Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Organzing your Household papers

Today's mom can find herself in her kitchen with a pound of paper piled high on her kitchen counter or her desk.  Not knowing what to do with it each day, it just seems to grow and grow.  How does this happen she wonders?   It seems that this mom does not have the proper systems set up and also has difficulties making decisions.   The simplest solution would be to set up some files, a list of to do's and a life coach helping her with the decision making process.  But it doesn't have to be so complicated. If you take some some simple steps to create a few filing folderswhich I call " the hot files" that can help manage income mail and the paper flow.
In just two hours you can begin the process of clearing your desk.  Begin my taking everything off the desk and only leaving the phone,some paper and writing tools.  Choose a notebook, or pad of your choice to write your master list for scheduling events and calendar your activities.  Use the "touch it once method" to decide what to do with each paper.  Identify each paper item on your desk and create file for it in your drawer for easy access.  For example, any medical forms can be put under the file "Medical" .  You can also create a " to pay" folder, and a " to do" folder than will correspond to your notepad.  This system must be maintained daily.   Just five minutes of opening the mail each day and 20 minutes of office/desk time can establish a routine and maintain a clean organized desk.

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