Five Productivity Tips for Working From Home

For many our new normal means we’ll be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Working from home can be a wonderful experience for both employer and employee, but it’s important to be fully prepared for the challenges you might face, such as having your documents e-filed or having all parts of your home, organized for peace of mind.

A major problem is how to remain productive when there are so many distractions at home that can get in the way of your work. Stay on target with these five productivity tips and give yourself grace if you can’t manage them all. They’ll help you stay focused and get the job done.

1. Have a Dedicated Office Space

Whether you have a room set aside to be your office or a section of a room dedicated to work, it’s important to have a place to “go to work.” Be sure to have all the office necessities there: a desk, a comfortable chair, computer and telephone, filing or storage solutions, office supplies, and adequate lighting. This room or space should put you in a work mindset, so when you go there you’re prepared mentally to do your job.

Related: Get Inspired. Here’s How to Create a Home Office Out of a Spare Room

Your custom office space should appeal to your work ethic and mindset. While a TV is generally distracting, some people work better with background noise. You know yourself better than anyone – just be reasonable and practical about the setup.

In other words, don’t just pull out your laptop and work from your bed in your pajamas. That might put you in a state of mind to update Facebook or even drift off to sleep!

2. Set and Enforce Boundaries

When you’re working from home a major productivity-buster can be the people you live with. The child who wants your attention. The pet who wants to hop in your lap or go out for a walk. The friends or family members who call just to talk because you’re home. To combat these distractions, it’s important to set and enforce rules for when you are working from the comfort of home.

If you have a door, close it. If you don’t, try hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the back of your chair or set up some other notice that you are not available. Distractions are the downfall of productivity, and working without some healthy boundaries will cause more harm than good.

Post a schedule so others can see when you’ll be taking a break or are finished. Tell family not to call unless it’s an emergency. Enforce these rules from the get-go so they become a habit for everyone.

3. Set Regular Working Hours

Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you should roll out of bed at 10 a.m. or take a two-hour lunch break. Schedule hours to work, just as you would in an office setting. Set your alarm, take a shower and get dressed, and eat breakfast before you begin work. This will help put you in a mindset for working, not lounging.

No matter your profession, there will still be deadlines to meet. Set reminders that you have responsibilities and stick to a schedule. Do take a lunch break, but keep it to a reasonable time, no longer than an hour. Take this opportunity to eat, spend time with family or make those personal calls. If family is adhering to the second tip, they will know that this is a time you are available.

4. Keep it Clean

It’s tough to be productive when your desk and office area is a cluttered mess. Be sure to keep your desk clean and clear of any clutter. Keep a trash can nearby to toss unwanted items and a filing system to keep your important papers organized. Have an in-bin for items that need your attention. Make sure only work-related items are in your office; no kids’ toys (which could attract the kids) or piles of junk from elsewhere in the house. Your office space should be for your work only!

Related: Filing 101: Organizing Paperwork

At the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put things in their proper places so you have a clean slate the next morning, not a mess from yesterday to deal with.

5. Eliminate Background Noise

Noises and other distractions will kill your productivity. Crying children, noisy lawnmowers and email alerts can all jolt you out of what you need to be doing. Turn off all alerts and vow to check email only at certain times of the day, such as first thing in the morning, before and after lunch, and at the end of your workday. Have your personal cell phone send all messages to voicemail during working hours.

If you live in a noisy household or neighborhood, consider a set of sound-cancelling headphones so you can truly work in peace. You can also invest in a good white-noise machine to replace distracting sounds with soothing ones, or run a small fan for the same effect.

For more tips on  how to make working from home a productive and convenient experience or for help organizing your home-office environment visit In Order to Succeed’s website.


The 7 Best Practices of the Facial Mask Guidelines for COVID-19 Public Safety

facial-mask-guidelines-for-covid-19-public-safety-in-order-to-succeedThe CDC has given guidelines recommending that we wear facial masks when we go out in public spaces since we don’t know who has the virus and who doesn’t.

This week Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut both announced that residents of their states are required to wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t feasible.

