It was a mess. And yes, we do love messes, but....the floor in my office had "perimeter piles" for several months. I cringed going in there, and had taken to spreading my grad school homework out on the kitchen table instead of working in the office, as the space was intended.
A few weeks ago I couldn't take it any longer; feeling completely overwhelmed and in over my head, I reached out to one of my co-workers to see if she could spend a couple hours with me in the office. She was all over it, and the process began.
I was stressed about having her there, mortified by the state of my office, overwhelmed by the feeling that I "should" be able to do it all and the awareness that....I wasn't! I heard the same things come out of my mouth that clients say during almost every organizing session.
My point? Every now and then things just get to be too much, and it's not only OK, but GOOD to call in some support - whether it's a friend, neighbor, kid, spouse or professional organizer! At the end of the day what we all want is for the person we are helping to feel better!
Are you ready to say goodbye to 2015 for good? You have your taxes filed, with copies and back up documentation neatly filed away.....or is it? Between the paperwork for taxes and the hodgepodge of other documents we tend to hibernate in our offices and on our desks, it can be challenging to know what to do to tame the piles.
One of the most frequent questions I hear is, "What papers do I need to keep?" I've developed a downloadable "How Long Do I Need This?" paperwork guideline just for you! Get your copy HERE. It's helpful to keep the guidelines near your filing system. And if you're still looking for a system to tame the papers, check out my other posts or give me a call!
As always, if you have specific questions about the necessity of keeping certain papers please check with your accountant and/or legal counsel.
The U.S. income tax filing deadline is looming - are you ready? April 15th (or this year April 18th) is a date that strikes dread in the hearts of Americans. Even the carrot of a possible refund isn’t enough to motivate most of us to proactively tackle the paperwork in a timely fashion.
If you haven’t started your tax preparation, START NOW! Clear a space on the table or floor (one that doesn’t need to be used for a few days), grab a recycling container (or garbage can), a timer, and your pile/bin/box of papers. Set the timer for 15 minutes and proceed to do a quick sort of as much paper as you can on your flat space, being sure to weed out any non-essential papers.
If you are still gaining ground when the timer goes off, continue! If you are spinning your wheels then walk away and come back later – set the timer and continue where you left off in the last round. And when you're ready to get more organized so next year doesn't feel like such a rush, then give me a call and we'll get your paper-trail on the right track!
Collector. Gatherer. Shopper. Acquisitionist.
All adjectives that can describe those of us with hobbies that require "supplies" - woodworking, crafting, scrapbooking, sewing, beading, painting, etc. But here are some questions to ask yourself.
Surprise - it doesn't! It is the actual DOING of the projects - using the supplies we've collected to create and express our individuality that makes us artists, scrapbookers, quilters...(insert your favorite hobby here...)!
Is collecting supplies fun, inspiring, and social? Heck yes! We wouldn't do it if it wasn't! That being said, I see lots of situations where we're so over that stage and don't really see ourselves actually doing the projects. Then what? Time to Move On (read more here).
Still passionate about the hobby? Try focusing on the actual doing and watch your creativity bloom. If you don't get the joy out of the doing as you used to (or that all the advertising promised you that you would), remember it is OK to move on to bigger and better doings.
Ahh yes, the leaves are gently wafting down as seasons change from balmy summer days to crisp autumn ones.
Ever consider how one leaf on the ground is joined by another and another; pretty soon there goes a full weekend spent raking? I didn't think so. Paper piles tend to happen the same way. We set one down "just for now", then add the mail for a couple days and some school papers.....voila! A pile of paper clutter (a/k/a delayed decisions).
My neighbor uses her leaf blower (particularly enjoyable at 7 a.m. on Sunday mornings) to get the leaves off her driveway before they even hit the pavement. Unfortunately that technique won't work for papers - they require a bit more finesse. But not a lot more effort. The key is to deal with each of them while they are in our hand. If the action required takes less than 2 minutes - DO IT NOW instead of delaying and creating a pile. If it will take 5-10 minutes create a folder or *gasp* a pile (yes, I said pile) that you will return to, and then schedule a time into your calendar to deal with them.
What's your biggest paper challenge? Comment below and we'll solve them together!
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