Have you ever watched Candice Olson of HGTV’s Divine Design? When she has to pull together an interior design concept from her impressive collection of fabric swatches, tiles, furniture catalogs etc. all within easy reach of her clean desk?
We all know that the “reality” in TV “reality shows” is quite scripted and what makes a great TV show often has no resemblance to real life.
Regardless, as home stagers, we don’t need massive collections of fabric swatches and product samples because for the most part we’re working with what clients already have. Even when we do an interior redesign project, we don’t need to draw from such an extensive array of possibilities as you’ll see on TV.
If you’re like me, much of the business clutter you have to deal with is stacks of paper filled with ideas, business receipts, business cards from people you’ve met, rough sketches of ideas or measurements of clients’ rooms, etc.
In other words, we collect information as opposed to objects!
The piles of information on my desk often makes me feel overwhelmed as soon as I walk into my home office! I keep generating ideas for new marketing methods for my home staging business, or new products or course ideas for teaching home stagers, or ideas to add to one of my 10 websites, and they get added to one of the piles.
Added to that, I’ve kept literally thousands of emails and I often have 20 web browser tabs opened at any one time, all things I want to get back to but don’t have time now. Over time, I forget what they are and why I wanted them and there’s no way to keep it all organized. Or at least I didn’t think so until I discovered Evernote 2 days ago! Here’s a quick intro video to this FREE web-based application that will give you a flavor for what it can do for your home staging business:
I’m really excited about this and have already started setting up “notes” for the different webpages I wanted to refer back to and read, emails I need for later and more. What’s most helpful is the ability to “tag” each item. Within minutes I set up tags for things like:
- Home staging blog post ideas
- Marketing ideas for new home staging course
- Jean’s home staging project
- Cheryl and Peter’s color project
- Updates to my FREE report on the economy for home stagers
- Template ideas for new website
I also love that when I’m viewing my “notes” inside of Evernote I can look at everything tagged with only one of these choices and that it shows me a visual of it as well as the start of the text in a preview window. Since I’m a visual person, this really works for me and is better than looking at a stack of To Do items on paper or an inbox filled with hundreds of subject lines of emails.
When you’re inside Evernote, clicking on a particular “note” reveals all the content. In the case of a webpage that’s the full page, with all the hyperlinks preserved! Now I don’t have to keep all those browser tabs open which always slow down the application.
If you have a smart phone or iPad, you can also put Evernote on those and all your content will be automatically synced between your devices. Imagine shopping for a client and immediately taking a photo of the parking receipt with your phone and putting it into that project’s folder right along with photos of items you’ve found while shopping, or whatever!
Have any of you used Evernote before? Did you find this review helpful? Please share your ideas for how you have used , or might use, this FREE application by adding your comments! I’d also love it if you share this post with your friends and fellow stagers, after all who doesn’t want to start the new year all organized for whatever lies ahead?
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould has been supporting herself from a home office since 1989. During that time she lived in 8 different homes and had to set up many new ways to keep things running during her moves. A home stager since 2002, she developed the Staging Diva Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own money-making home staging businesses.