Organizing Tips

Handling the Workload of Three Employees



My office just cut back on staff. Now I’m temporarily handling my normal workload along with two other missing team members. How can I work more efficiently? I’m tired of having dinner with the night janitor.

Ben, San Marcos


Double up on certain tasks. Do small tasks simultaneously, such as sorting through mail while you are talking on the phone, or purging files while eating lunch.
Stand up while on the phone. Your conversations will automatically be shorter.
Use window envelopes where appropriate, saving time in writing or typing the name and address.
Purge your files annually. You will be better able to find files and decrease storage space.

And, my usual advice, take many short breaks throughout your day to stretch and refresh. You will inevitably accomplish more with less effort using this method.

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Two Tips for Driving in Rain and Sleet

Driving in rain

After living in Florida for 18 years, I am very familiar with the benefit of wearing sunglasses in the rain and at night but was unfamiliar with the hazards of cruise control. Here in sunny southern Cali, we occasionally get deluged (more…)

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Organizing List of Tasks

Long To Do List

Dear Kathi,

I am determined to use my time more effectively this year. I often have too many tasks to complete with not enough time. I constantly have (more…)

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Organizing Your Pet’s Clutter

Cat with Toys

Ok,  I already know that Fido has too many toys and does not spend his free time keeping his stuff organized. I know this because (more…)

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It Takes 4-6 Weeks to Develop a New Habit- How Will You Eliminate Bad Habits?

Breaking Habits


A friend/client sent emailed this  to me and I thought you might also be interested in reading it. As a Professional Organizer, I know it takes a good 4-6 weeks to ingrain a (more…)

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Scrapbook Organizing Tips

scrapbook shelf

Many of my clients are stuck in the muck of their scrap booking projects. Scrapbook inertia is a common phenomenon. It often comes from wanting to make your pages perfect or simply not knowing where to begin.

Perhaps you can’t figure out how to (more…)

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Seven Tactics To Create More Time For Fun


1. Learn to say NO

“Life is a journey, but it is not a race. Do yourself a favor and slow down.” Richard Swenson, MD

  • Don’t volunteer until you take a moment to (more…)
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Storing Seasonal Sports Clothing

Off Season Sports Clothes

Hi Kathi,

Thanks for the great tips on sock organization…. It seems to be working great…but I have a challenging question in regards to seasonal clothing.  My family of four is deep (more…)

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Mommy Tips for Surviving Teenage Schedules

Teens going out

This one is from Maria Bailey of Blue Suit Mom fame and BSM Media. I love it!

If one of her four (God bless her!) teenagers want to go somewhere or do something, they have to answer these questions:

Who are they going with?

What will they do?

How will they get there?

Where will they be?

When will they be home?

Over the years she has had to abridge these rules a bit. Now her teenagers have to write it down on an index card before they ask. If their wish is granted, the card goes on the fridge for the duration of the event. When they call at 9 pm saying they will be late, she no longer has to hear, Mom, I said 10 pm since it is in print!

Another addendum to the rules is, no changes to the agreement once the wheels of the car are in motion. Savvy parenting, go Maria!

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What Items Should I Place in the Different Sizes of Moving Box?

Moving Boxes

I received a question the other day that made me search for more information. You might have wondered this as well so I thought I would ask an expert and answer in detail.

Dear Kathi -I ordered moving boxes and supplies and received three sizes of moving boxes in my moving kit. I am not sure what I should place in each of the different sized boxes?

Professional movers use standard sizes of moving boxes so they can consistently pack specific items into each different size with the goal of providing  the maximum level of protection. Also, professional quality moving boxes are sized to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. These boxes effectively stack on top of each other in a moving truck or a storage unit. The 3.0 fits on top of the 4.5 etc. This helps save you money on the cost of your move, as movers are faster and more efficient.

It is a fact that if you pack your belongings in the right size of moving box, you will have greater protection of your valuables from moving damages.

All Purpose Moving Box-1.5 Cubic- The most important size of moving box is the 1.5 cubic, otherwise known as the All Purpose Moving box.  This size of moving box is actually the smallest of the moving boxes, but it is the one that is recommended by professional movers for most of your belongings.

The reason why this box is so valuable is you can put just about anything in it, fill it to the top and not worry about it becoming too heavy to lift. After all, one book is not heavy on it’s own, but 100 books are.  The great news is with the All purpose moving box, you can put any items that you want inside of the box, fill it to the top, seal it and know your valuables are protected and it isn’t too heavy.
Examples of what to put in the All Purpose Moving Box include: books, cans, photo albums, plates, office supplies, music, small electronics like phones, answering machines, 85% of your home can be packed in this size of moving box. etc.

The Kitchen Moving Box-3.0 Cubic- This size of box is most useful in the kitchen to put large woks, large pots and appliances in like toaster ovens. This size of box can also be used to pack folded clothes.

The Large Pillow Box- 4.5 Cubic- This box is a size that some professional movers chose NOT to recommend to their clients. The reason is that so many people think that bigger is better and they want to pack most of their home in this box. This is a big mistake.

The box will easily become too heavy to lift if you put anything other than very lightweight items like pillows or light plastic toys.  This box is great to have to put pillows is. Other than that, be very careful.

Wardrobe Boxes
This box is wonderful to have on moving day. There is a bar inside of the wardrobe box that is designed to hang clothes inside of. Literally you can take your clothes directly from your closet to your wardrobe box-almost like a portable closet. This saves you time when you are unpacking and you will not have a pile of clothes that have to be ironed after moving day has been completed.

The wardrobe box is more expensive than the others because it is designed to support the heavy load that clothes has on it.

Hope this helps!

Article compliments of Moving Box Delivery:
Kirstie Berzanski, President-Owner

Moving Box Delivery provides recycled moving boxes and moving supplies to help take the stress out of moving and make moving easier and less costly.

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