Top Ten Organizing and Time Challenges People Face

By: Janet L. Hall, The Person/Place Energy Mover

Copyright © 2005-2007 by OverHall Consulting and Janet L. Hall
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About the Author ............................................................................................ 3 Chapter 1. Paper Challenges: Includes mail, reading material and files ........ 5 Chapter 2. Bedroom Challenges: Includes laundry, clothes, drawers and closets.............................................................................................................. 7 Chapter 3. Children: Includes their schedules and their bedroom and toys ... 8 Chapter 4. Shopping Challenges: Includes food, gifts and cards ................. 10 Chapter 5. Kitchen Challenges: Includes organizing, meal planning and cooking.......................................................................................................... 12 Chapter 6. Time: Spending time with family, children, friends and self ..... 14 Chapter 7. Appointments: Includes medical, school, parties and events ..... 16 Chapter 8. Tools:........................................................................................... 20 Chapter 9. Car Clutter:.................................................................................. 23 Chapter 10. Maintaining home systems and cleaning: ................................. 24

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About the Author

Janet Hall is a Professional Organizer – Certified, Certified Pyramid Feng Shui Practitioner, Past-President of The Feng Shui Institute International (FSII), Faulty Member of The Feng Shui Institute of America (FSIA) and College of Southern Maryland (CSM), Reiki II Healer, Author, and Speaker. She is the creator of the revolutionary “The 5 W’s of Organizing, a TEASER, and a “TICKLE”©”. She has written six books regarding organization and one on how to become a professional organizer, produced 38 audio CD’s, four training CD's and two email courses. Janet also writes for a variety of over 20 plus online publications and web sites. She is the editor of OverHall IT! her free electronic bimonthly organizing and Feng Shui newsletter (Subscribe at: http://www.overhall.com/newsletter.htm) and Click Home the Bacon, a freequarterly newsletter (Subscribe at: http://www.kickstartwebsites.com ). In 2001 Janet starting her coaching career to help beginner organizers with starting their business. As Janet grew, her coaching business grew into other areas, such as FrontPage and Internet Marketing coaching. To date, Janet has coached over 100 people in various topics such as starting, marketing, and networking your business and yourself to creating a web site, starting a newsletter and creating products to sell. Besides people just starting out in business Janet has coached owners and staff of large and small corporations, sole proprietors, realtors, other
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coaches, and lay persons. Janet specializes in office, home, and computer clutter and coaches beginner organizers. She has many organizing tools, which you can read about or order at http://www.overhall.com/products.htm Janet specializes in helping others with office, home, and computer clutter, casting her "magic" on their clutter, life, and environment. If you need assistance with your organizing challenges or business, Janet is available for phone coaching for business start-up, organizing techniques, web site development, Internet marketing, and Organizing By Phone.

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Chapter 1. Paper Challenges: Includes mail, reading material and files
1. Know what you need to keep and why. I recommend you enroll in my email course, 35 Days to Sorting and Organizing ALL Your Home Papers, at http://www.paperclutter.com

2. Choose a filing system and containers that fit your lifestyle. Decide if you are going to store your papers in a filing cabinet, banker’s box or sectioned notebooks, use hanging folders, manila folders and if you will file by alpha, numeric, or topic. 3. Purge your files at least once a year. 4. Make a standing filing date and time for daily, weekly or monthly filing. 5. Get a fire proof box or a safe deposit to store your important or irreplaceable documents into. I recommend you check out two of our products to assist you in this: The Safe Deposit Guide at http://www.overhall.com/safety_deposit_box.htm and If Something Happens to Me at http://www.overhall.com/if_something_happens_to_me.htm

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6. Sort, toss and put away mail as you bring it into your home. 7. Get a dated filing system, 1-31 and January - December (a tickler file) to store date related papers into. Check ours out at http://www.overhall.com/tickler_file.htm

8. Get a magazine rack or holder for each room you like to read in and store your reading there as soon as it comes into the home or office. We've found about 21 different holders, even for the bathroom. Check them out at: http://www.overhall.com/organize_living_space.htm and click on Magazine Organizer. When it comes down to it paper is never going to go away; however once you learn how to make decisions on what to keep, where and how to store the paper and maintain your systems you'll be in better shape then you are now. It will take some action on your part to do this...so what are you waiting for? Let's get your papers under control once and for all!

