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How is your paper management or are you paperless?

How is your paper management or are you paperless?

I can’t say I am paperless, but I do try everyday to some degree. I have recently had many clients who are trying to do the same. It has been said that clutter is a result of postponed decisions and I have to agree.

I know some perfectionists get lost after a trauma or something devastating. Since they feel like they can no longer be perfect, their decision is to just to do nothing which is a decision in itself.Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean

I feel passionate about helping people realize that life isn’t perfect, but having too much paper around is too stressful. I ask my clients if a hurricane comes tomorrow what are you taking with you? What really matters? Why is there such attachment to stuff?

Barbara Hemphill says in her book,Taming The Paper Tiger, that four out of every five pieces of paper saved in the typical file cabinet will never be needed again. You think oh, I may need this or that. I am not sure if we will all be paperless one day or not, but I am trying to decrease my own by paying bills online, not printing what isn’t necessary, banking and shopping with an email receipt only, reading from a kindle and sending less greeting cards. Also, as a rule of thumb, try to recycle after two weeks for a weekly item and recycling after two months for a monthly item. I also try to keep junk mail at a minimum online and snail mail by unsubscribing or dragging to my junk file. You may ask after minimizing paper, how to manage digitally as well?

I say one step at a time. In all areas strive for less in general. Spend a little extra time this summer to stay neat in Miami.

Are you moving soon?

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean Are you moving soon?

How many times have you moved the same item and then never wore it or used it?

I have many clients tell me that ‘this and that” (even expired food) has gone around the country and then we meet and decide together to finally take some action and say goodbye. They always say it wasn’t so hard after all.

It costs about $50 to move a box of stuff that can probably be replaced for less. Why not save money, time and space so you can live free with less. Consider the people who could benefit from having your items that no longer work for you.

I was very impressed with the “Resource Depot” in Palm Beach where our local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers met this month. This nonprofit donation based creative reuse center diverted 95 tons of unusable materials from the waste stream last year!!!!!!

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean (Some examples of what this place takes are: parts of notebook binders, shoe boxes, games with missing pieces, nails, screws, folders, erasers, gift wrap, plastics, CD cases, tubes, wood pieces etc)

That is just one of sooooo many places to pass on your items. Check out Lotus House, JAFCO and any other place you may feel passionate about. If are meaningful items you just can’t part with, this is when you box them up and label them memories or memorabilia. We are allowed to be sentimental too.

Take the time now and your stress will be less when you unpack once again.

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Do you struggle with the passage of time?

Do you struggle with the passage of time?

When you were a young child, didn’t summer seem to last to forever? Ok maybe it’s true now that I am over 50 and inching toward the other side of the rainbow. It literally feels faster. One good thing about the passage of time is that time heals, especially after experiencing loss or sadness.

Don’t we want to make the best of time and spend it doing what we want and what makes us happiest no matter what age?  Based on obligations, work and general everyday tasks that are required of us, how much time is left?

Time will be different for everyone and when you REALLY pay attention to where you spend your time you will find out the answer to this. Let’s say you go to work, go through your email, read the paper, read a book, take a shower, sleep, do the laundry, cook the dinner, run an errand, pack your lunch, go to the gym, go to the doctor, walk the dog, run into the grocery store, pay your bills, help with the homework, make a decision, answer a call…. how long do these things take?

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean Use your smart phone to help time these daily tasks by putting the timer on or by checking when you begin and finish each task, forcing you to be more realistic.
Now knowing what you know, what do you want to do and what can you eliminate?

Don’t feel badly about planning or scheduling reading time, spa time, nail time, meditation time, nothing at all time, vacation or staycation time, girlfriend or guy friend time because that is truly living time. It’s not existing and just flying through your days time.

I have one request; allow yourself some daily organizing time, maybe only 10 minutes. Whether it’s going through the mail, or thinning out your kitchen junk draw or putting away your clothes. Take note of items not being worn and toss out or donate.

This habit along with your renewed time management will help you keep things in their place and keep you up to date. You can coast a bit now without guilt, you can choose to do nothing or do more of what you want everyday.

Like the Rolling Stones say “time waits for no one”.

Have a neat time today!

I can’t say enough good things

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– Stephanie Rosen

Tip of the Month!

Don’t let linens over power your closet use these Velcro & snap  labeled containers