For many years I have loved getting my house organized. From the kitchen to the bathroom, to the bookshelves to my office – a place for everything reduces your stress, reduces the amount of time you have to look for something and helps you spend more time enjoying the things you love.
I have worked in many offices and seen paper work take up the majority of the space. This is happening less often because of technology. Computers have all the documents at our fingertips. You may still need a hard copy once in awhile. Setting up filing systems in the computer and in a file drawer is a necessity.
Sort through files and write down each category that you want to set up files for. Not just where you want to file it but the category you will go to when you need it. This is true for both hard copies and in your computer.
Once you have written down all the categories you can start to make folders. Once you have the folders, you want to go through each file and decide 1) what you need to keep, 2) what you can recycle and 3) what to shred.
This is a great way to start to get rid of clutter. It may take you a couple of hours or it may take a few days, it depends on how much you have. This can lead to finding items you thought you lost, it can lead to finding the name and phone number or email you need to contact. Do not contact that person while you are sorting and organizing. You want to create a file for To Do’s and put it there. When you start working on your To Do List is when you will grab that folder and contact that person.
Another way to get organized is to have a binder of important information such as emergency numbers, professional contacts such as lawyers, accountants, etc. You can add your insurance information, medical information, even goals and a plan to get to those goals.
Go ahead start your spring cleaning. Take one room at a time, stay focused and your results will be an organized home with more time for fun!
A couple of resources:
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern http://www.juliemorgenstern.com/
The One Thing Book for Home or Business by Linda Easton www.ExtraordinaryOrganizing.com
What are ways that have helped you and kept you organized? Please let me know if you liked or have comments.