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Feb.27.2009
Everyone is inundated with papers: mail, bills and projects. In just one hour, you can create a clear system to convert your piles into files! 1.    Set a timer for 50 minutes:  Set aside 50 minutes to sort your most recent papers.  Choose a date and time that you will be able to focus and not be interrupted.   Close the door, turn off the phones, silence your...
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Nov.14.2008
1.    You don’t have duplicates of the same item.Do you have more than 2 or 3 pairs of scissors in your home or office? How many pairs of black pants do you own? Do you really need that many?  Whether its clothes, coats, books, crafts, or sports equipment, evaluate what you need versus what you have and determine if some of the extras can be donated, sold, or...
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Oct.24.2008
1. Leave lots of open counter space for the groceries to be unpacked. Not only do they need room in the refrigerator and freezer, but also renters will want to unpack their groceries into cabinets or they may want to leave them on the counter. 2. Provide but store all small counter top appliances. Some people use a coffee maker, some don’t. Some will use...
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Aug.11.2008
1. Online: www.stopjunk.com or www.dmaconsumers.org Go to the Consumer Assistance Page: How to Get Off A Mailing List. It's so easy. 2. Call: National Opt-Out Center: 1-888-567-8688 3. Write:     Direct Marketing Association            Mail Preference Service             PO Box 643             Carmel, NY 10512 -AND- Advo Systems PO Box 249 Windsor, CT 06095 Your...
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Aug.11.2008
1.    Create homes for all of your children’s clothes and toys, both in their room and throughout the house and garage.  Make areas for containers for their toys and spaces for larger items to be stored so that everything has a home to be put back into. 2.    Choose containers that are easy for your child to use.  Allow your child to choose containers, baskets or...
Jul.22.2008
Everyone is inundated with mail, bills, paperwork and projects.  The following time management strategy will help you concentrate, unclutter your desk and be become organized for success. The 50 minute hour to Sort and Organize Set a timer for 50 minutes.  During this time focus on clearing clutter and organizing one area only.  Whether this is the top of your...
Jul.22.2008
1.    Get rid of anything and everything that you do not love or use:  Decide what is trash and either recycle or properly dispose of any junk inside and outside the home. Really consider what you really want to keep, pack, store and unpack and anything that is not worthy of this effort should be gotten rid of.  Consider the actual amount of storage space you...
Jul.22.2008
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Victims come from all walks of life - from everyday people to celebrities like Tiger Woods and Rosie O'Donnell. According to the Federal Trade Commission, which operates a nationwide identity theft hotline, there were 43,839 victims reported from California in 2004. California, with 122 victims per...
Jul.22.2008
Closets are areas of infinite possibility. Closets can be rearranged, re-configured or re-designated depending on what you need to use it for. You can organize your closets any way that suits your specific needs.  The following 5 tips are to help you weed out the things you no longer want or need and to develop the habit of only keeping the things you use or love...
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Jul.22.2008
1.    Where are these containers going to be stored? Containers in the living room are much different than those you would store in a closet or garage.  Rattan baskets and containers in beautiful colors are wonderful for the common areas of your home.  Clear plastic bins are what I recommend for closets and garages.  2.    What are you storing in the containers?...