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Chapter 2. Bedroom Challenges: Includes laundry, clothes, drawers and closets
1. Know what you need to keep and why. I recommend you check out my electronic book, Get Honest About You Bedroom Clutter and FINALLY Get Organized at http://bedroom-clutter.com/organizing_ebooks.htm or my newest email course, Get Rid of Your Bedroom Clutter and Make Everyday a Restful Day, at http://bedroomclutter.com

2. Choose a day or days that you will do the laundry and stick with your schedule as best you can, washing, drying and putting away. 3. Purge your clothes, closet stuff and drawers, at least once a year or when the seasons change. 4. If you do laundry once a week then how many pairs of ANYTHING do you really need? 5. Shoes: get rid of any that hurt your feet, don't like or are worn out. 6. Sort, fold or hang and put away clothes as they get dry. 7. Sort clothes in your closet by color, season, or item. Makes locating an item of clothing a lot easier.

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8. Get a magazine rack or holder for your bedroom to store your reading there as soon as it comes into the home. We've found about 21 different holders, even for the bathroom. Check them out at my newest site: http://bedroom-clutter.com/organize_reading.htm For more bedroom clutter tips and products check out our newest site at http://www.bedroom-clutter.com

Chapter 3. Children: Includes their schedules and their bedroom and toys
1. Get your children (and yourself) on a schedule and routine. Review your child's (and yours) lifestyle, activities and stress levels (when they are up or down, more responsive or not). Schedules will include many routines, such as a morning routine of waking, bathing, dressing, eating, etc., an afternoon routine and an evening routine. Don't forget to add the adult routines into your schedule. Developing routines and putting together schedules will help you and your child put things in order and know what needs to be accomplished (or expected of you and them) for the day. Check out my ebook, 70 Tips for Get Your Children Organized Before and After School at http://www.overhall.com/organizingchildren.htm

2. Sort through all their clothes and take inventory of what they have, what can be given away and what they might need. Set up a daily or weekly "clothes wearing" and laundry day system. 3. Sort through all their toys and take inventory of what they have, what can be given away and what they might need. Set up a toy storage area and a toy rotation system if needed.
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4. Decide what school papers and/or art work will be kept and where. These types of papers are considered mementos. Set up a box or file for each child. I recommend placing an under bed storage unit for these papers to be placed into...easy and convenient. 5. Decide what is expected of your child, such as making their bed in the morning, putting their school bags in a certain location, and putting their toys and clothes away. Create a chore board or check out I Did My Chores (good for ages 4-8) at http://www.overhall.com/ididmychores.htm

6. Spend time with your children: eat meals together and plan at least one relaxing family activity a week, a trip to the park, bike riding, game night, etc. 7. Give your children some down time each day from you, their activities and their chores. Take some down time for yourself too. When it comes to children one should learn to be somewhat flexible with routines, schedules, and their clutter. While this takes practice in training them (and yourself) how, when, and where things should live and be stored
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or contained. Within a week or two of consistent training (depending on age of child) your child and you should be well on your way to having less chaos, clutter and stress in your lives. It will take some action, guidance, and patience on your part to do this...so what are you waiting for? Let's get your children and their stuff under control once and for all! For organizing children products please check out http://www.overhall.com/organize_children.htm

