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Office Organization 101 : the mini version

I invite you to join me for a mini version of my Office Organization 101 seminar that I will be presenting for members and guests of the BNI Success Masters networking group here in Georgetown. Here are the details…

office organization 101
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 7:30am
Holiday Inn, 140 Osborne Way, Georgetown, KY, 40324

Productivity and efficiency are key ingredients to every successful business. If your office is not functional, it affects everything you and your staff do, which in turn, cuts into your profits. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • optimize your work schedule to ensure peak performance,
  • manage the influx of paperwork and safely store your archives,
  • employ the basics of Feng Shui to enhance your work environment,
  • select the best storage options to efficiently organize your office supplies, and
  • increase productivity by clarifying roles, minimizing interruptions, and delegating tasks.

Hope to see you there!

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newsletters

Wish you had saved a copy of that holiday-themed newsletter? Need to find that free template from last month’s issue? Not to worry! I have gathered together all past newsletters and templates for your convenience. Use these organizing ideas, links, and templates to your greatest advantage as you strive to reach your goal of a simpler, more organized, more efficient lifestyle…

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May
· feature: clutter = cash (garage sales)
· printables: Spring Cleaning Checklist, Donation Valuation Guide, Itemized Donations Form
· products: Boxed Up, Chalk It Up, Morning Manager

March
· feature: fearless changes
· printables: 7 Ways to Simplify, Get Motivated Plan, Meaning of Organization
· products: Car Hooks, Countertop Caddy, All By MyShelf
· events: Lilybugs, Take Two, Everything 4 Kids Consignment Sales

January
· feature: new year’s resolutions
· printables: Birthday Reminders, Monthly Calendar, Goal List
· products: Lights Out, Memo N More, Go Save Go
· events: Get Organized!, Get Organized in 2014, Night of Indulgence

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April
· feature: closet organization
· printables: Closet Tips, Wardrobe Planner, Closet Inventory
· products: Shoppers Delight, Headband Hanger, Phubby
· events: Consignment Sales, Bourbon County Craft Show, Night of Indulgence

March
· feature: office organization
· printables: The F-A-T System, Tax Checklist, Monthly Calendar
· products: Gear Pockets, Versatile Scarf Holder, OTD Hang and Contain
· events: Lilybugs Children’s Consignment Sale, Spring Craft Fair Spectacular

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November
· special: ZipVac Starter Pack
· events: Kentucky Christmas, Holiday Boutique, Open House, Fundraiser

October
· special: Chalk It Up
· events: Night of Indulgence, Holiday Bazaar, Holiday Open House

June
· special: B Write Back
· event: Clever Container Open House

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November
· special: Card Cubby
· event: Holiday Open House

October
· special: Drawer Designer Combo
· events: Trivia Night Fundraiser, Fall Festival Fundraiser

September
· special: Stacking Shelves
· events: Family Command Center Workshop, Fall Carnival Silent Auction

August
· special: Cargo Tote
· events: Double Saints Festival Silent Auction, Mom’s Spotlight Presentation

June/July
· feature: summer travel
· extras: blog highlights, downloads, survey
· bonus: the essential guide to organizing your home

May
· feature: spring organizing
· extras: blog highlights, organizing parties, downloads
· bonus: [ real neat ] ideas : 35 home organizing tips

February
· feature: files & taxes
· forms: Tax Stuff Checklist, Itemized Donations, Legal Document Sake Keeping
· extras: blog highlights, power over paper, subscriber ideas

January
· feature: planning prowess
· resources: D*I*Y, pCEO, GTD, PF, momAgenda, lobotoME
· extras: blog highlights, holiday helps series, productivity power hour

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October
· feature: priority management
· tips: minimize distractions, re-prioritize to do list, accept imperfection
· extras blog highlights, online scheduling

July/August
· feature: back-to-school
· resources: checklists, forms, guides
· extras: organizing parties, blog highlights, upcoming seminars

June
· feature: merging two households
· resources: marriage, senior love, caregiving
· extras: handy checklists, blog highlights, special offer

May
· feature: selling your home
· resources: home staging tips, real estate statistics
· extras: blog highlights, mother’s day gift

March/April
· feature: procrastination prevention plan
· resources: goal setting, time management, stress reduction
· extras: organizing parties, blog highlights

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July/August
· feature: purposeful (and organized) parenting
· resources: neat stuff, planners & lists, parenting tips
· extras: speaking services, blog highlights, summer survey

