When organizing your bank statements and credit card bills, keep them in file folders labeled with “expiration dates.” That way you know when they can safely be shredded, without having to hunt for dates on the statements themselves. Most can be shredded and recycled after one year. What’s your best tip for keeping financial documents in order?
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If you can never seem to find your favorite recipe (was it in the red cookbook, or last month’s Real Simple), try creating a recipe index to easily put your hands on what you’re looking for. Whether you use a card file, or even a document on your computer, record these things about each recipe: Title of the Recipe The […]
I recently moved into a cozy apartment here in New York, and my four roommates (yes, four!) and I feel that our apartment is finally ready to show off to our friends.
The five of us know each other through a long string of “friends of friends” that no one can quite figure out, which means our guest list includes a host of different groups. While we all certainly have a “more the merrier” attitude, it’s become clear that we have one small (er, large?) problem: While we do have a spacious loft, we simply might not have quite enough square footage to accommodate the crowd we are expecting.
Decluttering and organizing can be mentally and physically exhausting. You may have a lot of items to move around, but you probably also have many decisions to make. With each box you lift, paper you file, and piece of clutter you purge, your body uses energy. Whenever I’m working with a client or in my own house, I make sure […]
Happy Monday! Here’s to starting off the week by being productive, and ultimately making more time for yourself. Follow these four steps to eliminate distractions and start crossing things off your to-do list: At work 1. Shut your door. Yes, it’s simple, but if you have work to get done, make it clear that you don’t want to be disturbed. 2. […]
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Organizing your home or office doesn’t have to be an insurmountable feat. Try these five simple steps to get your space streamlined: A little each day. The adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” applies very well to organizing and uncluttering. There isn’t an award to win for organizing the fastest, so take your time, be thorough, and do just […]
Today is a very big day. It’s “Meet the Teacher Day” at the elementary school. We mothers often refer to this as “Get School Supplies Out of Your Dining Room Day.” As I pack up the folders of every color, already sharpened pencils, wide-ruled one-subject notebooks and hand sanitizer, I’m thinking about the systems and tools that I’ve come to […]