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“Command Center”: Kitchen desktop file gets papers off counter

Posted on Tuesday, May, 23rd, 2017 at 10:21 PM   (No comments)

A pretty desktop file can serve as your kitchen Command Center. Get mail and papers off the kitchen surfaces and safely into hanging folders. Here are the categories that might help you:
–  To Do
–  To Buy (eg. gift ideas)
–  Coupons
–  Events / Reservations (eg. invitations, tickets)
–  House Project

–  Mail to Open  (a “holding tank” for when you don’t have time to open the mail right away or are having company)

–  Menus/Restaurant Coupons

–  Review with (Spouse)
–  School  (Child name)

–  To File  (later in filing cabinet)

–  To Pay
–  To Read
–  Volunteer Job OR Project
 Just a warning: This system can become a black hole. You need to set a time each week when you will review the most important and active categories. In addition, magazines and catalogs should live in a basket or tray somewhere else. And, of course, junk mail has no place in this Command Center at all!

Clearing the clutter in your home

Posted on Monday, November, 7th, 2016 at 1:14 PM   (No comments)
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Laura Ray with Karen Graham on Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta

 

Clear the clutter! Did you know clutter is just postponed decisions? If you have a space full of decisions and need help, don’t miss this video clip below. Of course, you can contact me for help, too!

 

My 4-minute interview with Karen Graham on how to start Clearing the clutter in your home ran live on Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta in 2016.

 

Before & After: Streamline files, save time!

Posted on Monday, September, 26th, 2016 at 11:49 PM   (No comments)

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Here’s the situation:  Residential files were created over several years, resulting in random colors and tabs, jumbled order and overstuffed folders. The client procrastinated with filing because it was cumbersome to find and file documents.

Client:  Business executive

 

How solved:

  1. Weeded out old files.
  2. Separated too full files into multiple folders.
  3. Bought hanging folders in client’s favorite color and eliminated the use of all internal file folders.
  4. Created new tabs and lined up on the left side to make it easier on the eye.

We saw a 10 percent labor savings . . .

Posted on Sunday, April, 17th, 2016 at 11:26 PM   (No comments)

What people are saying…

 

“My company hired Laura to get organized to save time and increase productivity. We saw a 10 percent labor savings with our operations department. Money well spent and money well saved!”

 

Cathleen Chartier, Business owner

Get through e-mail faster by protecting your in-box

Posted on Tuesday, November, 3rd, 2015 at 11:28 PM   (No comments)

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You’re about to start a big project, but first you want to give e-mail a quick check. One hour later, you close e-mail and wonder where the time went. Your whole schedule’s thrown off. You vow to not let that happen again.

 

Usually the problem is your e-mail in-box. You want to get it under control, with a few minutes answering e-mail here, and a few minutes sending and forwarding there. If the types of e-mails in your in-box don’t change and the way you handle them doesn’t either, then it’s likely more time will disappear from your schedule.

Tame your work e-mail! My Oct. 7 presentation at ROAM Galleria

Posted on Monday, September, 21st, 2015 at 10:35 PM   (No comments)

If your work e-mails are piling up — or you know someone who is drowning in work e-mail — this is an open invitation to join me on Wed., October 7, when I present for ROAM Galleria’s Lunch and Learn from Noon to 1 p.m.  ROAM Galleria is a business gathering place near Galleria Mall at 285 and 75 in Atlanta.

 

My session, “Tame your e-mail and take back your work day,”  is a shorter, but still powerful version of the one-on-one e-mail management sessions that I offer business clients.

 

Be More Productive in Your Office: Laura Ray featured on TrustDale Radio Show

Posted on Tuesday, August, 25th, 2015 at 10:00 AM   (No comments)
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Laura Ray with consumer advocate Dale Cardwell

 

In January 2015, I had the privilege of being interviewed by consumer advocate Dale Cardwell for his TrustDale Radio Show. We talked about organizing and productivity in the office to highlight “National Clean Off Your Desk Day!”

 

If you’ve never heard it, the TrustDale Radio show features advice and tips on how to find reputable contractors and avoid scams.

 

If you’d like to listen to it, here’s  the  link on my YouTube channel.

 

Laura Ray on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta : Organize your paper and mail

Posted on Tuesday, July, 21st, 2015 at 11:28 PM   (No comments)

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It’s wonderful to be asked to be on Good Day Atlanta (Fox 5) for a second time this year! I was interviewed on their live show for mail and paper organizing on February 19, 2015.

 

Here are my tips below from the show, or watch Fox 5’s show HERE on my YouTube channel

 

Mail and Paper Organizing Tips by Laura Ray Organizing

 

Set up a mail center in your kitchen or nearby space

  • Use trays or a desktop file
  • Use a recycle bin and/or shredder

Keep it or toss it: How long do I keep paper?

Posted on Tuesday, September, 9th, 2014 at 1:24 AM   (No comments)

“How long do I keep paper?” is one of the questions I get asked the most. Many people are afraid to throw papers out. To help, I compiled this list from several sources including the IRS, for which there is a direct link to their recordkeeping document at the bottom.

 

These recommendations are for residential recordkeeping. Business recordkeeping varies, please check with your accountant.

 

Save for 1 month

  • Credit-card receipts
  • Sales receipts for minor purchases
  • Withdrawal and deposit slips. (Shred after checking against your monthly bank statement.)

 

Laura Ray named President of the NAPO-Georgia Chapter

Posted on Thursday, January, 2nd, 2014 at 1:42 AM   (No comments)

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Laura Ray has been named President of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) – Georgia Chapter, effective December 9, 2013. Laura, who was in her second term as Vice President of the NAPO-Georgia Board 2013-14, and in her third year on the Board, was voted in after the current President resigned.

 

The Organizing Authority(R), the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), is the premier association dedicated to the field of organizing. Since forming in 1985, NAPO has been dedicated to serving its members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public.

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