Friday, December 25, 2009

Eliminate holiday storage hassels with smart organizers!

Did it take you forever to find your holiday decorations this year? Did they sit aound your house for weeks after the holidays last year? If you answered yes to either of these questions,
I have the solution for you.

The solution is having the best holiday organizing products to store your holiday ornaments, decorations, etc. It is soooooo easy you'll even enjoy putting them away.

Whether you choose to pack them away this week or next, you can do it in only 3 hours (or less)
with Solutions great products.

The link below will show you great ways to organize your holiday decor! Shop Now >

While you are there, check out their Tips for Holiday Storage. They are just what I have been telling my clients for years.

To learn other ways that I can change your life in 3 hours...only 180 minutes at

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing you Happy Holidays

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!
During this holiday season take the time to do the things that are the most important to you.
I'm spending the holidays with family and friends because that is what I enjoy the most.
I would love to hear what you choose to do. Please comment below.
Special thanks to all of you who have read my blog this year.
I'm always looking for new topics to write about. If there is something speacial that you would like me to write about send an email to: nancy@organizationplus,

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Great Time Saving Gift Items to Simplify Your Life

Have you, or someone you know, ever spent hours reconstructing your address book?

If you answered yes check out Flexaddress . If you prefer a paper address book to an electronic one this will simplify your life. Each address label peels off so you can easily replace it with an updated label. You will never have to replace your address book again.

Were your holiday decorations stashed in your basement, crawl space, attic, or hidden among the boxes in your storage unit? Get a head start for next year. Order holiday storage products from The Container Store so you will have them on hand when it is time to take your tree down.

Check our these items and more on the Organization Plus Recommended Products page.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Real Results at Stone Digital Productions

Real results from getting organized at Stone Digital Productions Video Production and Videography

For your own 3 Hour Transformation give me a call at (978) 922-6136.

Organization Plus

Real Results

Real Results from a Professional Organizer
Nancy Black / Organization Plus

While helping a woman organize her beautiful oceanfront home we found the architectural drawings for the layout of the water system for her house. She needed them but hadn't taken the time to look for them.

A client who dreaded wrapping gifts had me create a gift wrapping area in her home. She saved time, because she knew where everything was, and money because she didn't buy duplicates of supplies that she already had. When we were organizing it she realized that she had enough holiday tags for the next five years.

Many of my clients have told me they didn't have time to get organized until they heard that I could change their life in 3 hours - yes, only 180 minutes.

People are amazed at what we accomplish in so little time! You would be surprised what goes on behind closed doors in custom designed closets and cabinets.

Organizing is about systems, not about space. If your closets and cabinets need to be organized, help is only an email, or a phone call away.

Other common clutter areas are the built in kitchen or home office desks. If yours has become a launching pad for mail, school papers etc., call me to discuss an Organization Plus 3 Hour Transformation.

(978) 922-6136

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Tips: Steps To A Calmer Holiday Season

From my December "News from Nancy" newsletter... If you are not already a subscriber you can subscribe for free by following this link.

First, start by deciding, in advance, what you will do and what you will not do this year.

Many people feel guilty if they do not do everything they think that they should. Be realistic about the free time that you have to cook, bake, decorate, and shop.

Consider these options:

Don't do it all yourself - delegate. Ask your family and friends for help.

A personal chef can make your favorite recipes.

Hire a caterer.

Hire someone to decorate your home.

Catalogue or shop online vs. malls or boutiques.

Use relaxation techniques to stay calm. Slow, deep breathing will keep your stress responses to a minimum.

Reward yourself by taking little relaxation breaks frequently throughout the day, like a 15 minute walk, a bike ride, or simple stretching exercises can make holiday stress melt away!

You're doing plenty already - don't try to do it all. Have more realistic expectations of yourself and of others.

Decide to do less. Ask yourself, "Should I really be doing this? Do I really have to do it or can someone else do it?"

Break holiday tasks into manageable segments, you'll be less stressed than if you try to do it all at the last minute.

Have fun! Smile and enjoy the little things in life like a beautiful sky, fresh air, or children waiting anxiously in line to see Santa Claus.

And finally, remind yourself that no one is going to look to see if your baseboards are clean. If they do, remind yourself not to sweat the small stuff!

And after all... isn't most of it really the "small stuff?"

Have a great holiday season!


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Newsletters 74 New Subscribers needed to meet my 2009 goal.

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Sign up now at for your free subscription.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Organization Plus Annouces Our Facebook Fans Page

Organization Plus is excited to announce that our Facebook Fans Page went live yesterday at 5:45 am.

Consider becoming a fan and invite your friends to join you.

Special thanks to my marketing coach, Charlene St. Jean, of The Purple Diamond, for designing it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Action Plan for a Hassel Fress Holiday

Thanksgiving "Action Plan" for a Hassel Free Holiday

Today I saw an ad for a new pill that you can take to reduce holiday stress.
My reaction was, "It is really sad that people are so stressed at holiday time.

Having an "action plan" will make preparing for your guests easier and less stressful.

NOW is the time to create your "action plan".

1) Plan menu and decide what you are going to make and what you want others to bring.
If other people will be bring food tell them what you would like them to bring.

2) Make a list of what food and supplies you will need.
Categories to consider:
Fresh Produce
Cheese, Chocolate & Flowers
Other: Linens, paper goods, table decorations,etc.

3) Purchase non-perishable items, beverages.

4) Place order for fresh turkeys, baked goods, and prepared food.

5) Plan what foods you can make ahead and schedule time on your calendar make

6) Day before: Write out menu and cooking and heating schedule (include oven or stove
top temperature).
Put out platters, bowls, dishes and serving pieces and put a post-it
each labeled with what it is for.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not self-clean your oven just before a holiday. The intense
heat may cause the temperature control to mal-function.

I usually have large groups for holidays and with an "action plan" I am able
to relax and enjoy my company. For major holidays I hire help to heat up the food and clean up so that I can be a "happy hostess". If you are cannot that ask for help.

Best wishes to you and your guests for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Organization Plus

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Give memories this holiday season.

Strapped for cash. Give memories this holiday season.

Shop in your own photo stash and surprise someone special to you with a gift of memories. One of my colleagues, Midge Gravelese, can help you create Creative Memories.

Midge Gravelese
978-921-1643 Home or Cell 617-285-0900
SHOP 24/7
StoryBook & PhotoCenter #89482032

Need help finding your photos among the clutter, call 978-922-6136 for a 3 Hour Transformation.

Donate Halloween Candy to the Troops 11/13/09

Donate leftover Halloween candy to the troops. Soldiers Angels will send to troops. Bring to Briscoe Middle School, in Beverly, MA. FINAL collection day there is Friday the 13th. Final day overall is Wednesday, November 18th, at the Dane Street Church.

