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Planner’s Workshop > Professional Development Organized Doesn’t Mean Rigid or Perfect By Rosemary Chieppo There is something about the spring air that motivates even the worst procrastinators to dust off the cleaning supplies and begin organizing their home or office space. However, once the yearly ritual begins, many people can describe how they feel in one word, “Overwhelmed!” That’s because they think being “organized” means being rigid, sterile, or perfect. Not me. My style is more Rachael Ray than Martha Stewart. I define organized as being able to find what you need, when you need it. It isn’t rocket science. Organizing just means having a place for everything and making sure everything is in its place. Clearing physical clutter clears the clutter in the mind. Spring is all about renewal, so there’s no better time to reorganize your home and reinvigorate yourself. My new handbook, Clutter, Chaos & the Cure, offers a range of tips—from guidelines for knowing when to throw out important papers to maximizing kitchen space. Here are five tips for simplifying spring organizing: Start with small tasks so you can indulge in the victory of completion. Most people feel defeated before they start, so this mindset is going to keep you motivated. 1 Give your things a home at the point of their use. Think about your toothbrush. You never misplace it because its home is where you use it. The same concept should be applied to just about everything else in your space. 2 Group “like” things together. It allows you to keep inventory of what you do have so you don’t end up with 17 black turtlenecks or 67 AA batteries. 3 4 Don’t put tall things in front of short things and don’t put big things on

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - April 2008

Successful Meetings - April 2008
Editor's Note
Industry Trends
On the Record
Planner's Spotlight
Technology Talk
Personal Success
Websites of the Month
Food & Beverage
On Site
Professional Development
On Site
Professional Development
Miforum Q&A
Beyond the Flames
Reservation for—21,000
Casino Riches
Entertainment Jackpot
Who Needs a Passport?
The International Swing
Around the World in 18 Holes
Places & Spaces
Puerto Rico
Show Special: Washington DC / Frankfurt, Germany

Successful Meetings - April 2008

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