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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | Clutter, delegate, overwhelm, Piles | 4 Comments

5 Tips for dealing with the feeling We all feel overwhelmed from time to time.  Maybe we feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in our homes. Or maybe we feel overwhelmed because we get over-scheduled, over-worked, over-committed and want to get everything done on time and done well. How do I know this? I fall victim to doing exactly the things I mentioned above. I agree to take on almost everything I’m asked to do. Why do I do that? Well, because I like doing things for other people and I’m really good at getting things done. Why do…

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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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Action Files

By | accomplish, action, mail, paper, Piles, recycle, stacks

Last week I started a series talking about the paper. Even though it’s possible to receive notices and statements via email paper is still a problem. Many of my clients complain about paper. Organizing paper, finding the documents they need quickly and efficiently, and eliminating paper piles are on the top of the ‘to-do’ list. While this is a problem for many it comes front and center around this time of the year when taxes are looming on the horizon. I suggested, last week, that you gather the paper from around the house and bring it to a central location….

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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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Small changes?

By | action, change, information, laundry, Organizing Strategies, Piles, prepare

Sometimes a small change in the way we do things can have a really HUGE impact. One of my clients had the habit of waiting until April 14th to begin gathering the information needed to prepare his taxes. It would take him all day and most of the night of the 14th to gather everything together, figure out what he had to do, download the forms, etc. You get the idea, I’m sure. Maybe some of you do this very same thing. Last year, we created a current tax year file. All tax related information went into the file. I…

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Make a Change

By | accomplish, behavior, catalog, change, Closets, mail, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, prepare, stadium file

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could snap your fingers or wiggle your nose like either Samantha on Bewitched or Jeanne on I Dream of Jeanne and have something be changed? The problem is nothing changes if nothing changes. Think about that. It’s tax season. We all have to locate the documents so that we can find the numbers to fill out the forms for our taxes. Some documents may be filed in the cloud, some may be in a pile on the floor, some may be in a file cabinet in multiple files. What if you changed the way…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | accomplish, action, calendar, chores, focus, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, Planning, prioritizing, schedule, small steps, tasks

What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Do you walk away from whatever it is that is overwhelming you? Many of my clients are challenged by that feeling of overwhelm. It doesn’t matter if it is piles of paper, too much to do and too little time, too many emails to respond to or deal with or too many household chores when you’re feeling overwhelmed you don’t know where to start. My advice is to pick a place and start small. If we’re talking about household chores, look at your calendar, figure out how much time you can give…

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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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