A sweet way to say thank you to our troops.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November Book Collection

One of my colleagues, Nancy Gallant, of Time Well Spent, has set a goal to collect 1,000 books this month to be donated.

Donations will be given to
More Than Words and The Lynn Community Health Center
and a few may be placed in the * S.O.S. Resource Library

Drop-Off Day @ Time Well Spent ~
Saturday Nov. 21, 10-4~
89 Turnpike Rd/Rte 1
Office #209
Ipswich, MA 01938

Contact Nancy Gallant to schedule
alternative drop-off arrangements.
Cellphone: 617.548.6340 (call or text)

*The S.O.S. Resource Library is a space within Time Well Spent that has over 300 books.

Showcasing ~ Time Well Spent at the annual North Shore Women in Business Showcase, November 12th, 3:30-7:30 @ the Danversport Yacht Club. It's free of charge, open to the public and features many fabulous local businesses, including products for sale ~ an opportunity for great local holiday shopping and networking!

New solution for kitchen clutter.

Have plastic containers been causing clutter in your kitchen for years?
Have you been frustrated searching for the right cover?

The search is over. The answer is EASY FIND LIDS, only from Rubbermaid.
The lid fits right under the container.

Check the coupon section of today's Sunday paper for a $$ saving coupon for them.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday Organization and Planning

Holiday Organization and Planning

The 34 days between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are the most chaotic time of year for many people.

Getting organized for the holidays will save you time and money and reduce your stress.

Everyone is so strapped for time that the best advice I can give you is to ask for help.

Whether it is planning the office party, or having people at your home, make a list of what you need to do yourself and what you can ask others to do.

Holiday Shopping...

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day in stores and in cyberspace.

If you shop at the mall, note stores that you need to go to according to their location. It will save you miles of mall walking.

Shop locally, it will save you time and gas.

List gifts to buy by store, i.e. toys, electronics, books.

Have people circle items wanted in catalogues.

Have ship to and credit card information available when shopping or placing orders.

Shop early for gifts that have to be mailed.


Save time - use automated systems in Post Office lobbies instead of standing in line. has mailing options, including purchasing stamps.

Send all of your overseas gifts before Thanksgiving.

Most people have too much stuff, too little space.

Consider giving gift certificates, which are no hassle to wrap, and can be purchased online, or even at the supermarket.

Give A Gift of Time...

Gift Certificates from Organization Plus will give what people want most, a gift of time.

The perfect way to help get that disorganized person in your life on the right track.

Have a great holiday season!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shrinking The EMAIL Elephant

Did you know?

Most business people receive 100 - 200 emails a day.

It takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email.

People who check their email every five minutes waste 8 1/2 hours a week figuring out what they were doing moments before.

If your time is worth $50.00 an hour, you waste $65.00 a week, $260.00 a month, $3,120 a year.

Top 10 Tips to Shrink the Email Elephant:

1) Remember the Inbox is a temporary location for storing email.

2) Don't be at 24/7 email slave. Schedule times to check and process email.

3) Prioritize emails, using color coded flags, so they do not all look equally important.

4) Delete junk as you eyeball what is in your inbox.

5) Forward to someone else, if you can assign that inquiry or task to them.

6) Reply, if you can do it in less than 2 minutes.

7) Move to other folders, i.e. calendar or task folders.

8) Archive emails that you need to CYA.

9) Unsubscribe to newsletters that you do not have time to read, or that no longer interest you.

10) Shut off email signal to avoid distractions.

Setting email boundaries will shrink the email elephant and give you the time and freedom to focus on high priority work.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Planning time to do what is important to you.

Question 1: Are you planning time to do what is important to you?

Question 2: Are you always doing "shoulds" and putting everyone else's needs before your?

If you answered no to question 1 and yes to question 2, Organization Plus can help you.

Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1st at 2:00am

Daylight Savings Time Ends

It's here again. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday, November 1st, at 2:00 am.

Set your clocks back 1 hour (Fall back, Spring forward).

The bad news is, you lose an hour of sleep. The good news is, you will gain it back in the spring.


p.s. If you know someone who is looking for a professional organizer in Boston or needs help with residential organizing be sure to refer them to my website at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nancy Black on WCAP980 radio, Oct.26th, 11:00am

Nancy will be interviewed on Women for Women, WCAP 980AM, Monday, October 26th, at 11:45am.

Listen to learn more about Organization Plus.

Purple Diamond Blog 10/20/09 Re: Decluttering /Organizing Her Office

In Charlene St. Jean's Purple Diamond Blog today, 10/20/09, she wrote about how I motivated her to de-clutter her office and re-organize her workspace.

To read the article click on the link to her Blog, Purple under links on right.

Follow this link to learn how an Organization Plus Three Hour Transformation can help you.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Enjoying the Columbus Day Weekend

Hope that you are enjoying the Columbus Day Weekend.

As I look out my window I can see the beautiful fall foliage. Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of autumn.

I'm having a wonderful weekend.

On Friday I went to the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. It has fantastic outdoor sculpture. My favorite was a 1936 Chrysler Air Flow Sedan, Requiem to the 20th Century. It has video, audio, monitors and speakers.

The indoor exhibits were wonderful. One was an exhibit of work by Lalla Essaydi, a
Moroccan-born photographer, painter, and installation artist.

It is so nice to have 4 days off.

What did you do this weekend to relax?

If you didn't take time to relax, go to to learn how I change your life in 3 hours.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Received this from a colleague today. Learn how he can save you time and money planning your college funding strategy.



The college funding system, which is designed to help parents of college students pay for their children’s tuition, is failing families. The system of federal applications for student aid, loans and grants is leaving both high and low-income families with large gaps to fill when their children apply to colleges and universities.

• Few realize that even if they do receive some sort of award, they could still face
bills of over $15,000 per year per child!

• Government aid tends to only go to families who earn $60,000 or less.

• For middle and high-income families however, the amount of state and federal help is minimal or non-existent. However, that does NOT mean that upper middle class or high income earners cannot receive assistance. They can!

On Wednesday, Ocotber 14th at 7:00 PM, a FREE One Hour Workshop will be presented to show you how to send your children to college without dramatically changing your lifestyle!

During the seminars, you will learn:

• How the financial aid system works and how complicated it can get.

• A step-by-step explanation FAFSA, Profile, SAR, Pell Grants, Stafford and Perkins Loans and when they have to be submitted.

• That families can lower their EFC’s (Expected Family Contributions) legally.

• That college expenses can be paid for without dramatically changing family lifestyle for all income levels.

• What you hear and see will supplement and enhance the work done by the school Guidance Departments.

• On average, families can save several thousand dollars in college funding expenses for each child in the family.

Because every family situation is unique, after the free workshop, you may schedule a FREE follow-up individual meeting to let you know how much you can expect to pay for college. You will also learn whether it is possible for you to lower your expenses.

