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Decluttering your home or workspace can often seem overwhelming, but in truth it can be as peaceful as meditation, and can be a way to practice living mindfully and in the moment.
Decluttering can be your zazen, as it is often mine.
Recently I was honored with the chance to speak to a class at the San Francisco Zen Center, with the wonderful Zen priest Susan O’Connell (one of my favorite people in the world, and my favorite movie star friend). I talked with the Zen students about decluttering, and a couple things stood out for me as I talked:
Clutter is a manifestation of a) holding onto the past and b) fear of what might happen in the future.
Letting go of clutter is a way to live more mindfully and in the present.
The act of decluttering itself can be a mindfulness practice.
Let’s talk about each of those things briefly.
Clutter is holding onto the past, or fear of the future
Why do we have clutter in the first place? Why do we keep it when we don’t really need it? Maybe we think we do need it — for two reasons:
1. We don’t want to let go of the past. Often clutter comes in the form of emotional attachment to objects that have significance to us. They might remind us of a loved one, or a vacation, or a special event like a birthday, funeral, graduation, etc. It might be a gift from someone. All of this is living in the past. I’m not saying we should forget about the past, but letting go of these objects (and they’re only objects, they’re not the events or loved ones themselves) … it is a way of releasing our hold on the past. It’s a way of living more in the present. I never forget the past, but it’s not a place I try to dwell.
2. We’re afraid of the future. Clutter might be things we think we might need sometime in the future. We hold on to them just in case. Over-packing for a trip is a good example — we bring more than we really need, just in case we need them. It’s the same in our houses — we have a ton of things we don’t really need or use, just in case. We’re afraid of being unprepared for the future, but the truth is we can never be totally prepared. We can’t control the outcome of the future, and trying to do so means that we’re never really living in the present moment. We’re always preparing for what might (or might not) come.
Look at your clutter carefully, one object at a time, and ask yourself why you’re holding onto each object. It’s probably for one of these two reasons, if you’re honest.
Btw, books are usually examples of one of these two reasons. We hold onto books we’ve already read, as trophies of our reading accomplishments. We hold onto books we might read in the future (but probably won’t), with the optimism that our future selves are going to be more amazing readers than we’ve ever been in the past. In truth, you only need three or four books — the ones you might read in the next month. Then after you’ve read those, donate those books to charity, and check out a few books from the library.
Let go of clutter to live mindfully
So if clutter is holding onto the past, and fearing the future … how can we live in the present instead?
I slowly get rid of clutter, and in doing so, I release my mind of these attachments and fears. It’s a liberating process. Clutter is the physical embodiment of these attachments and fears — emotional stuff that we don’t realize we have. By decluttering, we are clearing ourselves of these tangled webs.
And when I’ve gotten rid of clutter, I’m freed. I can forget about those things, and live instead in this moment. I can fully appreciate life as it happens, instead of looking back on what has happened before, or looking forward to what might happen later.
It’s of course possible to live in the moment even if you have clutter. There is no prerequisite to mindful living. But decluttering can be a beautiful process of helping ourselves let go of the things we don’t realize we’re holding on to.
Clutter as mindfulness practice
And so, as I declutter, not only am I freeing myself up to live in the present … I am living in the present during the process of decluttering.
It’s a form of zazen — which is sitting meditation, but at its core zazen is really a way to practice being mindful. It’s a way to prepare us for dealing mindfully with the rest of the things we do in life. And really, anything can be used as a way to practice mindfulness. I’ve often used running and walking, but also washing dishes and sweeping.
And decluttering is one of the best mindfulness practices, in my experience. Here’s how I do it:
1. Pick one cluttered flat surface. It can be a tabletop, countertop, shelf, the top of a dresser, floor of a closet, floor of a room (just a section of that floor to start with). Don’t worry about all the rest of your cluttered spaces for now — just pick this one space. Small is good.
2. Clear that surface. Take everything off and pile it on the floor or another table. Clean the surface while it’s clear — wipe it with a cloth, slowly and mindfully.
