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Paper Doll, Tackling The Stacks And Piles by Julie Bestry

     Julie Bestry

From credit card statements to Post-Its®, birthday party invitations to oil change coupons, expense reports to dental appointment cards, our modern lives and horizontal surfaces are overrun with paper. We're not sure what happened to that paperless office we were promised at the dawn of the computer revolution, but the more we go digital, the more paper we have. www.OnlineOrganizing.com's Paper Doll helps make sense of what papers to keep, where to keep them and for how long, and will offer some solutions and observations about winning the 21st century paper chase. These tips will even help you keep more of those little green pieces of paper everyone likes so much.

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Paper Doll Recaps MARCPO: A Capital Idea

(Andrea Hancock, NAPO-WDC Treasurer and Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, MARCPO Committee Chair)

Every once in a while, I need to amble away from Paper Doll HQ to mingle with colleagues and find out the latest and greatest in the professional organizing field. Loyal readers are familiar with my recaps of annual National Association of Professional Organizer conferences and expos.


posted on: 10/23/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Paper Doll Rolls the Highlight Reel: Removable Highlighter Tape

Paper Doll is unreservedly delighted to learn of new products that improve the organizing experience. You might even say it's a highlight of my life as a professional organizer and blogger. So I was pleased when colleague Nanette Duffey, PDMM® told me about today's nifty find.



posted on: 10/9/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

An Organized Hybrid: The Evernote Smart Notebook By Moleskine

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups "Two great tastes that taste great together."

Toyota Prius combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor

Zedonk a cross between a zebra and any other equine

A hybrid takes two things that exist perfectly well independently and combines them to make something altogether more fabulous. Today, we'll look at how two great product brands have united to create something fascinating: The Evernote Smart Notebook By Moleskine.



posted on: 10/2/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Organize Your Voting Rights: September 25 is National Voter Registration Day

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
~Sir Winston Churchill

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

There's a piece of paper out there that allows you to actively participate in our democracy, but first you have to be organized and obtain it. It's a voter registration card.


posted on: 9/25/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Paper Doll Hears Hoofbeats, Thinks: "Zebras!" (A #Shoplet/Zebra Review)

Today's special post is another installment of our ongoing series of reviews of products brought to us by our friends at Shoplet, operator of the nifty and prolific Shoplet blog.

As we've discussed before, one of the reasons we develop desk clutter can be laid squarely at the feet (if they had feet) of our writing implements. Sure, lackluster paper management leads to desk pileups, but so too does acquisition of (and failure to cull) writing implements and other desk accessories that just don't work. As I said in a prior review:


posted on: 9/19/2012 5:56:36 PM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Paper Doll Celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Paper Doll's first job was as a page at the Clearfield Branch of the Erie County Public Library -- the perfect stomping grounds for a Professional-Organizer-in-Training. Granted, the value of some skills (like maneuvering through a card catalog) might prove negligible as the 21st century progresses (unless we face a Revolution-like, world-wide loss of power).


posted on: 9/18/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Paper Doll Organizing Carnival: The Readers and Writers Edition

It's time again to round up the quixotic and intriguing paper-related issues, products and ideas that have popped up while we've been having other discussions.


As loyal readers know, the subject of the future of paper is always dear to me. I was delighted to read the following tweet from technology expert (and my college friend) Ross Rubin:



posted on: 9/11/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Paper Doll Says "Stick 'Em Up" To Stay Organized

With Labor Day behind us, summer is all but officially over. The kids are back at school and that sense of "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" ennui needs to be packed away. It's time again to focus on tackling the clutter and the daily tasks, and one of the ways we motivate ourselves is by acquiring new, fun office supplies.

While a cute but non-functional tool merely adds to our clutter supply, Back-To-School (or Back-to-the-School-of-Life) is a great time to indulge in functional items that uplift, charm and prompt greater organization. Today, we're going to take a peek at a few items we can "stick up" -- right in front of our faces -- to keep us in a task-oriented, organizing mode.



posted on: 9/4/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

A Textbook Case of Clutter: 11 Tips for Beating the High Cost of Textbooks

Three years ago, when we first broached the subject of college textbook clutter, textbook rental was a relatively new phenomenon. Since then, we explored the Textbook Information subsection of The Higher Education Opportunity Act, designed to give college students access to affordable course materials. However, enhanced transparency and un-bundling of resources only go so far.


posted on: 8/28/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

Indulgences, Unitaskers, and Paper Doll's Take on the Little Printer

Paper Doll is occasionally befuddled. On the one hand, as a professional organizer, I aim to reduce clutter, streamline information and make everything more functional. On the other hand, I'm only human, and I have an eye for a particular aesthetic. If something can be described as tiny and adorable, I've been known to try to rationalize a functional purpose.


posted on: 8/21/2012 10:30:00 AM  by Julie Bestry
category: Paper

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Julie Bestry, President of Best Results Organizing in Chattanooga, TN, is a Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker and author. Julie helps overwhelmed individuals and businesses save time and money, reduce stress and increase productivity through new organizational skills and systems.

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