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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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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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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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Blinders?

By | Chaos, Chronic Disorganization, daily routine, home organizing, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, Planning, schedule

Do you wear blinders in your house? So many of my clients admit that they are so bothered by the chaos and clutter in their homes that they intentionally pretend it’s not there. Do they actually wear blinders? They do not. However; the fact remains that they pretend the piles of paper or clothes or empty boxes aren’t there. This is where I come in. As a Certified Professional Organizer who specializes in Chronic Disorganization I help my clients remove these blinders and devise strategies for clearing the chaos and removing the clutter.  This means that I work closely with each…

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Receipts – take them or not

By | Budgeting

Recently, I have noticed, when I pay for an item at a store the person accepting my payment asks this question ‘Do you want you receipt?’  I always answer ‘Yes!’ So, yesterday when I was paying for a haircut and the woman asked me that question I asked ‘Does anyone ever say no?’ The cashier told me that most people do not want the receipt. Her answer really surprised me and I indicated that. My question was ‘ how do you track your expenditures without the receipt?’ The cashier told me that she never takes a receipt. She tracks her expenses…

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What to do with all the paper?

By | Time Management

If your house is anything like mine you have a lot of paper arriving in your mailbox on a daily basis.  What do you do with it all?  We get catalogues, magazines, some invitations, and bills. My husband likes to spread all the mail out on the kitchen counter into its different categories.  I come along and take the different piles to their various homes.  Magazines go to magazine holders, catalogues I want I look through and tear out the page which might have something for me to order the rest I recycle, invitations are responded to and then posted on the…

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