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Table of Contents

Introduction
Monthly Mission – Home Filing System
What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com - Recent site additions
Reminder - Taxes Due
Focus Small


Introduction

Spring is officially here, that time of year where some days feel like winter and others like summer. I enjoy this time of year because I like the longer days and the blooming flowers and trees and the idea of being able to open my windows and breathe some fresh air. I’m not big on spring cleaning, but I do feel inspired to work in the yard and do some organizing in the garage and shed. And quite possibly, I’ll get to washing windows and vacuuming up the excess dust around the edges of my home. And you?

Did you know… Harris Interactive, a market research firm, found that 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late - and thus incur fees - because they lose the bills.

Putting together a simple way to deal with incoming mail and bills in a timely fashion would help to rectify this. And it doesn’t need to be fancy. A simple system that can be maintained can help people to save money.

Sorting and Organizing Incoming Mail

Paying Bills

Another thing I’ve seen is people finding checks or money amongst the paper and clutter in their homes. Now that’s incentive to get your papers organized!


The Monthly Mission – Home Filing System

In case you weren’t with us earlier in the year when we mentioned filing papers, you can follow along now. Being that it’s tax month, it makes perfect sense to get your papers in order so filing is much easier in the year to come.

To read about the monthly mission for April, click here.



Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Toy Organizing Project - After Christmas I had to do some toy re-organizing. Here is a before and after of my little toy organizing project.

Bathroom Drawer Make Over - How to organize a bathroom drawer, an example with before and after photos.

Declutter Your Home and Life - Lots of information on how to declutter, what the benefits are, and how to keep the clutter away, in your home and in your life in general.

Stop Clutter - Quick simple tips on how to stop the clutter from coming into your home in the first place.

Organizing Your Magazines - Suggestions to help you downsize your piles of magazines and how to store them neatly.

Organize Your Junk Drawer - take control of that drawer you toss stray items into. Give it purpose with a few minutes and a little organization.

Organize Your Refrigerator - some simple guidelines to help you use your refrigerator more efficiently and waste less food.


Reminder: Taxes are Due

Yup! If you haven’t submitted your taxes already, you better hop to it! And when you’re done, set up a new file to toss receipts and tax papers in for the following year. Or, if your entire home filing system needs some tender loving attention, get some tips here.

Focus Small

The other day I stared at the living room and family room and it was a big mess from the kids, again. It can feel overwhelming. But here’s what I decided to do, only clean one small section. I cleaned off the little craft table in the play area and it felt good. And it only took me about 5 minutes. Because face it, at the end of a busy day and finally getting the kids to bed, I don’t feel like cleaning house. I want to plop on the couch and relax.

We can all use this method to tidy up or declutter our entire homes if we wish. Pick a SMALL area, a single drawer, a section of the kitchen counter, a table, a corner of a room, etc. You get the idea. Focus on only that area and get it cleaned and organized. Then pat yourself on the back and be done.

This really supports the idea of progress, not perfection. Doing something is better than nothing. And a lot of times, just seeing what you did to that one small spot will inspire you to tackle another one.

Another way to focus small is to use a timer. Pick an area to work on and set the timer for 5, 10, or 15 minutes. See what you can get done during that time. Then stop. Progress accomplished. If you want to go another round, then great! If not, be proud that you made some progress and do it again the next day.

One last way to focus VERY small is to just put one thing away. Just one thing. It’s still progress. What if you put one thing away five or ten times during your day? More progress.

The key in the long run is to put more things away than get left out and about. But for today, just get started. That's the first step.

So give it a go. Progress, not perfection.



Until next time, happy organizing!

Sincerely,

Tracy Greene
Plan-and-Organize-Life.com



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