Home Organizing: The Fear of Tossing Paper

It is never too late to stand up and face down your demons. Many get paralyzed by the unknown and obsessed by the fear of throwing something away in case they may need it some day. Too often, the easy answer leads to inaction.

The solution to effectively managing paperwork requires a little thought, probability and balance. With these in mind, a practical filing system can be created to maintain it all.

All paper is not created equal. Be generous with the word junk since most of it is after all. Some fall in a temporary category and should be accommodated as such. A small percentage are legitimately very important and need top priority.

However, all of it is worthless if it cannot be found when needed. Balance is crucial. The amount of paper kept should be limited to the amount that one person can reasonably handle.

When in doubt, consider the last time that you ever referred back to any particular item if at all and the odds of ever having to do so in the future. The answer may be surprising.

This can be especially true for financial issues. Separate information needed for tax purposes and at the end of the year, file it all together with the tax return. The rest can most likely be considered discretionary. For example, discard interim investments statement and keep the year end only if so inclined. This alone would cut down on at least 75% of that paperwork.

Invest the time, use some common sense and think it through logically in order to define a simple method to deal with paper. While there will always be shades of gray, the fear will lessen with a definitive game plan.  In fact, fear should not lie in tossing but in not finding. The future never comes in the size and shape that we expect, so better to try and beat the odds rather than drown in a sea of paper. It will all balance out in the end.

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Emotional Clutter: Letting go of the Sentimental Journey

When a person believes that everything in their home is important and absolutely necessary, it usually suggests a problem. In reality, nothing is important except the fear of letting go.

Real treasures lose their value when they get buried and forgotten. Neglect and the ravages of time eventually put the final nail in the coffin. If something is not worth caring for and honoring in some way, then it makes little sense to keep it. In the end, remorse comes too late and all that remains is clutter.

The underlying purpose of holding on to sentimental things is for the memories. Too much stuff translates into too few memories. It will drown you while trying to wade through it all on a daily basis.

Choose to cherish the most important ones. It does not mean that the rest will be forgotten. Dwelling on the past can be fine in moderation but when it interferes with living in the present, change needs to happen. A healthy balance reaps its own rewards.

Jump off the runaway train. A little perspective could lead to more time and energy for today. An occasional trip down memory lane can certainly be worthwhile but so can a less stressful journey ahead as well.

 

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Home Organizing: Attention Shoppers

Let’s face it. Shopping is one of America’s favorite pastimes and for many, an Olympic sport. We thrive on the high when we score a perfect ten or jump on the bargain of a lifetime.

It matters little if it is needed or not and maybe more importantly, if there happens to be room for it once it crosses the threshold of your home. The treasures soon become an issue when they are crammed into the dark recesses of a closet and soon forgotten. This happens over and over again until we know longer know what we own.

Unfortunately, the thrill of the hunt is temporary and before long, we crave for more. One solution would be to better arm ourselves. Know what is in you closets, cabinets and whatever before you venture out to the mall or onto the world wide web.

Organize your belongings and there will be a much better understanding of what you have and what you really need. By putting things in categories and assigning like things to their own space, it becomes much easier to remember as well as visualize the remaining space. It literally pays to put a check on your spending habits before you get to the checkout counter.

Shopping is fun and can be perfectly harmless when done it moderation. But when it snowballs into out-of-control spending, it may be time to find a new hobby. Take a breath, jump the hurdle and win the race. If successful, you will have truly scored the perfect ten.

 

 

Home Organizing: Adding a Touch of Green to your Lifestyle

We have all heard the call. We must pitch in and save the planet. Recycling, reusing and conserving all serve us well when trying to tackle this formidable challenge. But are they enough?

Maybe it is time to think a little outside the box. We are all guilty in some way of overconsumption in our daily lives. By bringing more order into our homes and lifestyles, inroads could be made by starting at the root of the problem.

Good things happen with more organization. The world spins a little slower out of control and wiser decisions are more easily made.

For instance, you know what you have and where it is the majority of the time. Less time, money and energy are wasted when any given item is lost or forgotten. It eliminates the need to run out and buy again.

Sorting through closets leads to a lower compulsion to overspend on clothes, shoes and accessories. Impulse purchases that soon find their way to the back of a closet can be reduced to a dull roar. Living and thriving within your space becomes habit rather than the exception.

Streamlined kitchens work much more efficiently and reduce waste. Overstuffed pantries and freezers are notorious for harboring expired and outdated food items. Bargains are never bargains until they are actually consumed.

There are countless ways to contribute to the cause of a healthier environment by just getting more organized. In the end, they all lead to a few less footprints in the sand and a little bit more green in your pocket as well.

 

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Lifestyle: Stick to the Baggage Policy

If you think that the airlines have a strict baggage policy, then just check out the one at the pearly gates of heaven. There is no baggage claim and to date, no one has beaten the system.

We can spend a lifetime acquiring, obsessing on, forgetting about and tripping over our worldly possessions and in the end, you have to question to what purpose. Fond memories created by worthwhile experiences win hands down over meaningless stuff every time. Ask any loved one left behind.

By shifting the focus, you may find a few more dollars in your pocket and a little more wind beneath your wings to pursue opportunities that can bring a lifetime of fulfilling moments. One small step at a time can make a world of difference.

So before you cash in those miles for that final ticket to paradise, choose wisely. Make that last trip through the friendly skies one worth remembering… for everyone.

Lifestyle: The Relentless Pursuit of Material Things

When the pursuit of happiness gets jumbled up with the pursuit of material things, the outcome will never be a good one. A change of attitude can change your world.

