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Home versus Home Office: Co-existing in peace

Posted on Monday, August, 7th, 2017 at 4:34 PM   (No comments)

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Laura was interviewed by the blog writer from the national company, eaHELP, which provides virtual executive assistants. This was the article, published August 2016.

 

Even the most disciplined remote worker can face challenges maintaining physical distinctions between where work and life happen. For expertise, we recently spoke with Laura Ray of Laura Ray Organizing. She’s a professional organizer who for more than 10 years has been helping companies, families and home-based professionals maintain order.

 

What have you noticed about the organization needs of virtual / remote workers?

“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!

Survey says 81 percent of Americans favor experience-based gifts

Posted on Wednesday, December, 21st, 2016 at 8:42 AM   (No comments)
A new survey says:
Wow, does this mean that you can purchase less gifts from the online mall? Maybe. Do you know that many gifts end up as clutter in homes? I know the “clutter factor” on gifts because for the last 10 years I have helped clients get rid of lots of well-intended gifts.
The survey also says:
–  On average, more than 1 in 4 gifts go unused.

–  Nearly 1 in 5 Americans never use half their gifts.
Maybe you decide to give more creative gifts, gift certificates or experience gifts, like the survey mentions.
Whatever you decide to give this giving season, I hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! 

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.

 

Need help putting away your decorations?

Posted on Monday, November, 7th, 2016 at 12:59 PM   (No comments)
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You may love decking the halls, but not un-decking them (is that a word?). Well…there’s help.
        One of the services Laura Ray Organizing offers is helping clients put away their Christmas decorations. Proper boxes or bags, if needed, are selected for all of the festive decor and all are labeled. Boxes are packed and stowed in your storage area.

       Christmas is put away in a flash like Santa’s sleigh, and decking the halls next year is merry since ornaments are organized and easy to find.

 

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.

Laura participates on panel for National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference

Posted on Sunday, June, 26th, 2016 at 8:22 PM   (No comments)

Had the privilege of being on an “Ask the Organizer” panel in front of about 500 organizers at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Annual Conference held May 2016 in Atlanta.

 

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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

Laura interviewed by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution: Organizing your home

Posted on Thursday, March, 31st, 2016 at 8:49 PM   (No comments)

An excerpt from Laura’s interview with the Atlanta Journal/Constitution newspaper (August 30, 2015) by H. M. Cauley

For many homeowners autumn means going back on overload, juggling jobs, kids, social activities, family obligations and pre-winter repairs around the house. In the crush to get it all done, it’s easy to let clutter take over.
       Experts who have made careers out of organizing other people’s stuff say fall is a good time to clear out that garage, basement or extra bedroom that Junior just vacated. But most people put off these big projects until they are forced to face them in a life-altering moment: a divorce, a job transfer, the death of a parent whose clutter is now inherited. Yet tackling clutter pays off with immediate stress reduction.
     “It’s particularly important in bedroom closets and baths, the two places where you start your day,” said Laura Ray, owner of the Marietta-based OrganizeAtlanta.com and president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Georgia chapter.
“If you have a home for everything, it reduces a lot of the strain and stress. In the bath I like separate drawers or trays for each category: dental, makeup, soaps, medicines, toiletries. A big bin for everything doesn’t work; it’s more helpful to see exactly what you have in the right spot.”
       If the prospect of re-organizing seems daunting, Ray suggests whittling it down to one question: What is the most aggravating situation you are trying to solve? Always misplacing your keys? Kids’ backpacks going astray? Losing your laptop?
       “Have a home for everything and a simple system” suggests Ray. “When I walk in the door, I put my backpack here. A dish by the door is where I put my keys. If you move something, put it back before you go to bed, so in the morning it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be.”
     …And even in this digital age, organizers say the top problem they confront when called on to streamline a residential or commercial space is paper.
       Ray estimates that about 60 percent of the jobs she tackles involve cleaning up paper. “I create file systems to get it under control and keep track of taxes and other important financial papers,” she said. “Some clients are challenged by the volume of paper that comes in the door, and they aren’t sure how long to keep it or where to keep it. The IRS website has a good list that tells you what you need to keep and for how long.”
       If the prospect of sorting through piles of paper or organizing that crammed garage is overwhelming, it may be time to call in an expert… (END)

What people are saying: Help with home filing

Posted on Monday, March, 14th, 2016 at 9:23 PM   (No comments)

What people are saying…

“Laura helped sort my papers and establish a home filing solution.  She created an easy and functional system for storing and retrieving my personal documents.

     Laura was very pleasant and professional while in my home. Her customer service definitely exceeded my expectations.”

Tabitha Marewangepo,
manager, Fortune 50 company
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