Monday’s Challenge was to come up with an idea that makes your life easier. I told you mine; here are three others worth paying attention to:
One of my major problems has been to organize my paperwork. Usually one big pile on the couch in my office and then when it looks unbearable (or company is coming!) it is put into a shopping bag and goes down to the basement. It stays there for months and then I need to find something and begin the marathon search!
This year, I am trying something different. So far, so good. I bought six of the large boxes that look like books (approx 10" by 13") - Have titled them 1) Medical, 2) Finance, 3) Everyday bills, 4) Organizations I belong to, 5) info I need to read and 6) Pending. I'm looking at the 'books' neatly stacked in my office while I am actually sitting on my couch! What a difference! At the end of this year, (or when a box gets full-whichever comes first!) I plan to sort everything in the boxes that still need to be kept and put the material into a large envelope marked with the appropriate year. My goal is to throw out at least 80% of what's left! Hope this will be the answer for me. (Pam C.)
Phil, my husband, has always been very organized. Me, not so much, but I learned from him a long time ago to sort the mail over the garbage pail as soon as we bring it in the house. For years I felt “obligated” to peruse every catalog I received which inevitably led to overspending and clutter. For the last few years I scarcely glance at them. They, along with the other assorted junk mail go straight in the trash. As far as bills, instead of letting them pile up to pay later, I set up “Bill Pay” on the computer and I can schedule when the bank authorizes the payment. Nothing gets “lost” or “forgotten” and I feel good knowing that it’s all taken care of. (Linda L.)
The one simple thing I did that eased my kitchen clutter I mentionned in class. I threw out all the plastic containers and chose new ones in 2 sizes only. The trick is to figure out which 2 sizes or shapes will work for you - small, medium, large, or extra large. Then buy multiples of those 2 sizes which will stack neatly and take up only TWO stacks in your cabinet/shelf/drawer. If I need more storage for large quantities, I just need to use several, rather than have special sizes for bigger amounts. With only a minor adjustment of one of the original sizes, it's worked well for 2 years now. (Kathy M.)
It’s not too late to let us know your secrets!