How can a mirror, a picture frame and a game board help you organize your work area this summer? (Organizing tips for business professionals and entrepreneurs)

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In the 80s, I use to like a show on the CBS network called, MacGyver (… for those of us who remember it).  Although it was fictional, I enjoyed how the main character, Angus MacGyver, would just get common objects around him and create something totally different but functional.  I was a kid but even I knew that it was a genius concept and super cool at that.  So how does the concept of a show from over twenty years ago relate to getting organized?  Well, I’m going to share a few quick tips on how you can “MacGyver” or repurpose a mirror, a picture frame and a game board to help you organize your work area, whether it’s your office at work or at home.

Need something to post friendly reminders to yourself and prevent your desk from becoming a cluttered eye-sore?  How about creating a memo board… out of a mirror.  Why not take it a step further… a magnetic memo board!  Just grab a framed mirror that you really like (or take a short trip to your local thrift store), give it a little TLC by may be adding a coat of paint, swap out the glass with a metal sheet from your local home improvement store, cover it with some fabric, add a few magnets, and there you have it!.. you’ve got yourself a handy (and fancy, I might add) way to temporarily store those reminder notes, networking cards, or shopping lists.  It helps you to keep your desk cleared of the thousands of tiny paper-items we consume on a regular basis and, if you’re like myself, your memo board can be customized to fit the décor in your work area.  Check out a previous post I did on how I used this same concept to create a vision board.

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Need a place to discreetly store away and maintain your mobile devices?  What if I told you all it takes is a dual, 8×10 picture frame and a drill? Now, you have a convenient and clever charging station.  Just remove a couple of the templates and the glass from the inside of the frame, carefully drill a hole in the side of the frame where you want to thread your device cords through, and WHAA LAA!  Wanna personalize it even more?  Take one of the templates and glass that was removed from the frame and place it on the top so that you can add your favorite photo.  Be sure to seal the glass down and the edges where the frame slides out in order to secure anything from falling out.

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An organized desk usually consists of an area to neatly store your commonly used office supplies, some good lighting, a sorting tray for temporarily storing documents, and an area for your electronic devices or writing.  So keep this space light.  Most of that work surface on your desk is for writing or using your electronics.  How about using a marble game board and repurposing it into a tablet, keyboard, or book prop for your desk?  This is a great option if you don’t have a tablet cover that enables you to angle your device to reduce screen glare, or if you have a desktop keyboard that has a broken prop-up leg, or if you’re reading and would like to prop your book up slightly from the flat position on your desk.  Just open the marble board, placing the actual playing side face-down on the table or surface.  Using batting and fabric material, wrap it around the board and secure it with a hot glue gun.  Allow it to dry and in that little time you have a new prop board for your desk.  When you’re done with it, you can close the board and store it away, increasing your work surface.

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BAAAMM!.. you’ve been MACGYVER’ED!!!  Enjoy these quick repurposing tricks to help you get your workstation organized this summer.  Remember to subscribe to this blog for many more tips on how you can evict the elephant in your room.  C’mon back!  We’d love to hear from you.

Until the next post…

– Sy

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Friday’s Inspired Space (Home-based Business Organization)

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In the spirit of creating boards of our visions, I decided to carry it over into this week’s inspired space.  As if creating a vision board wasn’t enough, how about a vision wall.  Or how about creating extra storage for those notes, stamp booklets, or networking cards.  Taking advantage of the vertical space (wall space) in your home-based business area(s) is the smartest move you can make when getting organized.  You spare yourself the floor or desk space and provide a huge convenience.  I’m sure anyone can appreciate a “grab-n-go” feature near their work area.

Well, here’s to another productive week.  Enjoy the weekend, guys!  Next week, we’ll dig into some tips that I’m sure will be helpful to your family, your business partner, or even a roommate, as we discuss the shared space.

Until then…

– Sy

Home-based Business Organizing Tip #5: It’s MY products and I’ll store them how I want to!

