MOP’s Networking Collaborative

Mercury Organizing Professionals has partnered with LSVDesign for the past two years to bring you local business to business networking events. This month, Neighborhood Networking is collaborating with BTSocial & Sound Bar Group for our March event!

Join us after work at Y Bar to meet and mingle with fellow businesses and sample appetizers from popular neighborhood restaurants.

Complimentary Absolut Wild Tea drinks from 6–8 pm. Stay for the raffle prizes—and more surprises!

The Featured Organization will be The UNICEF Tap Project.

Register in advance for $15 ($20 at the door).
Online ticket sales end at 3 pm. If you choose to pay at the door, please RSVP.
(cash/check accepted at the door)

Thursday, March 10, 2011
6–10 pm
Y Bar
224 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL

Close to the Brown Line Chicago stop. Metered street parking is available. Valet service $12

Forward this invite to friends and colleagues. Bring lots of business cards.

We hope to see you there!

and the Oscar goes to….What, you don’t have quickbooks or quicken either? oh dear.. now what?

Your CPA has requested all your information and receipts from 2010, and needs it fast. You have no idea where you have put your receipts,  or worse, they are scattered in drawers, wallets, office desk and envelopes. The bookkeeping isn’t done either.  Does this sound like you or somebody you know?

This is the time of year when some people wish they had organized their paperwork sooner. There is no going back now is there? You ‘ll have to pull it all together somehow and pronto.

This chore is like pulling teeth and takes many people hours if not days to finish. You feel paralyzed, you want to quit before you even get started so instead you kick into procrastination mode and decide to watch TV to simply escape.  You know you’re watching the OSCARS this Sunday evening,  aren’t you? You won’t miss it, you’ll have to watch the three hour or more affair from the twinkle in the eyes of actors to the rolling credits at the end. Does this sound like you or somebody you know?

Well,  here’s a painless idea to get you motivated and start preparing for your appointment with your accountant. First,  decide to get out of this rut. Then, call it Oscar Tax-time.  On Sunday evening, when they are rolling out the red carpet and gawking at the gorgeous gowns and actors, get moving.

Step one:  start gathering your paperwork: assemble a station on a kitchen table or counter for example. Grab all those receipts scattered to drawers and wallets. Lump them together. Next step, take inventory. Look to see what you have, and start categorizing according to your tax person’s directions. Monthly: Medical, home, business, auto, etc….

We are assuming you don’t have Quickbooks and this late in the game, do you really think you should try to master it for this purpose? that’s another topic.

Lastly, start entering your data. Preferable using excel file sheets  or get a ledger book that will help with columns and data entry.

Notice how three hours can pass by quickly. You’re able to get through what seems like a daunting task and now see how possible it is to not only save yourself some money but gain some control of your finances. All while hearing the latest news of your favorite Oscar contenders. did they win?

Getting a clear picture of what your next step should be is so important to finding financial health, wealth and happiness. Who’s the winner now?

Do you whistle while you work?

Here is a fun song that describes the clutter dilemma. A friendly neighborhood networking pal of mine named Mitch Pravatiner brought it to my attention. While listening to the local WFMT he heard a tune that strikes a chord in my line of work.  He knew that as an organizer, I would appreciate it. He was right.  

Confessions of a Clutterholic; by Lois Morton

I laughed and enjoyed the little ditty very much. So if you are singing this tune, be sure to let us know and we can rewrite that tune to sing goodbye to all your clutter.

Mercury Organizing Professionals

Needless to say a busy person needs an awesome calendar

The best way to accomplish your goals this new year is to make a plan. Look at your tasks realistically. Keep yourself accountable to getting things done, putting them down on your calendar . When you are a busy person with a household to run it is fun to incorporate the whole family on the calendar of events. Here’s a excellent way that Mrs.Darcy McGrath uses her calendar. She is a photographer, mother of two daughters and a wife. Needless to say she is a busy person who uses her calendar well.CalendarLongView

“A Chalk board — Genius!! As things come and go, ebb and flow,   fade and grow…the whole family enjoys adding to, crossing off and taking note of the things that are going on with the whole family. As we are heading up to bed to recharge for the next day — or coming down in the morning, ready for whatever comes our way, this calendar by the stairs works for us!”

Photo credits: DarcyMcGrath

Make your Labor Day weekend more about relaxing and less about working

Organizing your labor day weekend away can make all the difference to having a great time. Prepare a little in advance and you will spare yourself a lot of work later. Your quick get-away could easily turn into everything else but the fun and relaxation you were hoping for. Plan your time properly and your trip will be more enjoyable with all your belongings and supplies. There is nothing worse than leaving behind any important articles of clothing; for instance, your swimsuit when you were planning to go swimming. Sure, you can buy a new one somewhere, but why spend more money than you have to.

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Write down a list of activities you plan on doing while you’re away.

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Make a list of the things you need for yourself and family or companions.

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Give yourself time to pack, you may have a departure time to accommodate so why not have extra time to check over last minute items or tasks. Are there any plants needing water?

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Write down important contact information to leave with someone in case of emergency.

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Don’t forget to smile and let the journey be the adventure.
Check in when you get back and find some tips to get the fall season started on a good foot.

Happy Holiday!

Featured organizer- An 8th grader’s tips for the new school year

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Iliana Elias, a student at Inter-American Magnet School is going into the eighth grade ready and organized! How does she prepare for such an exciting and exhausting grade? She’s here to share a couple useful tips to get you prepared for the new school year. Below are common places for school supplies and materials. These tips will teach your student how to keep their school supplies in place and manageable!

1. The Locker
Place things conveniently in order by schedule, by color, biggest to smallest
Locker organizers can be found at any office supply store, Target® or The container store®. Theses provide more space and also make it easy to take things in and out of your locker.
Magnetic clips are fun locker accessories that can hold important papers and assignments.
2. The Book bag
The “stuff” that is placed inside your book bag should only be “stuff” that will be useful that very day for assignments/projects/homework, etc. Excessive material can make your bag heavy when it doesn’t need to be. Everyone has their own style however, by keeping your things in order of priority makes it easy to find what you need.

3. At home
It’s important to know ahead of time what you’ll be working on so you can be sure you have the materials needed. Having a shelf sorted by baskets or bins for just school supplies and materials will make searching and getting things done a lot faster. I always like to have a little box containing the tools that are necessary for completing my assignment.

According to Iliana, she states “It’s important to me to be organized for the school year because I get things done a lot quicker, leaving me time to do other things like hanging with my friends.”

An organizer’s take on the Movie “Up” by Pixlar

I don’t usually recommend a movie as part of a tip for organizing but somehow Pixar’s animation “Up” has a quality of emotion that really speaks to people who are attached to their “things”.  I suggest you watch this movie.  This is our tip for today.

When trying to clear out clutter, for one reason or another it is difficult if not impossible to do it on one’s own, let alone without any motivation. We put meaning and importance on the things we own based on a memory.  We have keepsakes to remind us of the people and experiences we cherish for better or worse. With out giving the whole story away, in the movie “Up” there was a sweetness in Carl and Ellie’s relationship and who they are as a couple was easily identified with their home. They had a purpose and a plan. Among other themes, this story is about moving forward and finding a new purpose in life, just when you think you don’t have one anymore. The part to notice in this film is at the end. “Carl Fredrickson” finds that letting go of the things that dragged him back was easier because he made a choice to pursue a new goal and adventure. I simply love this movie.

http://youtu.be/YOOIK0baLvM