As a professional organizer, I am always on the lookout for tools, strategies, and systems that help me and my clients do more of what we want to do.
Here are 5 tools I used in 2018 that will increase my productivity in 2019.
Paper, in all its forms (mail, flyers, notes, photos, books, newspaper, magazines, note cards, stationary) is one of the most commonly mentioned clutter issue. It's no wonder it clutters up our spaces and our lives. There is so much paper coming at you today and it requires a decision to move it forward.
The third stage of organizing is SORTING. I took months trying to decide if sorting came before letting go or after. It's necessary to see all that you have when you're trying to decide what to let go (Stage 2). But you also need to sort 'like with like' before you start to physically place or organize your things (Stage 4).
The second stage in getting organized (and working on your organizing project) is to LET GO of what doesn't work for you, what you no longer use or need, and especially what you no longer love. Letting go is not just getting rid of things, it's about creating the space and the time and the energy for what you do want.
Prevent identity theft, shred your old tax records that you no longer need*. Shred any current charge receipts and statements that you don't need for tax purposes or reference. Shred the credit applications, insurance forms, credit offers, or other deals you get in the mail that contain your name and personal information. Shred physician statements, checks and bank statements. Any paper that has personal financial information on it — shred it.
Be prepared for an emergency, organized for a move, or keep your bills and financial information orderly every day. The PIC will even be a resource if the primary bill payer needs someone else to take care of the finances.
One ream of paper contains 500 decisions, a file storage box holds 6 reams of paper which is a total of 3,000 decisions that have to be made. No wonder paper can be overwhelming. Even the most cluttered garage probably wouldn't hold 3,000 decisions. But here are some questions to ask that can help you organize paper clutter.