Keeping It Together: Establish a Routine

Now that you have de-cluttered and organized your home or office, you will find it is much easier to keep it under control.  Simple ideas like the ones below will help you stay organized and clutter-free.

A Home for Everything

Place a small basket on a table near the door for your keys or designate a ‘charging station’ for your cell phone.

The Quick Minute Pick -Up

With our busy lifestyles, it can be a challenge to find time for housekeeping. But, do you have 15 minutes? By spending just 15 minutes each day doing a ‘quick pick-up’ around your space, you can keep clutter under control. Try it…Tonight, before bed time, take 15 minutes to go around your home, placing old magazines and newspapers in a recycle container, hanging up clothes, and loading the dishwasher.

In the office, taking 15 minutes while you have your morning coffee to recycle junk mail, file important documents, scan business cards into your computer and add them to your contact database will help you keep your work space more organized and reduce your daily stress level.

End The Paper Trail

Paperless Billing: So much of  our time-consuming clutter is the vast amount of paper that can accumulate around our home and office. In just one week you receive personal and business mail, flyers, postcards, memos, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and the list goes on. How can you eliminate some of the paper that comes your way? Here are a few ideas:

Paying bills online is a great time saver. Many companies also allow you to do ‘paperless statements or billing. Instead of receiving your monthly credit card or telephone bill in the mail, you receive an email reminder that your bill is available for online viewing. Think of how much time that will save, not to mention the stacks of mail that piles up each month

Opt out of Junk Mail: This is something that everyone should do on a yearly basis. Get yourself out the loop for receiving stacks and stacks of useless mail that fills mailboxes.  http://www.newdream.org/junkmail/optout.php

Get a Paper Shredder

Keep your personal info out of the hands of possible identity thieves by shredding discarded personal papers. You can purchase a perfectly good shredder from any office supply store for about $30.00.

One major source of clutter can be old magazines, catalogs and newspapers. You are  saving the April 1999 issue of Cooking Light magazine because you want the recipe for Taco Soup. Before you know it, you have stacks and stacks of old magazine collecting dust and adding to the clutter.

Create a file for the magazine articles you want to keep.

Check the internet. Most major magazines have websites and that recipe or decorating idea can be found on line.

If you have access to a scanner, scan the pages you want to keep and save them on your computer.

This is the 3rd of a 4 part series on Getting Organized in 2010. Next week, we will discuss how delegating some of your regular tasks can save you hours of your valuable time. Why not subscribe to My Personal Valet to receive updates.
Part 1: What Women Want…More Time
Part 2: Clutter Control: The First Step in Getting Organized

3 thoughts on “Keeping It Together: Establish a Routine

  1. The quick pick up habit, if it is done regularly is a great way to stay on top of things, but you don’t even have to do that if you take a couple of seconds to put things away as you go…

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