Call 1-888-285-4970, 24 hrs, to reserve seats for yourself, your friends and your student(s). Call NOW to reserve your seat at the next workshop in Dining Room A of Osgood Landing located at 1600 Osgood St, North Andover, MA(The old Lucent Technology Bldg.) on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 PM before it fills up! You will receive confirmation call that you have registered with further details about the meeting. Seating is limited, so please register early. (Please arrive at 6:45 PM so that you can sign in and so that we can start promptly at 7:00 PM)

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

This is only one example of how I can save you time and money. To learn more visit:

Have a great week . Nancy

Thursday, October 1, 2009

MA Data Security Law : Additional Seminars Scheduled

Additional MA Data Security Law Seminars Scheduled

MA Data Security Law got you feeling overwhelmed?

Attend a MA Data Security Law Seminar for Small Business Owners

Presented by one of my colleagues, Laurie LaBrie, President of Integrated Staffing.

These seminars are designed for you to create a WISP specifically for your company.

Choose from the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 8th 8:30 - 11:00am
Colucci Norman
Cummings Center, Beverly MA

Wednesday, November 18th 8:30 - 11:00am
Peabody chamber of Commerce
Main Street, Peabody, MA

Limited Seating: Reservations Required
$99 Workshop fee includes exclusive CD with documents that will protect your business.
RSVP: Call 978-531-2103 or email

Trying To Fit It All In

On Monday, I received a SOS call from a client who needed help scheduling her time.

She is an artist and a budding author.

Of course,in addition to these two components in her life, she is also doing many other activities as a wife, mother, grandmother, etc. . Sound familiar?

Luckily for her, I had a cancellation for this afternoon. When we met,I helped her think through what she needed to do to take the next steps to reach her goals. Clients tell me that this is one of the most valuable aspects of my consulting The first step in planning your time is to recognize what you are trying to find the time to do.

We scheduled a follow up telephone consult for two weeks from today. I'm looking forward to her progress report because she always accomplishes so much after each time that we meet.

FYI: She first called me in 1989, yes 20 years ago, and calls periodically, as needed. Together we have organized her office, supply storage areas and even created
a mailing center for one of her businesses; as well as addressing time management challenges. Over the years she has had different business, but has always been most passionate about being an artist.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your "to dos" call me at 978-922-6136.

Visit to learn how I can change your life in 3 hours.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Get It Done Team

Massachusetts business owners (all) will be required by law to protect their customer's information - in any form, electronic or otherwise - starting March 1, 2010.

The new standards are pretty stringent. Penalties are significant.

For more information contact me at (978) 922-6136.

I'll be glad to tell you more about what is in store for you and your business and how you can be prepared for this new law.

Organization Plus
Nancy Black

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Taking Time for #1 ---- YOU

Do you feel like you are always working or taking care of someone else's needs?

Take a moment to think about what you would like to do that you do not plan the time to do.

A few months ago I decided that I needed to take more personal time. One of the reasons that I started my business was so that I could have work/life balance.
Although at the end of the month, I realize that I do take time off, I needed something to look forward to.

The key was that I needed to give myself permission to take some personal time during the work week.

I joined an organization that offers a book group and trips to museums.

I now take one afternoon a month to attend the book group and plan the time to read the book before the group meets. Notice I said, plan the time, not FIND the time. It's been 2 months and it feels good.

In a few weeks I'll be going to a museum with ladies from this group.

Remember "Life is not a dress rehearsal." .

What do you do to take time for #1 --- YOU?

Organization Plus
Nancy Black

Do 1 Minute Clinics save time?

A pharmacy near me recently opened a 1 Minute Clinic.

When my physician's office told me that they didn't have flu vaccine in, and I should call back in a week to see if it came in, I decided to go to the 1 Minute Clinic for my shot.

Yesterday, as long as I was in the pharmacy,I thought it would be a good time to get my flu shot. Although I was there at the posted hours, the clinic was closed for lunch (it was 2:30).

Today I went back, checked in and learned that I was the 2nd person in line. The person ahead of me told me that he was there for a flu shot, too.

A half hour later, the person who had been seeing the clinic practitioner came out.

When they called the name of the person who was ahead of me he had left because he got tired of waiting.

Although it only took 1 minute to get my flu shot, the practitioner needed to enter my insurance information in the computer.

It probably took me 5 minutes less than if I had driven 10 miles each way to my physician's office. The good new is I can check "get a flu shot" off my To Do list.

Organizing Tip: If you go to a 1 Minute Clinic, take something to read and toys for the kids.

I'd love to hear your comments on visiting a 1 Minute Clinic.

Organization Plus
Nancy Black

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Epitome of Customer Service

"Nancy went out of her way to help me locate a professional organizer who would be willing to travel to Norwich, Vermont, as she is located in Massachusetts. Nancy could have sent me a short e-mail saying this was out of her travel range, but instead she took the time to speak with me personally and discuss other options and she contacted colleagues, that she knew, who might work in my area. That's the epitome of customer service. I have since found a perfect match, but if I were closer to Nancy I wouldn't hesitate to consult with her on any of my organizational needs."

Susan Murphy Norwich, Vermont

Organization Plus
Nancy Black

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Awesome Resource

Today I received the message below from one of my clients.

SF has sent you a message.

Date: 9/09/2009

Subject: Your Wonderful Services

Hi, I need you again, more of moms papers need your thorough organizational skills. Please give me a call when you have time.

PS: If this seems like an ad for Nancy, it is! I do need her, but I want you all to know she is an awesome resource!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Maximizing Your Time Presentation September 10,2009

Nancy Black Speaking on "Maximizing Your Time"
Homebased Businesswomen's Network
Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:00pm
Members Free, Guests $10.00
Village Green Restaurant
Route I North, Newbury Street
Danvers, MA

Learn how to identify where your time goes, how to plan your time,
and find out about cutting-edge organizing products that are functional.

Organization Plus
Nancy Black

Heavylift Garage Storage System

One of my new favorite products to recommend is the The Heavylift Garage Storage System.

The Heavylift Garage Storage System allows you to get items off the floor by loading and lifting heavy items "overhead" (up to 12 ft high) without using a ladder.

It allows for easy storage of file boxes, outdoor furniture, lawn mowers, big tools, snow throwers, large toys, canoes, kayaks, holiday ornaments, tires, ladders lumber, third row car seats and just about anything else you can imagine (up to 250lbs.).

The Heavylift Garage Storage System includes heavy-duty steel support beams, a 4x4 platform, winding axle, vinyl coated steel cable, hand crank and all mounting hardware. Assembly is required.

The best price I've recently found, is at, for $129.99 and that's with FREE shipping!

Visit my Recommended Products page and follow the link to AMAZON.COM.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Is Back To School A Hooray! or Hassle for You?

The people who shout "Hooray!", have organizing systems in place and look forward to having free time for activities of their choice.

