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TIDY SOLUTIONS FOR TOO MUCH JUNK
The next time you're shopping stop and ask yourself the following 3 questions:
- Do I need this?
- Will I ever use it?
- Where am I going to put it?
If you do this faithfully each time you're tempted to acquire something, you'll cut out three quarters of what you normally buy.
To get your papers, magazines and mail in order try these 3 magic words: File, don't pile! Your goal is to cut down on the bulk of papers and get the rest in order and out of sight. The same basic system works at home or in the office.
Begin by setting up a file drawer with a batch of file folders in various colors. Open the mail next to your files and keep a waste-paper basket nearby. Throw out the junk mail without even opening it. File the rest in different-colored folders marked by categories such as:
- Bills to pay
- Letters to Answer
Once you look through a magazine or professional publication and read whatever is of prime interest, clip out any other articles you may want to read later and any recipes that sound appealing and put them into their own labeled files. Then, get rid of the magazine. If you haven't read the clipped articles by the next issue of the magazine comes out, toss them! Go through recipes every six months and discard whatever you haven't used. Learning to block new clutter is easier than cleaning out what has taken years to collect.
To make a dent in what is already there, try this strategy:
Make a commitment to gain control of clutter. Write down your specific goals – the spots you want to clean up. Chart these targets in a step-by-step approach. List small projects that will show the quickest results. For example, clear out a magazine rack or desk drawer.
posted on: 1/22/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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