3. Take one object from the pile. Forget about the entire pile — just look at that one object. Ask yourself why you have it. Is it for emotional reasons, or do you really use it? Is it for “just in case”? When was the last time you used it? If you don’t really need or use it, put it in a box for donation or trash it. If you do really use it, put it in another pile to be put back on your now-clean surface. If you’re on the fence and can’t bear to give something up, put it in a “maybe” box and put that box away for six months (mark the date on your calendar).
4. Repeat, one object at a time. Practice doing this mindfully. Make a decision with each object — keep, donate, or maybe box. No waffling or putting off decisions. Deal with each object once, then move on.
5.Put the objects back, and make a “home” for each one. Each object needs to have a spot that is its home, and you should always put those objects back in their homes. If you can’t find a home for an object, you don’t have space for it. Donate the items in the donation box, and put away the maybe box. Eventually you won’t need a maybe box as you get good at this.
Learn to focus on one thing at a time, mindfully, and deal with each object once. This is a good practice for doing things in the rest of your life.
Monday. Time to get back to work. Time to get motivated. We decided to start the week off with a challenge that will hopefully motivate to do little things each day to stay and/or become more organized. Do one thing today to reduce clutter. You could delete at least 20 files today in your computer hard drive that you no longer need, you could go through your inbox and delete at least 30 emails you no longer need, you could sort the papers on your desk. The possibilities are really endless. Just do one thing. It could take you 60 seconds or 60 minutes, but do one thing to help you reduce clutter this week.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”Â ~William Morris
Monday. Time to get back to work. Time to get motivated. We decided to start the week off with a challenge that will hopefully motivate to do little things each day to stay and/or become more organized. If you’re wondering how to declutter today, you’re in luck. You could delete at least 20 files today in your computer hard drive that you no longer need, you could go through your inbox and delete at least 30 emails you no longer need, you could sort the papers on your desk. The possibilities are really endless. Just do one thing. It could take you 60 seconds or 60 minutes, but do one thing to help you reduce clutter this week.
Each Wednesday In Order to Succeed‘s blog features at least one tip on organizing, time management, moving and relocation, balancing home and business or well anything else we think you will find helpful. This week’s Tip Day Wednesday is about removing clutter. Here are some essential questions to ask yourself before you decide to keep or toss an object.
Ask yourself these questions when deciding to hold on or get rid of an object. If you answer “no” to two or more it’s time to give the possession a new home.
Do I use this item on a regular basis?
Have I used this item in the last six months?
Will I need this item in the next six months?
Is this item hard to replace?
Does this item have sentimental value?
Is this item taking up space that could be used for something else?
“[Clutter] robs us spiritually, because we can’t be at peace in a cluttered home. And it robs us psychologically, by stealing our ability to feel motivated in our space.” – Peter Walsh
A quick way to get reinvigorated about your business is to make room for what you really enjoy. Let’s start with a scan of your office space and resource library – approach it like a re-design project and edit what isn’t working!
I’m a huge proponent of having systems in place that work for you, not necessarily every designer you meet. I also believe you already have several types of systems and processes in action; they just have varying levels of effectiveness and efficiency.
1. Look around your desk and office space. What areas represent your biggest pain points? Focus on these areas first (e.g. resource catalogs, samples, computer files, tear sheets, client files). 2. Ask yourself why you find these areas to be such a challenge. Are you lacking a system? Have you run out of space? Are you short of the time you need to get to it?
3. If you think you’re lacking a system, you’re probably right! Here are a few tips to coming up with a system that works for you:
Create filing systems that make sense for your design business and will support the business of design. Some examples: In and out file sorters (especially helpful if you’re working with an assistant or intern); hot file for urgent and important tasks and activities; client files with items you review with your client versus client files with purchase order, specification and sourcing information; order processing files to keep track of what needs to be ordered, orders entered but needing more details (such as confirmation numbers, pricing, shipping dates), back orders, and items returned awaiting credit.
Categorize your design ‘stuff’ – resources, catalogs, samples, vendor and rep business cards, even bookmarks on your computer – with consistent categories and groupings. So many designers either overcomplicate this or don’t group items at all. Either way, this can lead to lots of clutter, outdated information and mass confusion (again, especially if you’re working with an assistant or intern). I’ve found it helpful to refer to TODL.com, the Trade Only Design Library, for product categories.
Hire a professional organizer, or enlist the help of a design assistant. Sometimes a different set of eyes will bring a completely new perspective.
