Colour Your World

  Organizing Tips to DYE For

We all know that certain colours affect our moods and our productivity. Blues and greens calm us down, while vibrant colours leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle your next project.

Colour is also a fantastic tool for organizing your office and home. It’s eye catching and can help you streamline your communications with coworkers and family. Organize Anything has put together a list of 11 ways you can use colour to organize your life.

1. Folders are a great way to separate task lists. Designate colours and separate files by their urgency – red for immediate action, yellow for medium importance and blue for projects that can wait. Pick colours that resonate for you.

2. Documents. If you need to draw attention to changes or areas of a document that needs to be updated by a colleague, use the colour fill option in your word processor to highlight.

3. Projects. If you work in an office space that shares clients, or multiple projects, assign colours that are exclusive to each project. Avoid losing critical pieces of data by ensuring all colleagues working on the project know the colour code.

4. Binders are a great way to keep presentation materials in one place. Assign clients their own colour so you can easily grab-and-go with their information.

5. Email signature.  Add some life with your corporate colours or make your key message stand out when you sign off your emails. Did you know you can customize hyperlink colours? Just be careful to chose colours that are easy to read.

6. Paper. Managing a busy family is like managing a busy office. If each family member has their own colour you can print chore lists and activity schedules in their colours, as well designating storage space for all their odds and ends.

7. Calendars and Dry Erase Markers. Assign everyone in the office (or family) their own coloured marker. This way they can glance at the calendar and see upcoming deadlines, and projects easily.

8. Laundry. Every family member gets their own laundry bag and colour. If you’ve got several same gender children in the family carry their colour through to their towels, underwear and socks so there’s no confusion when sorting out fresh laundry.

9. In the bag. If you’re downsizing or just going through your storage spaces organizing, use different colour bins and bags to streamline the process. Clear for things you want to keep but need to move, blue for donated items and black for items you need to toss.

10. Clothes by colour. Hang clothes of similar colours together in your closet so you can easily pull together coordinating outfits on the fly in the morning. It’s also a great way to see where your wardrobe may be lacking, and what you can afford to purge.

11. Brighten up. Are you always losing your car keys, cell phone or other small items? Buy a bright key ring or phone case so your eye is naturally attracted to the item. If you often find yourself frustrated digging through your purse, buy one with a neon interior. Items will show up clearly against the bright background.

Keep your clients and family on track by incorporating colour into your everyday life. It will brighten up your office and home and makes organizing a breeze. For help bringing the colour into your life, contact Organize Anything today.

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About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on June 4, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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