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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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Anyone who talks about the paperless office becoming a reality any time soon may want to think again! No matter how much you reduce your pulp consumption, computers will never completely eliminate the need for hard copies of certain documents. And the gigantic irony is that paper usage hasn’t decreased as electronic data takes over…

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Organizing paper files is a task that will inspire even the most anal-retentive individual to procrastinate. (I know this from personal experience!) I call it “paperphobia” — the fear of having to deal with filing the stacks on your desk/countertop. While this can be a debilitating disease if not addressed in a timely manner —…

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Even though the paperless office is still a long way off, setting up a system for organizing electronic files is extremely important. When you lack an efficient method for non-paper items, it all becomes become virtual clutter — however, organizing electronic files isn’t as complicated as it seems. Mirror Your Paper Files When organizing paper…

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed when faced with a large project. At first glance, all you see is a huge end result that’s supposed to occur at some distant point in the future – and you have no clue how to get from A to B. That’s why having an organized plan in place is…

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Creating (and following) an organized to-do system is the best way to make sure daily tasks are getting completed according to schedule. With the right system, you’ll never accumulate more than a week’s worth of paper at any time, and will have no reason to miss a deadline or pay a bill late. You can…

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a mom trying to keep track of your kid’s classmates, soccer schedule, and P.T.A. activities — or if you’re struggling to stay on top of your company’s products, vendors, customers, and staff at work. You need a desktop organization system for it all! What Is A Fingertip File? While you…

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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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Talk to any Professional Organizer, and s/he will tell you that the best time management techniques make room for “want to” items as well as “have to” tasks. The problem is that many of us are in a state of extreme overwhelm, just trying to stay on top of everyday responsibilities — and we don’t…

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