Chapter 4. Shopping Challenges: Includes food, gifts and cards
We all shop, some more then others. Many people that have clutter problems, or even worse, are hoarders or packrats have the 'shop till you drop' syndrome, whether it's literally going to a store, ordering from TV or via the Internet. That's not what this article is about through. This is about working on saving time, money and organizing your "needs shopping", such as groceries, toiletries, gifts and cards. Groceries/Toiletries 1. Take inventory of what you currently have in stock in your pantry/cabinets and freezer/refrigerator. Write it all down on a list. Remove any items that have expired or you find you never use, like the special pretty little bottles of jam that you received for your birthday. 2. Are there 'favorites' or items that you continually run out of before your next shopping trip? Write those down. Those items are the ones you want to make sure you stock up on. (Don't include milk or bread, everyone seems to run out of those...at least that's what I'm told ;-) ) 3. Decide now - would you and can you shop every week, every other week or even once a month. For instance, if you have the storage and funds you might stock up once a month just on your canned/boxed/bottled goods. This would allow for quicker, more focused trips to the store for fresh fruit/vegetables/meat. I know, I know; however you'll need to learn to put your blinders on and just visit those sections of the store, KNOWING you are okay and have all that you need already at home.
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4. If you still don't have enough storage after the inventory and clearing of your pantry/cabinets look around your home and see if there is a "different" place you can store your extra inventory. For example: We have a small linen closet at the bottom of our stairs. The bottom shelf is used for the downstairs bathroom linens and the other four shelves are used to store any canned/boxed/bottled goods - our pantry. When we lived in our other house we had no extra closets so we purchased a portable pantry, which I now use to store office supplies in. Click http://www.overhall.com/organize_kitchen.htm for pantries and other kitchen helpers. 5. Download my free grocery list at http://www.overhall.com/grocerylist.htm Customize the list for your household and tape inside a cabinet door OR go to your copy center and have them make a copy on an erasable surface, similar to lamination, that you can use a dry erase pen to circle items when low or out of. Let others in the household know about the list and 'train' them to use it. Gifts and Cards 1. Choose, yearly or monthly (no you don't need to wait until January if you choose yearly). Get out your calendar or gift/card list or make a list of all your loved ones and friends that you want to give a gift or card to. Pick one day a year or one day a month to shop for those gifts and cards. Store the cards in the day or month of your tickler file. Look around to see when you have storage for the gifts and drop a note into your tickler file where you stored the gift. Get your tickler file at http://www.overhall.com/tickler_file.htm

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2. Don't purchase gifts that people don't need or want. Download my free gift card http://www.overhall.com/gift_cards.htm and hand them out to those on your gift buying list, asking them to fill out the card and return to you. 3. Purchase a few extra cards or a variety pack for the unforeseen or forgotten cards that seem to pop up when you're too busy to run out and buy one. Once you do the work, get into these new habits, and maintain these systems you'll find you'll have more free time, less chaos and panic, and not only save money on your purchases yet gasoline too. With the price of gasoline going up getting organized and implementing systems can only help you.

Chapter 5. Kitchen Challenges: Includes organizing, meal planning and cooking
Groceries 1. Take inventory of what you currently have in stock in your pantry/cabinets and freezer/refrigerator. Write it all down on a list. Remove any items that have expired or you find you never use, like the special pretty little bottles of jam that you received for your birthday. 2. If you still don't have enough storage after the inventory and clearing of your pantry/cabinets look around your home and see if there is a "different" place you can store your extra inventory. For example: We have a small linen closet at the bottom of our stairs. The bottom shelf is used for the downstairs bathroom linens and the other four shelves are used to store any canned/boxed/bottled goods - our pantry. When we lived in our other house we had no extra closets so we purchased a portable pantry, which I now use to store office supplies in. Click http://www.overhall.com/organize_kitchen.htm for pantries and other kitchen helpers. 3. Think about your workstations, how used and what's needed in or by the workstation. Put back items where you use them and put items on lower shelves that are used frequently.
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4. Common workstations are: Cooking Station (stove/oven), Cleaning Station (sink/dishwasher), Prep Station (near stove or sink), Beverage Station (coffee pot, tea pot, blender drinks), Storage Stations (canned/dried goods, serving goods and perishable goods). Example: Near or around your Cleaning Station you might have the following: drying racks, towels, soaps, scrub brush, sponges, and lotion. 5. Post an inventory list inside each cabinet with what is on each shelf. 6. Double your shelf space, contain your condiments, wraps and more. Check out these kitchen organizing helpers at: http://www.overhall.com/organize_kitchen.htm Meal Planning and Cooking Besides a disorganized kitchen I've found that many clients don’t ever have meals together, choosing instead to get fast food or carry out which can be a waste of money and become unhealthy. 1. When my children were infants and toddlers, while they were finishing up their breakfast or playing in their seats or banging on the pots and pans I would prepare the evening meal and get everything I could ready to go, i.e. peel potatoes, slice and dice, etc. So prep your evening meal during breakfast or lunch. Keep refrigerated until needed. 2. When other activities are scheduled for the day or evening make one pot or pan meals. A crock pot is great for this. 3. You really don’t want to be slicing and dicing when the children are out of control, need your help or attention or have to be picked up or dropped off. Those days - plan simple meals. 4. When I know I'm going to have a very busy week I cook all Sunday morning, such as a turkey, ham and spaghetti. Then all I have to do is heat up and make a salad or steam a veggie or two. You can also cook and freeze ahead. One day of cooking can free up a lot of time during the week.
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5. Before you do your food shopping, do your meal planning. Check your recipes, check your inventory, make your list and then go shopping. Check out http://www.overhall.com/menuplanning.htm for some fabulous links for meal planning. Once you have everything gathered and organized for ease of use then its time to accessorize or decorate your kitchen. Be careful- don’t clutter the areas with unnecessary “stuff” that would get in your way or impair you from the task at hand.

