Under the Bed Storage

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Did you know there is approximately 30 square feet of storage under a queen size bed?  Make use of that space!  There are a variety of options that will help you take advantage of this space- from bed risers, storage bins or specialty bed frames.  We recommend storage bins that close (rather than an open basket) to be sure to keep out critters, dust and other problems.  Under the bed is a great place to store out of season, or less used items.

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Greeting Cards and Letters

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Question:

Through the years, I’ve received many meaningful greeting cards and letters. I’m ready to part with some, but not all of them. What’s the best way to organize these mementos so I can enjoy them for years to come?

Answer:

In this day and age of e-cards and Facebook, we’re sending less snail mail than ever. But, you may still have many cards and letters from years past that hold a special place in your heart. Here is what you need to do to get them organized.

Your first step is to grab a shopping bag and go hunting for your cards and letters around the house.

Next, define what you will keep and what you will toss. This can be tough, so consider these suggestions;

  • Keep cards in which the sender wrote a meaningful personal note.
  • Only keep one type of card from each year. For example, keep your favorite birthday card or anniversary card and toss the rest.
  • Get rid of holiday cards (even if they have photos), because you’ll receive another one next year.
  • Only save wedding invitations for your best friend and siblings.
  • Recycle all envelopes.

These guidelines are unique to each person, so take some time to determine what makes sense for you.

Before you begin purging, sort the cards into categories. For example: birthday, spouse, anniversary, holiday, wedding, wedding invitations, sympathy, get well, thank you, and Valentines. As you sort you are likely to create additional categories. Write each category on a Post-it so you can quickly identify the cards as you go.

Now that you’ve gathered and sorted all the cards, it’s time to put your keep or toss guidelines into effect.

Finally, it’s time to identify the best container to store you cards and then file them away. The container you use should make it easy for you to read and enjoy the cards in the future.

I recommend using a box with tabs that you can use to separate each category of cards. Remember to label the tabs.

By Korinne Kubena Belock,  http://www.UrbanSimplicityNYC.com

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Back Up Your Computer

Backup Computer Key

 

Most of you have probably been working on something when your computer or smart device froze.  Your heart sinks and you wonder if you will be able to recover your work.  Backing up your computer is a MUST!  There are many different options available that make this task very easy.  You can use an online cloud program, an external drive or if you are old school- a CD.  We recommend using the automatic back-up services that constantly back up your work/computer throughout the day.  It is often hard to remember to back up manually or you may have an incorrect memory as to the last time you actually did it.

photo credit © Artur Marciniec – Fotolia.com

 

Simple Solution: Waste Baskets

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Trash and recycling can clutter up a space faster than anything.  Be sure to have a trash can and recycling bin in as many areas of your home or office as you can think of.  Today there are a variety of attractive options that come in beautiful colors, fun designs and any size that you might need.  In organizing, it is important to have the tools you will use close to where you will need them.

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Thanksgiving Checklist

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The holidays are always such a busy time of year, it can be hard to remember everything you need to do.  Here is our Thanksgiving Day checklist to help you stay organized and enjoy the time you have with your family and friends— which is the most important part of the day!

Click here for the PDF version.

 

Thanksgiving Checklist

72 Clutter Free Gift Ideas

72 Clutter Free Gift Ideas

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and thankfulness, but the thought of giving and receiving gifts can often put a damper on the holiday festivities.  If you receive a gift that is not the right fit, please do not feel the need to keep it out of obligation.  The gift giver meant it to be something for you to use and enjoy, if you don’t- pass that gift on to someone who can use it.  And if you worry that giving a gift will only cause more clutter in someone’s life we have created our “Clutter Free Gift Ideas” list just for you!

Click here for the PDF version or click on the photo and print it out to use this holiday season.

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You Can Recycle Sandwich Bags, Dry-cleaning Bags and MORE!

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Ziploc bags are fantastic tools for organizing your – puzzles, craft supplies, nuts/bolts, suitcase and much more but did you know you can recycle them after you use them?

Many of you may have see the bin at your local grocery store for the plastic grocery bags you receive- but did you know you can also recycle:

  • Ziploc® brand bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Dry-cleaning bags
  • Bread bags and produce bags
  • Toilet paper, napkin and paper-towel wraps
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • All clean bags labeled #2 or #4

Find Recycling Locations

To learn more about recycling plastic bags, visit: www.plasticfilmrecycling.org.

Taming the Kitchen Counter Paper Monster

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Question:  Paper is taking over my kitchen counter. What is the best way to tame this paper monster?

Answer:  The first step is identifying what is there. Sort the papers into categories; for example bills, receipts, ads, take out menus, notices, school papers, etc.  Once you have completed this task, you can easily see what can be tossed/recycled (expired coupons) or shredded (credit card offerings). The rest of the paper needs some sort of action.

Set up an “action station” on one corner of your counter.

Determine what the first action is for each sheet of paper. If it’s a bill, pay it. If it’s a note with a phone number, enter the number in your address book whether it be paper or electronic. If it’s an invitation, check your calendar, record the date and call or email your response.  If it’s an update on your insurance plan, file it.

Still have some papers lurking on your counter that do not call for immediate action? Create additional desktop file folders to house these papers; for example Pending, Coupons, Menus, Rosters, Receipts or School. (File systems are very personal. The files you set up are dependent on what type of paperwork you have on your counter.)

Your counter is now clear.  Now you need to set up a plan to keep it that way. When you bring in any paper, put it into one of your desktop files, trash can, recycling bin or shred box. A non-negotiable component of the plan is that you visit the files folders on a regularly scheduled basis. Putting the paper into the action file is not the final action!

No time to file right now? Have a landing pad basket for the mail until you sort it. Never let that landing pad overflow.

Enjoy that extra counter space!

Jonda Beattie   www.timespaceorg.com

Visit our VIDEOS page to view our video on this same subject:  “Solve your Paper/Filing Problems: Command Center for Paperwork”

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