4. So you just don’t have enough space? Really? This is the time to be completely honest with yourself. The space is there, you just need to find it! 3 words: Purge, Sort, and Store.
You’ve seen the television programs; you’ve probably even read a few books on this topic. It all starts with the purge – and it begins in the area you’ve identified as your biggest pain point. Afraid to “purge” and let go? Think of it this way; you are clearing what no longer fits your vision of you as a designer and you as a business owner; you are creating breathing room, you are giving your mind space to imagine the life and business you want, and you are giving yourself permission and creative license to focus on what’s really important to you and get it. (I’m guessing it’s not about the stuff now, is it?)
Set aside a time to do your purge. For some, setting a timer for 15 minutes of purge time is a great way to get started. For others, scheduling an entire day or 2 may be better. Do what works for you.
Have your supplies ready, such as trash bags, boxes and containers, recycling bins. You’ll need separate containers for items that you’ll keep, dispose of, recycle or donate.
Purge! I like the 1-touch rule – when you pick something up, make a decision right then and there about what you’re going to do with it – into the keep, donate, recycle or trash container it goes.
Yes, you did some sorting in the Purge step, but this is when you take inventory of what is now in your keep container(s). Look at these items, and then look at the area you removed them from. Do they truly belong in that area? Remember, this was the spot you identified as your biggest pain point. Chances are many of your ‘keep’ items from this area belong in another zone better suited to the function.
Sort items according to function, and identify specific zones for each function. This is key to organizing your office space for the business you want. For example, have all your pens & paper landed on a cabinet across the room from your desk because that’s where they fit when you first set up your office? Position items where they belong – where you need them.
You’ve probably identified a few zones for items in your office, such as mail, catalogs, magazines, samples, accounting, client files, and projects. Locate like items and functions together.
Utilize vertical space and stackable containers to maximize space and create additional efficiency in your zones.
You’re a designer, so organize by color! There are tons of fantastic storage options available, so color coding by function and zone is easier than ever.
Back to positioning items where you need them; be sure to store items you use the most where it is easiest for you to get to them.
5. There aren’t enough hours in the day. I know, I never seem to get to everything on my list either, especially when it includes things that frankly aren’t that important! So what’s important to you? Look beyond the stuff and perceived time crunch and imagine not only the life you could be living but the business you could have. Do you have 15 minutes?
Set a timer for 15 minutes and get started. If you can only make time for 15 minute increments each day, that’s fine. (Although I’ll bet you’ll find yourself setting aside more time as you get into it!)
Self-discipline challenges? Implement the buddy system. Enlist the help of a professional organizer or assistant and you’ll get more done in less time.
Consider an office organizing day. Schedule it and treat this time like you would a client appointment. After all, you’re creating a space and systems to support your vision of your business. Isn’t that worth you booking an appointment with you?
So for all you self-proclaimed unorganized or scattered creative types; let go of the comparisons and excuses for not being Martha Stewart-like in your approach. Embrace your individual work style but set yourself up for success by following these simple steps.
by: Kelly Galea Guest Blogger Kelly has worked both as the owner of an interior design firm and as a professional organizer. Currently, as The Design Biz Coach, Kelly helps interior designers, decorators & home stagers build and grow their businesses.
Picture the Scene: You’ve decided now is the time for you to take charge of your office, and to finally get organized! But, you’re not a professional organizer and you want some starter tips. A Certified Professional Organizer talks about the 5 most common mistakes made regarding the organizational process.
The 5 most common organizing mistakes people make are as follows:
1. Don’t try to do it all at once. (At least not without professional help. If you’d like professional help give me a call). Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to get your project done. It did not get cluttered in an afternoon. It may not get uncluttered in an afternoon, either. Break it up into manageable pieces and take them on one at a time.
2. Don’t be so hard on yourself for the things you’ve kept, or the mess that has accumulated. You are taking action now and it will be better. It does no good to beat yourself up over it.
3. Don’t agonize over the thing you are holding in your hand for too long. If you can’t make a decision about the paper or item relatively quickly, then set it aside. Make a pile of the things you are having trouble deciding about and save them for the end.
