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8 Ways to Run a Successful Virtual Meeting

Although it may seem like attending a virtual meeting would be the same as being at one in person, there a few things you need to consider before jumping online with your co-workers or friends. Want a printed version of all these tips for handy reference? Scroll to the bottom of the post and download…

Cleaning Stories: A Tale of 2 Clients

But after more than 10 years in business, we noticed that while our clients loved the organizing we did for them, many wished there was some way to “clean” the spaces we were emptying so that when we were done, everything would be organized and sparkling clean. Since organizing isn’t cleaning (and vice versa), we…

Organizing vs. Cleaning: Same, Same but Different

While the two words are often used interchangeably and seem to have some overlapping commonalities, they really aren’t the same. According to the dictionary, to organize means to “arrange into a structured whole; order” while to clean means “to be free from dirt, marks, or unwanted matter”.   Let’s take a look and see how…

Multi-functional Furniture That Transforms Small Spaces

— Organizing is all about finding the best solution for the space you have available. Utilizing multi-functional furniture is like having a golden ticket to create the most efficiently organized space possible. The reason we give multi-functional furniture such a high praise is its ability to create storage solutions as well as save space. There…

8 Ways Perfectionism Can Stifle Your Progress

Every human, in every situation, must face duality. The good and the evil, the dark and light of human emotion influences the way that we perceive and process the world. Organizers are known for being perfectionists. Here at M2O, we have always joked about “making money out of our madness”. The expression alludes to the…

Handle Incoming Mail Like a Champ

  One of the biggest challenges for most of our clients (and modern human beings, in general) is paperwork. In our everyday encounters as organizers, people express how much they need us in their lives. 80% of those people mention the growing piles of paper in their office, on the kitchen counter or at their…

The People of NAPO2017

  As I packed my bag for yet another conference of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), I wondered what my big take away would be in 2017. Each year, I end up bringing home new inspiration that breathes life into my passion for organizing. It also reinforces my desire to continue…

Efficiently Book a Moving Company

Get Suggestions: Ask around for moving company recommendations the same way that you look for advice on any other service. Consult friends and neighbors, look online, and ask other professionals like your trusted real estate agent or organizer. Professionals like these deal with moving all the time and can pass on the knowledge they have…

Master Scheduling by Avoiding These 5 Traps

Our days are filled with things to do and places to be. To-Do lists, reminders, online calendars, planners and Post-its constantly inform us of what needs to be done. We are in competition with our daily clocks to see who is going to run out of juice first. If you do it right and follow…

6 Reasons to Downsize Your Life

Life is like a tree. It grows roots, expands and branches out. Change is constant so we need to adjust ourselves to be in the best position for growth. Downsizing is a common way to customize your living space to your lifestyle. And just by doing a quick google search into something simple like storage…

7 Christmas Party Themes That Impress

The holiday season brings even the most reclusive of folks out to socialize. There is something about this season that makes people cheerful and we all feel the urge to spread the joy around. To many of us, Christmas means colors, sparkles, shiny lights, hot chocolate, family, friends, familiar stories and a little touch of…

Ways to Create Extra Seasonal Storage Space

For most of us living in urban apartments, having an actual storage area is an unattainable dream. But fear not! You might have hidden locations that you’ve overlooked when it comes to finding a space to store your seasonal gear. I have lived in the same apartment for 8 years now. You would think that…

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Work/Life Balance

  Entrepreneurs by trade are passionate, visionary, hard working individuals. They all may have different approaches to balancing work and life, but most have type A personalities and enough determination to move obstacles. Their positive attitudes, ability to see bright futures and resolve to strive for success make them resilient to setbacks. These traits are…

5 Systems to Get Ready More Quickly in the Morning

When the alarm goes off in the morning you have very little time to get ready but you have so many tasks to complete before running out of the door, so you start sacrificing the essentials like eating breakfast! What you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. A…

Best Online Event Invite Options

For any occasion, or no occasion at all, we love hosting, planning and going to parties. After the decision to host a party is made, the first step is to put a guest list together and send the invites out as soon as you can so the guests will save the date. No guests, no…

How to Create an Organizing Action Plan

  You look around the house and you feel stressed out! There is a pile of unfolded laundry next to a stack of toys in the middle of room and you can’t even see the dining room table anymore under all that paperwork. Despite your efforts, no matter how much you try, you cannot tame…

5 DIY Charging Stations

Next to the bed, on the kitchen counter, on top of the office desk and all over the house. Wherever we walk, we see piles of electronic devices, tangled wires and cords in our homes. From tablets to phones, electronics are taking over. In one of our last posts, we talked about organizing your wires…

Why It’s Better to Work with 2 Professional Organizers at Once

Much like the English phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen”, there is a phrase in Farsi (Persian Language) that says, 2 cooks in the kitchen results in food that is too salty or has no salt at all. That might be true for cooking, but it sure isn’t true for organizing.   I see…

Am I a Hoarder?

Am I a hoarder? We have lost count of the times our clients have asked us this question. Shows like Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive have shined a light on hoarding conditions. Hoarding has even been recognized as a mental disorder by researchers recently. With these developments, we have noticed a change in the societal…

5 Smart Things to Bring to a Party

  Being a great guest starts with RSVPing properly, showing up on time and ends with a graceful goodbye and a thank you note sent to the host. One of the most important things a gracious guest should remember is something that we all have been told from a young age; never show up at…

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