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Volume 13 Issue 5 May 2009
In This Issue
Moving Out The Clutter
Organize Your Life-Show
Managing Your Time
Tips from Ms.Totally Organized's Mother
Realtors regard  "first impressions" important
 such as decluttering closets to be one of the smartest ways to spruce up your home before putting it on the market.  
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May is " Moving Month" because statistics show that this is the month when more people pack up and move to a new home.  Do you need to move something out of your life?  The pile of magazines, the computer monitor or the activities cluttering your calendar which are not moving you towards achieving your goals? Last month I moved over 7 years of files and documents out of my life (see the photo of me at the shredding event). It felt great!
Decide to move something out of your home, office or life and make room for the things that really matter to begin your journey to living an organized life.

YOUR OFFICE - Moving out the clutter
I have heard people say that moving is the best way to get rid of their stuff, with that in mind use the tips below to move items out of your office to create a space that will increase your creativity and productivity. 
  1. Establish a retention schedule to ensure documents are purged regularly. Consult legal and financial advisors for guidelines.
  2. Properly discard or recycle old equipment that is no longer in use. 
  3. Develop a plan to tackle the piles of  business cards by using a business card scanner or hiring a Virtual Assistant. 
  4. Discipline yourself to move items out of your in basket at least once a week.  
  5. Create systems (desktop organizer)to file current project related documents to give you a place at the end of your workday to put files so you can start your day with a clear desk. 
Get Organized on the Go
Listen to or download this month's topic "The Organized Move" as my guest Real Estate Expert, Cathy Bishop shares tips to be organized before,during and after your move.  

YOUR LIFE - Managing Your Time

CalendarHaving an awarness of the importance of time and it's influence on your personal and professional life is the first step in exploring your use of time.  Eliminating time wasting activities may be the next step to managing your time. 
Following are tips that help me manage my time and life and I hope they will do the same for you.  
  1. Write down several key goals, activities and projects for the week.
  2. Plan your daily activities to accomplish the things that truly matter to you and list them in order of priority.
  3. Set limits on time spent in meetings and make sure everyone present is aware of them.
  4. When leaving messages give as much details as possible and the best time for them to return the call.
  5. Make at least one appointment with yourself each day.


YOUR HOME - Organizing tips from Ms. Totally Organized's Mother

mother and daughterIn honor of Mother's Day which was celebrated on May 10th I wanted to share tips from my Mother that helps me maintain  order in my home and life.  What tips can you use from the women in your family that can help you gain order in your home?   I am sure you will have more that a few to help you stay organized. 
  1. Organize coupons in coupon organizer and check the dates each time you shop to eliminate expired coupons.
  2. After reading magazines and newspapers place them in the recycling bin.  
  3. Label and date everything that is stored in the freezer in aluminum foil.
  4. Put clean clothes away and don't allow it to pile in laundry room.   
  5. Always hang up your coat and put away your shoes.  
Until next time, have a clutter free day! 

Janet M. Taylor
Totally Organized, LLC