June
· feature: garage organization
· resources: products, how-to tips, recommended reading
· extras: virtual organizing, blog highlights, spring special

May
· feature: moving month
· resources: moving to-do list, moving resources
· extras: specials & freebies, organizing notes

April
· feature: stress awareness month
· articles: NAPO conference update; mind/body health – stress
· extras: stress-related statistics, freebies, organizing services

March
· feature: organized travel
· events: NAPO conference; Get Organized, Mom! seminar
· resources: bundle wrapping instructions, packing checklist

February
· feature: archive your files month
· events: organizing parties, upcoming seminars
· articles: income taxes, action files, records retention, filing

January
· feature: get organized month | new year = new you!
· specials: package deals, blog rewards, referral program
· tips: purge excess, set goals, accept imperfection, live fully

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December
· feature: christmas holidays
· links: organizing blog, holiday planners, checklists
· templates: holiday countdown, gift budget, christmas card list

November
· feature: kitchen and recipe organization
· links: menu planning, cookbooks, recipes
· products: recipe storage options

October
· feature: closet organization
· links: organizing resources, redesigned PCA website
· kudos: professional memberships, business relationships

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past events

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  • Midway Branch of Woodford County Library – Get Organized in 2014
  • Scott County Public Library – Get Organized!

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  • Gano Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Gano Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Decluttering 101

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  • Hillcrest Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Business Babes Society – Organizing Your Business
  • Capital City Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!

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  • Westport Road Church of Christ Mom2Mom Group – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Bluegrass Parents of Twins and Multiples Club – Organizing Life with Multiples
  • Cynthiana Baptist Church Women’s Group – Organizing 101 : The Basics
  • Harmony Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Gardenside Baptist Church Women’s Group – Organizing 101 : The Basics
  • Bedford Acres Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – The Family Command Center

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  • Central Baptist Church Women’s Group – Organizing for the Holidays
  • Gano Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – The Family Command Center
  • Business Network International Success Masters – Newest Addition : Clever Container
  • Georgetown Woman’s Club – Hands-On Organizing Demonstration : The Pantry
  • Business Network International Success Masters – Office Organization 101
  • Online Event – The Great Organizing Giveaway

Book Your Own Event

 

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  • Ave Maria Ladies of Saints Francis and John Catholic Parish – Organizing 101
  • Private Organizing Party – Closet Organization 101
  • Senior Activity Center – Paper Management 101
  • Georgetown Realtor Breakfast – Home Staging 101
  • Business Network International Success Masters – Organizing 101

Book Your Own Event

 

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  • Grace Christian Center Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Babies ‘R’ Us – Organizing 101 for New Moms
  • Northeast Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Grace Christian Center Mothers of Preschoolers – Organizing 101

Book Your Own Event

 

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  • Georgetown Moms Club – Organizing 101

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workshops

organizing 101 : the basics

If your organizing project seems insurmountable, you may find yourself paralyzed with indecision on where to begin. Or, if you have begun organizing your space, you may find yourself with a bigger mess than when you started. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • identify your organizing style and design tastes,
  • select the best storage solutions for your project,
  • use planning tools, checklists, and forms effectively,
  • transform a cluttered space into an inspired haven, and
  • regroup and recover from any organizing set-back.

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office organization 101

Productivity and efficiency are key ingredients to every successful business. If your office is not functional, it affects everything you and your staff do, which in turn, cuts into your profits. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • optimize your work schedule to ensure peak performance,
  • manage the influx of paperwork and safely store your archives,
  • employ the basics of Feng Shui to enhance your work environment,
  • select the best storage options to efficiently organize your office supplies, and
  • increase productivity by clarifying roles, minimizing interruptions, and delegating tasks.

Book Now

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paper management 101

The mountain of paperwork that is growing on your countertop or desk represents a loss of freedom, a loss of control, and a nagging feeling in your gut that something important isn’t getting done. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • set up and maintain your daily-use action files,
  • use the FAT™ system to process incoming paperwork,
  • find the right off-the-shelf filing system (or custom solution) that works for you,
  • store the vital documents for your family or business safely and securely, and
  • migrate your files to a paperless system with ease and peace-of-mind.

