I am thrilled to share a success story with you today! This is from a tele-organization project as the woman lives in another state. It's this simple ONE THING that has made a difference. Enjoy
"Just thought I would touch base…I’m making progress….I have put up a monthly family calendar and a peg board in our entryway so that we can note by month what we have going on! It is smaller than I hoped for, but bottom line, it works! Hoping to keep our family a little more in check which basically means keeping Mom & Dad updated on who is where and when…since we seem to only pass in the night.
I also came up with a mail basket for the bowling alley. It has folders in it for bills, which corresponds to when they are due (i.e. Due Now, Next 10 days, Next 20 days, Next month) and then a “Misc.” folder for business mail my husband can read through at his leisure. Only been about 3 weeks, but we are finding it helpful because I can go through the mail – open the business bills, write the due date on the front of the envelope and put in the corresponding folder for him to just grab when he is in bookwork mode. Saves him time, keeps me involved, and I’m feeling great about creating the process.
Still need to tackle the dining room in general and that “catch all” counter – but the mail issue was the first problem to solve! "
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
- Henry Ford
What's the difference between garage and garbage? The letter B.
Do you have a functioning garage that actually safekeeps your car? Is your garage organized? Do you know exactly where things are when you need them?
How would you describe a calming open space? Big? Wide? Clear? Clutter free? So why do most people fill their spaces with exactly the opposite?
Graham Hill (Treehugger.com) writes, "Intuitively, we know that the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy life.
I like material things as much as anyone. I studied product design in school. I’m into gadgets, clothing and all kinds of things. But my experiences show that after a certain point, material objects have a tendency to crowd out the emotional needs they are meant to support."
I challenge you to reevaluate your concept of an open space. It can be done in your home too!
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Spending money on fun items or events is easy because you get so much enjoyment out of it. Spending money on car repairs does not give quite as much enjoyment.
Spending money for things that we think don't or won't give us joy can be hard. Perhaps we are just too stubborn to part with our money or we think we can do a job as good as someone else. Or maybe we just don't think it's worth it to spend our money on a luxury service.
I have news for you. There are times when spending a little extra is worth every penny!
Recently I hired our neighbor girl to walk our dog once a week. Love it! It's not really the time, it's the effort and peace of mind that our dog will get that extra walk in. It's not having to get bundled up with boots and coat, phone and clean up bag and wonder of you are going to kill yourself on the ice-or if oncoming traffic will do that for you.
If you had all the financial resources in the world, what would you pay to have someone else do? My challenge for you this week is to seek out three resources for that service and just call for information. If you are even more courageous, hire them once. You might just find that whatever the service was, it was money well spent!
This would get anyone ready to get organized. Aren't they dreamy? The owner is fabulous and has a great story on how he got started.
Paper is amazing. Think of how much paper you use in your life. It's everywhere. Sometimes having paper is good. Like when someone calls and wants to leave a message. Unfortunately paper can multiply like bunnies.
Managing, not handling, your paper is easy once you have the right tools. One tool that often gets overlooked is the paper shredder. In this age protecting your identity, the shredder should be at the top of your tool list.
Just as you can manage your papers by dropping off (non identifying) junk mail at the recycle bin, you can eliminate additional paper by separating out what needs to be shredded. This will leave only the top priority papers to work with.
To make shredding simple, try these tips:
What do you do with all that shredded paper?
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