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Pendaflex is a NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) Premier Corporate Partner. As a NAPO member, I am well versed in their product line as I have attended their information sessions and visited their display booths at more than a few NAPO Conferences and I am always impressed.
So when I was recently asked to review some of their latest products (in exchange for a $20 gift card, thank you very much!) I was doubly excited. I know it seems reaaaaally dorky to get excited about office supplies, but hey, I'm an organizer. Post-it notes make me giggle like a school girl.
So here we go…
PileSmart® Desktop Organizer Tray
First of all, I love that this is made of clear acrylic, which is a hot material in the interior design world right now. Besides being trendy, it just makes sense as it disappears wherever you place it, blending into any surface color or material. In addition to being good looking, it also has smart design; it slants toward the back corner to keep papers in line.
It does come with six colored dividers with "write and erase labels" to help identify your stacks of papers, but honestly, I don't think that even matters (it's just a bonus).  The real value in this product as I see it is this:
1.     EVERYONE—even professional organizers—have somewhere in their home that collects paper piles. It may be active files on a desk in a home office, it may be mail on the kitchen counter, it may be kids' artwork on their bedroom desk, it may be magazines on top of the toilet.  This tray offers a designated area in which to corral said papers so they don't end up all over the house.
2.     The corner curve of the tray is only about 3" high. This sets a boundary, creates a LIMIT to the paper you can pile there. I do believe it's OK to have a working pile. When it becomes NOT OK, is when "pile" becomes plural and out of control. If you can commit to keeping your pile within the confines of this tray, you will never be overwhelmed by your papers.  Anyone can dig themselves out of a 3" hole in an hour or so. Anything more than that, and you should call me: www.YourHomeEditor.com or a local professional in your area.
Oh! And P.S.:  The PileSmart® Desktop Organizer Tray won the "Organizer's Choice Award for Best Business Product at the 2007 annual NAPO Conference (my first conference).  BOO-YAH.
PileSmart® Binder Label Clips
These clips allow for writing and erasing on the clip labels. You may ask yourself, "Why would I need to label a binder clip?" Well, the benefit here comes when you're working with others.  Sure, you know what that stack of papers clipped together is and where it's headed next. But if you're sick or on vacation, could someone else step up to your desk and figure it out?  With these clips (and your notes on the label), they can. Labels are even visible when papers are stacked in piles.
PileSmart® View Folders with Write-On Tabs
These are quick, convenient and very smart. How smart?
A.    Color-coded write-on tabs (great for visual folks) help you identify and retrieve documents quickly and easily. 
B.    Textured surface (great for kinesthetic folks) prevents piles from slipping and the thing holds up to 75 sheets of letter size paper.
C.    My favorite? They neatly fit in hanging folders. Great for everyone.

posted on: 7/26/2010 10:30:00 AM by Heather Lambie
category: Paper

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The Pile High Club--how NOT to become a member

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My Husband - "Honey, how thin can you spread yourself before you're no longer there?" Me - "I don't know. But I'm in it to win it, so we may have to find out."

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Favorite Websites

  • The Sartorialist
    This site appeases my hunger for all things New York, reminds me of my time there, and gives me great ideas for unconventional looks.
  • Toffee To Go
    They are located in Tampa, very near me, but they deliver/ship nationally. They have THE BEST toffee EVER. It's buttery, salty, sweet--all my favorite things in one bite.
  • The Container Store
    I know this is a no-brainer for an organizer...but this place really turns me on!
  • The Poetry Foundation
  • Because I Said So (blog)
    As a mom myself, this mom of 6 (!!!) has me in stitches.
  • Michael Buble
    If I wasn't happily married, I might be stalking him. Bar none, the best voice and best sense of humor!

Quotes That Move Me

  • General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
    "The truth of the matter is, you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
  • Ivern Ball
    "Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "The secret of education is respecting the pupil."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
  • Abigail Van Buren
    "The best index to a person's character is how he treats another person who can't do him good, and how he treats people who can't fight back."
  • Dorothy Galyean
    "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
  • Aristotle
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
  • Mark Twain
    "To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich."
  • Jackie Kennedy
    "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."

Places I'm Dying to Visit

  • Hawaii
    Any how, any way, any time.
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • China
  • Japan
  • Alaska (via cruise ship)
  • Marbella, Spain

Places I've Already Been

  • Australia (Sydney)
  • New Zealand
  • Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora
  • London
  • Paris
    Spent only one day here (took the Chunnel from London when I was there) but it was one amazing, beautiful day where I walked the flea markets, visited the Louvre, people-watched and used all 6 senses to experience it.
  • Trinidad & Tobago
    My husband is from here, so we go several times a year to visit family.
  • Italy (Milan, Vicenza)
  • Jamaica

Things I'd Like To Do Before I Die

  • Run a leg with the Olympic torch before the games begin
  • See the monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico
  • Ride a horse on the beach (in the water)
  • See a prize fight (boxing) in Las Vegas
  • Run the NYC Marathon
    I ran the Disney Marathon in 2000 (pre-kids). Would love to run another post-kids, to prove I can.
  • Have washboard abs.
  • Eliminate self doubt.
  • Own an apartment in Manhattan.
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
  • Take an RV trip down the coast of California.

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