As a former Critical Care and Operating Room Registered Nurse, I am keenly aware of how important it is to put on and take off face masks properly. Here are 7 key points that highlight key dos, don’ts and best practices to ensure our safety:

  1. Masks do NOT eliminate the need for social distancing. Face masks offer protection against spreading disease from yourself to others in your immediate vicinity but don’t let a face mask give you a false sense of security that causes you can lessen other mitigation efforts. Be sure to continue maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from others whether you are or are not wearing face protection.
  2. As you prepare to put on a face mask you need to first cleanse your hands. Wash them with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Also make sure your hands are dry before donning face protection. If your mask has pleats, the folds should project downward. Don’t touch the central fabric part of the mask — that’s essentially the germ filter, and you don’t want to spread any pathogens that may be trapped within.
  3. You’ll want to use the ear loops or ties to secure and remove the mask. Make sure that the mask fits as snugly as possible against your face. The coverage should go from the bridge of your nose to under your chin. Both nose and mouth areas need to be covered.
  4. Once your mask is on don’t fidget with it! Resist the urge to touch the central or fabric portion of the mask as this is the germ filtering portion, and you don’t want to spread whatever it has trapped
  5. If you need to take your mask off for short periods, fold it so its outer surface goes inward and against itself or that the inner surfaces fold together. The rationale is to prevent the inner surface of the mask from coming into contact with the outer surface during storage.
  6. Cloth masks should be washed daily and can either be air or machine dried. Use the warmest water possible and avoid chemicals like bleach or hydrogen peroxide since these chemicals will make a mask less effective by degrading fabric fibers.
  7. If you have multiple masks, the best strategy is to rotate use of the masks over several days, which gives time for any virus to die as the mask “airs out” since it’s understood that virus can’t survive on fabric for more than several days.

This YouTube video demonstrates the detail of the above recommendations:


Wearing a mask surely takes some getting used to but this socially responsible practice is worth the effort.

Contact us today to learn more about our virtual or in-person assessments to promote a pathogen reduced environment for your home or office.   

Also, to learn more about how we can help you organize your life or manage your move please contact us here.

A “Not-To-Do” List for Boosting Productivity

Busy professionals and homeowners often find solace and guidance in creating task lists. However, it is equally important to consider having a “not-to-do” list. I enjoy reading the blog of Tim Ferris, author of The Four Hour Work Week. His book is somewhat controversial and he is as well. Regardless of how one views Ferris, I think that we can obtain relevant insights from what he has to say. For instance, the 80/20 Pareto principle that he advocates can be employed in analyzing the utility of many endeavors, both professionally and personally. “Not-to-do” lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance. Ferris feels the reason is simple: what you don’t do determines what you can do.

Here are nine habits that Tim suggests we stop doing now. To understand his rationale for each you’ll have to read his post.  Whether or not you agree with these views they should provide some good food for thought.

  1. Don’t answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Let it go to voicemail.
  2. Don’t e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  3. Don’t agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time.
  4. Don’t permit people ramble. Redirect the conversation to stay on point.
  5. Don’t check e-mail continuously – “batch them” and check at defined times during the day.
  6. Don’t over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers (the 80/20 principle applies here).
  7. Don’t work more to fix overwhelm – prioritize. If you don’t prioritize, everything seems urgent and important.
  8. Don’t carry your mobile device 24/7.
  9. Don’t expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. Work is not all of life.

It’s important to focus on getting things done, but it’s only possible once we remove the constant static and distraction. Ferris suggests, and I agree, that if you have trouble deciding what to do, just focus on not doing. Different approach, same end result.

Denise’s Tech Pick – GoodNotes!

Since the creation of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil (or compatible stylus accessories), transitioning from pen and paper to digital note-taking on the go has become not only feasible, but much easier and more fun than ever!

The GoodNotes 4 App

The GoodNotes 4 App is a feature rich tool that lets you take dynamic handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents on your mobile devices. Thanks to the app’s syncing functionality, your notes are searchable and viewable across iOS devices in real-time, and can also be set to automatically backup and store all your content in iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and OneDrive.

GoodNotes Mac Companion

The developers at Time Base Technology Limited have also introduced a new intuitive GoodNotes Mac companion app to take your access and productivity to the next level, and all 3 platform applications can be purchased and easily downloaded from the Apple App Store for $7.99!   


All in all, it is safe to say that with organized notebook filing, handwriting-to-typed text conversion, robust share and export features, various “paper” styles and digital ink options (including highlighters) all available at your fingertips, the uses for GoodNotes can be truly endless.


