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.

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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