Chapter 6. Time: Spending time with family, children, friends and self
Time: never seems to be enough does there? Let's take an honest look at your life and where you are spending your time. Create a pie chart by drawing a circle, draw a big circle. Now plot out the different areas of your life and draw a "slice" in your pie chart for each, such as self, family, friends, children, vocation, hobbies, fitness, spiritual growth, computer, reading, TV, phone, visiting, shopping, etc. Each "slice" should honestly represent the time you spend on each. For instance half your pie might be for your vocation or children, a quarter slice might be for your friends, etc. You can make one for a day, week or month. Now take a good look at your pie chart. Are your "slices" balanced? Probably not. What does your pie chart say to you as far as where all your time is being consumed and with whom or on what? What areas do you need to work on - need to change - to gain better balance of your time? Do you see areas that you might be devoting too much time to and other areas you might be neglecting? What's standing in your way from changing?

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Time Robbers How much time are you wasting watching TV? How much time are you wasting on the computer? How much time are you wasting talking on the phone? How much time are you wasting visiting the neighbors? If you reduce just one of the above by one hour per day, in one week you gain 7 hours. In one month you gain 30 hours. In one year you gain two weeks. And if you reduce all four of the above by one hour per day you gain back 4 hours a day, 28 hours (one day and four hours) a week, and 112 hours (4 and a half days) a month. Whom or what are your time robbers? What would you rather be doing with those hours? Hopefully spending some quality time with yourself, family, children or friends. What areas of your life are spinning out of control or out of control perhaps because you don't have routines or schedules in place? Yes I know, sounds like the military, having to have, create and abide by routines and schedules. Yet honestly folks, if you can create some routines and schedules you will find your life running more smoothly and you might even have more energy, especially if you add 'me' time. Are you spending time with yourself? Taking care of yourself? I know, I've heard it all, "I need to do this and that." "I should be doing this or that." "I have to do this or that." "There are not enough hours in the day for 'me' time." Let me ask you this: If you're not taking time for yourself and taking care of your needs and wants, who will? If you're not spending time on yourself you will eventually burnout or worse, lose your own individuality. Maybe this has already happened to you. I hope not. We all need 'me' time, alone time. Even if it's a few minutes to an hour a day or week. A soak in the tub, a walk around the block, sitting outside, daydreaming by the window, taking a class, what ever it is you are missing or yearning for, stop and look at your schedule and make a date with yourself this month for some 'me' time.
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Finding a balance of spending time for yourself, family, friends and children isn't difficult if you plan, set boundaries and follow through. Planning When is the best day and time for you to have some 'me' time? I discovered Sunday early evenings was the best day and time to soak in a bubble bath, my favorite 'me' time. Setting Boundaries It's okay to set boundaries. Are you? Or do you say yes to everyone and everything except yourself? Saturday and Sunday is generally my family time. The days I spend with my husband, children and grandchildren. I generally do not turn on my computer on Sundays, unless nothing is planned or the weather is bad and then I might 'plug in'. And I generally won't answer my business phone on Sundays. I've set my boundaries, yet sometimes flexible, and it does take practice because you are developing new habits, same with planning. Follow Through This can sometimes be difficult, especially if it's 'me' time and if others want or need your attention. Put your times on your calendar, as you would any other important appointment and keep your appointments. Keep your pie chart in a notebook and do a new one every month to help assist you in tracking where you're spending your time, what you need to adjust and watch your pie chart and life become more balanced throughout the coming months. You'll know you've achieved the balance you're looking for once your "slices" are more evenly distributed.

