November 10 2011 Organization Newsletter
Paper Organization Made Easy
Paper organization or paper management, it doesn't matter what you call, we all have to deal with it. So many decisions have to be made; it can be downright overwhelming! Well, your worries are over! Paper clutter is no match for this 3 step process that will help you get all your paper organized!
Reminder: This newsletter, How To Organize, is sent each Thursday. Issues have been expanded to include tips, ideas, how-to's and more. Plus there will always be a Question of the Week feature. I hope you will answer it!
This week's question is: How do you keep paper from entering your space?
Pop on over to the forum and let me know. Here is the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/724806/Paper_Organization_How_do_you_#Post724806
This weeks Organizing Extra was written with that question in mind. (The Organizing Extra is a fresh feature to this newsletter. It's micro article with a couple of quick tips. Please share your feedback on this added feature.)
Paper is all around us, sometimes we don't have a choice about receiving it, but often we do. Here are some ideas for eliminating paper from our lives. All are super easy, try one or try all. You have nothing to lose except clutter!
Sign up for e-statements. It's secure and saves massive amounts of paper. No more pesky, overstuffed envelopes to open, you will just need to download and name the documents in a way that makes sense to you. Remember to be consistent in your naming format. You want to be able to identify at a glance what any particular document is. File statements on your computer in the same way you would in the physical world.
Use Online Bill Pay
Sign up to make payments online. You can still pay through your regular bank account, but it's faster and easier than writing out checks. You will save money by doing this as well, at the minimum the price of a stamp. At the same time you will gain peace of mind because you will see your receipt immediately after making a payment.
Evaluate Your Subscriptions.
Do you subscribe to multiple magazines, trade publications and/or newsletters that you never get around to reading? If that's the case you are simply allowing clutter into your space. You should only keep the subscriptions you read on a regular basis. Remember, most publishers offer an online version and there is always the library, so the information will still be available, you are just not letting it clutter up your home.
Evaluate Your Catalogs
Catalogs often come four or five at a time. Ask to be removed from the mailing list. It takes a little effort to make this happen. You can call the customer service number or use a service like Catalog Choice. The investment is worth it because you will doing something good for yourself and the environment.
Anytime we can cut down on the paper that comes into our space the better off we will be. It means less mess and less stress. Ultimately it means more time to focus on other things, like fun!
Organizing Resource (Another new feature. This will highlight some resource related to the topic of the week or the season we are in.)
Is paper clutter creating stress in your life?
Would you like to get under control once and for all?
Then I recommend checking out my Paper Organization Made Easy Online Workshop. Learn how easy it is to get rid of paper clutter for good. Be organized, be stress free!
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Please let me know if there is an issue you would ike to see covered. I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!
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Kelly Jayne McCann, Organization Editor
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