Summer Planner Checklist for Students and Families

Now that summer is upon us and our children are off from school we have the pleasure and the pain associated with lots of free time. Although my 13-year-old has times throughout the summer where her schedule is booked with camps, classes, and structured events, there are those wide gaps where she has the freedom to choose what her day will look like. Her schedule is solidly booked during the school year, so summer is an opportunity for her to choose what to do during her downtime or to choose to do nothing at all and just relax.

Handle it Gently

Without being overbearing but at the same time wanting to create a sense of objectives, I sat down with my daughter to discuss the importance of her mapping out the next few months so that she makes the most of her summer break.

At the end of our efforts, we had developed a Google doc for her to complete that asked for the following considerations:

We asked her to set limits on the amount of time she felt appropriate for her to be connecting on social media or browsing the Internet, watching videos, or playing games.

We then asked her to determine what reading assignments or other school-related assignments she needs to complete over the summer and also pick out some books that she plans to read that are not part of her required reading. Similarly, we asked her to list other academic-related tasks that she will complete.

Another area that we felt would be helpful, was for her to identify the friends who she wants to connect with over the summer and perhaps write down times that she knows they will be in town or away. This would make it easier when we want to schedule and plan things or have spur of the moment play dates.

Take advantage of the time off

Summertime is a great opportunity when extra time enables us to try new things or work on improving things that we already do. With this in mind we asked for her to think about ways in which she may spend time learning new skills, trying out a new sport, or doing something that’s a little out of the ordinary and that she wouldn’t generally have the chance to do during the school year.

We then asked her to think of volunteer opportunities that she would be interested in participating in such as caring for animals at the Humane Society or being volunteer tutor or camp counselor to younger children.

There are also chores and family responsibilities we expect of her. Having those listed with frequency and times and when they need to be done is extremely helpful. This way she knows how much time there is for work and for play.

Continue after Summer is Over

Once our summer game plan is completed we add target dates and reminders on the calendar so that in addition to scheduled camps, theater productions, and taekwondo classes, our child has some reminders and a framework that she can use to navigate the goals that she has set for herself. Hopefully, our summer checklist and a calendar schedule will ensure that these activities and plans actually happen.

With all this said, my goal is not to overbook or over-stimulate her during the summer vacation but rather to keep her from falling into an area of too much time with not much happening.  Left to their own devices, it’s easy for our children, (just like it is for us) to lose track of time and spend endless hours on social media and idly staring at computers and televisions.

To optimally plan for the summer, I developed a tool to guide us which you can access via the below link. I hope you and your family find that it facilitates your children’s time, activities and priorities!

Denise Caron-Quinn

(Click here to download our helpful guide for your own plan

Tips for Moving Your Pets the Safe and Stress-Free Way

With moving comes packing, unpacking and everything else that makes relocating to your new home stressful. And while you may have the fortitude to withstand the stress, your furry friends might find it very unsettling. The good news, however, is that you can make the moving process much more bearable for your pets. How you might ask? Well it’s easy, all you have to do is adhere to these simple tips;

Brace yourself – and your pet

Pets have the unique ability to sense the emotional state of their owners; it’s why your cat buddy cuddles up to you (even when no one else will) when you come down with the flu. In the same manner, your pets will most likely pick up on any bits of anxiety, franticness or anger you let loose during the moving period; to prevent this, it is imperative that you stay calm. Kim Salerno summarises the importance of maintaining your cool in an email correspondence with the New York Times;

‘It’s about letting your pet know that you will keep things stable and under control, which allows him to worry less,’

Try to start the prepping and packing early and take breaks throughout the process with your pet as this will alleviate stress for you and them.

Introduce your pet to its makeshift home

And by makeshift home, we mean your pet’s kennel, cage or carrying crate. Whichever way you choose to ferry your pets as you move, it’s vital that they are comfortable with the setting even before the D-day. In the words of Rebecca Wallwork, columnist for;

‘A crate is a pet’s home during transport. Getting them used to it early can help relieve stress.’

The first step to getting them comfy is selecting a suitable and correspondingly comfortable enclosure. Once that’s settled, set up the enclosure at home and encourage them to take naps or entire night rests in it. Don’t forget to incentivize them with treats.

