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Organizing Through Life

Paper clutter seems to be a hot topic for everyone. The practice of pile management works best, until the piles start taking over the kitchen table, move into the dining room (maybe into the office) and deadlines begin to be missed.

If you struggle from paper clutter, you are not alone. Statistically, an hour is spent every day looking for something (usually 

  • a piece 
  • o
  • f paper). This adds up to two weeks every year spent just looking for a piece of paper. Wouldn't you rather be on a vacation?
  • Here are some quick tips that you can use to keep your paper clutter until control:

    • Open your mail every day! You would be surprised how little mail you actually receive (once the trash pile-of-mail-150x150 nd junk has been eliminated). To help along with this process, make it a habit to open your mail in the same place every day.  
    • Make quick decisions about what you will keep. So many times, we talk ourselves into thinking that we will look at a catalog 
    • later or we will get back to it...and, truthfully, we just don't get back to that catalog. This could be because we can't find the catalog anymore or there just isn't enough quiet time to sit down, relax and peruse the article. There is a really good possibility that you won't ever find the time to read the article.
    • Develop a filing system for your home that is simple and easy. File your information at least once a week. 
    • Have a system to deal with daily mail that needs your attention and schedule time to check-in with your mail. If it goes unattended you will may miss deadlines.
    • If you are a recycler, have a designated place for everything that you recycle. You can use a basket for magazines and/or newspapers. Make sure that you keep them separate. This will help you avoid a step in the recycling process. Then you can grab your basket and take it to be recycled.

    Staying organized, regardless of whether it is with your paper, closets, garage or any other room of your home, requires consistency and the creation of habits. This can be hard. It is like deciding to go on a diet. To lose weight you may have to develop the habit of exercising more or eating differently. Organizing your paperwork requires a system that you can follow to touch your paperwork every day (or at least every other day), know where it should be filed and being able to make a decision on what to keep, shred and/or trash. 

    One way to ensure that you stick to your habits is to share them with a good friend. Then, have your friend check in with you several times a week to allow you to celebrate your success! Reducing your paper clutter will reduce your life clutter. 

     

    Linda Clevenger

    www.organizationdirect.com 

     

     

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    About Linda

    As an Organizing Consultant and Coach, mom and grandmom, Linda has found answers to the struggles that "moms" deal with every day. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home, you are usually the hub of the household. Linda will be sharing organizing tips, tools, techniques, support and motivation to help you enjoy each day to the fullest. Life doesn't have to be chaotic. Your can choose to be organized. You can read more about Linda and her services at www.organizationdirect.com.

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