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Having a proper records retention schedule can help keep office and storage space organized and free from clutter. But how often should you clear the decks? Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? No need — once a year is plenty. Fortunately, you’re given the perfect annual opportunity to clean out your business/household paperwork and start fresh with a…

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How many times have you thought about decluttering/organzing your home — then been scared away by the size of the task? You’re not alone! We all keep things that we don’t need and don’t use. But the key to cleaning out is moving past indecisiveness — a few “reality check” questions will help you stop…

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We’ve all heard that disorganization is “bad” — but do you actually know why? It’s because of the negative impact chaos and clutter have on your quality of life. Have you ever calculated the price of disorganization? You might be surprised at some of the unexpected drawbacks associated with too much stuff, too much stress,…

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Spring cleaning isn’t just for home — and it isn’t just for spring, either! Your home and office filing systems need the occasional organizational deep-clean, just like your kitchen cabinets and closets. Clear Out The Clutter Your filing system is a lot like your junk drawer. Every time you find a reference item that you…

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The yearly “file purge” is a sensitive (and somewhat scary) issue for many — because there could be harsh consequences if you toss something you really should have kept. While setting up records retention guidelines with my organizing clients, everyone asks is, “How do I know if I need to keep it?” Unfortunately, all documents…

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Of course housecleaning is no one’s idea of a fun time. (Frankly, very little about home maintenance seems fun to me — especially gardening. I do not understand gardening. Sitting in the hot sun, digging holes, pulling weeds, sweaty, dirty, killing your back and knees — where’s the attraction in that?? Sorry — I digress!)…

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Sometimes when you’re not paying close enough attention, life can creep in on you from all sides. You bring home some junk from your mom’s house, you forget to open the mail for a week, you agree to a few extracurricular projects at work — then before you know it, you’re knee-deep in clutter, behind…

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Some folks treat decluttering like the organizational equivalent of having a root canal, behaving as if the sheer act of making decisions about their stuff is causing them physical pain — but clearing the decks ain’t that hard! Anyone can do it — with a little patience, a little stamina, a WHOLE lot of coffee,…

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Every so often while cleaning out, you’re bound to come across an item that’s just too good to toss in the “donate” box or chuck onto your lawn at the next yard sale — something of real value, for which a buyer would pay top dollar. You might trip over a rare book you have…

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It’s much easier to let go of stuff that serves no purpose in your life (especially when said “stuff” originally cost you a lot of dough) if you can recoup some of that lost investment. Let’s face it — finding a way to sell valuable-yet-purposeless clutter feels less like wasted money than simply giving it…

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