Continue with this until your pet earmarks the enclosure as its new makeshift home.

From experience, we’ve found that it’s good practice to send your pets in their temporary housing to somewhere without the shake-ups that accompany the final D-day packing; could be your friend’s place or even the vet’s office. Once you’re through and ready to move simply pick them up and head off on your trip.

Planning your road or air trip

Road essentials

If you’re moving by road prepare to make a few pit stops on the way, this allows your pets time to pass out wastes. It’s also a good way for them to get a breath of fresh air. Don’t forget to pack up the water and food. And depending on the moving distance and your pet’s needs you might also require a few on-the-road pet care extras. AirHeart pet hospital recommends packing; a collapsible water bowl, extra dry kibbles and treats, a small blanket, extra poop bags, an empty water bottle, and prescription medications when traveling by air. This applies to land travels also.

Be conscious of where you place your pets as you drive, make certain that they are secured in place in a ventilated area and as far from the windows as is possible.

Moving by air

Unlike land trips, air travel can be a tad bit complex. Although many airlines do allow for under seat carriage of small pets, bigger pets will most likely fly as cargo. In both cases you’re required to pay a fee, the latter being more expensive. Note that depending on the carrier, many other rules and regulations still apply. Word on the marble from DR Patty Khuly of Vetstreet is to always verify your airline’s pet policies before the actual of day flight; ‘you’d be surprised at how much you need to know if you’re planning to take your pet aboard a plane,’ she says.

Finally, getting settled in

Sure, you might feel the need to slide onto your new couch and doze for hours on end. Moving is tiring, we understand, but the moment you arrive at your new home is perhaps when your pets need you most. The melange of new smells and scenery can be hard to take in at once, help it settle in by unpacking and setting up their space, ideally at the point you’d want it to be in the long term.

Once you’re rested completely, you can then go on to do some home touring and neighborhood sightseeing. By now your pet should be getting tuned to its new environment, and if that’s not the case, give it time, some pets might need a few more days to settle in properly.

How to Make Your Next Move Eco-Friendly

Moving from your home or office starts a new chapter, but a downside of any relocation is the tremendous time and work required to execute it properly.  It requires planning, prepping, getting rid of clutter and unwanted goods. It can also mean lots of waste and trash. As a moving consultant and relocation specialist, I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle leading up to moving day. Because my team and I are passionate about taking proactive steps toward eco-friendly moving, we are always cognizant of finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

According to a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report, the percentage of people who move every year equates to 11.2 percent of the population (or roughly 36 million people). These numbers are significant as are the impacts of moving upon the environment. Imagine the amount of disposed furniture each one of these moves can accumulate! In an article published by Reuters, “In 2009, the U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1 percent) of household waste,” which then finds it’s junky way into our landfills.

As far as managing your move, Evernote is a great too for keeping tasks organized and helping to ensure that things stay green. Besides keeping track of everything and promoting a more paper free environment with Evernote, here are some other suggestions to help make your next move more eco-friendly.

Go Green with Your Packing Materials

Eco-friendly-move-Green-CleanFrom the paper, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts and cardboard, packing materials can result in piles of waste but by taking time to search your home and innovate, you can keep your items safe and keep trash down. Newspaper, old blankets or rags, egg cartons and a variety of other everyday household items can be used to protect your belongings. When you need to purchase materials think of repurposed paper, peanuts, and even reusable packing pads. There is also the option of renting reusable boxes. City Moving Boxes, a provider of packing materials that offers same day delivery throughout New York City has both conventional cardboard as well as reusable boxes for rent free delivery and pickup included. For additional companies offering this service you may wish to check out this article on MoverJunction highlighting 5 Companies That Provide Plastic Moving Boxes. We will recommend that our clients consider recycled boxes and materials both to be kind to our planet as well as save them some money.


Moving is a great time to toss household and office goods that you don’t need anymore. The beauty of it is, most of these items can be recycled, and taking the time to dispose of them mindfully can go a long way toward making your move green. Most of us also have leftover items like old paint, batteries, and unused or old electronics. Most cities have centers to accommodate the drop of potentially harmful materials. To check out a list on the EPA’s website for Links to Hazardous Waste Programs and U.S. State Environmental Agencies by state, visit their website. Throwing these items out in the regular trash can be devastating for the environment. If you’re dealing with something that’s still usable such as an old CD player or Nintendo unit, you can take it to Habitat for Humanity, a local thrift shop or second-hand electronics store. They’ll be happy to give it a new life.

