Decluttering is Great! Why Procrastinate?
Are you buried in paperwork?
Do you procrastinate?
These 6 steps will help you find the top of your desk and every paper you need.
Just. Get. Started. There's no two ways around it. You have to begin sometime or the piles will multiply.
Don't tackle the entire pile at once.
Make a spot for each category:
Receipts, (which you should be scanning), reports, business, personal, whatever. You have now set up a framework. You may have to add category for new spots as you get through the pile, but that's ok.
Scan and toss as you go along. Have a garbage can or some receptacle next to you to recycle tossed papers and when it's full, take it out of the room. The more spare room you create the happier and more motivated you will be.
Avoid reminiscing about each item. ("Oh, that's the receipt from the beautiful gift I bought my friend"). It takes you off task and there's time for that later once everything is organized and filed...if you still want to.
End up with a "To Do" and a "To Call" pile and tackle it as soon as you can, even a little bit at a time. If you need to remember what each task entails, put a "sticky note" with what needs to be done.
Don't let your papers pile up again! Easier said than done, I know. You've created a framework to divide and conquer the papers. Keep to it.
Your organizing system should reflect you and your personality!
You, your style and your space will dictate how you organize your papers. I recognize that not everyone likes to put their documents on the computer. That means that you have to have a lot of physical space to store things.
1. Filing cabinets, with each drawer labeled and with labeled file folders inside. The same goes for filing boxes.
2. Colorful magazine holders on a desktop, labeled, (or a single color...your preference) can hold paperwork while waiting for its final destination. Here's a hint: You can use the desktop holders to color coordinate with the filed folders. That way you will see what work remains and when it's done, you know immediately where to file it.
3. Stacking paper trays, available in all styles, may work for you, as long as you label the content of each.
Someone gave my son "The Procrastinator's Calendar" as a gift. He said, "Thanks! I'll open it later.
Contact me so that I can set up an ongoing system that works for your style. Then we can put on it the best label of all: Done!
How about giving the gift of decluttering and organizing to a special friend?
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