Chapter 7. Appointments: Includes medical, school, parties and events
As you awake in the morning, your mind races ahead of your body with all kinds of stuff pouring in and out. All your thoughts, ideas, chores, appointments and worries that you might have. No wonder you’re tired before your feet even hit the ground. Before you realize it, you’re up and running here, running there, going through your morning, unaware of how you even apply the toothpaste on
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your brush or what body parts you wash first. All the while, stuff is pouring into your head from everywhere: ideas, chores, appointments, commitments, relationships, conversations, past events, the future. This self-talk, we all have it. Random thoughts: worries, fears, negativity, frustration, happiness, joy, freedom, inspiration, and light bulb ideas. Many times your appointments, whether with yourself or someone else, get in the way of your daily routine, especially if it's an unexpected appointment and you had other plans. Medical Appointments: Let's start out with some common appointments we all have, such as yearly check ups with the doctor, dentist, vision, hearing and vet if you have a pet. Get out your calendar for this year or next and call the above and see if you can schedule yours, others in your family, loved ones and the pet’s appointments. If you have a family see if you can get family appointments, in which each member goes on the same day with times back to back. If you have more then one pet see if you can get appointments for all your pets on the same day with times back to back. School Appointments: If you have children going to school, ask the school or teacher for the year’s calendar of events, teacher/parent meetings and PTA meetings. Put on your calendar the events and meetings you are interested in attending. Personal Appointments: Personal growth appointments or meetings could entail going to the gym, seeing a nutritionist, attending workshops of interest at your local shops, or attending conferences. If you are working with someone, such as a trainer, see if you can set up your appointments on the same day and time each week or month. Contact your local shops and/or conference places or industry you are in and see if they have a yearly or quarterly events schedule available so you can plan for those events that interest you. Consultants Appointments: If you're a consultant, such as myself, you must be flexible as you never know when someone will need your services and on what days and times. What my business tasks are and works for me is the following, knowing I might have a client call and being flexible for them:

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• Monday is web site development day. In the AM I work on my sites and in the PM others sites if needed. • Tuesday is my writing day in which I write articles; work on books, new workshops and my newsletters. • Wednesday is my phone consultation time in the AM and in the PM consultation time with boards I sit on. • Thursday is working on product creation. • Friday is my research, study and administration day. • Some evenings and Saturdays I deliver workshops in person or on the phone. This schedule has worked well for me in the past year and when a client calls, I go, no matter what the day. Taking Appointments: For those of you in business in which patients or clients call in to make appointments you might want to check out some Internet based appointment schedulers. This frees up some time for your receptionist or you and also is helpful and convenient to many of your clients. I found two services on the Internet for you to check out at http://www.web-appointments.com/ and http://www.2setappointments.com/works.html Business Meetings: Business meetings, whether by phone or in person can also be set up for the same day and time quarterly or yearly. This not only helps you yet others that are involved. If you are asked to attend a meeting ask the following to help you decide if your attendance is really necessary: WHO will be attending? WHAT will be discussed? WHEN will the meeting be held? WHERE will the meeting be? WHY do you need me to attend this meeting?

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Often times you might find that you can send someone in your place, send the information, or only attend at the time of the meeting when your input is needed. This would depend on the type of meeting it is. Board Meetings: Perhaps you sit on a community, business or non-profit board. Generally when one has a board meeting all board members are required to attend because there is so much exchange and input from one committee to the next that can affect all involved. Board meetings are generally set up for the same day and time throughout the year. So if you sit on a board and the board doesn't have a regular meeting time you might suggest creating one. Helpful to you and helpful to others. Bottom line, do your best to get standing appointments, same day and time, with those you do business with on a regular basis and don't forget to put them in your calendar. Appointment Reminders: For those of you that tend to forget appointments or might have lost your calendar you can also put your appointments into some software programs you might have on your computer. Many programs have appointment reminders, such as Outlook, ACT and other software. I recommend NOT keeping your calendar JUST on your computer in case of a crash or you don't turn it on that day. Keeping Track: If you're using a tickle file, you can drop a note of whom you have an appointment with, plus directions or other paper work if needed, in the current months date or month in which you have an appointment. Don't forget to place the date on the note for the appointment if it's several months in advance. Oh and let's not forget to add to your calendars birthday parties, anniversary parties, special family events and special business events. To help you succeed in keeping your appointments and keeping track of your to-do's I have two products that might interest you: Tickle File at http://www.overhall.com/tickler_file.htm and my 3 W's To-Do Pad at http://www.overhall.com/todopads.htm

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Now don't forget to make appointments with your self for your "me time" as we discussed above in Chapter 6.