Donation and Removal

There’s nothing like a move to kick decluttering into high gear. Old shoes, clothing, purses and furniture are prime items to donate. From second hand stores to non-profits and domestic abuse family shelters, you can rest easy knowing that someone will get good use out of the things you no longer need. And the best part is, you’re not filling the local landfill site with these unwanted items. We advocate donating rather than tossing unwanted furnishings and home goods as long as they’re still of use. There are organizations such as the Salvation Army and United War Veterans Council who will pick up for free. 

Eco-friendly-move-Blog_DonateWhen we need to remove both trash as well as donation items, we call on The Junkluggers, a premium eco-friendly furniture and junk removal company specializing in donating, reuse and recycling. Their goal is keeping as much as possible out of the landfill and will take almost everything but hazardous material.  Zach Cohen, brother of The Junkluggers founder Josh Cohen and the owner of the Manhattan and Brooklyn franchise said: “We like to think of ourselves as a logistics company that happens to specialize in furniture and junk removal. We have a true passion for giving back to our local community, and in this wild and wonderful city, there’s no shortage of people and organizations who can make use of your extra couch, old microwave, former office furniture, clothing that no longer fits—or any other items you may have lying around.” Homeowners may receive rate quotes over the phone and online or schedule an onsite estimate so they know in advance the projected associated costs. Specific designated time frames are given for pick-up and discount applied in the event of a delay that is 30-minutes or more.  The Junkluggers partner with dozens of nonprofits and donation centers as well as provide tax-deductible receipts via email within a couple weeks.

Aim for a Natural and Organic Cleanup

Eco-friendly-move-Green-CleanWhether you’re leaving the old place spotless for the next tenant or owner or scrubbing your new home before move in, be sure to steer clear of noxious chemicals. From all-purpose cleaners to scouring powders and a variety of other household cleaning materials, many cleaners contain harsh, if not downright dangerous chemicals. Go green with your cleanup by using natural ingredients such as baking soda for scouring the sink, vinegar on the windows and select safe and natural substitutes for chemical cleaners that won’t hurt the environment! For some wonderful recommendations, see this article from the Today website, “An expert’s choice for the best eco-friendly cleaning supplies” for 2018.

Look for a Go-Green Moving Company

Eco-friendly moving companies are cropping up all over the place, and many have a wide variety of policies designed to keep things green. From recycled moving materials to low-emissions vehicles, these companies make it a priority to take the environment into account during their moves. Nir Shuminer is President of Scanio Moving and Storage, a trusted moving company in business for over seventy years is committed to using biodegradable packing materials. He states “we care deeply about our impact on the community and the world at large and work hard to remain socially responsible through using green business practices.” Selecting a mover who shares these beliefs is key for ensuring an eco-conscious experience. If you’re doing the move on your own then inquire about a rental truck that uses an alternative bio-friendly fuel, such as natural gas or biodiesel fuel. If your move is long distance, then consolidated shipping or even sending shipments by train.

Even though moving is a massive undertaking there are ways to execute your relocation while keeping environmental considerations in mind and making deliberate efforts to go green.

If you are planning a move and want to discuss your options for a greener move, please email or call us today!

Spring Cleaning Made Simple with Evernote

For many people, nothing says Spring like Spring cleaning– breathing new life into our homes by shining things up, organizing and just generally getting ready to enjoy those long, lazy days of summer.  This year I thought I’d share some tips on how I use Evernote to organize and simplify Spring cleaning both in my home and office.

I became an Evernote  Certified Consultant a few years ago because I am such a huge fan of this platform.  Apparently I am not alone in my appreciation for this app and as of last year  5 billion notes had been saved in the platform from 220 million registered users (For those of you who aren’t familiar with Evernote, it’s a super versatile, feature-packed, multi-platform application that allows you to create a personized “digital filing cabinet” to store whatever you want saved to access at a later time. You can collect information via the web, email, image capture, dictation or direct written input.  It stores audio files, documents and images  and is a great place to keep anything whether it is a recipe, invoice, drivers licence or wine that you love.  The beauty of this program is that it can serve your personal and business needs alike.

