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Minimize the paper in your life


Examine every piece of paper the mailman delivers and question whether it’s necessary to keep. Make a habit of immediately tossing/recycling unnecessary papers (shredding those that contain personal or financial information) when they come in. Documents can be scanned and stored electronically whenever possible. Take the time to cancel subscriptions that you don’t read and remove yourself from mailing lists. Create a records-retention schedule that specifies how long documents should be kept such as bills, tax forms, and financial papers.

Office Organization

 

Organizing Yourself

  • Time management is misleading because we don’t manage time; we only manage ourselves. Decide what are the priorities in your life and align your professional and personal activities to reach these goals.

  • Schedule weekly time to follow through with projects and action items.

  • Projects often time more time to complete than you think, so allocate extra time for each project.

  • Break large projects down into smaller manageable steps and schedule time for each step in your calendar.

 

Truly Enjoy Your Desk

  • Keep your desktop uncluttered by having only the supplies you use regularly on top of it. 

  • Create a system for the paper flow into the home/office by using desk files or document trays.

  • Use the inbox for items you haven’t gone through yet. 

  • Pick up each piece of paper only once.  After reading it, either recycle it or place it in the correct place for the next step.

  • Organize your drawers in little organizing trays and designate where things go.

 

Have Your Filing Work for You

  • Create a paper filing system that makes sense to you whether it is a straight alphabetical file or by subject matter or a combination of both.  

  • Keep a master list of all file names and check it before creating a new file to avoid duplication.

  • It is helpful to keep your most recent papers in the front of the file. This way the current information will be on top and readily accessible.

 

 

 

Shopping Tips

  • Whether you like it or not, shopping is a necessity of life. If you need groceries or gifts or hardware, here are some tips for staying organized!

Planning your day

  • List all the stores you want to visit in order according to location.  Consider traffic and if there will be perishables you need to get home quickly.  Bundle trips to shops in the same area to save gas and time.

Lists and Coupons

  • Keep your shopping list current by adding items whenever you think of them so when you do shop, you’ll remember everything. Before shopping, rewrite the list in the same order you will buy them.  Even grocery lists are best if you write them in the way the store is laid out. 

  • Keep “To buy” lists and coupons together in a portable file or envelope that can be easily transported between your home and car.

Carts and Bags

  • Depending on where you live, hauling purchases from the store can be easier with a collapsible shopping cart. To help remember to bring your reusable bags, store them on a hook near your home’s entryway, and include a reminder at the top of your shopping list to bring them. When you put the bags in your car, place your handbag on top of them as another reminder to take them inside with you. As soon as you empty them, put them back where they belong so that they’re already with you next time.

Receipts

One way to save receipts is to keep an accordion folder with as many envelopes as categories you have with labels on them.  Sort your receipts into the categories you designate.

Home Organization

 

Young People’s & Play Rooms

  • Provide low hooks for children to hang up their jackets, pajamas, lunch boxes and backpacks, etc.

  • Place bins and baskets on lower shelves so even young children can learn to put away toys themselves. Work with the child to label the bins and baskets either in words or pictures.   

  • When ready to donate unwanted toys, take the children with you when you. This helps them learn that their things will benefit others. 
     

Your Garage Can Work For You

  • How would you like to use this space? Is it a workshop or storage unit or studio?  Or a bit of all of these?  Create a plan and stick to it.  

  • Sort then purge everything that don’t work or you haven’t used for years!  Choose the proper storage method for your things and clearly label any storage containers.

  • Consider stackable bins, shelving, hooks and pegboards.
     

Spice Up Your Kitchen

  • Go through every cabinet and drawer and get rid of anything that you don’t use or you don’t love. 

  • Sort then store things together that generally go together such as plastic containers and their lids, baking pans, pots and pans, bowls and electrical gadgets.  Decide where to put items that you use once or twice a year.

  • Drawer dividers and organizing boxes and make keeping drawers organized simpler

  • Observe the natural activity in the kitchen to determine where to put things.  For example, place dishes near the dishwasher and glasses near the sink.  Put snacks in a convenient place for easy access. 

  • Organize the pantry with the use of baskets and 3-tiered shelf organizers.
     

Maximize Your Closet Experience

  • Go through all of your clothes and pull out anything that you haven’t worn over the last year.  Let these go unless there’s something extra special that you want to give another chance.

  • Figure out what you want in prime space and what can be hidden away in containers or top shelves or drawers.

  • Make the closet bright and inviting with everything visible.  Install better lighting, hooks and shelves to help with this.

  • Hang similar items together—for a woman, group pants, dresses, sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve shirts together, etc.  Go a step further and put similar colors together.  For men, hang dress shirts, work shirts, slacks and suits together.

  • Handbags/purses are often an integral part of women’s wardrobes and can be tricky to organize and protect.  Here are some tips to keep these organized in your closet. 

  • Purses – Look at the space in your closet and decide where you can store them – on a shelf, closet rod or open wall space. Keep the ones you use most frequently within easy reach and sight. Special occasion bags or those used less frequently can be stored in clear or labeled storage boxes — or even in out of the way places such as under the bed.  Smaller bags or clutches can be stored in a hanging shoe bag or stackable shoe racks.  These keep them visible and protected.

  • Shoulder Bags - You can store bags with straps either on hooks mounted to a wall, off the rod or on a closet shelf. If hanging, know that over time, the hook may damage the strap, so either swap them out frequently. 

Tova's Tips

 

 

Quick Organizing Tips

Weed out a bookcase, closet, or some other cluttered space in your life by gathering together only those items that excite, inspire or make your heart sing. Let the rest go.

 

Use this approach for considering what to keep rather than for trying to decide which things you can let go of.

Creating harmony one pile at a time

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