It is easier to go through the difficult pile at the end. A couple of things can happen. You will have built up a momentum getting rid of so many things that it will be easier to go through. Or you may realize you already have five of the same things and therefore you can let go of four of them.
In some cases it is possible that the pile will still give you fits. If that happens you can analyze the pros and cons of keeping or discarding each item and make your decision. Or, as I stated above, you can call a professional to help you figure out the tough stuff.
A lot of times, when I work with a client, we get started together and come up with a game plan. Then I will go away for a period of time and come back to help with the things they could not do on their own.
4. Whatever organizing solution you come up with might not work perfectly the first time. Getting organized can be magical, but it is still a habit that has to be learned. It may take a bit of tweaking and discipline before your system runs smoothly without a lot of effort.
5. Lastly, and very important! Don’t go shopping for all your new organizing products and containers until you finish the work. Until you have sorted and categorized you don’t know how much you have of something or what type of storage might be best.
What happens when you shop first (and I know that’s the fun part for almost everybody except me), is that you end up with bags or piles of organizing products that don’t work. You have more clutter to deal with than when you started and (see number 2, above) you end up being hard on yourself for creating the mess to begin with. It can be a vicious circle, so remember, shop at the end! Let that be your reward!
Beth Flarida is the owner of Get It Together, a company which has been providing Professional Organizing Services for businesses since 1991. Beth is a Certified Professional Organizer and a member of NAPO, the nation’s leading and most prestigious organization for professional organizers. Visit Beth on the web at GetBeth.com and sign up for her free weekly newsletter, Answers From The Organizer®. Get started right now and claim your 60-minute office makeoversession and jump start your organizational goals!
In most homes the kitchen is often the room that sees the most activity. Everything from children’s craft projects to mail to miscellaneous household items often wind up someplace in the kitchen. Having a clutter free organized kitchen means frequent cleaning but it also means you won’t lose that bill and your children will be able to find those science projects when they need them.
The best way to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning the kitchen is to come up with an organization system that works for you and your family. Here are our tips:
To begin you first must mentally prepare yourself for the task ahead. Look around your kitchen and take an inventory or what belongs in the kitchen, what can be put away, and what you longer need.
Clean and Organize your Cabinets: After you have taken inventory begin planning the best place to store items. We suggest placing items by frequency of use and near where you use them. For example keep pots, pans, and other cooking utensils near the stove, and keep dishes and silverware near the dishwasher or dinning area.
Clean and Organize your Pantry: After taking inventory take everything out of the pantry, clean and place back in categories and by frequency of usage. For example use one shelf for dry goods, another for canned goods, etc. You may also want to consider using baskets for smaller items like gravy mixes, which will make them easier to find and avoid spillage from opened packets.
Use a Spice Rack: Using a wall-mounted or counter top spice rack can save a cabinet space and help to keep your spices organized. Alphabetize your spices and store your spice rack near the stove.
Clean your Counter Tops: Remove any items you don’t use on a regular basis from your counter tops. Keep items you use frequently and want to store on the counter tops in pretty containers such as glass jars. This will give you more room for cooking and improve the overall atmosphere of your kitchen. It’s amazing how much more relaxing the atmosphere in your kitchen will feel by simply removing the clutter from your counter tops.
Organize your Junk Drawer – We wish you wouldn’t have one, but we understand that sometimes having a junk drawer is necessary. However, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be organized. Place small baskets or other small containers in the drawer to store items like batteries, clips and any other interesting things your kitchen collects.
Create a Message Station: Let’s face it since the kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in most houses it also often becomes a message area. So, set up a specific place for the telephone, messages, keys, mail, etc.
Clean and organize your Fridge: This is something that should be done every time you go grocery shopping. Remove items that are past their expiration date, bad, empty, etc and wipe your fridge down. Bacteria in fridges accumulates quickly so cleaning your fridge once a week is necessary.
Finally, one last tip. If your household includes children especially young children try arrange your cabinets, pantry, etc with them in mind. Keep items they use frequently on lower shelves and items you don’t want them to get into higher up.
