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Paper Chase ~ Mail Clutter

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Papers they are one of the things that present such a great challenge since paper comes in almost on a daily basis. Mail means flyers, newspapers, magazines, bills, letters, statements and sometimes cards. Then if you have children they bring home papers. Artwork, notes from teachers, schedules, and reports. When you go shopping there is the receipts, owners manuals and coupons.   Then there are the work papers it never ends.

But how to deal with it?? How to organize it?? What to keep what to toss? What a nightmare!!

Let’s start with mail.

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Pile of unwanted bills and junk mail to recycle

Deal with Mail immediately. Toss junk. Shred sensitive trash, file.

Put a trashcan or recycle receptacle by the door. Throw away junk immediately.

Do not lay down mail. Repeat after me: Do not lay the mail down.  One more time.  DO NOT PUT THAT DOWN.junk-mail-taking-over-living-room-14441424059_860503333a_b

Seriously consider online banking and online bill pay. Eliminate paper coming into the house.

OK so now it is in the house. What?

Touch Paper one time.

Open it, toss the envelope, file it away.

Keep it simple

Set up simple categories.

To pay:

I recommend adding your bills to a spreadsheet and listed ALL your bills. They should be sorted by due date (actually listing them 2-3 days prior to the actual “due date” to allow time in case you got busy, or it was the weekend and you forgot! Thus, nothing would be late!). Then set them up with Bill/Creditor. If you have a few things that are automatic drafts, I recommend highlighting them in a specific color such as blue. Utilities such as electricity, or gas, basically core household bills, highlighted in light yellow. Anything due quarterly or annually should be marked as such under “end date” and highlighted that field only in purple! Anytime something is closed or finished you can move it to the bottom of the page and mark it as such. I suggest you never delete it in case you need the info later! (Such as for taxes) Under “Specials” you can add notes such as “No interest 6 months, ENDS March 2018”; or what every note you need such a contract end dates on your phone service.

To file:

Now that you have added your bill to the spreadsheet you need to file them away. You have to set up a system that works for your household. Remember Keep it Simple.

House, car, insurance, money, health, school, taxes (whatever works for your house)

For example in your money file you c have a sub file for banking, retirement, investments. For your house file, you can have sub file for maintenance, warranties, improvements, tax statements and insurance file. Or you could have your insurance file with sub files for Car A, Car B, House, Health, Life. You are getting the idea.

Now that you have determined what categories you need its time to decide what you are going to put them.

If file folders or pockets don’t work for you try Project cases or document cases.

Papers can’t fall out, no hole punch or pockets, everything stays flat. You can store them upright on a bookcase or shelf, or you can put them in a file drawer. You can further organize them by adding folders inside the cases.

Flat bottom pocket files and binder clips.   Put labels on the binder clips.

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Or try magazine holders. Label them and just drop in your paperwork. You just have to find a shelf to hold them.

Do you keep receipts? How about using a receipt receptacle? Like a glass canister, box or drawer?

You could use a plastic drawer unit and dedicate 1 drawer to receipts and the rest could be your files. One for each house, car, insurance, money, health, school, or whatever you need.plastic storage drawers-IMG_4167

I love this company; http://www.irisusainc.com  They have lots of amazing options.

Remember whatever you do remember to keep it simple, deal with it one time, and do not put the paper down. Touch it one time.  You can control your paper clutter and be organized.

Thanks Pamela

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#clutter #organized #mail #onetouch #overwhelmed #paper

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OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST! — ONCE UPON A HOT FLASH

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALLOWING NOT! NOT EVEN YOU what are you grateful for ~ please share… Thank you! (c) onceuponahotflash, 2017

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Today is a new day and the first day of the rest of your life.  Yesterday is history!  Tomorrow is a mystery.

Have a wonderful day!

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Happy Saturday!!

Hello,  I want to thank you for reading, following and for commenting.  You are all very important to me and Bee Organized.

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I love your comments about your progress and your struggles.  I try to cover a broad area to help you control the clutter in your life.  But if there is an area that you struggle with let me know and I will attempt to address it.

 

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Have a wonderful and wonder-filled weekend.  Please leave your comments.

Thanks Pamela

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#saturdaymorning #weekend

#newpost #organized #overwhelmed #momlife #priorities #Seizetheday

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Kick Start the process to be more organized​ in only 10 minutes

Are you ready?

Kick start

Look at your watch

You  have 10 minutes:Alarm clock

Find 10 things that are out of place.  Not where they belong.

Pick them up and put them away.

Ready set GO!

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I bet you did it in 10 minutes or less!

How about taking this process to every room in your house?  It would not take long to put clutter in its place.    Now you are getting it.  See you CAN do it.

Have a great day!!!

Thanks Pamela

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#newpost #organized #overwhelmed #momlife #priorities #Seizetheday
Posted in family, Organizing, summer tips

Is This The Summer of Slime?

OK so summer is here (unofficially) and you want to be the Cool Parent or the Super Grandparent, or favorite Aunt or Uncle  ….

Easy ~ you only need to make SLIME.

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No, I’m not talking about stuff in your fridge way in the back.

Yes, Slime is the hottest thing right now.  So hot that Elmer’s Glue has put out their own recipe.

http://www.elmers.com/projects/project/elmers-colored-recipe

Here is another one:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Slime-Without-Borax

Last but not least:  From Steve Spangler’s Science Lab:  One with borax

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All I will say is that if you are planning on using Elmer’s Glue you better get some now while you can.

If all else fails you can always go with a fidget spinner.  What are your thoughts on Fidget Spinners?  Yes or No?  Why?Fidget_spinner_in_blue

Happy Tuesday!!