Not everyone works or thinks the same way.  So when it comes to creating an effective storage system for your products, the same understanding applies.  It’s so easy for that intrusive but well-meaning person to come along, pick through your things, and tell you how “all your lipsticks should be put together…” or how “it would make more sense just to put all the men’s products in one area …”.  Yes, but that would be too simple and I deliberately want to make things harder for myself. Nooo!

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Unless that caring individual has to work with me in that space, they don’t know that it’s not always as simple as putting all of the lipsticks together.  They don’t know that it’s a WORLD of matte lipsticks, lip glosses, lip stains, ravishing reds, pretty-in-pinks, naughty nudes… and they are constantly changing.  They don’t understand that orders are not just placed by lipsticks or shoes.  It’s the types of shoes, the types of lipstick.  It’s the type of men’s accessory… is it seasonal?  For what purpose?.. dry or oily skin?  What size?  These are just examples of what needs to be taken in consideration when creating a storage system for your products that will really work for YOU and your business.

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Home-based Business Organizing Tip #5 :  Store your products according to what works best for your particular business.

  • First thing’s first, go through your entire inventory and sort through what you have.  Create general categories for your storage area according to what your inventory consists of.  It may be lipsticks, eye liners, blushes.  It may be men’s, women’s, children’s.  It may be candles, flatware, or linens.  Then, create sub-categories based on the types of lipsticks, candles, or children’s items.
  • Purge products that are unsellable or discontinued.  You may consider using the discontinued items as give-aways or thank-you gifts for customers.
  • Take consideration of items that may be temperature-sensitive and store them accordingly.
  • If space is an issue, consider condensing some of your categories or take more advantage of your vertical space by purchasing wall shelving.
  • Use sturdy storage units that will withstand wear-and-tear over a longer period of time.  Consider stretching your dime a little more for a better quality shelving unit.  It’s an investment worth making.
  • Store seasonal or special occasion items further away, while items that sell or are used regularly should be stored in view.
  • Good lighting is as essential in your storage area as it is in your work space.  Concerned about power consumption?  Energy efficient light bulbs are the perfect, cost-effective solution.
  • When labeling your products, be sure to use a font size that is easily visible to you.  It’s enough trying to locate the products themselves, let alone having to struggle with what your label says on the shelf or the container.
  • Keep a log of any items that have specific expiration dates and be sure to store the items with the closest expiration dates toward the front to be sold first.  Keep an inventory tracking log daily so that you know what items may need to be restocked, especially prior to key sale days or events.
  • Finally, be sure to take a few minutes at the end of your business day to do a quick run through your work area and inventory space to make sure everything is placed back in it’s original home.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’re business day is sure to flow as smooooth as butter.

– Sy

Aligning Your Vision with Your Actions

Guys… here is an example of one blogger’s Vision Board party experience. Her name is Jenni Lewis and thanks to a friend, she had the time of her life.
Enjoy the weekend all. In keeping with the Vision Board topic, next week I’ll be sharing one of my personal favorite vision boards to kick off a series of DIY projects for this year. More details to come soon. – Sy

The Life of Jenni Lewis

Listening to one of my good friends and business partners a little over a month ago talk about how much she had grown and how she had a vision board party for her 30th birthday instead partying sparked my interest.  I thought that was an amazing idea.  And since my birthday had just past, I thought this would be a great way to bring some amazing women in my life together to discuss our futures and share our outlooks on life.

I invited my closest friends who are in the metro Detroit area, my business partners and a few family members.  I cooked dinner and bought poster boards, scissors, glue sticks, wine, and gathered some old magazines.  A little music set the mood and my excitement increased upon the arrival of each of my guest.

To read more about vision boards and how to set up a party, please feel…

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The Merriest Christmas and Here’s to a Prosperous New Year!

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Hey Guys!  I know it’s late but Merry Christmas!  I had such an amazing Christmas that there are no words for how exciting it was.  I am also so grateful for you, my home-based business family.  I love this time of year because it really humbles and reminds you of the many blessings that has been given us.  Not just in things but the relationships and life experiences.  2013 has been quite a roller coaster but I am sooo grateful for every experience.  I’ve learned so much and I’ve gained just as much.  I began my journey as a new entrepreneur, started my blog, and I’m seeing new changes coming even as the new year is coming in.  Great changes!

