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Monday, October 8, 2012


Today kicks off my AWESOME ORGANIZERS IN OCTOBER series.  I'd like to welcome Miriam Ortiz y Pino, CPO® from Albuquerque, New Mexico as our first guest.  She has some great holiday organizing advice...Enjoy and thanks Miriam!  

Has your home office become a dumping ground for all items that need to be cleared from the dining table, kitchen counter and entry hall floor? Especially during the holiday season it is easy to fall into the “I’ll just set it here for later” and “hide the gift” syndrome. After the celebrating you are left with piles of bags, receipts, lists, addresses to enter and good intentions to catch up.

Believe me – not one of my clients has ever caught up on updating their card list without my help. In fact, at a certain point, there is no confidence in the list and so cards are not sent at all.

Instead of treating the stuff that accumulates at the holidays as “different,” simply incorporate it into your existing systems and routines. In this case, put holiday address collection in the same file, I mean pile, as incoming business cards and enter into your address book (paper or digital) at regularly scheduled intervals. For a couple of weeks there will be a higher volume flowing through but you will stay on top of the receipts and information.

Bonus tip - if you don’t buy gifts, there are no extra receipts to keep track of and no need for gift wrap. 

Miriam is a Certified Professional Organizer, Simplicity Expert & Coach, Entrepreneur, Writer, Blogger and Creator of The Streamlined System.  She works with entrepreneurs and other busy and creative people to eliminate the distractions, simplify systems and create routines so they can get it all done practically effortlessly.

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