Chapter 8. Tools:

Even if you don't have a tool problem, read this to discover what person type you are
Tools come in many forms: organizing tools, kitchen tools, cleaning tools, craft tools, repair tools, and so on. Today we'll be discussing some 'ordinary tools' most of you have around your home: hammers, screwdrivers, indoor/outdoor tools and so on. Whether you're a woman or a man, whether you use your tools occasionally, like to hang a picture, or use regularly on outdoor/indoor maintenance, or are a craft person, when needed it helps if your tools are organized. First let's determine what 'type' of person you are. (By the way this is great to determine in any area of your life, not just your tools). 1. Are you a visual person or concealer? Most creative or right-brained people are very visual and need their tools (or other items) out where they can see them. If you can't see it you don't know you have it. A concealer might be a person that prefers to have stuff 'out of sight' although their stuff might not be organized yet thrown into a shed, closet, or drawer. 2. Are you an accumulator or a collector? Do you accumulate two's, three's and four's of the same item, perhaps because you don't recall if you already own the item or can't find the item? Do you collect items that are similar? For instance, my husband has nine hammer types in one drawer, one in his car toolbox and I have one in my toolbox. We have wooden hammers, rubber mallets, ball-ping hammers, hammers with rubber handles, etc.
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3. Are you a returner or dropper? I think this is self describing: a returner returns items to their place after using and a dropper just drops the item where ever they were using it last and let's it live there until needed again. Discovering the 'person type' you are will assist you in determining where your storage for your tools (or other items) should be and what type of storage you might need. If you are a visual type you would look for open storage, perhaps open shelves (labeled and organized of course), open bins and containers, or a tool caddy or belt. A peg board which you would hang your tools on and you could trace around the tool onto the peg board so you or some else always knows where to return it. A concealer should look at drawers, closed shelving and/or cabinets, again labeled and organized. You might even add an inventory sheet to the inside of the cabinet or shelves so you always know what you have and where it lives. Perhaps closed containers or bins. You can label or hot glue a picture or sample (great for different nails and screws) to the front of the container. If you are an accumulator you should consider going through the house, garage and sheds and pool everything together to see exactly what you do own and decide from there what to keep or not. If you are a collector it's time to be honest with yourself, such as which is my favorite, the one you always use, which ones you never use and keep only the ones you use on a regular basis. If you are a returner, GOOD for you. To assist others that might use your tools, label shelves, containers, etc. so they return to the proper place. If a dropper you are then you would want to work on that habit and practice returning things when finished using. Or perhaps look at were you are "trying" to store your tools. Perhaps you need to change storage locations so it's easier to get things returned. For instance, I have my own small tool box that lives in a kitchen cabinet, easily available when needed and oh so easy to return the items when finished.