The majority of people who think "hassle" are concerned about how they can manage all their work and family responsibilities.

Studies prove that people who are organized are healthier and happier.

Do your homework and prepare ahead of time so back to school can be easy!

Back to School Shopping Tips

Have school supply list ready
Some teachers have specific supply lists
Staples has them specific for each grade
Target has suggested dorm room supply lists
Many other stores have them also
Check out sales in your Sunday paper
Buy early for better selection and faster check out time

Clothes Shopping

Clear out clothes & shoes that don't fit
Do it with kids
Buy uniforms, if required
Watch for sales
Don't wait until the last minute

Arranging for Before / After School Childcare

Know your options
Have a "Plan B"
Sign up early

Need a jumpstart or help to get organized for back to school? Consider an onsite organizing consultation or a telephone consultation. Call me at (978) 922-6136 today.

Avoid "Morning Madness" to Get to School and Work

Have A Daily Routine List

Evening To-Do's

Make lunches / put lunch money in book bag
Have lunch treats or snack packs handy
Put out clothes for next day
Collect supplies needed for next
Put things to take to school in book bag
Put "Take With" items in designated area
Sign any papers that need to go to school
Put non-perishable breakfast foods out
Set clock radios and alarms
Have bedtime routines
Set boundaries

Morning To-Do's

Get yourself ready before waking kids
Have teenagers wake themselves up
Keep breakfast simple
Pack perishable foods in back pack
Do not allow morning TV
Have specific time to leave
Make sure hidden or spare key is in place
Check "Take With" area
Lock door
Turn alarm on, if applicable

~ Nancy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Massachusetts WISP Law Update

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Privacy Regulations Revised And Simplified Deadline Extended Until March 1, 2010

Citing concessions to the burdens placed on small businesses, on August 17, 2009, the Commonwealth's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation ("OCABR") again revised the so-called identity theft or privacy regulations, further extending the date for compliance until March 1, 2010.

The major conceptual change in the revised regulations is their new emphasis on a "risk-based approach" to implementation. In plain terms, a company now has the flexibility to scale its efforts in implementing the regulations based on "the size, nature of its business, the kinds of records it maintains, and the risk of identity theft posed by its operations," as summarized by the OCABR. Where the prior version of the regulations indicated that compliance would be judged (assumedly at the time of enforcement) in light of the relative business size along with the amount and accessibility of personal information, that scalability has now shifted to the demands required of a business in initially implementing the regulations. According to OCABR, the "[n]ew language in the regulations recognizes that the size of a business and amount of personal information it handles plays a role in the data security plan the business creates."

The revised regulations postpone, again, the date for compliance an additional two months (formerly the deadline was January 1, 2010). The plain language of the remaining changes to the regulations tighten, focus and simplify language, but do not appear to materially change the process for businesses. Each company must still evaluate its use and storage of personal information, create a comprehensive written security plan or plans, implement feasible safeguards (including employee training and reasonable protection of electronically stored and transmitted information), and monitor and report breaches and unauthorized disclosures although each phase may be moderated to the scale and nature of business operations and volume of protected information. A public hearing on the revisions will be held by OCABR on September 22, 2009, which may result in further updates. Look for additional alerts throughout the fall.

Source: Hanify & King, P.C.,

This information may be considered advertising under the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. The information is provided for background purposes and should not be considered legal advice."

Monday, August 24, 2009

MA Data Security Law Effective Date Now March 1,2010

MA Data Security Law Effective Date is now March 1, 2010

On August 17th (2009) the MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations ("OCABR) issued amended implementing regulations related to the M.G.L.c.93H data security statute.
Check the website for more specifics.

The effective date of implementing regulations has been extended from January 1, 2010 to March 1,2010.

MA Data Security Law got you feeling overwhelmed?

Attend a MA Data Security Law Seminar for Small Business Owners
Presented by one of my colleagues, Laurie LaBrie, President of Integrated Staffing.

These seminars are designed for you to create a WISP specifically for your company.

MA Date Security Law Seminar for Small Business Owners
Waterfield Business Center, in Woburn
September 15th. 8:00-11:30am

To reserve your seat : call 978-531-2103 or email

For details see previous post .

Hope to see you there!

Need help getting started after the seminar? Call Nancy at 978-922-6136
to ask how Organization Plus can help you.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CHANGE IN DATE Seminar was 8/18/09 now 9/15/09

The MA Date Security Law Seminar scheduled for August 18th at the Waterfield Business Center, in Woburn has been rescheduled for
September 15th. 8:00-11:30am

To reserve your seat : call 978-531-2103 or email

For details see previous post .

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

MA Data Security Law Seminars

MA Data Security Law got you feeling overwhelmed?

Attend a MA Data Security Law Seminar for Small Business Owners

Presented by one of my colleagues, Laurie LaBrie, President of Integrated Staffing.

These seminars are designed for you to create a WISP specifically for your company.

3 convenient times and locations: Tuesday, August 18th 8:00-11:30
Wakefield Business Ctr. ,Woburn

Thursday, August 20th 1:00 - 4:30
The Enterprise Center, Salem

Wednesday, August 26th 8:00 -11:30
Colucci Norman, Beverly
Due to limited seating reservations are required.
$99 Workshop fee includes exclusive CD with documents that will protect your business.
To reserve your seat, please call 978-531,2103 or email:
Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Colucci/Norman, LLP
For information on how Organization Plus can help you implement your WISP call or email Nancy at 978-922-6136

Monday, August 10, 2009

Get Organized in the Kitchen: Home Organization Tips from Nancy Black

Get Organized in the Kitchen: Five Simple Kitchen Tips
by Nancy Black, Professional Organizer

Five Simple Kitchen Organizing Tips

Having an organized kitchen will save you time and money.

You’ll save time by having what you need easily accessible.

You’ll save money because you won’t buy duplicates of things that you already have!

Here are five simple kitchen organizing tips:

1. Alphabetize your spices so that you will be able to see which spices you already have, avoiding duplicate purchases.

2. Use drawer organizers to arrange items in “junk drawers” and drawers used for cooking utensils. Use appropriate organizers to accommodate different utensil’s sizes and shapes.

3. Use rectangular storage containers to store foods in the refrigerator: they stack well and allow you to store more food in the same space.

4. Small packages of nonperishable foods can be organized in containers to keep them neat and visible.

5. Know the interior measurements of your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, and pantry. This let’s you choose the right containers or shelf dividers to make the use of the space you have.

For more advice to help you get organized, eliminate clutter, and reduce the stress in your life, as well as how to "transform" your disorganized tendencies in as little as 180 minutes, visit

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Get Organized With Organization Plus Telephone Consultations

Three weeks ago I did a home organizing assessment for a new client.

After talking about how she would like to see each room look, we created an action plan, listing tasks and deadlines.

