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Archive for May 2009

This Weekend Only – Lose your Money and Your Self Esteem

May 21, 2009

I hear it all the time on the radio – This weekend only , come in to our store.  Buy everything you need and be organized by Monday! If they want to be honest they’d just say “This weekend only, waste a bunch of money, set yourself up for failure, and damage your self esteem.” […]

The Power of the Hour

May 4, 2009

If you’ve read the books, you already know that I will not work with a client who won’t promise to spend one hour a week on administrative tasks.  Many people tell me that they don’t understand why. It’s simple, really.  I can help someone put systems and processes in place.  Whether they are the most […]

It’s NOT About the Clutter!

May 4, 2009

Everywhere you turn you hear the same things: Clear the Clutter! Clutter is the Enemy! Be Organized- get rid of Clutter! Lies, lies and more lies. I’ll tell you a secret:  Clutter speaks to me, whispers really. It says “Hey, Ragen, there’s no system in place to keep me from piling up!  My owner cleans […]

Why I Hate Organization Shows

May 4, 2009

I try to be a good little organizer, I do!  I try to do research in my field by watching all of the organizing shows on TV.  But you know what happens?  I just really, really angry. I sit on my sofa and throw popcorn at the screen and yell “YOU’RE JUST CLEANING!  YOU’RE NOT […]

The Wisdom of Mama Mia

May 4, 2009

I dragged my poor boyfriend to Mama Mia a few weeks ago.  I really liked it.  My boyfriend…well, he forgives me. One of the main characters is talking to some of her lifelong friends.  She starts talking about obligation and how you’re supposed to act. Her friend interjects “Don’t you remember?  Screw ’em if they […]

Put Yourself in a Position to be Lucky

May 4, 2009

I played lots of sports growing up – stick with me here, I do have a point.  Many of you who were athletes will remember that coaches had platitudes that seemed to work for every occasion and sport.  One of my favorites was always “You’ve got to put yourself in a position to be lucky!”  […]

What the Bleep do I do with all of these business cards

May 4, 2009

Ok, so you have a box (or grocery bag, or briefcase…) full of business cards that you collected over time.  Maybe you had a plan for them and maybe you didn’t, but you seem to be stuck with them now.  What to do? Well, let’s start with The Golden Question of Organization…”What am I using […]