Create back-to-school order at home in October

Getting organized for back-to-school
I was thrilled to be asked to provide back-to-school advice columnist Deena Bouknight back in August. I only just realized that I never shared that advice with you here. However, as in all things organizing related, it’s never too late to get some helpful tips. If you started the school year a little more haphazardly than you would like, take a breath now and begin implementing organization that will make the rest of the school year run smoother.
(from Deena Bouknight, More Content Now)

If to you, back-to-school means a return to rushed mornings and piles of shoes and backpacks strewn around your house, take steps now to organize a flow. Otherwise, as Bethesda, Maryland, organizer Penny Catterall points out, the cluttered craziness will continue until the school year’s end.

Catterall owns Order Your Life. Her primary advice: purge and reuse. She advises families to take steps that worked for her when her sons were young:

1. Try on all clothing. Pass down or give away outgrown or out-of-fashion pieces. Pick out school clothes the night before — never in the morning.

Tackle Your Office in Style – Parade Magazine

Penny was featured in’s article on office organizing, talking about how to “Tame the Paper Monster” using the Fujitsu ScanSnap. Read the article  to see how the author uses her ScanSnap, and to check out Penny’s top three tips for getting rid of paper in your home office.


Family Emergencies: Organize Your Life To Keep Your Career On Track – Forbes Magazine

Penny’s tips on which essential family documents to keep on hand (especially if you have older parents or younger children) and how to store them both physically and digitally, are outlined in this Forbes magazine article here!


Organizing Family Emergency Documents

Organizing Emergency Documents


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    Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home? (National Soap and Detergent Association)

  • The average employee wastes $5251 a year in time searching for information. (ARMA International)

  • 28% of adults say they pay bills late (thus incurring late fees and interest charges) because they lose them. (Harris Interactive)
  • 80% of what we file is never looked at again. (The Leader-Post)

  • Employees spend 3.5 hours a week searching for information they cannot find. (ARMA International)
  • Americans waste 9 million hours a day looking for misplaced items.
    (American Demographics Society)
  • The self storage industry has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States commercial real estate industry over the period of the last 40 years.
  • As of year-end 2014, of the approximately 58,000 self storage facilities worldwide, 48,500 of them are in the United States.
  • Almost 9% of all American households currently rent a self storage unit (10.85 million of the 113.3 million US HHs in 2013).