I suggested that she schedule a phone consult for the next week.

She has had two 15 minute phone consults that have motivated her to
check off items on her action plan.

The 1st two phone consults were scheduled a week apart. The 3rd one is scheduled for two weeks later.

In the future we will schedule on site organizing consults as needed.

Would you like to learn more about our Telephone Consultations?


or call Nancy at 978-922-6136.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Taking Time for #1 ---- You.

My favorite place to relax is Crane's Beach. I was there both yesterday and today. The blue sky and sunshine were wonderful.

While I was there I read an article on the importance of taking time to relax. People who take time for themselves are happier and healthier.

Did you take time for yourself this weekend?

What is your favorite way to relax?

If you think you do not have Time for #1 --- You, call 978-922-6136, to ask how Organization Plus can help you find the time.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Great Day To Purge Your Files! 1/3 Off On Shredding Services Until 8/16/2009

Today is a great day to purge your files!

Those of us living in the East Coast area are getting ready to build an ark.
Only kidding.....
Annie says "The sun will come out tomorrow."
I hope she is right.

Rainy days are the perfect time to purge your files.

Documents and mail containing confidential information
need to be shredded. Identity theft is the #1 crime.

For residents: That means anything with your name, address;
numbers for social security, drivers license, financial accounts (including credit & debit cards), state or federal ID. You need a good quality cross cut shredder. Most will shred credit, debit, and charge cards. Fellows makes a good one the sells for between $200 & $300. If you don't want to invest in a shredder, see coupon offer below for 1/3% off on shredding services in Northeastern, MA .

For Businesses in MA : Now is the time to start to prepare for the
MA Data Security Law, that will be effective January 1, 2010.
Recently I attended an excellent seminar sponsored by the Beverly Chamber of Commerce. The panelists were an attorney, a computer consultant, and an HR consultant. All of these people can advise you on
what you need to do to be compliant with the law. See my August
e-newsletter for more details. In the meantime your can visit: To sign up for my free e-newsletter click on: and you will will see the subscriber sign up.

The 1st step is to purge your files. Organization Plus can help you do that . Call Nancy at 978-922-6136 to learn how we can help you do that.

Once you have determined what you can purge, it has to be shredded,
the law says pulverized, or shredded by a service that shreds it in compliance with the law.
See coupon offer below for 1/3% off on shredding services in Northeastern, MA.

In collaboration with Heritage Business Services, a program of
North Shore ARC, Organization Plus will email you a gift certificate for 1/3 off on shredding services until 8/16/09.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Let Freedom Ring! New 1" Binders Now Available In Red, White and Blue

From "sea to shining sea" Bindertek has changed the way we work.

Their vast collection of America's Best Built Binders is as diverse as our country's landscape and people.

Legal Size, Letter Size, CD Size
Side Punch, Top Punch
Three Ring or Two Ring
Leather plus 16 colors including Red, White and Blue.

To order: Visit our Organizing Products web page at:
and click on the Bindertek icon.

Would you like to see more information about innovative organizing products in future blogs?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Beverly Chamber Brown Bag Lunch

Beverly Chamber Brown Bag Lunch

Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Noon

Featuring Nancy Black, of Organization Plus

Organizing Tips to Save You Time & Money

Hosted at Endicott College Van Loan Graduate School, Room 112

376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA

Free Event

Please RSVP to director@beverlychamber.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Nancy Black's Article in NAPO-NE Newsletter June 2009

*... Nancy Black, one of NAPO-New England's most experienced members, offers the benefit of her perspective in her article, Accentuate the Positive!, in this quarter's newsletter.

Accentuate the Positive!
by Nancy Black

There's been so much gloom and doom recently in the news. I'm surethat people would feel more optimistic if the media would stop bombarding us with negative news and feature a "good news of the day" segment.

I've decided to adopt the mantra "[You've got to] Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative, Latch on to the Affirmative." These are the first words to the lyrics from a Johnny Mercer song, "Accentuate the Positive," that was sung in the film "Hollywood Hotel" in 1938.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.......

1. Accentuate the Positive

Read at least one positive business news story each day. Read "People on the Move" and acknowledge their achievements.

2. Eliminate the Negative

Think about the glass being half full, not half empty. Avoid spending time with people who have negative attitudes.

3. Latch On To the Affirmative

Mary Kay Ash said "If you think you can, you can; if you think you can't, you're right." Tell yourself you can and you will. Remember the song from the musical, "Annie, ""The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow". If that poor little orphan could think positively, you can too.

Monday, June 1, 2009

News from Nancy Black and Organization Plus - June 2009

It's Summertime

The words from the song "Summertime" (from Porgy & Bess) are, "Summertime when the living is easy..." (Watch the YouTube clip here).

Will your summertime living be easy?

Unfortunately many US workers do not take most of their vacation days because of fear of loosing their job and pressures from their managers and co-workers.

People need vacations to re-charge their batteries.

Stats from the Rights 2 Vacation website are:

** Men who don't take regular vacations are 32% more likely to die of heart attacks, and 21% more likely to die early of all causes. Women have 50% more risk of heart attack.

** Stress and burnout are five times more costly to treat than average workplace maladies.

** Women who don't take vacations are twice as likely to be depressed as those who do.

Business owners have the power to create a culture where people are encouraged to take a no guilt, no Blackberry vacation.

An outstanding example is Andrew Lutts, CEO of Net Atlantic, in Salem, MA., who offers a unique employee benefit, a Sabbatical Program. When an employee has worked for 7 years, they can take a 3 month Sabbatical.

He understands the value of cultivating loyal employees and rewarding them for their commitment to his company.

Enjoy the summer and take time to smell the roses.

If you are looking for a Professional Organizer in Boston, or a Professional Organizer on the North Shore (Beverly, Peabody, Cape Ann, Newburyport, etc.), call Organization Plus today at (978) 922-6136.

Clutter Free Home Files & Paper Systems

Clutter Free Home Files & Paper Systems
May 18, 2009 (from Organized A to Z Blog entry)

Thanks to our guest blogger, Nancy Black of Organization Plus, for today’s tips on creating a clutter free home file and paper sorting system!

Here are some ways that you can decrease the papers that come into your home.

Pay bills online or put them on auto pay.

Call 800 #s on catalogs & ask them to delete your name from their mailing list.

Do not renew the magazines that you do not have time to read.

Request to have your name deleted from charitable request solicitations for charities you will not be contributing to.

When you fill in warranty forms check box asking them not to share your name.

Shred credit card solicitations that you do not want.

Mail: Process each day and sort by what action you need to take action on it. Have a desktop action file, with hanging file folders, or cubbies labeled with the action that you need to take or by category. Example: Calls to make.

School Papers: Have a folder in each child’s back pack for school papers. Review with your child daily, sign permission slips and fill out forms.