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time management 101

Demanding workloads, a hyper-speed pace, and constantly changing responsibilities can wreak havoc on both your family and your business. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • prioritize your to-do list with confidence
  • outsmart email, phone, and ‘drop-in’ interruptions,
  • minimize (or even eliminate) distractions to get more done,
  • optimize your work schedule to ensure peak performance, and
  • establish a healthy balance between work and family to meet your goals.

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home organization 101

Your home should be your haven… your private oasis… your retreat from the challenges that you face in the ‘outside’ world. Now is the time to transform your home into the safest, most comfortable place you know. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • repurpose and efficiently use what you already own,
  • use the SPACE™ technique to manage your belongings,
  • set guidelines and limitations for what comes into your home,
  • get your family ‘on-board’ to maintain your organized space, and
  • enjoy and make the most of your newfound space and freedom.

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closet organization 101

An organized closet sets the tone for your whole day—it makes every day a notch simpler and whole lot brighter! Now, creating an organized closet is easier, faster, and more fun than you ever dreamed. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • weed out your wardrobe (so you look and feel fabulous every day!),
  • store seasonal items, sport equipment, and jewelry safely and securely,
  • select the right off-the-shelf or custom closet organizing solution,
  • establish a regular laundry routine that really works, and
  • turn your closet into a showpiece (so you never need to close its doors again!).

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get organized, mom!

Being a mom is the single most challenging (plus the most rewarding) 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year, entire-lifetime experience. Getting some help along the way as your children grow—infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond—is simply the smart thing to do! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • keep track of everyone’s schedule,
  • manage the influx of school paperwork,
  • store clothes, toys, art supplies, and sports gear,
  • stay organized as the needs of your family change, and
  • cultivate your marriage and personal interests (guilt-free).

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organizing 101 for new moms

“Baby changes everything” is the understatement of the century! The more planning and preparation that you get done before your due date, the better off you’ll be in those first few weeks that baby is home. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • manage life with a newborn (and all the accompanying ‘gear’),
  • discover your baby’s natural schedule and maintain accurate records,
  • store clothes, toys, feeding supplies, and other baby items,
  • travel with a little one (from shopping trips to long vacations), and
  • cultivate your marriage and personal interests (guilt-free).

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organizing for the holidays

What do you really want for Christmas? More time, more joy, and less stress? A calmer, more centered holiday celebration is easy when you learn to simplify with a tried-and-true road map for organized holidays. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • get your holiday mailing, decorating, baking, and shopping done early this year,
  • prepare your home (and your psyche) for hosting and entertaining holiday guests,
  • take charge of your schedule, from start to finish, and stay focused on the big stuff,
  • manage the “aftermath” (i.e., returns, exchanges, and “undecorating” the house), and
  • start making plans and preparations for next year’s organized holiday season.

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parties

Ready for a totally fun-tastic and productive Moms Night Out? What about a tremendously useful Lunch-and-Learn at the office? Book your personalized Organizing Party today!

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the organizing party

Huh? An organizing party? What is that and how does it work?

  • Choose an on-site workshop from the list below,
  • Invite a few friends over to your home or office,
  • Learn key organizing strategies from the expert,
  • Ask questions and get answers tailored just for you,
  • Get free hands-on help and enjoy immediate results!!
most popular workshops
  • Get Organized, Mom!
  • Finally Feeding the Family!
  • Mompreneur 2.0 : Organized!
  • Organizing 101 for New Moms
  • The Family Command Center
  • Closet Organization 101
  • Home Organization 101
  • Paper Management 101
  • Time Management 101
  • Organizing for the Holidays

Note: If you don’t see your main trouble spot in the list above, simply schedule a free phone consultation to discuss personalized organizing party plans that will specifically address your current needs.

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the hostess experience

What’s in it for me? Does I get anything special for hosting the party?

Of course! Just for hosting a party, you will receive free registration for the workshop. Not only that, but you get free hands-on organizing services! Who wouldn’t want someone to come into their home or office to organize their stuff!?!

Consider this… To hire a professional organizer to help you for an hour, you’d be paying anywhere upwards of $100. By hosting an organizing party, you get the very same high-quality, individually-tailored hands-on organizing services for free!

Bonus: With 10 to 14 paid guests, you will also receive free organizing supplies based on the specific workshop you are hosting (valued at $25!). With at least 15 guests you will receive everything above PLUS 30% off an individually-tailored hands-on organizing session.

What exactly do I have to do before my party?

