Links and Resources

Organizing products and services
The Container Store--If it's related to organization, chances are the Container Store carries it.

Easy Closets--An online source for custom-designed closet systems that can help you maximize the efficiency of any closet in the house.

--One of my favorite sources of inexpensive storage solutions. tools, gadgets, and accessories.

Room and Board--Beautiful, high-quality, customizable furniture, including bookcases, sideboards, entertainment centers, and other storage solutions.

Russell and Hazel--Simple, stylish storage containers, notebooks, binders, and office supplies.

Scan Digital--Tackle those piles of old photos, slides, negatives, and home movies by sending them to Scan Digital to be digitized.

See Jane Work--Supplies for managing paper, time, and stuff stylishly, at home or in the office.

SKS Bottle & Packaging--A dizzying array of plastic, glass, and metal jars, boxes, bins, and containers. Downside: you'll need to buy in bulk (at least 10-20 pieces). Upside: great prices and impressive selection.

Sorting with Style--Billed as "Office Style in a Manila World"; not your average office and organizing supplies.

Stacks and Stacks--Furniture, storage solutions, and organizing accessories.

Storage Supplies at Office Max--This page gathers Office Max's boxes, bins, file storage supplies, shelves, and drawer units for easy browsing.

Organizing web sites
BellaOnline Organization--Articles, links, and tips for all kinds of organizing.

ClutterLess--Information on the ClutterLess support system (including an in-person group in Northern California), designed to help people who struggle with clutter.

Messies Anonymous--Sandra Felton's Messies Anonymous program is aimed at helping those who have struggled with disorganization make the first steps toward getting organized.

NAPO--The online home of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

ICD--Learn more about ADD, hoarding, and other topics from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.

Tip of the Week Archive--Browse past Tips from The Organized Life.

Organized travel
eBags--Time to upgrade your suitcase? Browse eBags for inspiration.

Flight 001--Luggage, supplies, and gadgets for stylish, organized travel.

Minimus--A great resource for travel-sized toiletries and snacks.

Tango Diva--Travel articles, advice, and gossip for women.

Top 10 Organized Travel Tips--Ideas from The Container Store on staying organized and stress-free on your next trip. (Be sure to read the comments for more great suggestions, too.)

Travel essentials from the Container Store--Packing cubes, toiletry kits, and other accessories to make packing easier.

TSA Traveler Information--Recommendations, information, and checklists from the US's Transportation Security Administration

Time management
Calendars That Work--Choose from a wide variety of free calendar templates to customize and use with your time management system, or subscribe to a service that lets you create and print your own calendars.

David Allen Company--Inspired by Getting Things Done? Get a bigger David Allen fix on his web site. (I especially like the collection of free articles.)

Franklin Covey--The granddaddy of all time management systems.

Getting Things Done--David Allen's seminal work on creating and managing effective time- and task-management systems is a worthy read. (Too busy to read? Pick up the GTD book on cd.)

GTD Connect--An interactive, multimedia service (including videos, teleseminars, whitepapers, interviews, and newsletters) from the David Allen Company that goes into serious depth on the principles of the Getting Things Done methodology.

Time Audit Chart (PDF)--Use this chart (an exclusive from The Organized Life) to perform a week-long time audit for a detailed look at how you're spending your time.

Time Management from the Inside Out--A realistic and easy-to-follow time management plan from Julie Morgenstern.

43 Folders--Loosely based on the GTD system, Merlin Mann's 43 Folders features musings, links, and ideas on creativity, time management, personal productivity, and making life better.

Financial organizing
Free, easy-to-use, well-designed personal financial organizing software for Mac and PC.

Organize Your Personal Finances in No Time--This book (written by a professional organizer) is aimed at making tasks like budgeting, expense tracking, and managing financial paperwork less daunting and less painful.

Putting your financial house in order's guide to
making sense (and the best use) of the crowd of online financial tools available, from banking to bill-pay services.

What financial records to keep and how long to keep them--Another great resource from Bankrate; this one offers guidelines on how long you need to keep the flurry of financial papers cluttering your file cabinet/desk/dining room table.

Recycling, re-use, and selling
The Complete Garage Sale Checklist--An amazingly comprehensive collection of links on everything from pre-sale sorting and weeding to planning for your sale to pricing your items

Donation Town--Use this site to search for and schedule with local charities that will pick up items you're ready to donate. The site's matchmaking service is free both to you and to the charity you choose.

Excess Access--An online resource that matches donors with non-profit organizations looking for specific supplies.

Freecycle--A huge (and growing!) network of communities around the world dedicated to keeping things out of landfills

Green Citizen--Responsibly dispose of used electronics (from computer monitors to cassette tapes) at various Bay Area drop-off locations, or have the company pick your stuff up.

GreenDisk--This company offers convenient, shippable "trash bins" for used electronics; it recycles or reuses much of this e-waste.

How to Recycle or Reuse Anything--From Real Simple magazine, a collection of articles, links, and tips on donating, repurposing, or safely disposing of the stuff you no longer want or need.

International Book Project--Accepts donations of a wide variety of books, including textbooks and encyclopedias, for use in literacy programs within the US and in developing countries.

Recycleplace--Get paid to recycle your empty inkjet printer cartridges.

San Mateo County RecycleWorks--One of the best recycling, re-use, and green living resources I've found, this site features info for San Mateo County and beyond.

Soles4Souls--Donate your gently worn shoes to people around the world in need of basic, decent footwear.

Sonoma County Recycling Guide--Recycling and safe disposal info and resources for Sonoma County.

Steel Recycling Directory--Search for local resources for recycling all types of steel, from cans to appliances to cars. County's repository for information, links, and resources on recycling, safe disposal, and waste reduction.

Think Outside the Bin--Ideas and resources for donating or recycling everything from Halloween costumes to artwork, from bridal gowns to cell phones

Tyvek envelope recycling--Send Tyvek envelopes (the kind used by FedEx and other shipping services) back to the manufacturer for safe recycling.