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Get Organized – Save Money and Time at Home and at the Office

Lately it’s been a challenge to dodge all of the media coverage about the economy. While several experts have been giving their opinions about what you can do to save money during these times – I haven’t heard anyone talk about how your efforts at home or at work can help you save time and money. For years, I have always said that two of the biggest benefits of living an organized life or working efficiently are: Saving Time and Saving Money. There are several other benefits as well; such as reducing stress, being proactive, rather than reactive, a free mind to think clearly, children that learn good decision making skills, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enhancing self esteem – just to name a few.There is no time like the present to start today and make small changes that make a big impact.

 Here are a few ideas for you to consider at home

1. Take inventory of what’s in your pantry. This is a great opportunity to use up what’s been lingering for some time. Be sure to check expiration dates to ensure it’s not past its prime. Before you go grocery shopping, take inventory and make a list. Sign up for a free account at www.cozi.com and you’ll be on your way to creating quick shopping lists that can be accessed from your cell phone. Cozi can help you organize more than just your lists; their online service can help you simplify family life.

2. Before you purchase any more shampoo, conditioner or soap, use up what’s stored under your bathroom sink or in the linen closet. If you can’t immediately put your hand on all of these supplies in your home, it might be time to organize the linen closet or clean out what is under your sink. If you’re never going to use those products, donate them if they’re new or almost new. Look on Craig’s List under the “wanted” ads. There are a lot of families in desperate need of these basic supplies and what you aren’t going to use could be a gift to them.

3. Cleaning out your closets? It’s that time of year, but clothes are going to be difficult to sell or consign. Clothing does not typically sell well at garage sales and many consignment stores are not accepting clothing unless it designer because they are all full. If you still want to look into consignment, call around first and do your research before you spend time preparing your clothing so you aren’t disappointed. Instead – host a clothing/shoe/handbag/accessory swap with a group of friends and shop in your friend’s closets where it won’t cost you anything. It will encourage you to get your closets organized and make room for bulky winter clothing.

4. Do your holiday shopping from home. No, I don’t mean using your computer to purchase things online, locate all of those gifts you’ve purchased in the past that you never gave to anyone and see if someone on your list would appreciate it. One of my clients told me that she’s purchased so many things in the past couple of years for friends and family that she never gave them, that she won’t need to do any shopping this year! Not only do you save time, but you save money and you’re freeing up space at home.

As with the previous ideas for your home, I am talking about “stuff.” Stuff that doesn’t serve a purpose turns into clutter. But clutter disguises itself in many forms, often times at the office in forms that you don’t see or think about.I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the amount of time and money that is wasted at every day at the office. For example; Office Depot conducted a study with 2500 participants and they found that 1/3 of those surveyed lost more than 15 minutes a day searching for lost documents, rebooking missed appointments or sorting through messy files. Of those surveyed, 67% indicated that they had no idea how to start or maintain such efforts! A company with 100 employees with an average salary of $50K/year where each employee wastes an average of 15 minutes/day due to inefficient processes costs a company $156,000/year. It doesn’t sound like much every day, but it adds up quickly.

Here are some strategies to consider implementing at the office

1. Establish consistent naming conventions for files that are saved on your computer, server or in public folders. Ensure that file names are descriptive and have some type of version control. Verify that everyone knows where documents are stored for quick retrieval and to ensure the correct version is being used, so that someone doesn’t waste time using an old version or worse yet, creating a new one because they couldn’t find what they need.

2. Establish company retention policies for documents and then ensure that what is stored in the files or archives match those policies. If you’re short on space, consider off-site records storage or a service that can store your documents electronically.

3. Do you have an efficient process for staying on top of e-mail each day? Your inbox should contain only those items that still require action. Everything else should be filed in a folder, forwarded to someone else for action or deleted.


What will you do to help your family and company you work for save time and money? I’d love to hear what you’ve accomplished. Wishing you success with your projects


© 2008 Eliminate Chaos, LLC

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Eliminate Chaos Launches new Website!

I am thrilled to announce the release of our new website!  Check back often for new content, videos and more. 

We'd love to hear your feedback - and what you'd like to see more of.  Click here to send us your comments.