Magazines, Newsletters, & Newspapers: Set retention guidelines on how long to keep.

Post-its, scraps of paper with messages/addresses on them: Put info. in phone message book. You will have carbon copy of it.

Organizing Home Files:
The Homefile System is an excellent way to set-up an easy-to-use filing system for your home.

Creating a filing system: Purchase functional products so that it will be easy to set up maintain your files. Example: Decorative File Folders. The Homefile system gives you suggested categories and retention guidelines.

Color coded files are easy to identify by category. Example: Bright green for finances. Choose color for each family member.

Organizing existing files: Set retention guidelines on how long to keep documents. Purge outdated information or categories you are not longer interested in. Check with accountant or attorney on how long to keep legal and accounting files.

Shred any confidential information you are purging.

Nancy Black, of Organization Plus, is an Organizing Consultant with over 25 years of organizing experience. She was quoted in the NY Times, March 26, 2009. She created the “3 Hour Transformation” to turn your piles into files. She specializes in helping people create paper-flow systems, organize their space and plan their time. These services are provided on site or through telephone consultations. Her Web site is

Friday, May 29, 2009

Real Results from Organization Plus

Recently I was an exhibitor at the Beverly Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.

It was held at the Cummings Center, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

A CPA stopped by my booth and talked about her concern regarding protecting her client's confidential information in compliance with the Massachusetts Privacy Regulations, that will be effective as of January 1, 2010.

It was important that the client files were visible to her, yet secure. She was looking for Barrister Bookcases that lock. My response was "I know just where you can get them. My latest affiliate resource is Bindertek and there is a link on my Recommended Products web page so that you can order directly from them".

I gave her a Bindertek catalogue and explained that there was an Organization Plus coupon code on the back of it that would save her 10%.

Looking for an organizing product to suit your needs? Call 978-922-6136 and ask about our Product Research Service.

Nancy Black at Organization Plus is one of the most experienced Professional Organizers in Boston and the North Shore (Salem, Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Cape Ann, Beverly).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

International Business Image Improvement Month

May is International Business Image Month

Did you know that people judge your business image by the way you, your office, and collateral materials look?

Although there is an expression, "You can't judge a book by its cover.", you will be judged by the way you look. You need to dress for success.
For some that may be traditional conservative suits, for others dressing that way that may be intimidating to your clients. When people meet you that is the first image that they see of your company.

When someone walks into an office that has piles of papers covering the desktop, with the overflow on the floor, their first impression is that the person is disorganized.

Your business cards, letterhead, and brochure convey the image of your company.

If you want to improve your business image:
  • consult an image consult on how to dress
  • a professional organizer to declutter your office
  • a graphic designer to design your
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Organization Plus would be happy to refer you to an image consultant, graphic designer, or tell you about the organizing services we offer.

For information call 978-922-6136 or click on

Small Business Week

Small Business Week
May 18th – 21st

Since 1963, the President of United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week every year to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the strength and economic well-being of America.

Small businesses create most new private-sector jobs in our economy and help our citizens succeed.

Many small business owners do not give themselves credit for their accomplishments. They focus on what they have not accomplished.

Celebrate yourself and give yourself a pat on the back for what you have accomplished.

As a business owner, are you spending more time....
  • Fighting fires or sparking new ideas?
  • Drowning in paperwork or making your business watertight?
  • Getting lost in details

If you have too little time to make big plans for your business, it is time to get the clutter out of your mind so that you can start thinking more about the future of your business.

For information on how we can help you focus on the future of your business, call Organization Plus today at 978-922-6136 or request information online at

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Beverly Chamber Trade Show

Visit Organization Plus at the Beverly Chamber Trade Show
May 20, 2009 from 10-3p.m.

Join the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses for dozens of exhibitors with information and give-a-ways. Support your local businesses by attending and learning about great products and services in your community.

100 Cummings Center, Suite 135E
Access to the Trade Show is from 135Q entrance with large lot to park in or 135A with many one hour spots, follow straight down the hall to the show!

Free Raffle – over $1000 worth of prizes
Organization Plus Raffle Prize $100.00 Gift Certificate

Register for raffle upon entrance to the show, drawing begins at 3:00p.m.

9:30-10:00 President of the Retail Assoc.of Massachusetts, Jon Hurst
10:45-11:15 Motivational Life Coach, Dennis DeAngelis
12:00- 12:30 The Office Genies -
1:15-1:45 Michael Stare – Best Workouts for those with little time
Entertainers – Northshoremen Chorus
2:30-3:00 North of Boston Visitor and Convention Bureau Representative

EXHIBITORS: 2020 Franchise Consulting, American Lazer Services, Arbonne International, Beverly Athletic Express, Beverly Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, Beverly Hospital/NEHS, Atty. Charmaine Blanchard, Children’s Center for Communication, Creative Imaging Group, Cummings Properties, Danversbank, DiValore Hair Salon and Day Spa, Edward F. Cahill Financial Advisor, Edible Arrangements, Endicott College, Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Extreme Packing Solutions, Fallon Community Health, Fitness Together, Franson Family Chiropractic, Hamilton Bookkeeping, Institute for Corporate Training and Technology at North Shore Community College, Leslie Ray Insurance, MG Products, Micro Data Group, My Print & Copy, North Shore Bridge Church, NortheastLink, Northeast Senior Health, Northshoremen Chorus, North Shore Cross Fit, ORGANIZATION PLUS, R&L Associates, Salem Five, Salem News, Sandler Training, Sign-A-Rama, Spectrum Fitness, Sterling Insurance Co., Supporting Strategies, TD Banknorth, The Entrpreneur’s Source, The New Essex Office, The Office Genies, Wylie Inn.

Beverly Chamber of Commerce, 28 Cabot Street, 978-232-9559,

Monday, May 11, 2009

Srategies for Success

It's May 1st and I can hardly believe it.

Lately I've talked to a number of people who shared their frustration and stress as a result of hectic schedules, work, and family obligations. I thought I'd share with you, what I shared with them, some strategies to help you reduce stress.

Also, you are invited (save the date)....

"The Paperless Office" with Guest Speakers Nancy Black and Kate Ritter, North Shore Business Forum, Friday, May 8, 2009, 7:30 - 8:30 AM, Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62, Danvers, MA.Organization Plus (booth) at the Beverly Chamber Trade Show May 20, 2009 from 10 - 3 P.M., 100 Cummings Center, Suite 135E, in Beverly, MA.

Stress: Here Are Some Coping Strategies to Reduce Your Stress Level

Child Care Coverage

Expect the unexpected. Have a contingency plan if your child wakes up sick,
there is an early release day, school vacation, or last minute school cancelation. Have an "on call" list of people who can provide coverage. "Barter" with other parents, so you can cover for each other. Know what your company flextime and telecommuting options are.

