April 7, 2015

Day

Horizontal versus vertical!  How many “stacks” do you have in your house/office/craft room/work space?  Vertical stacks do NOT work! Why? Because you have to dig through them to remember what’s on the bottom!  Instead, make them horizontal. Incoming papers that need to attention but not ready to file? Use a desk top file holder with...
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EMAIL! How many emails are in your inbox?  Just as you organize paperwork as it comes across your desk, so should you organize your email. For those who have gmail, some of that is done for you as it divides your email into “inbox” “social” and “promotions”.  For others, create folders for your specific topics,...
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LAUNDRY! Are you a “piler” or a “folder”? Keeping with the tip of “touch each item one time”, fold, hang up, and sort as items come out of the dryer! Sort clothes by family member (each with their own basket). Laundry is one area where family can be involved! Toddlers can help match socks and...
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One of the most common problems I see when organizing a space is finding items that don’t belong in that particular space but that made their way there somehow. So this week’s tip? Assign a place for everything in the area where it will be used! Example: only food/cooking items in the kitchen; only linens...
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Tired of organizing the same space over and over again? Time to find a new system that works better for you! Re: refrigerators & pantries: Designate one shelf in your refrigerator for leftovers. Assign a place for everything. Pantries: rotate as you go. New items always in the back so that older products are used...
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(Note: the term “Launch Pad” comes from the Fly Lady) Create a “launch pad” or “command center”! When you walk in the door, you need to have a place to put everything: your keys, purse, bags, shoes, mail, and anything else you have in your hands should not end up on the floor or the...
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Let’s talk long term planning. Many of us have new health insurance cards issued this month with the new year. Be sure to have an “In Case of Emergency” file clearly marked and in a spot it can be found by whomever needs accessibility to it. In it have your Durable Power of Attorney, Insurance...
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As I work with more and more people, I find the same issue time after time: One spot in the house that gets covered with everything. (Usually a counter top or the kitchen/dining room table). This tip was originally posted almost eight months ago, but it bears repeating. When it comes to mail, touch each...
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You can’t organize clutter! The first step is to find what’s causing the clutter, then you can move from there.
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Every house has a “drop zone” where everyone just “drops” their stuff as they come in. Take a look and see what gets dropped then figure out how to organize it! For us, it was the kitchen. Everything from mail, newspapers, dog leashes, coats, backpacks….. Since we come in from the garage through the laundry...
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