No office organizing book by a Certified Professional Organizer would be complete without mentioning the merits of a label maker. I always have it with me when I meet with clients. Not only is it super easy to use, but it eliminates trying to read someone else’s hand written labels. Label makers are affordable, the fonts are easily adjustable, and I use it both at home and at the office.

Brother offers the best label maker options and a model to suit any home or office needs. Check out their P-touch label makers.

If you share your office with a coworker, spouse, or employee, labeling where specific items need to be returned to would make keeping the office tidy much easier for everyone. For example, when everyone knows where to find the stapler, it is faster to use the stapler and return it to its designated place.

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As with any move, the first thing to do is PURGE! Get rid of anything and everything that you don’t need, isn’t yours, doesn’t belong, or is outdated, etc. You can choose to sell, donate, or give your surplus to friends. Then you will be left with just the things that need to go into your new office. If you have been wanting to change some habits and procedures, a move is a great time to implement changes – purge those inefficient processes and bad habits along with the outdated software CDs!

With just the items that need to be moved remaining, it will be easier to determine how many boxes and what kind of moving materials you will need. is a great resource; you can get a whole kit of quality, clean, recycled boxes delivered. Or check your local craigslist for used boxes.

If you have furniture to move, it’s a great idea to make a to-scale outline of your new space, and then lay out the items you want to fit into your new space. You can easily arrange and rearrange on paper to get the perfect layout. See Tip 4 for on-line floor plan software solutions. Once you know the room layout, everything can be moved right into place and you won’t have to rearrange heavy pieces of furniture and find out things don’t fit the way you hoped they would.

If you can shut down your business completely for several days while you move, that is ideal. Many people do not have that luxury, so first you will want to pack up all the things that you don’t absolutely need to run your business in the time it is going to take you to move and get into your new space. Make sure to clearly label every box. Work with the minimum up to your moving day – saving your computer and whatever other items you need to have at your fingertips. Move these things immediately and get them set up first thing in your new space. This will ensure the least amount of productivity is lost. Unpacking should be fairly simple if you’ve already planned out where everything goes. You will likely find some improvements to the plan as you go, so be flexible as the reality of your new physical space unfolds.

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 95: Organize Your Job Search

March 31, 2014

Searching for a new job can be quite a challenge. It could also be the beginning of something new and exciting. So that searching for a job doesn’t feel like a full time job, take 10 minutes right now to focus on one, just ONE, of these areas: Review: what you have done, what would […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 94: Travel Apps

March 24, 2014

I love to travel! Since I have been traveling more lately, I have been using my smartphone as a resource to help me find the best travel deals, track my frequent flyer info, and check my flight status. Search by the type of phone you have to see what travel apps are available for you. […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 93: Store Discount Card Apps

March 17, 2014

Do you have a number of plastic discount cards on your key chain or in your wallet? The average person will have acquired numerous cards: one or two for grocery store discounts, one or two for airline rewards, several for your favorite stores, a couple for different pharmacies, one for the gym, and maybe a […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 92: Financial Apps

March 10, 2014

It’s hard to imagine anyone who has an office that doesn’t need to deal with finances on either a personal or professional level. Use your smartphone to keep up with your bottom line. The following apps can be used by most smartphones. My personal free favorite financial app is This is what you can […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 91: Productivity Apps for Android

February 27, 2014

Let’s just begin by saying that the Android phones are meant to work with all things Google. In addition to the Google apps, here are 3 other apps that will help you increase your productivity between your smartphone and your office. First and foremost, Olive Office Premium is a software suite for Android devices that […]

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Living Social deal for Organizing in Minneapolis until 12/15/13

December 3, 2013

Here’s the link for new clients in the Twin Cities:

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 90: Productivity Apps for iPhone

September 30, 2013

There are too many apps to list that enable your smartphone to function as an extension of your office. The three apps that I am going to recommend are ones that I use that I have found to support me when I am out and about traveling between clients. These apps are also free which […]

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10 Minute Office Tidy: Your Smartphone

September 23, 2013

Yes, if you want to increase your office productivity, you probably want to also use a smartphone. Even the basic mobile phones offer calendars, contacts, and timers to keep your 10minute tidy sessions on track! There are so many apps (applications) for cell phones these days, it would be impossible for me to cover them […]

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