Welcome to www.OnlineOrganizing.com -- A World Of Organizing Solutions Your Order Your Shopping Cart About Us Contact Us Site Map
Do You Need Help Getting Organized?Shop For Organizing And Business Development ProductsProfessional Organizing ServicesFind A Seminar, Workshop, Or Keynote SpeakerRead Our Two Free Monthly NewslettersFree Organizing Tips And AdviceResources For Professional OrganizersLearn How To Become A Professional OrganizerUseful Organizing Website LinksUseful Organizing Website Links

Search for:


You Are Here: Home - Blogs

NEW! - Keywords For This Page:   Junk Mail - Paper - Clutter - Office

Blog: Life Management

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
  • Receipts
  • Warranties
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.

Every target tackled and checked off is a boost that keeps you going toward bigger tasks.

Suggested Resource for dejunking:  Clutter's Last Stand by Don Aslett

posted on: 1/22/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

Life Management: < Previous Post - Next Post >
Blog Central: < Previous Post - Next Post >

Discuss This Post

There are no comments.

Add a comment about this post:
(Note: To reduce blogspam, HTML tags are not permitted in blog comments and will be removed)
Please Enter The Following Code:
In order to cut down on SPAM, we ask that you enter the code exactly as shown in image below. If you can't read the code, simply select "Load New Code" and a different graphic will appear. Cookies must be enabled on your web browser.
Code Image - Please contact webmaster if you have problems seeing this image code Load New Code
Powered by Web Wiz CAPTCHA version 2.01
Copyright ©2005-2006 Web Wiz


Life Management

by Judy Warmington

View This Blog

   Subscribe To This Blog

About Judy:

Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.

Judy's Website:


Judy's Products:

Add this page to your Bookmarks!

E-mail this page to a friend!

www.OnlineOrganizing.com is a service mark of Bradford, LLC.
Content on this site is © Bradford, LLC, All rights reserved.

If you notice any problems with this site, please contact our webmaster.
And if you don't see what you need you are welcome to "ask the organizer" any question!

To see what people are saying about www.OnlineOrganizing.com, check out our visitor comments.

Click here to view our privacy policy.

Calendar Of Organizing Holidays And Events Blog Central Sign Up For Our Free Online Newsletters Join The Conversation At Our Organizing Discussion Board Advertise Your Company On Our Website Be An Affiliate Of www.OnlineOrganizing.com
Check Us Out On FaceBook