Keeping up with the Joneses can be exhausting, and frankly, they probably do not even notice, or more importantly, even care. In the end, you wind up in debt and with the unavoidable added stress as a reward.

When something is brought into a home, it decreases the perceived value of everything else in that home. We eventually forget what we have and, more often than not, create one big chaotic mess for ourselves. It takes time and energy away from more important things.

Clutter leads to guilt which will never lead to happiness. It all brings us down so we go out and buy more to make us feel better. New stuff has a way of doing that but the high does not last for long. Breaking the cycle is the ultimate cure.

Appreciate what you have and surround yourself with only the things that bring joy into your life. By clearing your home of clutter, you will be clearing your mind of it as well. Only then, will you be able to focus and pursue what really brings you happiness and chance are, it will have nothing to do with the Joneses or burning a bigger hole in your pocket.

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Lifestyle: Redefining the American Dream

The American Dream as we know it has taken a beating. For many, a good secure job and the hope for a big beautiful house equipped with all of the trimmings has all but been left in the dust. While a more promising future may be on the horizon, there are lessons to be learned today.

Hard work, commitment and an intense drive to get ahead are all key ingredients to success but sometimes fall short. Living large now will not lead to a carefree future and retirement.

Despite the obstacles, we all have some say as to our destiny. By living within our means and appreciating what we do have, we can create a fulfilling lifestyle. It may take a little ingenuity but is well within our grasp.

For the vast majority, a house will by far be the largest investment of a lifetime. The old adage that “less is more” certainly applies. By simply cleaning out the clutter, a home will suddenly feel less crowded. Go a step further by using smart storage solutions to organize the remaining contents and that same house will feel even more spacious. Perhaps the answer has never been bigger and better.

By simplifying the home front, more time can be devoted to more worthwhile pursuits. Shackled by debt and worry will never put anyone on the road to the Promised Land. The freedom to become all we can be may have been the American Dream all along but we just got a little lost in all of the material stuff to realize that we were already in reach of grabbing the brass ring.

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Downsizing: The Kids Don’t Want the Stuff

When the time for downsizing arrives, our children are likely candidates to be the benefactors of our boundless generosity. However, for the most part, they do not want it. With few exceptions, our kids love us but our stuff, not so much.

Through the generations, the times have changed. When many of us were young, we married early, bought a modest home and started a family. While money may have been tight, the American Dream was alive and well.

Hand-me-downs were a welcome tradition to any home. Perhaps the mindset was a remnant of the Great Depression but it worked well, and could again if, and only if, all parties are willing.

As time went by, more women entered the workforce, married later in life and had fewer children. They realized a new independence both financially and in their thinking. It trickled down to the appearance of their home and choices in lifestyle, as well.

With this in mind, begin the downsizing journey with an open heart. Ask the kids first but avoid straddling them with guilt. Giving to charity or selling things outright are all viable options. Any proceeds could be used to create meaningful and special experiences for all of your loved ones. In the end, it is cherished memories that are the true treasures that help define the fabric of a family.

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Home Organizing: To Binge or not to Binge on Storage Bins

Storage bins can be a useful tool when organizing a home. However, they are not the foolproof answer to solving clutter issues. Tossing all of your worldly belongings in containers and then calling it a day will not get you closer to the promised land. At best, it only delays the day of reckoning.

Chaos from clutter does not happen overnight. It usually sneaks up and overwhelms without much warning. An investment in time and an attitude adjustment go a long way toward the cure. Before taking any action, consider how much simpler life could be without the burden of all of the stuff weighing you down. Be honest and really take a hard look at all of the things lying around that are contributing to the problem.

The next phase is to take a deep breath and dive in. Start by sorting into categories. Once all of the like items are gathered and without fail, you will own more than you realize. Smarter purging decisions will result.

Everything in a home needs a home. Take a critical eye to closets and other storage areas and then decide on a logical place to put all of the the pieces back together. At this point, it would be wise to consider the use of storage bins. Go one step further and choose the right size and shape to fit your needs.

As the process continues, decisions become easier. Experience is gained as well as momentum. The answer to binging or not on storage bins will become more evident as they are used more as a tool than a crutch. Before long, you will be sprinting rather than hobbling across the finish line to the promised land.

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Organizing the Kitchen: Think Real Estate

The kitchen ranks by far as the busiest and most active place in a house. Consider it prime real estate and value it accordingly in relation to other areas in a residence.

When the heart of a home is organized, the daily lives of those living there can hum along pretty smoothly. Chaos can be reduced to a minimum when any number of items can be found quickly and without a search and destroy mission every morning.

Start with the basics. Everything in your kitchen needs a home and group like things together. From keys to important papers to all of the basics typically found in a kitchen, they will have a hard time winding up lost if you follow these simple rules.

Take a critical eye to your kitchen with convenience in mind. Places that are easiest to reach should be allocated to the items that are most frequently used. Follow that line of thought throughout all of the available storage areas. Items rarely used should be housed rather high or low or, preferably, in a more remote location like a shelf in the basement or pantry.

As you sort through, discard all of the fancy gadgets and whatnot that seemed like a good idea at the time but have never or rarely been utilized. These things, without fail, get in the way and constantly cause undue burden each and every day.

“Location. Location. Location. ” defines prime real estate. It applies both inside and outside of a home. Maximize value and peace of mind by organizing the kitchen as well as any other problem areas in your house. It will be well worth the investment.