Thanks Pamela

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#Slime #fidgetspinner #tiptuesday #tuesday #momslife #summer #fun

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I word on adulting…When do you become an adult?

Some people think that you become an adult upon turning eighteen years old, or at least 21 when you can legally drink. Others say it’s when you get your driver’s license. Now, I don’t want to argue semantics, but I firmly believe that the milestone of adulthood, for me, was my first time. My first […]

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Posted in clutter, family, Organizing

Come on! I just cleaned that.

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When it comes to organization I find that sometimes only one person is really on board. Normally that person is Mom. Why? Because Mom is expected to know where everything is.

So Mom has to stop and find the missing shoe, or the homework, the favorite tie, did you pick up the dry cleaning? Did you get milk? Mom, we are out of Frosted Sugar Bits!! Mom, I need 35 cupcakes today.

Sound familiar? EEK! It’s no wonder that Mom’s are the ones primarily on board to get organized. It’s call self-preservation.

Sometimes I have mom’s that tell me I have tried this and that and no one else helps me so I fall back into my old ways and chaos ensues.

I get that the others in your house may not feel the same way. They are not seeing the big picture or getting it. Don’t assume they are intentionally sabotaging you or that they just don’t care. They probably just don’t get it.

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

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You have to talk to them.

Communication is key.

Make you kids see that if they help, you will have more time to do fun things. Give them the right incentive. If you put your toys away Mommy will read you a story. (If you don’t Mommy will make your toys disappear!) Don’t be a doormat. Kids can be helpful. They can learn to put their dirty clothes in the hamper if they want them washes and their homework in their backpacks.

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Adults can understand that if you have help staying organized you can save money and time.  Saving money for maybe that dream vacation or new RV toy…

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Being positive about housework can go a long way in getting your brood to help you out.

I love chore charts for children. I also suggest for children use a 10/5 system. Clean for 10 minutes and then a 5-minute break. For adults and older children increase that to a 20/10 system. Don’t try to do it all at once.meter josh-newton-21688

Also, remember your home and organizing method does not have to be perfect, you just need to find a happy medium that reduces your stress.

Thanks and have a great day!!

Pamela

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Let it go!

Today is national Let it go day.  This is timely in our house because we had some shocking news today. Time is SHORT!!!!

The thing I want to say to you is to LET THAT STUFF GO!  Today we are well and rocking our lives along but what if you got news that in 20 days you live would change drastically!  Your loved one might be diagnosed with a terminal disease or you might be in a fatal automobile accident.  You never know when or of your grand plans will be recalculated and changed in a moment.  map-rgyglpwwjb0-richard-tilney-bassett

I tell you to be organized because you have better things to do than search for stuff.  Play with your kids when they are young, enjoy your grandkids, or walk the dog.  Spend time with your family, your spouse, your friends.  You don’t have a guarantee.  Don’t wait to do it now.A photo by Leo Rivas-Micoud. unsplash.com/photos/R_BLOGXpsOg

Cook dinner and use your good china or don’t.  In our house, the good china is Chinet® disposable plates.  Why?  Because we don’t want to spend time washing dishes when the family is all together.

If you are holding on the stuff.  Why?  Let it go.  Don’t sacrifice space that you need for stuff you don’t.

You hear the news every day of how lives are changed in an instant but you think that is sad but still, it’s not you, or it’s not your family.  It might be.   I want you all to stop today and think about this post.  dog-with-ball-oh9auo20kbk-andrew-pons

Go out and have a good day!  Smile at a stranger and be nice.

Thanks Pamela

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#letitgo #seizetheday #bepresent

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Are you a complusive declutter?

Do you buy every type of organizer?  But after a few weeks or months, you can’t even find the organizers?

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The fact is that we need a certain amount of stuff.  Stuff is fine it’s when your stuff starts to take over there becomes a problem.  Most of us have too much stuff.  Example.  How many hair products do you have?

Women:  Do you have hot rollers, a 2″ curling iron, a 1″ curling iron, a crimping iron, a flat iron or more than 1 hair dryer?  How about styling products?  gel, spray or stuff…

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Guys:  How many flat screwdrivers do you have?  Do you have tools that are duplicate because you can’t find the one you need so you buy another?

Ladies:  Dishesbowls-jxlf4kyvt-a-jessica-ruscello

Guys:  Golf clubs or fishing lures 1280px-Rapala_lures

Can you not fit the car in the garage because you have too much stuff?  Are you holding onto pallets to make that amazing stuff you see on Pinterest?  How long have you been waiting to make that flag out of pallets?  Well, that’s too long.  Do it now or let them go.

Simply put, keep it simple.

You don’t have to have fancy organizers.  You just need to put everything in it’s place. If you put everything in it’s place and you have a place for everthing you will be less stressed.  Less stress  who doesn’t what that?

I’ll just say it.  You probably have too much stuff. I say this for your own good.

If you get organized you will find that you are saving time and money. Time not searching for the screw driver.  Money buy not buying new to replace what you can’t find (until later!)

What did you search for that you eventually found later?

Thanks!

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To heck with Man Cave We want She-Sheds!

Last week I asked you if you have heard of She-Sheds? We’ve all heard of man caves and bachelor pads, but this should be declared the year of the she shed. They are all the craze now, and why shouldn’t they be. Men have their man caves, and hard working moms and busy women deserve their […]

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Doesn’t this sound so great.  I could see this being the ultimate way to be organized for us ladies.  She Shed!  That’s what I said.

Thanks Pamela