pulling it together
secret to pulling it together, and keeping
it together, is that there is no one secret
solution. Life is full of change and what kept
you organized in college,
may not keep you organized as a working mother.
we have all known someone who defies the
laws of nature. She’s always on time,
impeccably dressed, and most annoying of
all, works in a perfectly organized office
where a 5-year-old financial report can
be retrieved in less time than it takes
a mere mortal woman to remove the dog fur
from her skirt with a piece of tape.
are the same women who have newborn babies
that sleep through the night, linen pants
that don’t wrinkle, and who have
never made an error in an e-mail to a client.
The point is these women (and unfortunately
my mother-in-law is one of them) are extremely
rare. The rest of us are a little less
predictable. We may be perfectly organized
one moment, then surrounded by clutter,
missed appointments, and overdue projects
matter what your favorite women’s
magazine might tell you, being and staying
organized is not a weekend project, it’s
a lifelong process. But don’t let
the enormity of the endeavor hold you back.
Periodically ask yourself whether you are
using your resources (time, money, and
talents) efficiently. While you’re
at it, ask your closest friends. You may
not always like the answers, but if the
truth hurts, it can also sometimes help.
the things that cause organizational upheaval
are good things. A new job, a new baby, a new house, a new partner,
or a long vacation can shake you up, but
once you’ve learned how to manage
the changes you will find that you are
a better person for it.
to get you started, we have assembled a
small list of organizational must-haves.
Whether you’re working from a corner
office, or from a corner of your kitchen
counter, you will always need 3-ring
pouches, a journal
or notebook, a good eraser,
and several sharp
pencils. We’ll show you our favorites.
unlike those exceptional women who seem
to know it all, yet refuse to share their “secret” recipe,
we don’t mind sharing. In fact we
will tell you everything we know about
home and office organization. We will even
show you pictures
of real offices that function well,
and look great. We hope you will be inspired
to add some of this functional beauty to
your workspace and to your home.
If one of our ideas or products works for you, or if you have a solution you’d like to share,
please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.