076: How to simplify & organize your workspace – with Christy Lingo

By July 30, 2019August 1st, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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Do you want to know how to organize your workspace like a pro? I don’t know about you, but the summer months always inspire me to declutter, and this year I’m going all out. Basically, I want to set fire to all the miscellaneous paper that I’ve collected this past quarter and start anew. Time to break out the fire pit and the marshmallows!

My guest today is the decluttering expert of Simple Solutions Organizing, and she’s here to help us all.


Christy Lingo simplifies how to organize your workspace

This one is for you, if your desk looks like a tornado hit it. Christy offers a few simple, practical tips to get you back to thriving in your workspace.

Girl, we got you covered!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • If it’s better to have a clean & tidy desk, or a desk of ‘controlled chaos?’
  • How to cut the clutter in your workspace, and break the cycle
  • About creating a document management system (in case you also have WAY too much paper in your life – like me!)
  • How to create a simple system for storing online documents – yes, you can declutter here too!
  • How to maintain your newly decluttered workspace, especially when your busy season hits again

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it. Every little bit helps when you simplify your work and life. Those small shifts—that often cost NOTHING but time—often reap the biggest rewards. Getting your workspace organized might be just the thing you need to make a big shift in your productivity and creativity.


My challenge for you this week:

Book out 2 hours in your diary, get clear on Christy’s steps of how to organize your workspace, and get going! Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, people and apps mentioned:

Book: The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) – Gretchen Rubin

Book: Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain: A Creative Approach to Getting Organized – Lee Silber

Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen

Tool: Google Drive/G-Suite Use this PROMO CODE: 9APNG4DP73T7EDG to get 20% off the first year on the G Suite Business plan. Expires Dec 01, 2019)

Link: Hire a Simplifier – Virtual Assistants

Book: 101 Clutter-Free Gifts: And Why You Want Them – Christy Lingo

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[04:03] “Just because it’s working for you doesn’t mean it couldn’t work better.” – Christy

[06:01] “Organizing is very personal. It’s personal to your job, it’s personal to the space that you have available. It’s personal to the personality that you have.” – Christy

[31:10] “I think people think it’s going to just take so much time and that it might not be worth your effort. [Organizing] will always be worth your effort and it may not take as much time as you think.” – Christy

[31:35] “Don’t start by buying $100 worth of office supplies.” – Mary

[39:56] “Pick one small spot and start there. It doesn’t have to be the whole desktop. Pick one pile, pick one drawer, pick one corner of your desk and get that cleared and then relish in how good it feels.” – Christy

About Christy:

Christy Lingo is a mom of 2 boys, and a Professional Organizer in Columbus, Ohio. She loves working with overwhelmed mamas who love their kiddos but hate the mess. She wants you to have time to do what you love, with the ones you love.

Christy is the host of Cocktails and Containers, a podcast dedicated to 2 of her favorite things… home organizing tips and cocktail recipes. She is also the author of 101 Clutter-Free Gifts: And Why You Want Them, a book to help stop clutter from coming into your home.

When not organizing, Christy loves traveling (she’s visited 17 countries), lip sync battles, baking and naps. She has a passion for Shakespeare, power tools and lots of stuff in between.

Where Christy hangs out online:

Website: simplesolutionsorganizing.com

Instagram: @christylingo

Facebook group: Request to join Cocktails and Containers

Christy’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Amy Landino – the host of AmyTV, and Detail Therapy podcast.

Christy Lingo - organize your workspace

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