Tape Webinar 2011: Secrets for Conquering Clutter and Organizing Your Workspace

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Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, explains common misconceptions that lead to workspace clutter and offers simple strategies for organizing your office.

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Tape Webinar 2011: Secrets for Conquering Clutter and Organizing Your Workspace

  1. 1. <ul><li>Secrets for Conquering Clutter and Organizing Your Workspace </li></ul>
  2. 2. Gayle Goddard <ul><li>Professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas. </li></ul><ul><li>www.clutterfairyhouston.com </li></ul><ul><li>713-816-9505 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Notes from this presentation are available for download: </li></ul><ul><li>clutterfairyhouston.com/tape11 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Everything that you keep in your space requires some maintenance time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Clutter robs you of energy and creativity that you could be spending on your real work. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Think of clutter as the difference between going home at 5:00 and working until 7:00. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Misperceptions in Office Organizing </li></ul>
  8. 8. Perception <ul><li>All office paper is important to keep. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reality <ul><li>Systems are already in place for managing the organization’s important papers. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Be ruthless with any paper that doesn’t already have a filing system. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Perception <ul><li>Project-related paperwork is critically important forever. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reality <ul><li>The minute a project is over, most of that paper becomes worthless. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Decide whether this piece of paper is a business record or a memento. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Perception <ul><li>You don’t have the authority to make decisions about the office’s stuff. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Reality <ul><li>Being a member of the team gives you a share in responsibility for the space. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Follow your common sense. When in doubt, ask permission for keep/toss decisions. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Six Simple Organizing Strategies for the Office </li></ul>
  18. 18. Exercise <ul><li>Look at your office through a stranger’s eyes. </li></ul>
  19. 19. 1. <ul><li>Take stock of equipment and supplies. </li></ul>
  20. 20. 2. <ul><li>Evaluate the contents of desk drawers. </li></ul>
  21. 21. 3. <ul><li>Focus on the large items. </li></ul>
  22. 22. 4. <ul><li>Deal with paper in small bites. </li></ul>
  23. 23. 5. <ul><li>Consider moving your furniture around. </li></ul>
  24. 24. 6. <ul><li>Create zones for your various tasks. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Time for your questions! </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Notes from this presentation are available for download: </li></ul><ul><li>clutterfairyhouston.com/tape11 </li></ul>Thank you for joining us! For more information or to contact Gayle, visit our web site: clutterfairyhouston.com

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