Write out a guest list, then send out your [ real neat ] invitations via e-mail and/or postal mail.

Note: Included in your [ real neat ] invitation will be a direct link for your guests to register and prepay online. You won’t need to worry about collecting any money from your guests (or covering their payments).

Who should I invite? Is there a minimum number of guests required?

You should invite your best friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or church member. Organizing Workshops are fun for anyone who wants to regain control of their time and space so they can refocus on their priorities.

Tip: You’ll want to invite twice as many guests as you would like to allow for cancellations.

Note: You must have a minimum of 5 paid guests in order to host an organizing party.

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I hosted a [ real neat ] organization seminar in my home, and I appreciated how Michelle wasn’t selling an organizing system that I would use for a week before returning to my messy ways. She gave everyone at the seminar great advice about how to use materials that we have on hand to develop an organization strategy that works for us as individuals.

For my “hostess gift” Michelle re-organized my supply closet, and almost a year later I am still maintaining it! I love being able to find exactly what I’m looking for without hassle!
— Rebekah T.
Freelance Writer

 

How much does it cost? Am I responsible for collecting all the money and paying you?

When your guests register online, they receive an instant $5 discount and pay only $10 each to attend the workshop. The [ real neat ] invitation will include a direct link for your guests to register and prepay online. You won’t need to worry about collecting any money from your guests (or covering their payments).

Do I have to keep track of who’s coming and who’s not?

No. The online registration system will track all that information for you, and you can elect to receive either instant or weekly e-mail updates.

Tip: The day before your party, it’s a good idea to call each guest to say you look forward to seeing them. And, encourage guests to be on time so they don’t miss a minute of the fun.

Is there any setup that I need to do beforehand?

Yes. You’ll need to have an area set up where you and your guests can be seated comfortably for the presentation portion of the workshop (i.e., living room furniture, dining room table, outdoor lawn chairs).

Note: You may also want to have a few things on hand including some quart- and gallon-size ziptop baggies, a few baskets or boxes, a roll of paper towels, and an all-purpose cleaner. I will supply the handouts, worksheets, paper, and pens that guests may use to take notes.

Do I need to serve snacks? What about drinks?

No, it’s not necessary, but if you wish to do so, please have your snacks and beverages available as guests arrive or serve them after the workshop. At a minimum, please have some cold water readily accessible for those who may need it.

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the guest experience

What about my guests? What do they get? Why would they pay to attend a party?

Your guests will get to learn some invaluable information about how to get (and stay) organized. Plus, throughout the workshop, your guests will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about their own trouble spots at home or work, and they’ll receive personalized advice from the expert herself! Finally, your guests will benefit from watching us complete a small hands-on organizing project together.

Consider this… When you host a traditional home party, your guests generally purchase a combined total of more than $300 worth of products! The $10 or $15 fee that guests pay to attend your organizing party is an absolute steal!

Bonus: Everyone who books a future organizing party or customized organizing services the night of your party will receive a free Family Resource Binder ($15 value).

What if someone decides to attend at the last minute?

That’s great! Anyone is welcome to attend. Guests that have not registered or prepaid can definitely still join the party. Any last minute guest can simply pay the $15 fee on the night of the workshop.

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Michelle is obviously an experienced facilitator. I have a Master’s Degree in Rhetoric and taught at the University level for a few years—I really thought she gracefully led the seminar rather than just conducted it.
— Workshop Participant
Closet Organization 101

 

Do you sell products? I don’t want my guests to feel pressured to buy anything…

No. I do not currently sell any products. In fact, I have found that most of my clients already have the containers that they need… they simply haven’t used them efficiently. So, when I work with clients, I try to reuse and repurpose items they already own before the client purchases anything new.

On occasion, an organizing project requires more specialized tools than what is readily available in the client’s space. I do have some favorite places to shop for great organizing products, and many of them give me a professional discount that I simply pass on to my clients… no markup.

How long does a workshop last?

The average organizing party lasts 2 to 3 hours. Guests will often want to chat (and snack?) before the workshop begins. Next, the presentation portion of the workshops lasts anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Finally, the amount of time that we spend working together on your real-life hands-on organizing project will vary based on how quickly you make decisions, how many questions your guests have, and how long your guests spend chatting or snacking before, during, and after the presentation portion of the workshop.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned and how my perceptions were enlightened during this unique seminar.
— Workshop Participant
Closet Organization 101

 

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