Many people prepare for a move by cleaning, organizing, packing, arranging movers, and much more. Being prepared and having the right moving professionals to help you are keys to a successful and stress-free move. There is a great deal of consideration and thought that people put into moving their tangible items into a new home. However, there is an entirely separate consideration for those who are keeping their current home but moving into a new place, especially if the home is in a low-tax or no-tax state for income taxes or estate taxes.In situations where you are becoming a multi-homeowner, it is very important to think about which residence will be your domicile because you can have multiple residences, but you can only have one domicile. Your domicile is the residence that you will call home and it is where you will center your life. Domiciling in a low-tax or no-tax state is a nice benefit of a move but there are some things you should do to ensure you do it successfully. We’re providing 6 tips to get you on your way to becoming a resident of your new state.
Get A New Driver’s License or ID
A good first step to establishing the home in your new state as your domicile is updating your license. Transfer your license or ID to your new state and turn in your other ID. This can usually be done at the DMV and most states will require you to forfeit your old ID when they give you a new one or at least give it some indication that the old ID is now void.
Register Your Car, and Insure it in Your New State
While at the DMV getting your new license, register your car in the new state to keep your records up to date. After it is registered, contact your insurance company and inform them your car is now registered in your new state and should be covered there. In addition to being good steps towards domiciling, these things are required by law in most states.
Settle Into Your New Place
Find new professionals in the area – doctor, lawyer, accountant, financial planner, dentist, etc. Register to vote in your new district and revoke your old voter registration, then go out and vote in the elections. Volunteer and get involved in your new community.
Update Legal Documents and Banking
Update the address on your personal accounts, your national address record, bank and brokerage accounts, health insurance, workplace records and any other important documents. While updating your address with the bank, move your account to your local branch. If they do not have one, establish a relationship with a new bank. Once you have your bank, move your safety deposit box.
Double Check Requirements For Your Old State
This is one of the most important parts of the process. It is not just about taking steps to make your new state home, it’s really about taking steps to revoke your residency from your prior state. A new state is usually happy to have you, it is great for them to have your money coming into the state. However, your old state will not want to see that money go, especially for high earners. You should be extremely thorough and diligent about taking all precautions necessary to leave your old state and minimize the chance of an audit.
Spend Time in Your New State
Make sure you are spending more time in your new state and less time in your prior. Many states will have a threshold to determine statutory residency. This means you could still end up a resident of your old state by just spending too much time there and then you would owe them income taxes. As an example, if you were to keep your home in New York or Connecticut and move into a new home in Florida, you could owe taxes to your old state if you spend more than 183 days there during the year. TaxBird is a great app to help keep track of this. It is simple to set up and is an easy, automatic way to keep counts of your days in each state and monitor your progress towards residency thresholds. You can find out more at taxbird.com.These tips are a really great start to establishing your domicile in your new state, but this list is not all inclusive. There are many factors that are used when considering residency of a state for income or estate taxes and it requires good standing in all of them to avoid residency in your former state, which is the real goal. It is important to understand all of the factors for your specific states and have a plan in place to mitigate the risks of an audit. Your new accountant and attorney should be able to help make sure you’re covered. Happy savings!What is TaxBird?TaxBird is the easiest way to keep track of how many days you spend in each state for state residency tax purposes. Quick, simple setup. Real-time, automated day counts. Detailed end of year reporting. Available now on the App Store. Coming soon to Android. More information at taxbird.com.Meet JaredJared Carr is a technology professional with a background in product development and marketing.
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When I was in high school, I learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission. We drove our ’85 Land Cruiser halfway up the biggest hill in town, put the truck in neutral, and set the emergency brake. Then it was my turn to drive.I have a vivid memory of being completely overwhelmed by everything around me: How would I get both feet to work? How could I keep the car from rolling backward? What about the people in front of me? Behind me? I stalled out more times than I can count but, with practice, shifting that Land Cruiser became, well, automatic.As adults, we all have automatic processes that we’ve created to keep ourselves organized. Whether it’s the bowl by the door for our keys, the charging station on the kitchen counter for our phones, or the special place on a dresser for a purse or wallet, we complete these automatic actions without thinking. We’ve dropped our keys in the bowl and charged our phones on the counter hundreds of times before—so how hard can it be for our children to learn to do it, too?As it turns out, it’s very hard—just ask your seventh-grade son, whose dirty socks never land in the hamper, or your tenth-grade daughter, who can never seem to find her homework on the morning it’s due. In this high pressure, high intensity world, we expect children—particularly middle and high school students—to “get it” the same way we do. But learning these methods takes time and practice—though not as much as you may think.The good news is that the beginning of the school year is a great time to start. A return to a consistent daily schedule provides incredible opportunities for you to work with your children to get them situated and to help them learn to develop automaticity. Here’s one method that really works.