Work Overload

Prioritize what is most important. Break your projects down into manageable segments. Schedule tasks on a calendar. If possible, focus on what takes your skill and expertise and identify what you can delegate.


Email is the #1 stress in the workplace. Limit the number of times you check it throughout the day. Delete, forward, or respond ASAP. Ask yourself if all the bells and whistles are saving you time or zapping your time.

Late Bill Payments

Many people pay late fees because they missed the date, not because they don't have the money. Avoid this by having money direct deposited, doing online banking, and putting bills on auto pay.

Lack of Exercise

Exercise energizes you and improves your ability to think clearly. Walk before work, at lunchtime, or after dinner; join a health club, sign up for a class, hire a personal trainer. Hike, bike ride, or plan time to participate in a sport.

Commuter Stress

Travel delays are inevitable. Listen to traffic reports and allow extra time to get where you are going. Just think, if you arrive early you will have time for a cup of coffee! Always have "to read" items with you when you are traveling by plane, train, bus, or subway. You can't control the delays, so be thankful for your "found time."

Still Stressed?

Let Me Help You...

* Analyze where your time goes (little things are probably zapping away your time and energy and you don't even realize it).

* Identify and eliminate your biggest time wasters.

* Set goals and prioritize your activities.

* Develop a plan of action that allows you to focus on your priorities, get more done in less time, and do more of the THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.

* Save time and money.

Contact me today to schedule your phone or on-site consultation and take back your space, time and peace of mind. 978-922-6136.Or
visit my online inquiry form 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I'll follow-up promptly.

Terrible Too(s)

Too much to do, too little time to do it in. These are the
Terrible Toos.

If you suffer from the terrible toos you need professional help. Without it, you quickly can become overwhelmed and the problem will never go away. Call me today for a free initial consultation - (978) 922-6136.

A Great Mother's Day Gift Idea

Gift Certificates from Organization Plus make a great Mother's Day gift. Call my office at (978) 922-6136 to order or
click here to download a Gift Certificate order form.

Thank You...

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Declutter Your Electronics

Electronics Collection
Saturday, May 16th, from 8a.m. - noon
Beverly High School, Sohier Rd., Beverly, MA

Tired of looking at the old electronics piled in your basement, or in the
corner of a room? This is the perfect opportunity to clear the clutter.

Free: computers and keyboards, printers, fax machines, computer drives
copy machines, ACR's, CD, or DVD players, radios, electronic parts, small appliances, microwave ovens, regular telephones, and answering machines.

$8 fee: console or wooden TV's
$5 fee: plastic TV's, air conditioners,refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and freezers.
$3 fee: computer monitors.

Declutter your electronics and help support Beverly High.
Proceeds benefit the Beverly High School Football Team and
Solid Waste Management Committee Education Fund.

Pack 2 Webelo Scouts will sell snacks and drinks and collect ink and toner cartridges for recycling.

Beverly 5th-graders will collect food for Beverly Bootstraps.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Postage Rates Increasing May 11th

2-cent U.S. Postage Rate Increase to .44cents for a First- Class stamp.
1-cent U.S. Postage Rate Increase to .28 for a Postcard stamp.
Forever stamps only .42 thru May 9th.
After that date they will increase to .44 cents.
If you have .42 cent and . 27 stamps on hand stock up on
.1 and .2 cent stamps.
For more details check with your local post office or

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mother's Day Gift Idea

A Great Mother's Day Gift Idea
Gift Certificates from Organization Plus make a great Mother's Day gift. Call my office at (978) 922-6136 to order or click here to download a Gift Certificate order form.

If you would prefer to give an organizing product check out my
Organizing Products web page At:

To all the Moms. Happy Mother's Day!


Paperless Office Presentation

This Friday, May 8th, I am giving a presentation ,with Kate Ritter
(of PC9Lives) , on "The Paperless Office" for the
North Shore Business Forum. 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62, Danvers, MA.
No reservations required. $9.00.

Hope to see you there.

If you are unable to attend and have questions regarding a
"Paperless Office" contact me to schedule a Telephone Consult.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Zip Bins Clearance Sale

Zip Bins are the fun way to put toys away!

Clearance sale. 50% savings.

Now only $5.00 to $10.00.

Last chance to order directly from me. To see styles visit my organizing products page.

Don’t delay, call today! Limited quantities available.

Call Nancy at: 978-922-6136

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Excellent Customer Service

Yesterday, my faith was restored that some businesses still do know the meaning of customer service.

I was expecting 20 people for dinner at 6:30 last night. At 1:30 the "F3"light appeared on my oven. I pulled out the manual and turned to "troubleshooting". My husband followed the instructions on how to correct the problem and it still did not heat up. I said I'm going to call the customer service. My husband said "You'll never get someone to service it by tonight."

Because I have learned that you do not get what you do not ask for, I called. Much to my surprise the customer service rep told me that she would contact a serviceman and call me back with a half hour. 45 minutes later, as I was calling her back, my other phone rang ,and she told me that a serviceman would be here within a half hour.

20 minutes later he arrived and fixed the problem within 15 minutes.
He explained that because I had run the self cleaning process the day before, the protection for the temperature control had melted.

I would highly recommend Yale Electric, in Boston, MA . They certainly
know the essence of excellent customer service.

PS: The moral of this story is always know where your appliance manual is and the customer service number. Remember do not clean you oven just before you are having a dinner party.


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Friday, April 3, 2009

Organizer Saves Client $$$

Today I was helping a client process her mail and communications.

I noticed that the interest on her credit card bill was 18.99%. I said "I think your interest rate has skyrocketed. We need to call your credit card company." I placed the call and my client gave them permission to have me talk to cutomer service . The result was they reduced her interest rate to 11.24%.

I also asked them if she could get cash for her rewards. The result was that they she will be receiving a $250.00 credit on her account.

It could take 1 to 2 billing periods before it is issued, but will be well woth the wait.


p.s. Did you see the new photos from a recent 3 Hour Transformation?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Organizing Clients' Responses to NY Times Article

Clients' Responses to NY Times Article

Dear Nancy,
This is a fabulous article! You should be proud! What makes you wonderful is that you are completely non-judgemental about the people you work with. I have appreciated that so much!
I dug through my piles today and can see my counters again! Phew!


Dear Nancy,
I had a chance to read the entire NYT article last night and as always your advice comes off as solid, practical, educational, and based on the individual needs (and psychology) of your clients. I am grateful for ALL you've helped me with, and in this year of many challenges the cheerful and durable tickler system you helped me improve has added joy.

I will be calling you to help me create an “action plan” for a new goal.

Be well and know that you and your help are richly appreciated.


Monday, March 30, 2009

New York Times Article

I was recently interviewed by Sara Rimer of the New York Times.

You can view it online here or you can also download the article at this link*.

* Requires .pdf reader

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Home Office Organizing :An Orderly Office?.... That's Personal.

