6 May 2020

App Review – Airtable




Purpose: Airtable has been called a spreadsheet on steroids. It is a hybrid spreadsheet and database tool that provides you a place to store and organize your data. Airtable allows you to make relational databases – pulling information from one database into another without having to open the first. It’s a powerful way to manage your information. People are using Airtable for everything from CRMs to project management to content calendars and more. 

Benefits: Entering data in Airtable is as simple as using a spreadsheet, but you can organize your data in a variety of ways – grid, Kanban, form, gallery view, etc. This means you can sort and view your data in a way that works for you. Airtable also integrates with a wide variety of apps, including Zapier. Although you can use Airtable for both numerical data and other information, doing calculations and ‘math stuff’ is more straightforward in a traditional spreadsheet like Excel.

Cost: $0, $10, $20/mo

Opinion: I love Airtable, but don’t actually use it right now! Because I wanted to review it for you, I asked my colleague Kate Bosch of katebosch.org her opinion on the software. She’s a regular user of Airtable and was gracious enough to let us know what she thinks.

“I love a good spreadsheet! When I started my professional organizing business, I set up my information using spreadsheets because that’s the way I’ve always done it throughout my varied careers. I have spreadsheets to track accounting, education, client sessions, social media, and more. I was recently introduced to Airtable and have started to use it to organize my information, both by creating new bases (That’s Airtable’s shorthand for “database.”) and converting some of my old-fashioned spreadsheets to Airtable bases.

What I love about Airtable is that it combines the familiar spreadsheet format with the robust features of a database. I can easily connect information between sheets, add attachments, create fillable forms, and view the information in a variety of formats. There’s a small learning curve and I have yet to explore all the features Airtable has to offer, but it’s easy to set up a base and start using it and then add to it as you learn more.”  ~Kate

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23 April 2020

Check and go!




Trying to Get Things Done but don’t know where to start? Check over your to-do list for those 2-minute tasks. If you can get it done in two minutes or less, do it now! Then check it off and move on to the next task.

16 April 2020

Organizing Basics – Purging




Learn more about the second step in any organizing project – the purging step – in this Basics of Organizing video!

2 April 2020

Organizing Basics




Where did you learn to organize? It isn’t something we’re taught in schools, or by our parents, so how do you know what to do? Who shows you the way? I can help with that! Sorting is the first step in any organizing project – watch the video to learn how!

13 March 2020

3,2,1 Backup for You and Me




When it comes to your digital images, having a backup plan is key to peace of mind. Especially with our phones – who hasn’t dropped their mobile device or gotten it wet? And if something happens to your phone, poof, all your images stored on there are gone as well.

To keep your images safe, APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) recommends having 3 backups, in 2 different formats, with one of them being offsite aka away from your house.

3, 2, 1 sounds like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. I have my photos stored on my computer, backed up online using Crashplan, and the most important ones are also stored on an external drive in my safety deposit box. With my phone, all the pictures I take (like this one of me and my sister) are automatically stored in Dropbox, which is then backed up to Crashplan. 

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2 March 2020

What’s Your Excuse for Postponing Updates?




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