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Old School Organizing: Lessons I’m Still Learning From My Mom standard

My mom’s shoebox for receipts, a large check register that would not fit in your wallet, and an over-stocked pantry.  These are three things that in my professional life I might have advised against.  But my mom recently passed away and is continuing to teach me important lessons in simplicity. Her shoebox of receipts was a perfect receptacle for the year’s spending.  Little handwritten notes chronicled what was important.  It took twenty minutes to sort and document medical expenses, taxable items and things that were to be kept.  It was easy to see where she went and how she navigated life using this little paper trail.  There were not two or three places to look for these.  They were not ...

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What to Do With All of Those Holiday Cards? standard

It is that time of year. Holiday cards are stuffing your mailbox and overloading the systems you usually have in place. These cards are emotionally charged so it helps to establish some rules to handle the influx at this already busy time. Use the five D’s to keep from getting overwhelmed. 1. DROP Designate a drop spot for the cards as they arrive. I like to use a pretty bowl or basket. I separate them from the other mail and do not open them until I have time to sit down and really enjoy them. This system ensures that none will be misplaced around the house. 2. DECIDE When I open the cards I try to immediately make a decision ...

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Back to School: Organizing the Paper – Part Two standard

PART TWO: THIS YEAR’S PAPERS… Let me start by saying I would like to pass legislation stating anything that comes home from school and needs my attention should be allowed to be returned to school the next day. It is usually the active papers that are the problem and having a guideline on what is active, what is reference and what is archive is crucial. Getting clarity on this from teachers and students will make all the difference. You will be able to have a streamlined system and you can help your child with this skill. Many times kids are paralyzed with paper too and tend to carry everything in oversized backpacks and overstuffed desks and lockers because they don’t ...

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Reusing Your Homework standard

As the school year comes to an end you are probably as eager as I to start the summer and get rid of all of your old school work. It is the familiar mentality of “I never want to see this again!” and there is definitely a feel of satisfaction that comes from dunking your binder into the nearest trashcan. However, this year, think about taking a little extra time and going through those old notes. I do this every year and find at least 200 pieces of paper that are only one-sided and aren’t ready for a fate in the dumpster, they belong in your printer as scrap paper! You might be thinking that this seems like a tedious ...

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