Archive for Organizing Tips

Tuesday Tidbit – Be a Paper Decision-Maker

Starting today, be a decision-maker for all the papers that come into your life. For each paper you encounter (mail, kids’ school papers, bills, receipts, or junk mail), do one of five things:

  1. Discard/recycle it.
  2. Delegate to someone else to handle.
  3. Act on it now if it can be done in less than 2 minutes.
  4. Defer action (put in “bills to be paid” or “make a call” folder).
  5. File it for future reference… but remember we only look at 20% of what we file.

Resist peeking at a paper and simply returning it to the stack of papers on your desk or kitchen counter. Start today and really handle the paper that will always flow into your home. If you take care of it today, you won’t add to the stack from yesterday and the days before. Then you can work on the postponed decisions pile… the one that makes you crazy.

If you haven’t already downloaded my free guide, Key Tips to Banish Kitchen Counter Clutter, which always includes paper, just click here.

If you’re curious about how we can tackle that pile together, call or email me to learn more.

Tuesday Tidbit – Tackling Clutter for Father’s Day

va-badgeFather’s Day is next Sunday, June 18th. Why not give him a big surprise and a little help to tackle the chaos in the garage or man cave? Simply make an IOU or write in a card the number of hours you want to give and then help him with the project.

Another option is to have me help him. The first step is to reply to this email or simply schedule a Cut Out Clutter strategy call here. It’s easy smeasy.

As a small business owner recognized by, I am offering a 10% Thank You for Your Service discount to any veteran or the family of a veteran who schedules with me in July.

Tuesday Tidbit – “Celebrate” National Headache Awareness

It’s true; your headache has an awareness week! Often a headache is added to by clutter. Read on to find lots of practical tips to keep clutter at bay…and it just might help your headache.

Clutter Awareness

"Celebrate" National Headache Awareness

The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means coagulate. Think stagnant, accumulated… stuck! When clutter invades our homes and offices, it can make us disorganized. We lose things, forget to pay bills, procrastinate, and waste time. So stop contemplating your clutter and dedicate some time to conquering it!

  • Define “clutter.” Clutter is anything unnecessary and extraneous. It can be more than the physical clutter most of us think of. Getting organized means clearing out the clutter in your mind, heart, and life.
  • Start the process of decluttering. Start small. Divide your desk or room into sections. Pick one section (like one drawer or cupboard) and begin decluttering. Try to touch things only once while going through this process — quickly make a decision to keep or toss!
  • Ask yourself if you consider each item beautiful, useful, or loved. If not, you can probably get rid of it! If you’re still not sure if you should get rid of an item, ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen if I toss this?” The answer may help give you the power to discard the clutter.
  • To stop clutter, prevent it from accumulating in the first place. Don’t give clutter a chance to form. As you’ve probably experienced, once clutter occupies a space, it has a way of multiplying. Always remember to place your emphasis on quality over quantity. In other words, it’s not important to have a lot of things, many of which you never use. It’s more beneficial to have fewer things, all of which you use and/or enjoy.
  • Think before you buy. Try to look beyond the initial “thrill of the purchase” and see what provides deeper moments of meaning. Once you rid yourself of clutter and make space only for what’s special, you’ll find it’s easier to get — and stay — organized!

Tuesday Tidbit – Clutter-Free Graduation Gift Ideas

Clutter-Free Graduation Gift Ideas

With graduation parties and open houses upon us, here are a few useful (some are clutter-free) ideas for gifts:

  1. Cash: Rates as number 1, but there are other ideas too
  2. Gift cards: Gas is a big one, along with iTunes, Amazon, restaurants, movies, coffee shops, and VISA/Master Card
  3. Oil changes for a trusty car hauling almost an entire bedroom and precious cargo off to school or to a new job
  4. Tool box. Just the basics to get them started. Has anyone else used the heel of a shoe/boot to hang a photo? If you really want to make a difference include a power strip as often college housing is shy on outlets
  5. Small vacuum
  6. Parking (on campus), bus, light rail pass
  7. Classes: Fitness, self-defense or tutoring
  8. A bike and a lock to get around campus
  9. Monthly streaming fees: Netflix, Hulu, Spotify
  10. Check the school website and find local stores and restaurants and give gift cards
  11. Laptop, iPad: These make a great group gift

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Fold the American Flag

Me·mo·ri·al Day
məˈmôrēəl ˌdā/
     a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

My grandfather, grandmother, father, husband, and son are all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Army, Navy and Air Force are represented within their ranks and my father’s flag is pictured here.

The American flag is an important part of any military funeral. You are invited to click here to learn what the American Legion writes about flag folding procedures and explains the meaning of the 13 folds.

As we celebrate Memorial Day with picnics and time off, please pause, thank our veterans for their service, and take a few moments to learn more about the American Flag.

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