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   "Turning The Chaos of Clutter Into Elegant Efficiency"


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Home Organization
Downsize & Relocate

Interior Redesign

  Tammy Atchison
Certified Professional Organizer
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May10, 2014
Greetings! 

Welcome to The Busy Corner's May Newsletter.

Loving Your House Again In 2014 
Each month we will pick an area of the house to work on.  You can follow along or set your own path, either way we will do our best to help you get and stay organized by 12-31-2014 

During the month of April you took Spring Cleaning to a new level.  Organizing the pantry was the popular choice but many of you continued working on closets.  
It was perfect weather for those who decided to clean out the garage!

Don't forget to share your photos on The Busy Corner Facebook Page.

Let's get to work in May, it's Home Office month.

one business woman boredom problems  silhouette studio isolated on white background
Not Everything Is 
Black Or White
HAS YOUR HOUSEHOLD CLUTTER TAKEN OVER YOUR WORKSPACE OR IS YOUR WORKSPACE ALL OVER THE HOUSE?
Home Offices come in all shapes and sizes. Many homes use a guest room, the formal dining room or even an area of the kitchen to function as an office.  Once you have identified the area of the house for your workspace, it is often challenging to keep it as such.  Be careful not to put the guest towels on the computer and the file folders on the kitchen table!

WHERE DOES THIS PAPERWORK COME FROM AND WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?
The In/Out Box will never go out of style.  You can name them Action, Pending,To Do, To File, Hot - but whatever you do, use them!  Don't let mail, magazines, store receipts and other documents pile up on the closest surface.  Put them in your designated work area.  Putting labels on all of your containers and trays will make a major impact on the maintenance of your paperwork.  If you haven't already, consider going paperless.

MAGAZINE MANIA
At best, you should only keep the current issue plus two prior months, and that is pushing it.  Give yourself permission to put the older issues in the recycle bin without even looking at them.  If you haven't read them yet, when do you think you will find the time to go backwards.
 
Catalogs can steal your joy and your paycheck!  Opting out is always an option, but if do you enjoy looking through them, be particular.  Only keep the ones you really like and keep the recycle bin close for the rest.  Remember, more will come tomorrow!

Vintage alarm clock with yellow daffodil flowers on white. Concept for spring and dst. In spring we
Time Is On Your Side, Yes it Is
START WORKING ON ONE AREA AT A TIME
First, clear off your desk.
  • Only essentials should be kept on the desktop.
  • Always have room to actually work at the desk.
  • Use folders and clips to keep projects together.  
  • Try not to eat around your work area, use a coaster for your drink.
Second, organize your office supplies.
  • Use decorative boxes and bins to keep your office supplies together, remember to use labels.
  • A shelving system provides additional space for dedicated storage.  
Third, set up a filing system that makes sense to you.
  • The reason for filing cabinets is to access information as needed.
  • Organize and alphabetize by category.  Use  3" clear tabs.
  • Categories to include are: auto, family, financial, insurance to name a few.
  • As we are using more storage in the clouds,  the need for keeping paper documentation is dwindling.  Keep this in mind when creating your file folders.
Fourth, pay some attention to your electronics.
  • Old software boxes, CD's and manuals need to be thrown away.
  • Label all cords. 
  • When time to upgrade, go wireless if you can.
  • Recycle old computers, printers, scanners & related items.  That space is needed for working equipment.
  • Laptops are a great way to regain space and mobility. 
 
 Storing information electronically is ideal, but can get just as overwhelming as paper.  We could dedicate an entire newsletter to just this topic, but for starters use the
 delete key, especially for retailer emails.  40,000 emails at one time is just too many!
Ruby's Corner 
CREATE FILE FOLDERS FOR YOUR PETS 
Pets do have a place in your filing cabinet.
Create a folder for each pet and include such records as:
  • Vaccination Records
  • Microchip Documentation
  • Major Medical History
  • Pet Insurance
  • Pedigree Papers
Your pets information should be filed along with the family files. 

  

 
Summer Projects Start In June
What Do You Want To Accomplish?

Sincerely,

Tammy Atchison, CPO
The Busy Corner
"Turning The Chaos of Clutter Into Elegant Efficiency"

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