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The Language Of Organizing by Porter Knight

Every sport, hobby and industry has it's own language – special words that help describe processes, events and activities unique to that world. Insiders know the language. Want to be an organizing insider? Join Porter Knight monthly as she muses on "The Language of Organizing." Porter uses vivid descriptions of organizing challenges and organizing solutions to help clients identify and remember her tried-and-true techniques for getting and staying organized. She'll show you how organizing can and should be F.U.N., how you can "Align your GEARS," why you have to hold yourself at "The Point of the Decision" and what it means to move those decisions "To the Threshold." Knowing "The Language of Organizing" will make it easier for you to achieve productivity with balance.

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Can I see client "before" and "after" pictures?"

Occasionally, in my 12 years as a Professional Organizer, folks have asked to see "before and after" pictures of my work with clients. A visual image is powerful, but that is precisely why I don't show them. Though I have had dozens of clients give me permission to take and share photos, there are 3 reasons why I don't use before and after pictures to illustrate the transformation clients experience when we work together.


posted on: 4/20/2008 3:00:00 PM  by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips

The Power of Skim

Are you one of those people who has piles and piles of stuff you say you're going to read? In some cases, the accumulation becomes so overwhelming it takes over flat surfaces near and far, in every corner of the office and home.

Don't be buried in potential reading material. Embrace the "Power of Skim."


posted on: 3/16/2008 3:00:00 PM  by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips


Organizing is fun and exciting for the same reason it is so challenging and exhausting: it requires you to make decisions.  This is fun and exciting because it empowers you, putting you back in charge of your space, stuff, and time, embracing your ability to decide what belongs (and what doesn't).  But all that deciding takes focus and attention, which can be tiring.  And often the reason the deciding has been postponed is that the decision itself is difficult or laden with emotion.

  That's why benchmarking is such a powerful skill for organizing.


posted on: 2/17/2008 3:00:00 PM  by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips

Taking care of problems vs. solving them

Being organized doesn't mean everything is always perfect (a huge relief to me!) But when you encounter a problem or challenge, the organized approach is first: take care of the problem.  Then:  solve it.  These are two separate and distinct activities.  


posted on: 2/4/2008 9:05:42 PM  by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips

Simplify with the "Know-No" Strategy

One of the most common themes of organizing is "Simplify." A less complicated, less hectic life implies the opportunity for greater reflection and meaning, more relaxation and peace. If you're attracted to this idea, take a deep breath…now let it out…and read on…
My dictionary says that "to simplify" means "to make plain or easy." The trick is that though simplification will make things easier, it isn't always easy to simplify. Today's society invites us to lead extraordinarily complicated lives. To consciously choose another pattern requires effort, courage, and discipline. ...


posted on: 12/17/2007 11:38:43 PM  by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips

"If it's not fun, why do it?"

I live in Vermont and love ice cream, so naturally I'm a Ben & Jerry's devotee. In addition to making great ice cream, the company has a great attitude. I especially like the phrase coined by Jerry several years ago, "If it's not fun, why do it?"

Though it can't quite compare to eating a delicious pint of Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, organizing can and should be fun. I use F.U.N. as an acronym to help clients keep organizing in perspective. ...


posted on: 11/18/2007 3:00:00 PM  by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips


About Porter:

Yes, I love organizing. And I love teaching others how to adopt the skills necessary to become more organized. But you know why I organize? Because what I really love to do is ride horses, hike, practice yoga, swim, read, dance, and spend time with my family (2 boys, husband and dog). Being organized allows me to balance all the aspects of my life so I can enjoy life fully. Since 1996 I have used vivid descriptions of organizing solutions to help make productivity and balance more achievable for thousands of individuals. Jump on board!

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