If I had to chose one sentence that sums up a big part of my personality, this quote would definitely be in the running:
"...to really be effective, organization has to be part of who you are and how you operate and NOT something you force yourself to adapt to." -Peter Walsh
Ding-Ding-Ding! I have always been organized...VERY organized...to the point where I absolutely cannot concentrate if working in a cluttered, messy environment. So, when BlogHer and Office Max invited me to (1) participate in a compensated review and (2) attend a webinar featuring the organizational guru, Peter Walsh, I eagerly accepted. You may have seen Walsh on The Oprah Winfrey Show, TLC's Clean Sweep, or perused one of his four books. Recently, he has joined forces with Office Max to produce a line of functional and efficient tools to help de-clutter your home office or workplace. I was lucky enough to receive preview samples of these new items!
Now I must admit that while watching the albeit entertaining webcast, I was having trouble figuring out how this home office system would apply to me- a full time stay at home mom of four 20-month-old quadruplets. In fact, I laughed when I glanced over at my "home office"...surrounded by baby gates.
I thought back to my glory days as a Charge Nurse- running the Operating Rooms for an outpatient surgical center. I had to be extremely organized to staff the rooms, assist in surgical scheduling, order medications, arrange necessary medical equipment for various surgeries, etc.
There were stacks and stacks of papers to keep up with and these Office Max products would have made my life a whole lot easier!
Hmmmm...that was THEN...but how can I apply these items to my life NOW...
My organizational skills are used in a very different way...
HEY!!! THAT'S IT!
From the very first day that our children were born into this world, we began accumulating medical record upon record...TIMES 4! (Me and hubby with our four babies taking up an entire corner of the NICU- August 2007)
The growing stack of papers can be quite overwhelming at times--making it extremely easy to become disorganized and disgruntled! So, I got out my nifty new In-Place System and began color-coding folders for Savannah, Benjamin, Ethan, and Andrew. PERFECT! Now each child will have their own color-coded folder full of important information. In fact, this new system would be a great way to catalogue those precious pieces of child-artwork and school project mementos.
And no worries if you need to transport your files/folders--just slip them into this handy dandy file tote with sliding handles. All pieces of Peter Walsh's In-Place System work together with reusable folders and erasable markers. VERY COOL!
Please feel free to check out more of these great, new products at http://www.officemax.com/.
I also LOVE Office Max's private label brands like DiVoga and TUL. Such fun, bright patterns!--They would definitely spruce up any office space!
How cool would it be to win a $200 Office Max gift card? All you have to do is follow this link and leave a comment to enter the contest!!! Enter to win a $200 Office Max gift card from BlogHer and Office Max.
Finding peace in your daily life, comes from having a system that works specifically for you.
"The word 'organize' and the word 'organic' come from the same place. Organic is to be whole; to be complete. That's what organization does. Organization actually helps you live a richer, fuller, less stressed life." - Peter Walsh
You can check us out for yourself over at Steece's Pieces: with four, precious, full-o-energy, action-packed tots...
...this organized Mama has definitely found a new way to live a richer, fuller, less stressed life.
I'm curious to know what areas of YOUR house could use a little reorganization??? (Hmmm...that's a tough one, but I'd have to go with...the closet under our stairs! Eeeek!)