and thrown away a ton.

And we will pick back up on this project tomorrow morning. I will let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A fall swap and a working mom

I started today with a client that wanted a fall swap. A fall swap is the changing out of seasons and tweaking of her closet. We built and organized her closet earlier this year and this a way for her to stay on top of purging and keeping up the systems. It also allows me to see what I am doing that works and what we may need to change. We never change much we're pretty darn good!!! This client is a dream, she stays on top of everything we do and loves it. Needless to say the swap went quick and at lunch I thought I would have the rest of the day in the office to catch up on paperwork. Not ten minutes after I finished eating lunch I got the call that working moms dread; my daughter is sick and needs to be picked up.
Now of course I'm not mad and at least I wasn't on a project and having to tell the client I had to leave, but it never fails that when some time to catch up comes your way so does something else!
Maybe that's my organizing problem; I like to schedule everything and this wasn't scheduled!
So today I would suggest to you all to put your organizing delimas to the side and evaluate what's really important and then tomorrow with a fresh eye we can start over and take it one step at a time.
I will be starting a home office tomorrow for a client. It's going to be interesting she has a great back story that I will give to you later. Follow along if you want ideas about your own project and feel free to ask questions. This blog is for you!!!