Are you drowning in email?



While the majority of people mention paper as their biggest organising challenge, a close second is email.

Did you know that for every email you send, you get two back?

(that was accurate a few years ago; it may have changed since then)

The revamped Organise your office product bundle has some new thoughts and techniques on managing emails and information, e.g notifications from social media sites.


Of course in addition to the email, paper and the computer also need to be organised, both of which are tackled in this product.

If your office is less than what your dream looks like, then please take a look and see what you think.


I know this will help you!

For fun, tell me what the worst part of organising any office space (whether physical or digital) is for you..

My new smaller study

Remember I showed you the kids’ new bedroom so now it’s time to show you my new study. Which is almost two months old but who’s counting?


normally I’m not one for bits and bobs but I just love this tabletop, at least for now. It actually changes all the time.If I don’t watch out, I’ll soon be The Nester 🙂
for reading – and a space to chat
these pics were taken in winter – heater and pashmina are out
where the “blogging magic” happens
the camera lives in that heart wicker basket and that’s my monthly planner
Santa Shoebox contents ready for packing – all my boxes are now packed.
I extend that table when the kids need to write/ colour/ etc. while I’m doing my own computer stuff
the untidy corner on the right’s been fixed 🙂

What do you think?

I love it! I love that it’s smaller so I have a natural impetus to TOSS. I tossed out a ton of stuff already and I want to do some more!

Where do you blog?

Get A Handle on the Paper Clutter

When I ask people what the most difficult part of organising their office is, the majority of them mention paper.

I think it’s because it feels like paper multiplies when you turn around 🙂

It’s true though – I also have to be very strict about keeping up with my paper systems.

A few years ago I wrote a post on the Organising Blog and asked people to tell me all their office problems.

We’ll just pretend it was an Ask Marcia column 😉

That post had some wonderful comments and in response, I wrote “7 easy steps to organise your office” which is now the main component of the organise your office system.

Of course in addition to the paper, there are emails and computer to organise, both of which are tackled in this product.

If your office is less than what your dream looks like (and I’m not talking magazine-worthy, just being able to open the door-worthy), then please take a look and see what you think.

I know this will help you, especially since it’s about organising according to your personality, not a one size-fits all solution.

How to Declutter Your Office: 10 Tips

My first guest post for the year from James Adams 🙂


If you are like many people, you likely have a home office, a work office, or both. Chances are that there are times you might like to throw everything away in order to declutter and get a fresh start. This is usually not a feasible idea, however, as you might lose many important items and get into a lot of trouble as a result.

There are better ways to get your office organised so that you will once again enjoy your time and not be so stressed out because you can’t find what you need. Keep reading in order to find out how.

To get your office into somewhere you can actually work and get things done, start to clear your clutter with these ten tips!

Tip 1: Go into your office and spend a few minutes simply visualising how you want it to look. Imagine that everything is arranged and in its place and how good that makes you feel. This will help you prepare for the task at hand.

Tip 2: Recognise that this is probably going to be more than a one day job. If you think that you are going to be able to do everything in one sitting, chances are you are going to get overwhelmed and abandon the task altogether.

Tip 3: Look at the arrangement of your office furniture. Are you able to walk between and around your furniture or do you have to fight to get through? Making sure that you have ample space to operate is a key step to decluttering.

Tip 4: Does you office equipment have its own space or is it fighting for space with the other essentials in the room? Make sure that your printer has a stand and that it is not sitting on the desk taking up unnecessary room. Put your fax machine on a little side table so that it has its own dedicated space as well.

Tip 5: Take an empty box and label it with the word “Maybe”. Start putting things in it that you might use in the future but are not sure about. These are items that could potentially end up in the trash at some point, but you are not quite ready to take that leap.

Tip 6: Take a good hard look at your desk. Go through all the loose papers and scraps that are there and throw away anything that you are not going to use again. Take the loose files that are sitting on the desk and put them in the file cabinet. If for some reason, you don’t have a file cabinet, now is the time to invest. Get some stacking trays and actually use them. Label them Inbox, Outbox, Miscellaneous and this will go a long way towards putting the remaining papers in their proper place.

Tip 7: Look in all the drawers. Again, go through and throw away unnecessary items that you have stashed in there. Buy some trays that are specifically for the drawers and use them to organise pens, pencils, scissors, staples, etc. You may even want to label your drawers so that you can quickly know what goes where.

Tip 8: Look at the floor. Are you stacking things on the floor because there isn’t room for them anywhere else? Now that you have decluttered the desk and drawers, you should be able to move the excess off the floor and into its proper location.

Tip 9: Now that you have most things in their proper place, go through and really clean the office. Vacuum the floor, dust all the furniture, hang the pictures you’ve been meaning to do all this time, place a candle or scent jar on your desk. Make it someplace that you feel at home in; almost like a sanctuary. If you want to be there, you will be productive.

Tip10: Just like in Tip 1, stand back and visualise, but this time do it with your eyes open and be proud of what you have accomplished.

James works at Spares Next Day, one of the UK’s top suppliers of hoover bags for vacuum cleaners. Click here to read more of his work.

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