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

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:

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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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Do you have more to do than time to do it? Here are 10 ways to outsource your household tasks. I am a wife, mother, and business owner. Over the last 20 years I have juggled those three commitments in various ways. And what I've come to understand is that no one person can do everything. I have tried all of the ideas where you have your kids and your husband help you with the household tasks in order to free up some of your time. And I do many of those, but what do you do when there's not enough of you and your children and your husband to get everything done?

In order to grow my business over the last 20 years I have always hired help. Sometimes that is in the form of help to actually help my business as in a personal assistant, or an editor. But more and more I find it that the tasks I need to outsource are household related.

And really at the end of the day, the majority of the clients that the Organize 365 team organizes are really busy career oriented women who have let the household tasks go in order to focus on what is more important, their spouse, their children, in their career.

Click here to read all 10 items I have or am about to outsource.

Direct download: Org365-065.mp3
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This week I am answering Mary's question and sharing how we organize Hunter's: food, medicine, toys, snacks, leashes, and his puppy bag.

Check out all my CUTE pictures of Hunter and our organization solutions here.

Do you have a question you'd like me to answer? Click and HOLD here.

Direct download: Org365-064.mp3
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Planning my week on Sunday saves me hours of time each week. These FREE printables will help you save time too! Click here to download your printables:

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My list of "to do's" to get my kids ready for school grows longer every year. You can download my Back to School and Home Office Supply lists at

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Having papers on your refrigerator is a time saver and can keep you organized. Here is how I collect, highlight and organize the papers I keep on the refrigerator for my kids.

You can see pictures and the clips I recommend here:

Direct download: Org365-057.mp3
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How do you organize ideas, projects and a bunch of to dos? I use color coding and lists. Listen to how I use lists for brain dumping and organizing projects.

You can read about the color coded printables I created here:

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This adorable bundle of fur is sending my organized schedule and systems right out the door! How do you get re-organized after a life changing event? I am sharing how I am regaining order after adding a puppy to our family.

Direct download: Org365-055.mp3
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