As we end this year, I want to encourage you all to take the next step in your business.  Don’t settle for “the dream” or idea of having a prosperous business but claim your success by going out there and doing what you need to do to obtain it.  Go get your vision and make it a reality!  Yes, go back to dreaming again, just as we used to as children.  But you have been given the power to put forth the action.  One of my favorite quotes is, “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”.  If you see yourself being whatever that definition of success is, then you can have it.  It’s all up to you.  But “faith without works is dead”… you can have the most brilliant ideas, the strongest drive, or the greatest intent but without the action to go along with it, they could easily go to waste.

So for 2014, write those goals, create a plan of action and make it THE year that you stop talking a good game and live it!  Start 2014 off with a new mindset and an organized lifestyle….

… I’ll be waiting for you at the starting line.

Here’s to a Prosperous 2014 and many new, great home-based business organizing tips coming!

P.S. We’re really enjoying our family’s Christmas gift this year… welcome the new addition!…

Christmas 2013

– Sy

Friday’s Inspired Space for the Home-based Business Owner!

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Today’s inspired home-based business space comes by way of HGTV.com.  It’s a contemporary office design by Amy Cuker.  One of the main elements of a space, besides organization (a biggie for me), is color.  I am so inspired by bright colors/tones.  Color tends to instantly affect my mood or my spirit in a positive way.  That is why I believe I’ve become so attracted to bright colors over the past couple of years.  Prior to then, you could not pay me to consider anything brighter than a neutral tone.  But I’ve become more open to try new, exciting things.  I’ve noticeably embraced new interests.  I’m not completely certain of what provoked the change but I’m enjoying the ride.  Change can absolutely be a great thing.  Today’s tip… consider incorporating color into your life.  Not only can it brighten up your space but it can brighten your mood throughout your business day.  You’d be pleasantly surprised at how even little accents of color can affect your attitude.  Think about the affect it has on you when you enter one of your favorite retail stores.  The colors, the textures… it’s such a great experience.  So become inspired by color to create a new space for the new year.

Well, guys, enjoy this weekend.  Take it easy out there this weekend as you’re finalizing your Christmas shopping.  Remember the true meaning of the season and prepare for the new year with a new mindset and a newly organized space to match.

– Sy

Friday’s Inspired Home-based Business Spaces

Happy Friday!  Every week I’ll choose a space related to home-based business that really inspires me and I hope that it will inspire you to conjure up some amazing ideas for your home-based business space.  I’ll highlight some of the great features in each space and provide mini-tips on how you can incorporate them as well.  So enjoy your weekend, guys!  It’s been an awesome week.  I hope that you enjoyed all of tips so far and I look forward to sharing more with you.

Today’s inspired space:

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Today’s inspired space comes from Better Homes & Gardens.  It’s a multipurpose work station.  I love this space and used it as inspiration for one of my clients.  I was left with the challenge of trying to figure out how we could store her supplies in an area in her home-office where the area was directly under her attic door.  She has one of those attic doors that are pulled down from the ceiling so that meant she needed to either move her desk and use a ladder or stand directly on her desk to get up there.  I had the idea of using pegboard and the storage accessories to store her supplies but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how I could do that and still allow for her to access her attic space.  I always strive to store as little as I can on desks because it’s one of the most vulnerable places to leave things.  It’s just so easy to put something on your desk and forget about it until there’s a pile developing.  Besides, a cluttered desk/work area can contribute to stress so keep it cleared as much as possible.  So I was very excited to have found this space online.  It is a combination of different types of boards; magnet, dry-erase, chalkboard, cork and pegboard squares.  It’s a genius place to stick items like receipts/networking cards, write appointment reminders, and store your office supplies OFF OF YOUR DESK.  Just add pieces of your favorite fabric designs and you’ve got an inspiring but functional space.

– Sy