A Buffet of Organizing and Productivity Inspiration


Greetings! I hope you are doing well despite the fact that somewhere along the way I lost my will to keep you updated on all things COVID.

Once in a while I’ve checked in with you and let you know how it’s going for me….

I’ve written a few other posts – some new, and some refreshed – but otherwise I’ve been doing genealogy research (for myself and for clients), and working (except, that is, for when I’m not working) on my new book.

Meanwhile…many of my organizing and productivity colleagues are either still at it, or they’ve found renewed energy for solving problems and lifting spirits. Some of them blog on a weekly basis! Some have written books, created products, or developed courses during the pandemic!

So, I’m sharing a roundup of their recent posts that have inspired me, because I’m hoping they will inspire you, too!

I’m sharing a roundup of my colleagues' recent posts that have inspired me, because I’m hoping they will inspire you, too! Share on X

Here’s a buffet of organizing and productivity inspiration from my colleagues:

There’s something for everyone here.

Feel free to pick and choose.

Are you Stuck in a Rut? by Seana Turner, The Seana Method

The first step in getting out of a rut is recognizing that we are in one.

Pandemic Countdown Week 1: Decluttering Books by Lucy Kelly, Joyful Surroundings LLC

30 decluttering challenges to give you the freedom to come out from behind your screens and have people over again. (If you finish, and we’re still dealing with the pandemic, at least you’ll be dealing with it from an organized home!)

Organizing For The New Normal by Sara Skillen, SkillSet Coaching & Organizing

Things have changed. What could being organized and productive look like now?

Divide and Conquer: Improve Productivity With Privacy Screens by Julie Bestry, Best Results Organizing

Wouldn’t you like to create your own private, dedicated workspace wherever you are? Trust me, there are more options here for the whole family than you think are possible!

Creating a Comfortable Guest Room by Sheri Steed, Step-by-Step Declutter

Some of us might actually have house guests again in the pandemic after-times, no?

Curve Balls by Lisa Gessert, Organizing.buzz

Stuff happens to us all the time. Some things we can never be fully prepared for, but being organized can help.

10 Insanely Clever Spring Cleaning Tips from the Pros by Ronni Eisenberg, Professional Organizer

This one includes an insanely clever tip from me!

Secrets of How-To Enjoy Moving by Janet Schiesl, Basic Organization

If you don’t feel like reading, there’s also a short tip-filled video to watch.

Welcome to Tea with Janet by Janet Barclay (Your Organizing Business, Web Design with a Personal Touch, Productivity & Organizing Blog Carnival)

This is an entire blog dedicated to tasting and enjoying a variety of teas. Take a break and enjoy!

How to help with Caregiver burnout – 15+ ideas to help out by Margarita Ibbott, DownshiftingPRO

Ugh! If you are not a caregiver, surely you know one. Here are some terrific ways to help.

How to Encourage Your Kids to Do Household Chores by Sabrina Quairoli, Sabrina’s Organizing

Not only does this post include strategies for motivating your kids to get things done, it also explains why it’s beneficial for them to do chores.

9 Tips for Organizing Your Work Space by Julie Stobbe, Mind over Clutter

Features a cool infographic by Custom Writing.

Is It Fantastic to Abandon Next and Instead Enjoy Now?  by Linda Samuels, Oh, So Organized!

Spoiler alert: Yes, it is fantastic to enjoy Now!

Are You Finally in the Mood to Organize? Here’s an Easy Way to Get it Done! by Diane Quintana, DNQ Solutions and Jonda Beattie, Time Space Organization

A new card game to make organizing fun and easy!


Did you see something you like in the buffet?

Let me (and my colleagues) know by leaving a comment!

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  1. Linda Samuels on April 26, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Hazel- Thank you so much for including me in this awesome collection of inspiring posts. You are the best! I’m happy to say that I’ve read almost all of them when they were shared. I think I missed Janet’s one about tea, and I look forward to reading it.

    I agree that this group is amazing and continues to share positive thoughts, strategies, and ideas to make our everyday lives feel more meaningful and flow more easily. Also, this is such a supportive group of colleagues and bloggers. What generous sharers! I always learn something new or come away feeling energized. I am grateful to be connected to all of you. Thank you again for including me.

  2. Jonda Beattie on April 26, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Hazel, thank you so much for putting this together. It enabled me to get caught up on some that I had previously missed. And thank you for including our Release Repurpose Reorganize post.

  3. Janet Barclay on April 26, 2021 at 8:52 am

    What a nice surprise to find you’ve linked to Tea with Janet! Thank you SO much!

  4. Lisa Gessert on April 26, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Honored to be among these inspiring organIzers!! Some really great reads! Thank you!!

  5. Lucy Kelly on April 26, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for including me, Hazel! I’m hoping the pandemic will end before my challenge series does…

  6. Sabrina Quairoli on April 26, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Thank you so much, Hazel, for including me in the collection of POs. You are the best!

  7. Julie Bestry on April 26, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Tapas, dim sum, an hors d’oeuvres buffet. There’s nothing I like better than getting a whole sampling of delicious tidbits, whether food or inspiration. Thank you for writing this, and even more for including me! You rock!

  8. Seana Turner on April 26, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    What a nice surprise to see this roundup. Thank you so much for including me, Hazel! I love this group of people and their posts. It’s fun to introduce our readers to some of the other great professionals out there!

    On a side note, it was nice to “chat” with you around a virtual table. Looking forward to hopefully being together in person next year. :):)

  9. Janet Schiesl on April 27, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for including me in the roundup. So much great organizing information in these posts. Always a lot to learn and share.

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