Tim Ferriss, lifestyle guru and best selling author, calls Evernote his external brain and uses it daily for saving webpages, for offline reading, decluttering paper from the house, and keeping a to-do list. His admiration for the platform has led him to claim that it’s like a Swiss Army Knife that can be used for tracking and organizing almost anything. I have to admit, I agree with him.   Evernote is an important tool for helping me with all aspects of my personal and work life so I’ve put together a list of ideas on how I use Evernote to keep me organized as I embark upon my Spring cleaning tasks.

Going Paperless

Even for the most diehard advocates of going paperless, paper still seems to accumulate.  The problem is that although I may be going paperless, much of the rest of the world still runs on paper.  My office team and I do our best to stay current but spring is the annual time for us to scan in paper that we may have either ignored or no longer need to retain in hard copy.  Scanning and storing your documents in Evernote will keep your paperwork impeccably organized and accessible whenever you need them, which just makes life easier.

Saving Owner Manuals

I used to have a shelf in my closet that was full of bulky, rarely used user manuals, but those days are gone. Now when we purchase a new appliance, we go online and download the product manual and care instructions– saving them in an Evernote folder means they’re available at the touch of a button, and I have more shelf space in my closet.

Creating Checklists

Nothing is more useful for spring cleaning than having a detailed checklist. With Evernote, you can develop and save a cleaning and maintenance checklist that can be used year-round.   The best part is that you can also set reminders on the Evernote Calendar so scheduling tasks into the future is quick and easy.

Storing Articles

How often have you come across and article either in a newspaper or online that contains some brilliant tip on how to clean, care for or protect something you own?  While you may not have an immediate need for the information, you know you will in the future–for example the next time you stain your favorite dress, you’ll kick yourself for not saving that article on how to remove stains from anything.  With Evernote at your fingertips, you can save it all!  It’s the ideal place to either send a link to an online article or website or to scan a page from a magazine directly from your phone using the Scannable app. This way, all those juicy tidbits of information are saved in your Evernote account for future reference.

Setting Reminders for Infrequent Tasks

In every household there are certain tasks that we only need to do once or twice per year, and there can be a tendency to forget details such as that great process we used last time or things that didn’t work out so well for us.

I’ve tackled this by setting up a ‘How to’ notebook in Evernote to remind myself and others in my household how I like specific things to be stored and cared for. For example, wardrobes and household items may need to be repositioned and seasonally relocated, as well as treated annually or seasonally.  Photos or video clips of how you want things done can simply be sent to your Evernote account for easy retrieval to ensure consistency and standardization from year to year.

Evernote Integrations

One of the best things about Evernote is the fact that it integrates seamlessly with so many other platforms. For example, since Evernote is the perfect place to jot down reminders and Google Calendar helps me keep track of my schedule, I set up a Zapier integration that will create a Google Calendar event whenever I set up a reminder with a due date in Evernote.

This helps me to ensure that everything is right there in my Google calendar, so I never miss a detail. Another “Zap” (as they are called), is linking Pinterest to Evernote – which I use to help find tips on an endless list of subjects like decorating, entertaining, cleaning or organizing.

There’s so much great information out there on the Internet, and once you come across ideas that you really love, you want to hang onto it.  Connecting your Pinterest and Evernote accounts allows you to save the contents of a new pin directly into Evernote.

One of the best things about Evernote is also the ability to format your notes in ways that make it easy to stay organized– for example, embedding checklists or spreadsheets into a written document and adding additional notes or comments into files containing saved documents.

The search functionality and text recognition on the platform is also amazing– you can actually search through filed PDFs and Evernote will scan them all for the specific search words you typed in – This is a feature that isn’t available on many other platforms!

So if you’re looking for the ultimate program to help keep your life organized during spring cleaning and beyond, it’s definitely worth giving Evernote a try. Setting up an account is quick and easy with their intuitive sign-up form, and using the app is so simple – the UI design is a dream. To get started, just go to Evernote, sign up for free or if you’re ready, select a more robust membership to best suits your needs and check it out.  Let us know in the comments how you do!

