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By Donna D. McMillan

Donna

Today, becoming and staying organized are not a luxury, they're a necessity. These hot topics appear frequently in books, magazines, newspapers and TV shows. Unfortunately, from these sources, readers/viewers can not ask sensitive questions, discuss details about their specific situations or benefit from customized solutions. Also, the impression is often given that it takes very little time, effort or resources to eliminate the problems and confusion.

In both offices and home offices, clutter and chaos happen for a reason, sometimes for several reasons. Many people say they were never taught organizing skills. Our non-judgmental, experienced professionals focus on solving your organizing puzzles, recommend solutions and products, help you sort out the jumble, create personalized systems, and work side-by-side with you teaching you how to stay organized.

An organized workspace increases concentration, effectiveness and productivity. Organizing decreases wasted time, energy, space and money. It is possible to reduce the stress, chaos and clutter.

Do you really want (or need) to get organized? Would you like to be in control of your time, paperwork, information, space, computer & electronic information, and life? Do you feel paralyzed? Are you committed to making a change? Great ... you don't have to get organized alone!

When you need services for your business, home, car, health, financial or legal matters, you want to hire professionals who are experts in their industries. It's best to choose those who specialize in the issues that are relevant to your unique needs and situation. Choose pros who have multiple years of experience and a range of abilities.

Visit our website for details. Contact us for complimentary 20-minute consultation to see if our services are a match for your needs.

808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392
www.islandorganizers.com ~ contact us
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Disorganization and Clutter Are Expensive
 by Donna D. McMillanDonna D. McMillan

There are many statistics describing the sacrifices and high costs associated with disorganization and clutter. It wastes valuable time, money, space, and energy, plus it causes unnecessary stress.  For the "organizationally-challenged," this important issue not only applies in the workplace and the use of computers, but also in personal lifestyles.

How much money is this costing your company? How much personal free time is it costing you? What are the facts and figures?

How much TIME is wasted?

  • The average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information in messy desks and files. (That equals one hour per day.)
    -- Wall Street Journal
  • The average desk worker has 36 hours of work on his or her desk and spends 3 hours per week sorting piles trying to find the project to work on next.
    -- The Overload Syndrome (by Richard Swenson)
  • The average amount of time that the average American spends looking for misplaced things over the course of a lifetime is one year. 
    -- Harper's Index

How much MONEY is wasted?

  • The real cost of being disorganized is hundreds of times more than the cost for a professional organizer's services.
    -- Roger L. Drolet, CPA, MBA / Founder, SafeRecord.com
  • Being disorganized can lead to real-life costs, including overdrawn checking and savings accounts, missed payments, purchasing unneeded items, tax deductions and lost productivity.
    -- Jeffrey Strain, personal finance writer, thestreet.com

 How much SPACE is wasted?

  • 80% of what we file never gets looked at again. 
    -- The Leader-Post
  • Many people pay the “document storage” industry thousands of dollars a year to babysit  boxes of files they never use.
    --
    smead.com

How much ENERGY is wasted?

  • 85% of the information that businesses need to operate does not fall into structured formats of automated spreadsheets or databases.
    -- Document Magazine
  • Americans often make drastic miscalculations about the value of their time, taking a do-it-yourself approach to tasks that might be less costly in time and money to hire out.
    -- Wall Street Journal

Need help?  www.islandorganizers.com

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time for changeBy Karen Simon


As a tech specialist, I see that technology drastically changes and drives our lives! I see it in how people and families communicate, how we receive & pay bills, how we buy things. It's even taking over our cars - parallel-parking automatically! Some people fight against it, saying they're going to stick to their own (and old) ways. But tech will not allow it. Soon, all parking meters & lots will be "unmanned," the only option will be to "pay by card." Why? Because tech saves time (our most precious commodity) and labor (our most costly expense).

Do I HAVE To?

Tech forces us to do things we may not want to do - like order online, file electronically, or take & keep photos digitally. Instead of resisting, we can figure out ways to celebrate and embrace it. Use it to our advantage! If you're a business owner, there are ways that tech can FREE you from burdensome tasks. It can save you time, space and money. It can do the same in our personal lives.

Why SHOULD I?

Armed with the right apps and devices, we can relax. We can free our minds of having to recall who we know & how to contact them, where to be & when, and even, how to get there! A business can easily leverage its information and re-use it in multiple ways to get new customers, retain existing ones and engage old ones.

What Does It Take?

With an open mind, little bits of learning and some patience, you can get there. Find someone to help you - perhaps a Digital Trainer. Just like a Fitness Trainer, it's a person you trust, who has an interest in your success! They'll have more impact than one who just "knows more than you." As you set your resolutions for the New Year, be CURIOUS about how tech can help you get those goals!


 
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Home management is crucial to the value, safety, health of your home, and ultimately, your family. Your home is oftentimes your largest asset. Its components require care & attention. There are three key areas that help you to manage it properly.

Home Inventory

Tracking possessions you've purchased over the years helps you understand how much you've invested in decorating, improving & adding to your home. The benefits of a home inventory include:

  • Proper Insurance: Your inventory ensures you are fully insured.
  • Claims Reimbursement: When situations arise, it is faster, easier & more accurate when submitting your claim. Complete records can maximize reimbursement.
  • Maintenance & Repairs: Knowing which equipment & appliances you own helps to properly perform necessary maintenance.
  • Moving List: Using an inventory for a moving list helps ensure that possessions arrive at your new home.
  • Estate Planning: Tracking possessions helps you to plan how they will be distributed.

Home Maintenance

Your home's parts require regular maintenance. Home maintenance is tracking & inspecting equipment, replacing consumables, fixing structural issues, and deep cleaning of specific areas. Proper maintenance can:

  • Save Money On Replacement Costs: Proper maintenance can alleviate the need to replace equipment & appliances.
  • Keep your home safe & healthy: Cleaning a dryer vent can prevent fires. Changing air filters maintains good air quality, reduces wear & tear on Heating & A/C units.
  • Reduce Utility Costs: With efficient, well-maintained equipment, utility costs are kept to a minimum.
  • Improve Home Value: Home Values may increase since the home is properly maintained & is documented.

Home Remodeling

Managing home remodeling has a direct impact on the look & feel of your home. Using the proper tools to manage your projects helps to:

  • Manage budgets: Keeping project budgets can directly impact your overall financial portfolio.
  • Manage remodels: Staying focused on the overall process helps you understand the details of your projects.

Knowing how to manage a large asset is crucial to maintaining its value. Managing your home, with its many parts, requires your attention to both maintain AND INCREASE value!

Elizabeth Dodson is co-founder of HomeZada, a cloud-based home improvement & organizational software. HomeZada strives to educate & provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management: improvements, maintenance, inventory, property information, & property value. 


 
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Mint.com logoOrganizing Expert Interview With Donna & Karen
 

       "Disorganization causes people to lose credibility. Their reputation suffers. They lose clients and miss opportunities because of lack of follow-up. They pay penalties due to late payment of bills, and other financial problems such as credit worthiness, etc.," say Karen Simon and Donna McMillan, co-founders of Island Organizers.

       How do you avoid all this? Karen and Donna were featured in an Organizing Expert Interview on Intuit's Mint.com ("online" version of Quicken). In the interview, they discuss:

  • ways to safeguard and backup financial info to prepare for disaster
  • going paperless and online finances
  • tricks for organizing financial information  
  • our favorite organizing tools for paperwork and digital info

‚Äč       Read the article to find out how YOU can be free of the struggles, stresses, and strains of disorganization!

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