If you are sitting in your home office looking for that lost piece of paper there is hope.

Read "An Orderly Office? That's Personal", by Sara Rimer, in today's NY Times (3/26/09). Sara shares how she went from being lost in a sea of papers to having an office organized to suit her work style.

In it she describes some of the strategies I use to help my clients glide from cluttered chaos to a comfortable organized environment.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Organizer Recognized As Extreme Team Member

3/19/09 North Shore Women In Business revealed that Lesley Denny,
of L Denny, was revealed as the reciepient of the Extreme Team Makeover.

I was recognized as the member of the team who re-organized her office.

Positive Biz News 3/19/09

Positive Biz News 3/19/09

EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, MA is looking to hire more people and expand. They have 35-40 job openings.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Positive Biz News 3/18/09

Positive Biz News 3/18/09
Boston Business Journal

UGL Unicco lands $105M in airport deals.

Note: Located in Newton, MA. Will generate more tax $$$ for MA.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Positive Biz News 3/17/09

Positive Biz News 3/17/09
Boston Business Journal

State eyes stimulus to offset foreclosures.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Positive Biz News 3/16/09

Positive Biz News 3/16/09

Boston Business Journal

Treasury Department to buy $15B in SBA securities. Will increase leading to small businesses.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Positive Biz News 3/13/09

Positive Biz News from Boston Business Journal

69% of small businesses reported a profit for 2008.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

WINGS North Shore Women's Expo 2009

Organization Plus will be an exhibitor at:
WINGS North Shore Women's Expo 2009
Thursday, March 26th 5:30-9:30 PM
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem MA
For details click

Positive Biz News 3/12/09

Boston Business Journal

3/12/09 Madoff sent to jail.

Positive Biz Story 3/11/09

Positive Biz Story

Stock market rises!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Positive Biz Story 3/10/09

Boston Business Journal 3/10/09

Reports that Community bank deposits are increasing. Many people are
transfering their funds from major banks to open accounts in them.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Positive Biz Story

Positive Biz Story 3/9/09

Boston Business Journal reports "Beating the Recession: GE Aviation and

it's supplier staying busy."

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spring Is Only 18 Days Away

Cheer up Spring is only 18 days away!

March certainly came in like a lion in the Northeast! I live in the Boston area and we have about a foot of new snow.

The beautiful purple tulips that I are on my dining room table remind me that sping is only 18 days away.

If you are counting the days until spring, treat yourself to a bunch of tulips or a flowering plant the next time you are in the supermarket.

Top 3 Things To Do

Top 3 things to do on a snowy day:

1) Organize your receipts and expenses for tax prep.

2) Have kids clear out toys they no longer use, clothes that don't fit.

3) Organize your photos.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Organizing Is About Systems, Not About Space

People often tell me that if they only had more space they could be organized. Organizing is about systems, not about space.

Yesterday I worked in an office that was about the size of a closet. When I
walked in, at 9:00, the desk was covered with papers. By 12:00, we had created a paper-flow system and the desktop was clear, except for an
"action file".

In the process, I helped him think through what was important to keep,
where it should be kept, and rentention guidelines.

When I asked him how it felt to have a clear desk he said " It is a great relief.".

To see Before and After photos

Note: Photos also include my helping him with mind mapping how he spends his time.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Sweetheart Deal Save 25%

Sweetheart Deal

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, for those of you who have a problem with clutter, maybe have a chronically disorganized workspace (CDW)
or trouble keeping your home organized!

The first 10 people who book a 3 Hour Transformation with me, in February, will get a 4th hour, free of charge.
That’s equivalent to a 25% savings!

This special offer is only for the first 10 new clients who book with me in February

Don’t wait or you will miss out on this sweetheart offer!
Call Nancy Black today! (978) 922-6136

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Clear the Clutter and Donate to Cradles to Crayons Collection 2/12/09 - 4/12/09

Are the clothes that your children have outgrown, toys they no longer play with, and baby equipment, they used ages ago, taking up valuable space in your closets, attic, basement, or garage? Clear the clutter and donate them to a worthy cause.

One of my clients, who is a member of the Christian Education Working Group, of the First Baptist Church, in Beverly, MA is working on an outreach project to help eleviate suffering, especially for children.

They are launching a drive for clothes, toys, books, and equipment for children in need between the ages of 0-16 to be distributed by Cradles to Crayons in Quincy, MA.

They hope to fill several portable playpens (often known as Pack’N’Plays) with donations, from February 25 to April 12. If you have a new or used port-a-crib that you no longer need, consider contributing it before February 25.

For more details visit the First Baptist Church website

If you want to clear the clutter and don't know where to start check out our Home Organizing Services at

Saturday, January 31, 2009

What mode of communication do you prefer?

Most people complain that they get too many emails, some have piles of snail mail , and others are annoyed by phone calls.

I am curious to know what you prefer.

Please comment.

After I review the responses, I will post the results.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Organizing Product Research

I am working on organizing product research for two of my clients this week.

One client is an attorney in a major law firm. He was so happy when I found just what he was looking for.

The other is the CEO of a comany , who has a home based office. We are re-organizing a number of areas in her home, as well as her office. We

are communicating via email until I find organizing products to suit specific needs.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Home Goods is having their Annual Blanket Drive - thru January 25th - to benefit the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

Donate your "gently used" blankets, linens and towels at any
participating Home Goods. Visit for locations of participating stores.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Walking MyTalk

Like many of my clients, there are times when I feel like there is too much to do and too little time to do it in. However, I am committed to scheduling time to do the things that are most important to me.

Many people tell me that they cannot take a vacation because they cannot leave their business for a week, to which I reply, "If G-d forbid you were hospitalized for a week, your business would survive." No one ever said "I wish I had spent more time in my business."

Over the holidays I spent a wonderful week on a Caribbean cruise with my husband, three married children, their spouses, and our eight grandchildren.

Our grandchildren range in age from 9-18. Our oldest granddaughter is graduating from high school this year so we knew that this would probably be the last year that they all had the same school vacation.

It was all about building family memories. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was a pleasure top see the adults free of the pressure of work, responsibilities at home, and for the kids to have the freedom of no pressure from coaches, etc.

I am so happy that I walked my talk.

P.S.My email was on auto response, my phone message went to voice mail, and I responded to them after my vacation. My business was still healthy and I came back with my batteries re-charged. Enjoy yourself, life is not a dress rehearsal.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

North Shore Business Forum (audio link)

The North Shore Business Forum, Inc (NSBF) is a group of small business owners from Boston's North Shore who meet each Friday morning for informal lectures given by business owners on a wide variety of topics.

Members also introduce and describe their businesses at each meeting.

The NSBF meets each Friday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62 East, Danvers, Massachusetts.

Click here to listen to my recent presentation (audio) at the NSBF.