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Tips for Selecting a Quality Moving Company

In a few short weeks, holiday gluttony will give way to guilty feelings and itchy fingers.  That’s when we will all sit down to write a set of aspirational goals for 2018.  Working out more and spending more time with family are commendable objectives, but if you are disorganized, you often mismanage the time necessary to achieve these new goals.  Amy Esper, professional organizer, move manager and co-head of In Order to Succeed in Sarasota, FL will let you in on five new habits that will improve your life quality and make the time it takes to get to the gym and play with your kids.

1. Don’t Let Guilt Hold you Captive to Things.

Being sentimental is commendable.  Holding onto everything that is sentimental is a slippery slope.  Throw away that shredded duck pillow that your mother had on her couch 20 years ago.  Your memories are with the person, and not the thing.  Share your stories of the fun you had on the couch chatting with your mom as you laid your head on that pillow.  It is not enough to put it in your basement or attic.  Get rid of it!  Slowly go through items that you stored and part with them.  Your loved ones will be so proud that you did!


2. Don’t Bargain Hunt!

Frank Woolworth opened America’s first discount variety store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in June 1879.  Today there are over 250 discount chains worldwide and countless online stores constantly advertising sales.  Saving money on things you need is smart.  Buying things on sale that you don’t need is not.  Practice smart shopping.  Don’t go to the store without a list- even if it’s just in your head!  Resist the temptation to go off list.  You will have more money in your pocket and less clutter in your home to clean around.


3. Get your Children on the Chore Train.

It’s never too late to teach your kids to do for themselves.  Tired of making four beds in the morning or packing three lunches at night?  Me, too.  Start small and give your kids incentives.  For toddlers, get a jar and let them fill it with pennies after each completed task.  If your kids are older, increase their bedtime or curfew for chores well done.  New research shows that it takes 66 days to create a habit, so get going!  The kids will feel proud and you will have more time to do fun things with them. Check out our other tips on the Five Ways to be More Organized Parents.


4. Don’t Wait to Put Everything in its Place.

Stop putting things in temporary spaces.  When you walk in the door of your home or office, put everything in its place.  Your keys go in the dish or on the hook.  Your briefcase goes on your desk. Your coffee mug goes in the dishwasher.  Your shoes belong on their shelf and your clothing goes in your closet or in the dry-cleaning bin.  Why wait?  It’s only going to accumulate.  Keeping things in their place avoids the large clean ups that occur on the weekends when we want to relax and enjoy each other’s company.


5. Sell It!

Those kindles your kids bypassed for iPads?  The jeans you can’t quite squeeze into?  Don’t let them clutter your surroundings.  Recoup some money for them and make way for new hobbies you can share with your loved ones.  Facebook marketplace has replaced Craigslist as the best place to sell your goods locally.  You can post anything from an old camera to a car in less than five minutes.  It feels so great to free up space and get your items to people who will use them!  There is also a new game in town when it comes to clothing sales.  Move over eBay, the Poshmark app is here. Place your item for sale with a few clicks and when it sells, print the emailed label, package your item in envelopes (available for free at your post office) and place it in your mailbox.  The best part?  Poshmark allows you to transfer your earnings to your bank account in minutes!

Sarasota Home Organizing Services

Our Sarasota Team of Amy Esper and Kim Standish are  here to simplify your lives and give people in Sarasota the luxury of time. There is no greater commodity in life. Our Sarasota professional organizing service include home organizing including offices, help moving and absentee home owner services.  We have compassion and a relentless and never ending drive for excellence that has fueled us for over 20 years. The details really matter to us, and our loyal clients, such as Tiny Fey or your neighbor, will tell you that. We take their trust in us enormously seriously

Meet our Sarasota Home Organizing Team

Amy Esper and Kim StandishAmy Esper and Kim Standish are the In Order Succeed team that can help you from everything from a complicated to move to make sure our home is a model of efficiency. From her experience as a labor lawyer in NYC and Florida, Amy has a keen understanding of the importance of organization and making her clients lives more efficient. Kim is a former CIA field officer who has lived and moved all over the world and has moving down to a science. Together they offer Sarasota a suite of services to help our clients live, work and move.


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Efficiency at work is imperative to success.  In Order To Succeed® organizes your workplace into a functional, efficient, and attractive space while establishing habits to keep it organized. The time saved searching for documents or client phone numbers can be devoted to enriching your projects, research, and building relationships…Learn More

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