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5 Ways to Organize Your Small Business

Having an organized home is great. It reduces stress and helps you function much easier…but what about your small business? Are papers overflowing from shelves and process management lost somewhere in the mix?

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Here are five ways to organize your home office or small business that will drastically change the efficiency and production of the company you’ve poured your heart into.

Mail

  • First and foremost, create a designated inbox for all mail you receive. Whether that’s a basket, wall hanger or box, find a spot to put everything as soon as it comes in.
  • Have a garbage bin located near your inbox. Anything that you readily know is trash, throw it away.
  • Pick a regular time of day (or a couple times a week) to go through all items in your inbox. It’s important to create a habit.
  • Create a filing system for any document that needs to be kept for any period of time.
  • Helpful Tip: If any of the paper mail you receive can be changed to online or email invoices, makes the change!

Computer Documents/ Icons

  • Choose a calm and concentration-boosting background for your desktop.
  • Group ‘like’ icons or documents in one folder on your desktop for easy access.
  • Keep all folders and icons to the outer corners of your screen to minimize clutter.
  • Helpful Tip: Fences is a great way to group like items on your desktop. You can download this here.

Paper Files

  • First, sort through all paper documents and shred or dispose of any item that is no longer necessary. Check online to see how long you should keep important documents.
  • Purchase a file cabinet and arrange documents by type in designated folders, keeping the newest information towards the back.
  • Anything that can be scanned and kept as a digital copy, take this step! It’s also recommended to have these copies on a google drive just in case there’s a hard drive issue.

Work Space

  • Organize everything on your desk the way you like it! This mean computer, phone, pens, etc.
  • Keep office supplies that you use every day in an easy to reach location.
  • Don’t put too many personal knick knacks on your desk. This will cause clutter and leaves little room for creative space!
  • Keep a notebook on your desk to write down and notes or details that you may need to remember.
  • Helpful Tip: Mind your ergonomics! Check out more information here.

Time Management

  • Buy a planner!
  • Know your goals for the week.
  • Prioritize what is important or urgent.
  • Plan ahead on life events that you know about in advance. For example, if you know there’s a meeting at 3pm, have your presentation ready and any notebook you plan on bringing sitting in an easy to grab spot at least 30 minutes before kickoff.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Delegate things that you’re able to. Rome wasn’t built in a day and in the same way that it takes a village to raise children, it also takes one to run a successful business.
  • MAKE TIME FOR YOU! Whether that is exercising, reading a book or just enjoying the sunshine.

But all things should be done decently and in order.  1 Corinthians 14:40

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.