I was fortunate to have recently been interviewed for Janet M Taylor’s podcast called Got Clutter, Get Organized and really enjoyed the experience. In that podcast episode I spoke about organizing a small office and you can listen to it here if you’re interested. After the appearance, I asked Janet if I could interview her for my site and she graciously responded Yes! We can all learn from someone like Janet. Here are the questions I posed to Janet who, in my mind, is the queen of Organization!
Janet, what is your previous work history and where did you grow up?
Bob, I was born in raised in Philadelphia, Pa the city of Brotherly Love, Philly Cheesesteaks, and Rocky. I started working in retail with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and from there I worked in Banking with my last job before I started my business in Transportation working in the Customer Service Department. All of these jobs have helped me in my present career as a professional organizer.
How did you get into the world of Organization?
I started in the business because I was laid off from the last full-time job I worked. I wanted to have control over my future and finances. Someone mentioned how organized I was and I started doing research and discovered the National Association of Professional Organizers and then connected with the local chapter. I love helping people create order in their homes, offices, and lives.
Do you have any tips for people who occupy small offices or cubicles?
The challenge for some people that work in small offices at home or work can be the paper piles. I believe we can do simple things to conquer them and following are a few ways to tackle those piles.
1. Toss old junk mail.
2. Unsubscribe to publications you don’t have time to read.
3. Create an archive of old financial, contract, and client documents.
4. Use an accordion pocket file to organize receipts.
5. Use technology to organize the piles of business cards.
6. Organize client projects using a desktop organizer.
7. Develop a master file of important business documents and personal documents.
8. Establish a retention schedule to yearly purge documents.
9. Schedule time weekly to maintain order.
10. Clear your workspace at the end of the day and week.
What are some of your challenges with regularly doing a podcast?
I started the podcast in 2007 as a way to connect with people globally that want to live an organized life. I am happy to say that we have reached over 400,000 listeners on our weekly podcast. Our topics range from organizing your home or office to getting organized to travel with pets to getting organized before you die which was one of our highest rated shows. The challenge is always creating new and exciting segments that my listeners will enjoy and will impact their lives.
Where can my readers find you on social media, websites, etc?
I want to thank Janet for taking the time to answer my questions. You should all check her out at any of the social media outlets above. It will definitely be worth your while!