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Paper File Maintenance

By | action, consistent, file folders, information, maintenance, paper, Piles, schedule, stacks, tasks, Vital Documents

Over the last several weeks I’ve been talking about paper. We set up action files, files for your file cabinet, and archival files. There should be no more wondering what to do with the paper as it arrives in your home. I hope you’re not thinking that once your files are organized you’re done because you’re not. A filing system only works if the system is used, updated periodically, and maintained. You know that when you print a bank statement or an investment statement you look it over, check it to make sure it’s accurate, and then file it. At…

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Paper Filing

By | accomplish, action, file folders, information, paper, Piles, recycle, Vital Documents

Last week I talked about setting up Action Files. These are the files which hold papers with which you will do something. You might file them, read them, respond to them, keep them available for easy reference. Whatever you do with these papers once you take action they leave the Action File holder and go … That’s just it. Where do they go? Which papers do you keep? Those which you know you are over and done with get rid of right away otherwise they will just add to the pile and you will need to look at them once…

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Paper Piles

By | accomplish, file folders, forgetfulness, information, paper, Piles, projects, stacks, strategy, Vital Documents

Are you buried in paper piles? Do you know what’s in the stacks? Perhaps you like to see the stack of papers as a reminder of something to take care of? Maybe it’s a group – a category – of papers that you want to have easy access to? Is there anything important or vital lurking in those piles? Could your missing passport, marriage license, social security card be hidden amongst these papers? Do you lose track of what’s there? Maybe some things slip your mind or bills are left unpaid because they remain hidden in a pile? Does that…

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Stuck at Home?

By | accomplish, appropriate, celebrate, Closets, file folders, needlepoint, paper, Piles, Planning, projects

Here we go again. I’m in Atlanta and listening to the news reports of the catastrophic storm that is hitting this area. I’m so thankful that the media has given us ample warning this time and that most everyone has followed their advice to stay off the roads. I’m sure you remember the pictures and stories of just a few weeks ago when so many were trapped on the highways around Atlanta. So, what to do… I’m at home as are many. Are you wondering how to occupy your time? I have some suggestions. 1. Catch up on your paperwork…

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Paper piles?

By | action, file folders, mail, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, schedule

Paper is everywhere. As much as we want to be paperless it still comes in our homes. What do you do with it? How do you keep from having paper avalanches? How do you stay on top of the things you have to know and do? These are all questions that have come my way from time to time during the course of a home-office organizing session. Paper can be managed but you must get in the habit of dealing with it everyday. Here are a few quick tips: 1. Sort the paper as it comes in your house into the…

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What To Do At Home When You Can’t Go Out

By | accomplish, artwork, calendar, Closets, file folders, home organizing, paper, recycling, schedule

Does this cold weather have you staying home wondering what to do? I have a few suggestions for you which will also help you organize your home. Take a look in your closet. Are there a few pieces of clothing that are: 1. too small 2. too big 3. in need of repair or alterations 4. haven’t been worn in the past season 5. when you put it on, you decide not to wear it and then put it back in the closet Take these items out of your closet and make some decisions. Either schedule a day and time…

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Getting Organized?

By | accomplish, Closets, file folders, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, paper, projects

It’s almost the New Year and time to begin again. Is one of your resolutions to finally get organized? If it is, you’re not alone. Many people say they want to get organized. January is National Get Organized month – a perfect time to start. How should you begin? The first thing many people do is go shopping for organizing supplies. Now, if you’re organizing a filing system I would say ‘great’! Go ahead and get manila files, hanging folders, a shredder and perhaps extra tabs for the hanging files and a few sharpie pens. You absolutely need those supplies when…

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Take a Break!

By | accomplish, file folders, Organizing Strategies, prioritizing, schedule

Are you working hard? Does the list of tasks on your desk or in your mind seem endless? I know I can always find one more thing to add to my ‘to-do’ list. I bet you can, too. Working endlessly without getting up, stretching your legs, and looking at something other than your computer screen can become truly overwhelming – even when you are making your way through your list. I have a few tips to share with you which may help you be even more productive. 1. Straighten up your desk in the evening as your work day is…

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The Benefits of Being Prepared

By | file folders, paper

I read an interesting comment from a friend and colleague, Geralin Thomas, last week. She said (and I’m paraphrasing) ‘I’m the person you want to sit next to on an airplane. I always carry extra magazines, snacks, a nail file and …’ She is prepared to wait. There is a huge benefit in this. Geralin won’t be bored and neither will the person sitting next to her.  When I leave my house for the day I always bring extra bottles of water in a small cooler – just in case. Generally I also have a stash of snacks in that cooler…

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