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Home Office Organizing - Save 15% before 11.21.08

Take Control of Your Life & Business. Imagine....being able to retrieve information when you need it and knowing how to store and organize it when you're done. Get your home office organized before the holidays and save 15%!  Any home office organizing session you complete before November 21, 2008 is eligible for the savings.

Click here to download our home office brochure so you can see the variety of home office services we provide.

Call our office today at 425.670.2551 to get your home office organized.

The Fine Print

All home office services are performed by our Employee Organizing Specialist™s, but do not include the services of Laura Leist.

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 Holiday Decorating & Decor Organizing Special

The holidays are just around the corner.
Let one of our talented Specialists decorate your home for the holidays.
Receive 15% off your holiday organizing and decorating project that is a minimum of 8 hours.
Special is good until December 15, 2008.

Our calendars fill quickly for this service - so call us today.  425.670.2551
Let us know if you saw our ad in 425 Magazine.

The Fine Print

All holiday decorating and decor organizing services are performed by our Employee Organizing Specialist™s, but do not include the services of Laura Leist.

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Organizing Your Work Day Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 - Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Time:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where:  Bellevue, WA
Investment:  $247
What You Receive:  Copy of Laura's book:  Business Solutions Using Outlook 2007, coffee service, lunch, parking and 6 hours of instruction from Laura Leist for a fraction of what you'd pay to work with her individually.

For More Information and to Register:  Click here

Class is limited to 15 participants, so register early to guarantee your seat.  Laura only opens this class to the public about 3 times a year.

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Information Strategies for Your Business Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager - Thursday, January 15, 2009

Time:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where:  Bellevue, WA
Investment:  $247
What You Receive:  Copy of Laura's book:  Business Solutions Using Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, coffee service, lunch, parking and 6 hours of instruction from Laura Leist for a fraction of what you'd pay to work with her individually.

For More Information and to Register:  Click here

Class is limited to 15 participants, so register early to guarantee your seat.  Laura only opens this class to the public about 3 times a year.

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Business Solutions Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager

 If you can't attend one of the classes, you can still purchase a copy of my book - which is included with registration for class. Most of the Outlook 2007 books on the market show you ‘how’ to use the components of Outlook; such as: Inbox, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes. This book is different because it tells you ‘WHY’ you want to use certain features of the program and how to get the most from them. It is chock full of ideas, tips and suggestions for how you can apply them to your business.

Available at: Eliminate Chaos.

212 pages in full color and all step-by-step instruction.

Now you can get all of my tips and tricks in one place.Just $45.00 – a fraction of what you’d pay if I worked with you one-on-one.

Bonus:  We'll include one of our journal books with the purchase of the Outlook 2007 book.

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Seattle PI Column - Clutter Gobbling up Fridge Space?  Here's How to Unstuff It

Click here to read my latest column in the Seattle PI.  Here's to more space for that turkey this Thanksgiving!

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January is National "Get Organized Month - Book Laura today to speak at your company or event

Did you know that "getting organized" is one of the top 5 New Year's Resolutions set each year?
Help your employees or association members start 2009 in an organized fashion by having Laura deliver a information packed seminar or workshop on how you can be more productive at work.

Imagine immediate improvements in workforce productivity.  Listen and watch Laura turn 20 years of experience into a day of practical learning and fun!

Click here to download Laura's speaking onesheet or click here for a list of Laura's programs with descriptions of each so you can see which one your organization will benefit from the most. Laura is available for full or half-day programs or just a brown bag lunch if that is all the time you have.

Call us today at 425.670.2551 and see how we can design a program for your needs.

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Gift Certificates - The Perfect Holiday Gift!

Searching for a gift for that special someone?  We offer gift certificates for the home, home office and business office.  Show that special someone how much you care about them with a gift certificate that won't add any more unnecessary clutter to their home or will help them become more productive at work.  Everybody wins that way!

Call our office at 425.670.2551 to discuss options and pricing.

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 Best Regards,

Laura Leist 

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    © 2008 Eliminate Chaos, LLC
P.O. Box 13043, Mill Creek, WA 98072
                 
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  • Business Services
    • Paper Flow and Information Management
    • Workspace Organization and Space Planning
    • Productivity Assessments
    • Microsoft Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Exchange Migrations
  • Visit our business services site