Organize 365 Podcast: Home organization |Paper management | Productivity | Professional Organizer Lisa Woodruff | Sunday Basket

Over winter break I double dog dare you to accomplish the following three things all at the same time with your children.

1. Spend one-on-one time with each child.

2. Go through their room with them and find out what they still love and what they're ready to part with.

3. Help them see the value of organization by donating their unwanted items to charity, or selling them on Craigslist and eBay and earning some money.

Check out the complete post and links here:

Direct download: Org365-080.mp3
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Organize 365 079 - Creating an Organizing Community

I am super excited to help YOU get organized. But something has been missing. Listen today to hear all about how we can connect and work together in an online community as you get your home organized! 

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In my professional organization experience I have noticed 3 distinct phases of life a woman goes through in relation to her home and clutter. 

1. Ages 25-40 the Accumulation Phase
2. Ages 40-55 the Survival Phase
3. Ages 55+ the Legacy & Downsizing Phase
Once you have determined your phase of life, then you must select what Organizational Stage you are in.
1. Overwhelmed
2. Creating Systems & Organization
3. Refinement & Styling
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Today I'm answering a reader question, how can you organize two households and one? 

This response has been long overdue and I'm happy to go through how you organize combining two households into one.
On the podcast I talk about the different things to consider when you are melding two households with children and those without children.
Direct download: Org365-075.mp3
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I am answering a reader question today about how I organize projects. 

In this podcast I talk about organizing projects in your Sunday basket. 
Organizing projects for your work. 
And how I organize my goals.
Direct download: Org365-074.mp3
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On the podcast today I'm sharing another heavy topic. There is a reason why the homes of parents of children with special needs are disorganized. 

In this podcast I go through the five stages I have observed parents with special needs children go through.
You can read the complete post here:


Direct download: Org365-073.mp3
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In making the 31 days of paper organization video series I noticed that there were a few products that did not exist that I needed. So I created them!
The first 2 products have been discontinued.
#3 to Shred or NOT to Shred FREE printable
One of the most commonly asked questions I get about paper organization is when can I shred an item? This new free printable answers that question.
Get your FREE printable here:
Direct download: Org365-072.mp3
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This holiday season for me is all about simplifying and strategically making memories with my tweens.

I have tried to do it all and it doesn’t work. I have given up on the idea that the whole family will decorate the house. They don’t. It’s only me, and I have lost too many decorating days to inward “poor me” thoughts.

This year, I am taking a “day off” from work, cranking the tunes and decorating by myself. If I can’t put it up in ONE day- I’m donating it.

  • I want to bake cookies with the kids.
  • I want to make a nice big turkey dinner once or twice.
  • I want to use our good Christmas dishes.
  • I AM going to send cards THIS year!! I want to buy meaningful gifts – if possible at a discount {I’m terrible at this!}.
  • I want to plan a “take down the tree day” so that it is on my calendar and not a feeling of guilt every time I walk by it.

I want to be PRESENT for the activities I plan instead of just checking another thing off my list.

Read all about my holiday preparations and links to all 10 posts here:

Direct download: Org365-070.mp3
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1 in 10 Americans are on an antidepressant. Here is my story about my experience with depression and how I counsel clients to get organized when they are depressed.


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The key to using a daily file system is to never exceed 10 files in your system.

I know I'm crazy strict about this but trust me this will make your system work for years and years and years. When you do not have a limit to the amount of files you can have in the daily system or in general, you will tend to over file and save things you do not need to save.

So first let's talk about over filing. Often with my clients I see that they have multiple files for something that could fit into one file. For example I have one file for my son and one file for my daughter.

I do not have separate files for lunch menus, football schedules, school handbooks, school rosters, and other information relevant for each of my children. All of that goes into one file for each child.

Then if I need to look up the phone number of a classmate I go to that child's folder and pull out the roster.

If your children are in the same school, mine are not, then you might also have a school file in addition to a file for each of your children.

Next I will often have a taxes file. This is where I will put anything that I will need at tax time for deductions on our personal taxes. Such as a property tax payment, charitable giving, and any other deductions that we can take on our taxes.

I do not keep my business files in our personal daily files tote. I have a separate tote for business just like I have a separate Sunday Basket for business.

Some other files that you might want to have in your daily system are:

  • The next holiday file A memorabilia and photos file
  • Coupons file
  • A master printable or frequently used forms file
  • A file for a current project
  • A monthly file to keep receipts until the end of the month.
  • A file for things that need to be filed in your filing cabinet
  • A file for things that you want to read Menu planning

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Direct download: Org365-066.mp3
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