I spent the first six years of my teaching career working at a boarding school. One winter evening, I got a call from the mother of a boy named Anthony, one of the eighth-graders on my dormitory. Anthony's mom told me that he had called her again that evening to ask her to send him some more clothes—even though she was sure he had more than enough to get him through until at least April!When I went to Anthony’s room to check for myself, I was stunned by what I found: all of his clothes—his clean clothes!—had been shoved under the bed. When he got back to the dormitory, I confronted him. As you can imagine, he was embarrassed and ashamed, meekly explaining that he wanted to put his clean clothes away, but he was so overwhelmed by trying to figure out where in the dresser they went that he just gave up!So, I walked back down the hallway to my apartment, grabbed some yellow Post-Its, a Sharpie, and a roll of packing tape, and sat with Anthony for the next few minutes as we made signs for all his dresser drawers: “SOCKS.” “T-SHIRTS.” “SHORTS.” He chose which drawer corresponded with which article of clothing—remember, it had to make sense to him, not to me!—and by lights out, we had a system in place.The labels meant that Anthony didn’t have to think about what went where—he just had to acknowledge the t-shirt or sweater, glance at the drawer, and file it away. And the magic of automaticity meant that, a few weeks later, he was so practiced at putting his clothes away in their respective drawers that he was able to remove the labels completely…and his clothes never ended up under the bed again.The hardest part of helping our children get organized is realizing that what works for us may not work for them. But don’t despair: as psychologist Howard Gardner reminds us often, there are so many different ways to achieve the same goal. If signs with words don’t work, maybe pictures will. Or perhaps a traditional dresser, with those mysterious drawers and their mysterious contents, isn’t the answer. Whatever the system, trust, buy-in, and a little bit of practice can lead to a whole lot of success. But ultimately, what made Anthony’s system so successful is that, even though I suggested it, he was the one who built it. I put Anthony in the driver’s seat, gave him some tools and some encouragement, and let him take the wheel. Providing children the opportunities to chart their own courses is the best gift that caring adults can give—so welcome to a new school year, and let’s get to work!Ben Gott is an Education Specialist and Organizing Consultant at In Order To Succeed
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Denise Caron-Quinn, the President at In Order to Succeed, wrote this article that was recently published on Forbes.com. Office moves and renovations present many opportunities for a fresh start. Changing your office’s location or interior design arecatalysts for giving your entire company a makeover — and not just an aesthetic one. For starters, change is invigorating! With a fresh new look and a sharp, modern design, it’s hard for anyone working or visiting a beautiful and uncluttered space not to feel inspired and energized. Running a firm that specializes in managing relocations for individuals and companies, I know firsthand the potential advantages for businesses that operate “as if” they are moving (even if they don't plan on vacating their current office). If you are an owner or manager of a company, you should consider targeting each of these seven areas — whether you are relocating or not.
Introduce New Innovations
Moving to a new location encourages companies to try out different methodologies and techniques to run their business. Relocations prompt evaluation of the way a workforce collaborates and communicates. I believe rethinking staff workspaces, conference and recreational areas and examining new ideas for working simpler and smarter should be a component of any companies’ ongoing practice. This requires that both management and staff evaluate ideas that break away from the status quo in order to try new solutions aimed at improving productivity, efficiency and use of space. For example, open floorplans, non-assigned seating and multipurpose workspaces are a departure from the traditional walled-in workspaces. One can also utilize adaptable furniture designs to improve workspace flexibility.
