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Whew! I've been so busy over the last few months with speaking engagements and vendor shows that I've hardly had a chance to breathe, let alone send out a newsletter! So, please accept my sincerest apologies for neglecting you as of late...

If you've been a subscriber of mine for a while, you'll know that I've been incredibly "perfectly imperfect" in my efforts to publish my newsletter on a consistent basis over the last couple of years! Today, I say to you that I vow to be different... You deserve more from me, and I need to find a way to reconnect with you.

So, here were are... Back to my preferred [ real neat ] newsletter format. I plan to bring you some fresh perspectives on organizing each month, including some of my favorite printables, products, quotes, and tips. For those of you who are a bit more local to me, I'll also include details about upcoming events in the area.

By the way, if you'd like to see something in particular included in an upcoming issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'd love to hear from you! Now... let's get to work!
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Over the years, my home office space has been through several different iterations of organizing systems. After my most recent move (one whole year ago, if I must be honest), I struggled tremendously with setting up a functional environment as my needs had changed and I wasn't quite sure what would work best in the space that I had available.

Last summer, I bit the bullet and purchased a second-hand set of filing cabinet bases along with an Ikea table top to create what now serves as the main workspace in my home office.

Next, I added a much-needed (yet very simple) system for filing all the 3" x 5" (index card size) door prize drawing slips and contact information forms that I've been collecting over the years from my speaking engagements, vendor show booths, and organizing parties.
 

Contact Cards


Finally, just a few short weeks ago, I designed a filing system for my Clever Container business using the following categories: Business Supplies (filed by supplier name), Downline Consultants (filed by type: current, potential, resigned), Hostess Coaching (filed by handout title), Party Orders (filed by hostess name: LAST First), Product Information (filed by product name), Training Materials (filed by source), and Vendor Shows (filed by year).

Having never done direct sales before, I was stumped when it came to setting up a good workflow and tracking system. (And, without many parties on the calendar, I wasn't ready to invest in someone else's system that might or might not work for me.) So, I spent a bit of time cataloging the steps that I follow from start to finish for every party and created a skeleton schedule and checklist of activities, along with e-mail and printable templates.
 

Calendar Sample


My new calendaring and filing systems not only help me stay on track, but are also easy to maintain (which is key)... Needless to say, the results have been amazing! I am much happier in my office now that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place... plus my parties (and hostesses) have benefitted as a result.

The Moral: As your needs change, don't be afraid to reevaluate your organizing systems. What worked for you in the past won't necessarily suit you today. Be ready to tweak your systems, or completely revamp them, as circumstances in your life change. By remaining flexible in your organizing efforts, and seeking out new ideas when you need them, you'll maintain your sanity and reap the rewards.

Of course, if you need any help in setting up or reworking your home or office organizing systems, I'm just a phone call (or e-mail) away!

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upcoming events

Lilybugs Children's Consignment Sale
Friday, March 9th ~ 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, March 10th ~ 8:00am to 12:00pm
Grace Christian Center, 1648 Lexington Road, Georgetown, KY map ]
Gently-Used Children's Items & Vendor Booths | Door Prizes | Cost: Free

Spring Craft Fair Spectacular

Saturday, March 24th ~ 9:00am to 4:00pm
Scott County Ninth Grade School, 1072 Cardinal Drive, Georgetown, KY map ]
Vendor Booths & Handmade Crafts | Door Prizes | Cost: Free

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