Favorite Organizing Items

Favorite Organizing Items

I've spent a lot of time telling you that you have too much crap and need to get rid of a good portion of it, so I thought I'd throw you a bone.  While there are no magic bullet organizing products to make you organized once and for all (besides tossing most of your crap), there are a few that can make life easier and more beautiful.  

1.  Matching Hangers - You're an adult.  It's time to donate the 143 mismatched hangers and buy 40 that match.  40!?!  Matching?!? Well, yeah, it's hard to use more than 40 items of clothing in a month, so, if you've recently joined the capsule wardrobe bandwagon, 40 should about do it. As for the matching - well, look at all the closets you've pinned on Pinterest.  They all have less than 40 items, the hangers match, and they look gorgeous. Case closed.  While I use the thick plastic ones from Bed, Bath & Beyond, the wood ones or the fuzzy ones from Amazon also look stellar...

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Papers: Week 2 - Keep or Toss?

Tax season is over, but you still have piles of papers.  It happens.  

Last week I mentioned using Scannable.  This week, I'd like to give you an exercise to do.

Your goal each day this week is to grab one overstuffed file folder, set the timer for 5 minutes, and toss like a crazy person.  

Have bags for recycling, trash and shredding next to you so you don't have to get up. 

Most people are great at discarding papers they don't need, they just don't schedule the time to do it.  So here it is. 5 minutes. Anyone can schedule 5 minutes for anything, even you, Ms. Busy.  

As for taxes, the "keep your tax documents for 7 years" mantra is not entirely true. The IRS and H&R Block summarize it nicely. Chances are, you can discard a lot more than you think. However, I must tell you to consult your tax professional when discarding tax related documents.  They are the experts, not me. ;-)