Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
- It doesn't have to be done alone. Enlist the help of your family or even a good friend to help you tackle some projects - make it fun and reward yourselves with a cold beverage or dinner out when the work is done!
- It doesn't have to be done all at once. Focus on a couple projects each weekend and tailor them to the weather so you don't miss some much-needed sunshine! For example, on a lovely day like today, get outside and clean up the patio or deck and save the closet clearing for a cloudy or rainy day.
- You don't have to take a one-size-fits-all approach to spring cleaning. While there are many great checklists and resources out there to help you, make your 'list' match what's important to you. Are you dying to get out for a bike ride? Clearing out your garage or storage area so you can get to your bike and gear should be top on your list.
And don't forget that spring cleaning is a prime opportunity to sneak in some decluttering and organizing! For more on how to tackle spring cleaning and organizing projects, check out our checklist at http://www.organizingboston.com/. And if you're in the Boston area, tune in to New England Dream House on New England Cable News (NECN) tomorrow at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm to watch Organizing Boston owner Sarah Buckwalter walk through some simple steps to spring cleaning and organizing.
Now get those projects done and start enjoying the season!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Most of us are drowning in paper these days. For many of us, a large piece of the paperwork puzzle is the stuff that just keeps coming - the mail! Don't get me wrong, some mail is good, but if you're like most people, you get more mail than you need or want. If you don’t have a good way to manage and maintain it, it will just keep piling up. Here are some tips to make your mail maintenance quick and easy.
- Make time everyday to open and read the mail.
- Open mail in one mail center area with all your tools and supplies.
- Have a wastebasket and recycling bin nearby to toss the mail in as you open it.
- Make decisions as you open the mail...
Scan the contents of each piece and process it appropriately. Immediately:
- Recycle/toss all unwanted solicitations
- Recycle/toss the outside envelope and inserts that come with every bill
- Scan each catalog and if nothing interests you, recycle it.
Take the remaining pieces and sort into the following categories:
- To Pay
- To Do
- To File
- To Read
A desk top file is a great way to contain your follow up categories - just be sure to regularly set aside time to take the follow up action. Take time each day to maintain your system and you’ll never be drowning in paper again!