Did you know that OfficeMax offers shredding? It will be advertised in their upcoming flyer this Sunday.
Take a minute to gather all your shredding and put it in a bag by the door. When you are out running errands, swing through and get r
Do you have an email folder that is titled "funny emails", "to save" or "important"? When is the last time you looked through them and used any of them for reference or to pass on?
Taking our 5 minute tool, take 5 minutes to delete those old emails from you computer. Alpha sort by date. Surprised at how old some of those are?
If you have a smartphone, you can even do this while watching tv, sitting at the doctor's office or waiting in line.
Kimberly Dahline, FinallyFiled
Putting Papers in their Proper Place
Remember when I asked you to take 5 minutes and complete a task? I have another one for you. Take 5 minutes and clean out your contact list on your email.
Alpha sort your email and delete items such as:
You will be surprised at how many contacts you no longer need. The added bonus is that it makes finding your contacts easier.
Organizing can be a daunting task. We often tell ourselves that we have to get at that particular closet or pile of papers but we just don’t know where to start. Or we start and get frustrated because we didn’t accomplish the whole task all at once. Or maybe the organizing system we put in place just isn’t working and we don’t want to tackle it again because we are afraid of “failing” again.
There is no such thing as failure. Whatever the problem, it simply was a misjudgement of your standards. That filing system that you so carefully put together was too detailed and now it is impossible to maintain. Or you tried to organize your whole closet in a day and now you have clothes all over the bedroom and you feel like you failed again. Before you completely give up,. Remember that “hindsight does not equal foresight” (Joseph Hallinan, Why we make mistakes). You did the best you knew how with the tools you had available to you.
At the fall NAPO conference, the guest speaker Suzi McCune spoke on how to make organization simple. Sounds impossible but it’s really about getting back to the simple steps, using simple tools and taking the whole process one step at a time.
One of the most basic tools to help you achieve success is your kitchen timer. I am sure many of you have heard of this organizing tip before. If you have an electronic timer, all you need to do is follow the instructions. Set timer, start and…..STOP. (idea curtosey of Suzi McCune,)
The timer actually gives you “permission” to stop your project at that point with no guilt involved. Your new goal was to only tackle what you can within that time allotment. Does it mean that you finished your organizing project? Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t. It doesn’t really matter because your success lies in organizing (or cleaning, or filing or returning phone calls or whatever) for that amount of time. ‘
Congratulations. Success achieved!
This is awesome! Taken from Daily Transformations today.
Is number 4 you? Isn't it time to take a step towards the future rather than being stuck in the memories of the past? Your past history is just that; history. Memories are wonderful, but the stuff is stifling your future.
This world is a great mirror and our homes are reflections of our own self worth. Whether you own or rent; your space is a perfect reflection of YOU.
-Do you buy cheap things that don't last because ultimately you don't believe you're worthy or that money will flow back to you once spent?
-Do you have dying neglected plants much like your own health and emotional well being?
-Have you created a sacred welcoming and warm space as shelter from the outside world or is it merely a landing space to sleep and shower reflecting your own lack of inner solo time and solitude?
-Are you holding on to things you never use reflecting a need to dump old wounds, fears or belief patterns?
-Maybe you're living without certain luxuries that would make your home comfortable because you figure you're single or solo and it doesn't matter? This reflects a need for self love.
Our homes are always a reflection of our own self worth.
Ever notice how quickly your papers and home become unorganized and cluttered? They get that way because one thing at a time does not get put back in place or does not have a home.
The remedy? Start your family on the new habit of taking that one thing back to it's original location or home. Going downstairs? Bring the laundry soap? Coming upstairs? Don't forget to bring the laundry!
By attacking disorder one thing at a time, you can maintain an organized home.
Want more room in your closets and drawers? Keep a paper bag or large shopping bag near your closet and fill as you go. When it's filled, set by the front door and schedule time in your calendar to donate your clothes.
Want to keep paper clutter to a minimum? Start a new habit of recycling the junk
I don’t know about you, but many times I have started a small organizing project and it somehow explodes into a much bigger project. I started cleaning the bathroom and the next thing I knew I was about to recaulk the bathtub. (which needs to be addressed because a little water can do a lot of damage!) But once again I was “in for a nickel, in for a dollar”.
When starting any organizing (or cleaning) project it is best to first define the scope of your project. Want to organize your closet? Awesome. But that project is actually a multi step goal. You will need to look at the different areas in your closet to see where your organization is already working and where to focus your attention.
Start small. What is the ONE THING you want to accomplish? What is the most important? Do you have items that need to be at your fingertips and are not? What one organized area will satiate you until you can schedule time for the next area?
When you start your organizing project be sure to keep your goal in mind. If you find yourself wanting to deal with other issues, remind yourself of the scope of your task. It’s ok to set the other things aside. The were not part of this project. Now that you know they exist, you can incorporate them into another project and budget your time accordingly.
Be creative. If your area of choice does not make you happy or inspire you, what would make it better? Sometimes swapping out wire hangers for plastic ones can make a huge impact. Maybe you color coordinate. Long sleeved shirts on white hangers, short sleeved on blue.
Whatever you decide, be good to yourself. Give yourself credit for what you have already done. Congratulate yourself for scheduling time to tackle that one area. And finally, give yourself permission to have a few organization items that reflect who you are and that make you feel good. Be at least as good to yourself as you would to someone else.
Welcome to my blog. I am glad you are here to read the musings on organizing and finding balance in your life. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating.