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LS Virtual Client Project: Office Shelves, Cables, Sill

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Happy Tuesday folks. Get ready for some awesomesauce flying at you from out of your computer screens because today I’m delighted to be sharing a peak at one of my virtual client projects.

What we had was a beautiful office space that had just been given a facelift by way of new coat of paint, new furniture, etc. It has a lovely window that looks out to a garden fountain, it’s spacious and light-filled. So the good news was the foundation. The less than great news was the lack of any real organizational systems.

My client travels frequently, her schedule is hectic, and the result was a new office that was still playing host to old clutter. Here’s just one area from the office:

So we had a little chat about the state of things, Ms. Clientess Divine and I (she had opted for the LS Deluxe Package which includes 4 30-minute phone/ video consults).

During the consult, we discussed how best to de-clutter the space and to organize it. We both agreed that she was vastly underutilizing the bookshelves, and that the windowsill had become a little clutter zone. Not to mention all those cables! Homegirl had herself some cables and modems and then some, all out right there in the open.

I gave her guidance with how best to make use of her bookshelves, calling her attention to small details such as the way in which she stacked the books (you have to be able to see them, Ladyday). I also enforced a no clutter law on the windowsill (maybe you’re all done with the painter’s tape?), and, when she mentioned she might have a friend who could help her move all those cables from the floor to the top bookshelf, just about jumped out of my seat with enthusiasm. I also made her promise she would follow through with discarding the remnants of the old office (i.e. that stray chair), which she heartily agree to do.

And, per my virtual client procedure, I sent her a document following our conversation summarizing everything we had covered, recommended product links, and including some pictures for inspiration.

We made arrangements as to when she would attend to her homework and send me updated photos. So on the agreed upon Sunday night I get an email from Client Far-away with photos attached, as promised.

Can I just say– HURAH! I was beaming from ear to ear and immediately sent her a response with more exclamation points than is ever appropriate in correspondence. But look at that! Just look at those book stacks, that blissfully clear windowsill, those stupid cables isolated and tucked away where they belong.

I awarded her an A++ and I am tough judge.

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But really, don’t you want to get in on this? I’ve been having so much success and such fun with my virtual clients and I would love to work with you as well, regardless of where you’re located. Check out my Virtual Organizing Services page to learn more, or drop me an email at LiveSimplybyannie@gmail.com with any questions you have about the process.

Electrical Cord Management (Part 1)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It doesn’t have to be halloween for me to find big scary webs hanging around clients’ homes. It happens year round, and those webs are made of many, many tangled electronic cords.

It’s understandable, really, for several reasons– one being that we own such a great many electronic devices, all of which come with their own bevy of cords. The devices may come and go, but the cords remain; they get added to our ever-growing collection of unidentifiable wire-things. Why? Because. We may still need them someday. Better to keep the cord than to find yourself unable to plug in that personal DVD player from the early part of the new millenium. Good heavens!

So, then, to tackle the cord issue. This is going to be a two step (post) approach. Today we’ll cover cord identification.

Let’s say, just as a for instance, that you have a secret stash of cords lying around somewhere. Some are black, some are white, and they all have different tip thing-ers. Your first order of business is to identify the purpose of each cord. Lucky for you, I’ve made a dummy-proof guide to help you through the cord-sort.

When you have your cords identified you can better establish whether or not you actually have a need for them. Do you still own an electronic component that requires an RCA connector? If not, please, let them go, sir or madame. Those cords that can be conclusively paired to a device you still own and operate should be labeled.

You may also want to label cords that are currently in use; when you’re crawling underneath your desk in the dark-ish trying to unplug just the lamp, it will help monumentally if you can tell the difference between them.

You can easily label cords with simple stickers or paper tags, or even bread bag closures– you know what I mean.

You can use a bit of washi tape, which is like, uber trendy right now.

Or you can opt to purchase cord identifiers. These Dotz Cord Identifiers couldn’t be any cuter:

That’s all for cord identification– tomorrow we’ll delve into the realm of cord containment. Stay tuned!

Image credits: Real Simple, Martha StewartLandee See, Landee Do, Dotz Cord Identifiers