Half Hour Organizing Project-Batteries

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Since much of the country is under a snow siege again, it got me thinking about creating emergency kits in case the power goes out or worse. I've talked a lot about that on this blog, but one of the components of the emergency kit is batteries. But batteries are needed all year, not just for emergencies. In this Half Hour Organizing Project we are talking about organizing batteries.  I usually find that folks have batteries thrown in drawers, often junk drawers, and have no idea how to organize them. Last year I ... [Continue Reading]

How to Organize for Taxes

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Every year I hear the frustrations of folks about tax season. While most of us hate doing our taxes and fear owing the IRS, not being able to find all the documents, receipts, and forms to even start the filing process, adds to the stress. In this segment of Organize Your Life, I share some simple tips on how to organize for taxes. And I do mean simple-I do mine with one file because I don't like it to be complicated! Set up files to gather receipts and deductible items Deductible purchases Charity ... [Continue Reading]

Digital Paper Organizing

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In spite of all the techy things we have, we are still dealing with a lot of paper. In fact, in some ways it's worse because people are actually printing out emails and saving them in stacks! In this segment of Organize Your Life, I'll show you four solutions to your paper problem with digital paper organizing. I promise you that the less paper you have to deal with, the better your life will be!  Paper Tiger Combines computer indexing and paper management to create a organized filing system. Indexing means ... [Continue Reading]

Ask Questions First. Then Organize.

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Sometimes we gotta get back to basics.  The longer I do this business of organizing, the more I learn that it's the basics that count.  No container in the world will do the job of organizing if the basics aren't addressed. My motto is, ask questions first. Then Organize. I have a set of questions I ask folks all the time called the Value Questions.  They are super important and the hallmark of every project we do.  But some peculiar behaviors come out of people when it comes to paper.  Oh, paper, my paper.  It's the ... [Continue Reading]

Half Hour Organizing Project #19-Piles of Paper!

This is episode #19 of the Half Hour Organizing Project and it all about piles of paper.  We all have it, but some of us keep it in piles on the desk, the countertop, the floor, and the kitchen table.  Purging paper takes time and it can take a long time. Never fear, I'll show you what to do. This Half Hour Organizing Project is all about those piles of paper!  Ready, set, go! ... [Continue Reading]