Tip Day Wednesday: Removing Clutter

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.

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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?
  • Does this item make my life better?

Further Reading
Break the Clutter Habit Without Breaking the Bank (October 2009)
The Importance of Omitting (August 2009)
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Rooms with A View 2010 Press Party & Cocktail Reception

22In Order to Succeed had the honor of helping to plan and attend the 2010 Rooms with A View Press Party and Cocktail Reception last night. The event launched  the 16th Annual Southport Congregational Church, Rooms with A View. Rooms with A View is an annual charity that has become Fairfield County’s premiere interior design event.

In attendance at yesterday’s event  were number of members of the press from various media outlooks, many of this year’s featured designers, and the honored guest Albert Hadley this year’s honorary chair.

Visit In Order to Succeed’s facebook page to check out the photos from the event.

Rooms with A View 2010 Press Party and Cocktail Reception

22In Order to Succeed had the honor of helping to plan and attend the 2010 Rooms with A View Press Party and Cocktail Reception last night. The event launched the 16th Annual Southport Congregational Church, Rooms with A View. Rooms with A View is an annual charity that has become Fairfield County’s premiere interior design event.

In attendance at yesterday’s event were a number of members of the press from various media outlooks, many of this year’s featured designers, and the honored guest Albert Hadley this year’s honorary chair.

Visit In Order to Succeed’s facebook page to check out the photos from the event.

Organizing News: Friday Week in Review

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Friday is Week in Review Day: Catch up on all the cool tweets, blog posts, articles of the past week, and email us any organizing news or chatter you think we missed.

Organizing News: Friday Week in Review

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Friday is Week in Review Day: Catch up on all the cool tweets, blog posts, articles of the past week, and email us any organizing news or chatter you think we missed.

Tip Day Wednesday: 6 Ways to keep an organized desk

deskEach 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 creating and keeping an organized desk.

  1. Throw away pens and pencils you don’t need: How many pens and pencils do you really need? Keep at maximum five pens and or pencils in a container on top of your desk.
  2. Organize items by frequency of use: place items by frequency of use and near where you use them  most.
  3. Organize as you work: It’s easier to stay organized then to spend time organizing. Make an effort to put things away after you use them and work on clearing clutter everyday.
  4. Get rid of post-it notes: yes they are quick and easy , but they are also easy to lose. Instead of jotting down important reminders on post-it notes, keep a notebook on your desk to write down remainders.  You won’t be as likely to forget to do something and your desk will look and feel less cluttered.
  5. Keep a scratch notepad: Place a notebook on top of your desk and use it only to write down all of the little things that come up during the day such as telephone numbers, names, addresses, and things you of to do such as pick up up the milk. At either the end of each day or the beginning go through the things you wrote down over the course of the day or the day before and cross off the things you took care or put the things you need such as new addresses in your address book.
  6. Store cleaning supplies near your desk: Having a clean, organized workspace will help you maintain productivity and efficiency. If you keep the supplies you use to clean your desk nearby you will be more likely to clean your workspace throughout the day.

Have a tip you want to share or something you want a tip on? Let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us.

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Friday Week in Review

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Friday is Week in Review Day: Catch up on all the cool tweets, blog posts, articles of the past week, and email us any organizational news or chatter you think we missed.

Tip Day Wednesday: Commit to an Organizer Book

This Tip Day Wednesday post was brought to you by guest writer Jessie Ann Fitzgerald, a time management expert and writer. Learn more about her at timemanagementexpertwriter.com.

152626650_de067bc2ab_oWhether you purchase a fancy organizer book or you simply use a legal pad, a notebook, the day planner that came from a client, or one you bought at the grocery store, find something with a calendar in a book (or book-like) format and commit to it.

Record all of your tasks for each day on it. Keep your appointments in there. Store contact information in it, even if only the most crucial numbers. And, speaking of crucial, help yourself to develop the habit of actually looking at it
every day.

While keeping an organizer book or a date book may seem like over-working yourself, you’ll find that you’ve got an organizing ally in your pocket (or purse, or on your desk) that keeps you from A) stressing out about trying to remember everything and B) forgetting the actual appointments and tasks you have to complete each day.

Have a tip you want to share or something you want a tip on? Let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us.

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Tip Day Wednesday: Office Productivity

26288869_a587a1dea3Put an old fashioned egg timer on the desk to maximize office productivity. When I start a long or boring project, I’ll set the timer at 15 minutes, and no matter what happens, I’ll force myself to take a break when the alarm goes off. At first I thought the timer will A) stress me out or B) distract me. But it turned out to be a great idea. I often procrastinate because I hated doing long and boring projects. But if I promise myself a 15 minute break no matter what, I’m much more likely to be productive.

Have a tip you want to share or something you want a tip on? Let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us.

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Introducing Tip Day Wednesday

We are trying out a new weekly blog post here at In Order to Succeed. Wednesday will now be known not as hump day but as tip day.  In the interest of full disclosure we got the idea for Tip Day Wednesday from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. From now on every Wednesday In Order to Succeed‘s blog will offer 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. Some weeks this tip might be a quick one sentence item other weeks it may be a series of tips but we promise to make them  short, sweet, and most importantly useful for everyday life and if you have a tip you want to share or something you want a tip on please leave us a comment or send us an email.

Tip Day Wednesday

5 Ways to make the most out of small window of time

367822192_9d3b135289We all find ourselves places waiting for something to take place.  During these short openings . . .

  1. Keep an extra cell battery and have your call list handy
  2. Respond to emails on your hand-held
  3. Have reading available (carry an article, download a book onto your laptop or hand-held devise,)
  4. Keep your to do list with you at all times and update it when you have spare minute or have completed a task
  5. Keep a clear thin baggie in your handbag or briefcase so if you find yourself waiting for a train, plane or appointment you can clean out your wallet or purse.

Have a tip you want to share or something you want a tip on? Let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us.

Photography via flickr by Laffy4k.