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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  3:32 || under Home Organizing
Mom needed her pantry "tweeked" today; just needed a little more room and a little change in how things were stored. 
We did simple things like:
1. Clear pull out drawers for Keurig coffee K-cups, tea bags, pasta bags/boxes, small snacks
2. moved the bottles (that fall over on those wire shelves) into open (non-lidded) containers on lower shelves for easy access
3. purged  - yes, purge those outdated and unwanted items (don't tell her I told you but the oldest item we found was from 1986 - the year my 25 year old son was born!)
4. re-zone - move items to places more appropriate than the pantry (candles, vases, batteries, etc)

Your pantry may need 'tweeking" once every couple of months depending on how many people use it, but if you keep up on it you'll only spend 1/2 an hour or so.  So go ahead - get to tweeking!
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Monday, April 2, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  20:26 || under Home Organizing

What's Behind There?

Spring Cleaning is a great time to ask yourself this question.
There are places in our homes and offices that truly need to be seen; behind thesmall file cabinet,behind the refrigerator, behind the bed and dresser.These are common placesthat wefail tolook behind so it's the perfectplace for "bunnies"(not the Easter kind) to hide. And you'd be amazed at who the bunniesinvite to join them in the recesses of their dark, private corner; lost receipts, lost papers,single socks looking for a date (or even a mate), pens, sticky notes, utensils and even money.

For me, the best plan of attack is to schedule my "What's Behind There?" searches. I don't want to do a whole day search, I just want to choose one or two hiding places per session. I know that as a "naturally disorganized but functionally organized" person I can't add a ...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  21:04 || under General Organizing Tips
Organizing Tips for a Clutter-free Garage
1. Utilize storage you already have before purchasing anything new. Old dressers are great for storing small tools, rags, etc.

2. Make separate areas for small tools, supplies, hardware, large tools, liquids etc.

3. Purchase multiples of the same size storage containers. They will stack easy and give the appearance of order.
4. Keep a small file box with numbered dividers. For each storage unit put a label with a number on it, then list its contents on a 3x5 or 4x6 card and place the card behind the corresponding number in your file box. This works great for boxes stored up on rafters. Make sure you can SEE the number on the box (write in on all four sides), then when you need something you locate it in your file box and go straight to ...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  16:35 || under Office Organizing
Creative, disorganized, right-brained clients love Scansnap!
(article written for Fujitsu)
As a CPO (Certified Professional Organizer), I've discovered a surprising pattern among my clutter-prone, disorganized clients; they love creating file systems! They tend to be right-brained and creative, which promotes the desire for an attractive file system. The problem comes after the system is implemented; they don't use it.
My clients stare every day at examples of their personal and professional failures; files and systems created and never used. They call me when they are at their wits end. They call when the guilt becomes too much to deal with. They call when they are in danger of losing their job. I love receiving their calls because I know I can introduce solutions that work. Scansnap has become this organizers favorite solution. It brings me great satisfaction to see my clients feeling successful, guilt-free and working efficiently. It's like ...

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Friday, February 3, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  14:56 || under General Organizing Tips


Have you ever wondered whether you are a hoarder?
Does keeping 20 years of past Christmas cards constitute hoarding? Is there an acceptable expiration date by which you can still use food and not be considered a hoarder? How much trash has to pile up before you're labeled a hoarder? Does having extra sets of things mean you're a hoarder?
If you watched any of the Hoarding specials these past couple of years, you probably have some strong opinions about what you witnessed. It can be heart wrenching to watch. I have clients who live in the pain and shame of hoarding and excessive clutter; it takes control of their lives and slowly destroys any sense of a safe and comfortable home.
One segment I watched involved a sweet elderly lady who was living in a Level 5 Hoarding situation (see explanation below)and she clearly ...

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Monday, January 9, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  21:00 || under Office Organizing
10 Organizing Tips for a Clutter-free Office
1. Decide what part of the day is your most productive. Reserve that time for you. Use it for the tasks that require the most detail.
2. Save the simplest tasks for the end of your day. You're more apt to finish simple tasks than difficult ones at that point.

3. Use a stacker file on or near your desk. Use only the ones that allow you to label each section. This is an easy place to keep things that need to be dealt with today or those things that are urgent. It keeps your desk from becoming a pile of piles. Use your "15 minute end-of-day” time to clear out.

A. To file/scan whether you or an assistant does the filing, you need a place for it

B. To deliver to someone else ...

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Thursday, December 29, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  21:14 || under General Organizing Tips
National GET-ORGANIZED month
Plan now to use January to get yourself organized and off on the right foot for 2012! What better month to focus on organizing than January? You've just cluttered the home with wonderful Holiday celebrations and have to figure out what to do with it all; it's the end of the year and you have to plan for that dreaded April 15th date that approaches almost as fast as Christmas does; you're ready to make a resolution that will be kept for once.
So, get in the organizing frame of mind now. Make a plan today to seek out the encouragement you need to de-clutter your home during the winter months. No matter where you live, you should be able to locate a Professional Organizer through NAPO (National Assoc. of Prof. Organizers) at
Just select Find an Organizer and type in your info. NAPO gives ...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  21:26 || under General Organizing Tips
As I look ahead to Christmas I know that many of you, like me, will fight off the overwhelming sense of stress. What is so stressful about this time? It's the disorganized tangle of lights, ornaments, wrapping paper and décor as well as the overloaded lists of food preparation, appointments, invitations and shopping. If you are naturally disorganized, this scene is capable of sending you into the "post Christmas crash”. So, let me encourage you to change how you handle the hours leading up to the presents so you'll be able to handle the hours after the presents.
On Christmas Eve: Take the time to run the dishwasher even if it's not full, and then empty it; it'll make the morning much easier! Set up your cameras so you're ready for the first surprise of the morning. Clear any clutter that's been building throughout the day. Remind Santa to ...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  20:15 || under Home Organizing

Tax benefits of a home-based business

If you need to find more deductions for your taxes this year, a home based business may be your answer. Ask your accountant how your liability would be positively affected by having a home-based business.
I've added 2 businesses under the umbrella of Officially Organized.  Both help with the struggles of organizing in homes and offices.  Both provide me with additional tax benefits as businesses I run from home. 

Feel free to ask me about SendOutCards and Clever Container!
    • write off mileage
    • write off meals
    • write off office supplies
    • write off advertising and postage (100% of what you send with SOC is deductible if you are a distributor!)
    • write off travel
    • write off computer supplies

Call me today if you want more info on being an Entrepeneur with an At-Home business 

Tracy Axcell

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  13:51 || under Home Organizing

Purge Those Decorations!

Decorate then donate
Do you hate throwing away the broken gingerbread house from your son's kindergarten class?
Does the thought of dragging out those boxes of decor cause your heart to race?
This year let's donate!
After you've decorated, don't put those half full boxes back in the attic; donate the leftover items. If it is a struggle to let go, try taking a picture of it. Or the child who created the now broken gingerbread house if THEY want it. If not, then feel free to recycle it.
Now that you have reduced the amount of decorations, get ready to put everything away in an organized way. Buy clear tubs with RED/GREEN lids. Get a couple with dividers for ornaments. Now you ...

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