5 Year Blog Anniversary: Your Organizing Questions Answered

5 Year Blog Anniversary: Your Organizing Questions Answered

Five years ago I logged on to WordPress.com and started a blog.

It sounds all-too-simple and kind of boring, but that’s exactly how this blog got started.

Actually, there is a little bit more of a backstory…I had heard about this “blogging thing” for sometime, and my interest was piqued.

I had dabbled in some guest posting over at HealthyWomen.org the previous year, but hadn’t yet started out on my own.

At around same time, I started writing a book.

Honestly, the book didn’t turn out quite as I had planned.

That attempt, along with the honest advice of a sage editor, set me off to work on something else which would spark my passion.

Now, I knew I wanted to have a little project all of my own, where I could use my organizational skills, be creative, have fun, and help people in the process.

Plus, I’d heard so much about this blogging thing.

And thus, TheOrderExpert.com was born.     

Who knew that five years later, I’d still be at it.

Here I am, finding myself celebrating a milestone a five year blog anniversary, reaching 900 posts, writing three eBooks, appearing in numerous print and web media outlets, and having lots of wonderful readers from around the world.

It’s been an incredible ride thus far. I’m still in a bit of a haze when I stop to think, and remember that it has been five whole years since I’ve been blogging. Wow, that’s quite a chunk of time!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to my readers, followers, family, and friends. You have all helped me so much to make this blog what it is today.

Through your questions, comments, feedback, and support, I’ve steadily grown the blog, bit by bit. Thank you so much! It means a great deal to me, and I’m so glad I am able to help you, each and every day.

How Can I Help You?

Now, to mark this special occasion, I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A session with you, my dear readers! This is your chance to ask me anything about organization.

Do you have a question about how to organize your home, office, desk, calendar, closet, cabinets, anything else that comes to mind? Go ahead and ask away in the comments below; any and all organization questions are fair game.

Some of you may be new to the blog, and some of you have been with me for some time, perhaps even from the very beginning. You may have read certain organization posts, or topics, and you might have missed some, but, hey, that’s bound to happen when there’s 900 posts floating about.

This Q&A session is an open one, please feel free to ask any organizing question that comes to mind in the comments at the bottom of the post. I’ll do my best to help. I’m looking forward to reading your questions. 🙂

Oh, and one last thing…if you like this site, please consider sharing it with others via social media, or perhaps share it with a friend who might find it interesting or helpful. Thanks!

How about you? What question or questions do you have for me when it comes to organizing? I’m here to answer your questions. Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

A brief disclaimer: The tips I give here are for educational and informational use, only. These are only my suggestions as to how you might approach and solve your organization problem, and I can’t guarantee the outcome or any outcomes of you following my suggestions.

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4 Responses

  1. Jenn
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    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! Your article about not letting emails distract you has been helpful to me. I used to stop whatever I was doing any time I heard that “ding” for a new email. But I turned it off and answer emails a few key times per day. Now I control email and it does not control me. 🙂

    You were also kind enough to answer a question I had about how to get started with another organizing project. I love the way your mind works and I wish I was more like you.

    • Rashelle
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      Thank you, Jenn! Your words are too kind. It’s been an incredible five years so far, and I’m looking forward to many more in future. Thank you for sharing your email success story. You definitely sound in control of your workflow. It’s a great feeling; isn’t it? 🙂 Remember, when it comes to being more organized, just take things one step at a time. Building up one small, solid, everyday habit can lead to big, big, improvements. Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Natalie
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    Congratulations on your 5 yr Anniversary! I hope you’ll celebrate to mark this special occasion : )
    I have an organizing question. I’m organized at work and at home, but where things get unorganized is when I transition back and forth to my workplace and home. I work at a desk in both areas. My frustration has happened when I’m looking for a piece of paper I may have been working from on my desk at work and when I get home I spend 15 minutes looking for it. Or when I get to work and realize I left a bill or letter on my desk at home I meant to mail on my way to work. I still use the Post Office from time to time : )

    What can I do to not be so frustrated with this?

    • Rashelle
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      Thanks, Natalie! I appreciate it very much. As a matter of fact, I celebrated with a wonderful blog birthday cake. 🙂

      Now, to answer your question…hmm, that’s an excellent work/home issue. I have several ideas for you:

      The first is to create two catch-all stations at your work and home desks. The idea is to have a specific place to store materials temporarily traveling back and forth between the two locations. You could use two similar trays, containers, baskets, or decorative boxes. Place each of the containers in a prominent location on top of, or beside, your desks at home and work. Then, place transition items into the containers as necessary. When you’re ready to travel, pick up the contents of the container, and place them into your bag or purse. Likewise, when you arrive at your destination, remove the item(s) from your bag, and place them into the matching container. When you no longer need to transport the item(s), and you can permanently file or store them in your house or workplace.

      The second idea is to use a traveling document pouch, folder, or small bag. You could use a brightly colored plastic pouch or an accordion folder. Store any home/office documents in this pouch at all times. For example, when you’re finished working with a home document at work, tuck it away inside the folder, and vice versa. When you’re ready to leave home or work, make sure you the documents you need are inside the pouch, and take the pouch with you.

      Lastly, when it comes to remembering postal mail, make a little note for yourself. You could write a reminder like, “Don’t forget: postal mail” on a little sticky note or a piece of paper with tape. Stick it to the back of your door at work or home (or some other prominent place where you’re going to see it). You could also set a regular alarm (or, as you need it) on your cell phone or computer. Set the alarm a few minutes before you leave for home/work and include a little message like: “Any outgoing postal mail?” You can then pack up the mail in your bag, pouch, or pick it up in your hand.

      I do hope these tips will help you out. Please let us know how it goes. Thanks for reading the blog and for your comment!