Declutter, Organize And Beautify
Offices eventually accumulate furniture, equipment and accessories that are damaged or no longer serving a purpose. And regardless of how well your cleaning crew cares for your space, furniture gets worn and stained. We often discard or recycle anything that’s damaged, mismatched or outdated when we move a client.I strongly believe that clearing office clutter and removing antiquated furnishings is a good investment that will give a fresh face to your company's image. Supply closets, kitchens and break rooms are areas that typically become untidy. These spaces are used by your entire staff, so a team approach is needed in addition to assigning someone responsible for daily maintenance. For assistance, consider allocating funds toward a professional who has office organizing and redesign experience. The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (Full disclosure: I'm a member), as well as resources such as the American Society of Interior Designers andthe American Institute of Architects, can be utilized to find consultants experienced in reorganizing an existing space or designing your new one.
Evaluate Expenses And Build Energy Efficiency
Most of our clients take time to evaluate their financial outgoings as they prepare for a move. From utilities to office goods, they often will conduct a review of their suppliers to explore ways to save money. Energy costs represent a significant percentage of an enterprise's monthly expenditures. With the green market constantly expanding and offering a range of more energy-efficient products, it’s smart to investigate and implement "green" upgrades to your office. Simple improvements such as a programmable thermostat, double-pane windows and automatic bathroom faucets may reduce your annual energy costs. Energy assessments should be routine practice for all companies and not just those on the move.
Enhance Employee Satisfaction
When evaluating your office, please take into account your staff who work there every day. Unpleasant surroundings and uncomfortable furnishings can be a real downer and deterrent. Enhancing your employees’ environment and comfort will likely result in a morale boost that can lead to more positive feelings toward their work and the company. Remember that their happiness directly affects the quality of their work as well as your profits.Here are a few ways to enhance your employees' environment:
Research shows that exposure to natural daylight can have positive effects on one's mood, alertness and quality of sleep.Unfortunately, not every office space offers an unobstructed window view for each staff member. Installing skylights aren’t always an option, so keep windows regularly cleaned to maximize sunshine in and situate desks and workspaces within view of a window wherever possible. If an office has no windows, then the next best thing is indirect lighting. LED lighting and fluorescent lamps along ceilings, walls or floors can provide a hidden illumination source that can transmit light throughout the space. It’s less harsh than having the light shine directly on you, and it doesn’t reflect off of computer screens.
State-of-the-art office technologies are frequently a component of office renovations and relocations. With wireless devices and cloud-based programs, offices can drastically change their layouts and reduce space in areas that once contained hardware and wiring. Depending on your situation, you may find such areas can be converted for new purposes and you’ll be able to streamline traffic patterns to avoid time wasted traveling to places such as the printer.
A comfortable work area with quality furnishings lets staff know that your company cares about their well-being. Sitting on chairs that facilitate good posture and installing under-desk keyboard trays are measures that encourage proper body alignment and comfort. Some offices have taken their workspaces to the next level by introducing standing or movable desks. Standing desks are believed to provide impressive health benefits that include improved mood and energy. Most versions are adjustable, allowing the user to change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing. If buying new desks isn’t feasible for your company, then consider a desktop adapter that will convert a traditional desk to a standing desk in minutes.All in all, a newly improved work environment can promote increased productivity and enhanced efficiencies, along with a variety of other personal and professional benefits. So why not start managing your company with the same mindset that you would if you were relocating or remodeling your office?To learn more about how to creating an organized office environment that enhances productivity and efficiency, please email or call us today!
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Sarah Stimson uses her background in teaching to help identify, create and implement personalized organizing solutions for client's of In Order to Succeed®. As first a third grade teacher, and then later as a special education teacher, Sarah Stimson developed individualized solutions to meet the varied needs of her students. Just as all students learn differently and require different supports, no two people or projects require the same organizational solutions. Now, as a professional organizer and life management specialist, Sarah enjoys applying the creativity and attention to detail that made her successful in the classroom, to transform cluttered and mismanaged areas into highly functional and beautiful spaces.A native of Rochester New York, Sarah came to New York City to obtain a graduate degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, is a Phi Beta Kappa member and a member of NAPO.Although no longer employed as a teacher, Sarah continues to enjoy working with children as a tutor and also loves bringing order to children’s bedrooms, study and play areas. Sarah loves to run, bake and take on a variety of DIY projects such as building coffee tables and wine racks. Her patient, pleasant and creative personality makes her well suited for working with homemakers, busy professionals and retired seniors to bring new order and serenity to their lives.