Online Organizing Tools

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Vacuuming I've reviewed a few of these tools in the past, but today I came across a huge list of online resources, over a hundred, via Mashable. If you use your computer for to do lists and calendar, you may want to check some of them out. The list is a year and a half old now so some of these apps may not exist anymore.

One that caught my eye is Chore Wars. This is an online household chore board disguised as a monster-fighting video game. Each "player" selects an avatar (elf, dragon, horned demon, etc.). Mom, AKA the Dungeon Master, creates the chores and assigns them to her apprentices. Completed chores earn points toward prizes. Fighting monsters along the way is optional.

Another intriguing one is FutureMe.org, a free service that lets you send emails to yourself in the future. I have often thought it would be helpful to send myself email reminders. Of course, I can put them in my datebook, but I find I look at email more often than my datebook; I use it as an organizing tool.

Turns out that many FM users write diary entries or time capsules. There are public ones you can view on the site. It's always fun to read someone else's diary, right?

Vacuuming from Sunrise Ottah's photostream.

Organizing in Six Words

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I love haiku, aphorisms and any short, sweet writing form. Last year I saw the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure and was enchanted and amused. Jay Hamilton-Roth wrote today about using six words as a marketing tagline and gave this example for an insurance agent:

Boring insurance. Sudden catastrophe. Lucky me.

I decided to try it:

Need it? Love it? Be honest.

Piles grow. You despair. Stuff wins.

What do you think? More fun, more intriguing than a standard tagline?

Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Organizer

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Is getting organized on your to-do list? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, for most folks, it just stays on the to-do list, year after year.

See if any of these scenarios sounds familiar. If they do, I can help.

  1. You want to have guests over without stashing things in the bathtub and praying no one looks behind the shower curtain
  2. You moved in two months ago and are sick and tired of pawing through those unpacked boxes to find your stuff
  3. You want to know what’s inside a drawer, before you even open it! What a concept
  4. Your child is a tireless art-making machine and the refrigerator door is getting saggy under the weight of it
  5. You started a home business and your desk is being taken over by folded laundry, stuffed animals and stacks of magazines
  6. You’re getting ready to move and the enormity (and expense) of packing up ten years worth of stuff you haven’t gotten around to getting rid of yet is beginning to sink in
  7. You can’t use your dining table because it’s the official mail sorting center
  8. You’re frustrated by continually paying late fees for bills that got lost in a pile somewhere
  9. Your guests sleep on the pull-out couch in the living room because the guest room is your storage unit
  10. You’re embarrassed by being late to appointments because you couldn’t find your keys

All these situations are painful and stressful. They’re also totally fixable! Find out how you can get relief by clicking here.

For the Organized, yet Suspicious, Brown Bagger

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Moldy sandwich
Has this happened to you? You lovingly create a wonderful sandwich to take to work and then when you go to the company fridge to retrieve it, it's gone! Some larcenous, sneaky coworker has made off with your fabulous lunch!

Well, fret no more. You can now deter potential bandits with these repellent, green moldy-spotted plastic sandwich bags. If you're the perverse type, you might get a kick out of dining with a group and pulling your "moldy" sandwich out with a flourish, biting into it before anyone can see that the mold is only painted on the bag. Also good for kids who go to school with lunch bullies.