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Other tool storage tips: If you find you have vintage tools you can show them off! Display them in or outside the workshop or the shed, like art pieces. Don't forget to look for overhead storage. Great for lumber and piping. Use heavy duty magnetic strips to "attach" your tools to. See what types of containers you might already have around, such as baby food jars, baby wipes containers (holds up to 5 pounds of nails), empty prescription bottles, or clear hanging shoe bag. These are great helpers for nails, screws, bolts, etc. Instead of purchasing shelving you can use milk crates (or attach these to the wall with shoulder hooks). Store like items with like items. Create Project containers, storing the tools you are currently using for the project you might be working on. 5 - gallon buckets are great for this. Extension cords: Wrap them around a hose hanger. Rolls of tape and/or cord: Install a toilet paper holder to hold the rolls and unwind rolls. If you're Pressed for space use one of these to store your tools in: portable tool box (rent large tools when needed) tool belt tool caddie back of door back pack For tools and gardening storage please check out some of the products we've found that might assist you in finally getting organized at: http://www.overhall.com/organize_garage.htm While you're sorting and taking inventory you might come across some items that could be dangerous and you really should not keep, such as frayed cords, items that don't work properly, or it's broken or rusty. For the tools that are still in good use that you might have several of you can always donate them. Places that you might consider are: Habitat for Humanity, High School Vocational Classes, Theater Groups (schools or neighborhood), Boys or Girls Scouts or 4-H Clubs.
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Chapter 9. Car Clutter:
Used car sales people use to be known for "huffing and puffing" used cars saying something like, "This car was driven only to church on Sundays by a little old lady" to let the potential buyer know how "good" the car was. These days I think it would be fair to say that "granny" uses her car to go more places: bingo, senior centers, volunteering, clubs, work, involvement with grandchildren and more. Just like "granny" you probably go many places in your car also: work, shopping/errands, travel, adult and child activities, school and perhaps you use your car as an office and maybe.....this might be stretching it...just to go have fun in! Statistics show, according to James Gleick, author of Faster, 'Americans spend at least on an average 1 hour and 13 minutes each day in their car.' That comes out to almost 8 hours a week, 31.64 hours a month and 379.68 hours a year you "live" in your car! No wonder people have so much clutter in their car; it's like a spare room or two. Before you run out or click to purchase organizing products for your car let's first have you take inventory of what lives in your car and what REALLY needs to live in your car. Yes, this means taking everything out...well you might need the room anyway if you plan on traveling for the holidays or are purchasing a lot of presents to bring home. Grab a box, a garbage bag, your car keys and sprint out to your car. Tune into your favorite radio station and do the Toss In Box. Get rid of everything that you don't use daily (please keep your emergency equipment). Get rid of everything that you don't need. Don't forget to check under the seats, in the glove compartment, and the trunk. Now let's look at some of the ways that you might use your car and items needed: 1. For Travel: maps, directions, phone numbers, music, entertainment, work, clothes, suitcases, a cooler, drinks and trash. 2. For Shopping/Errands: 'spare trunk', drinks, newspaper ads,
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maps, directions, entertainment and trash. 3. For transporting kids: trash, toys, books, baby stuff, drinks, entertainment, school stuff, and sports stuff. 4. As your office: maps, directions, phone numbers, music, entertainment, laptop, work, a cooler, drinks, tools and trash. Are you seeing some commonalties here? I think it would be nice to organize and 'house' as many of these items as you can, don't you? For maps get a map organizer For music or entertainment (even VHS tapes) get a "car entertainment center" For trash you can use a plastic bag or a litter chute made to hang on the back of a seat. For work get a mobile car desk...these are GREAT! There are many great car organizers out there and many that hang onto the back of a seat, taking up less space. I've found some great finds and have created a brand new web site just for car clutter at http://www.car-clutter.com which I hope you'll visit after you've cleared out and decided what you need to help you get organized and stay organized in your car.

Chapter 10. Maintaining home systems and cleaning:
One you've done all the work of getting organized, maintaining your systems can be easy by following a few simple steps: Every six months to a year review and purge : Files Clothes Toys Books CD's Videos Cassettes
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Closets Makeup Shoes Quarterly review, inventory and purge: Cabinets Drawers Shelves Medicines Monthly review and purge: Magazines Catalogs Newspapers Trade journals Weekly review, inventory and purge: Refrigerator Pantry Daily review, put away, and purge: Mail Countertops Surface areas Desk Then continue to work on your new habits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Put items right back where they belong after using Teach others in the home your systems Keep your 'supply' inventories up-to-date Use one calendar Stop buying stuff you don't need Stop buying stuff you already have Stop bringing in stuff and not letting anything go

Five Steps to Creating a Clean Space Step 1: Make an Appointment With Yourself Decide what day, evening and time you will do your clean and organize AND how long you will work on your spaces.
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Step 2: Prepare and Gather Your Tools Gather up your cleaning tools: broom (good for reaching cobwebs), feather duster, polish and polish rag, window cleaner and paper towels, vacuum cleaner or mop and pail, garbage, recycling, and donate containers. Step 3: Set the Mood Select music to play while you're cleaning and organizing. I like to play different types of music and sometimes will select music that I haven't listened to in awhile. Select some incense or a scented candle to burn while you are working. 1. Two great scents to evoke a clean feeling is orange or lemon. 2. Some scents to help reduce any stress or overwhelm you might feel while doing these tasks are mint, lavender, marjoram, melissa, rosemary, and eucalyptus. 3. Lime will help elevate your mood and basil will help cheer you. Step 4: Where and How to Start Cleaning Stand at the threshold of your room and start on the left hand wall. You'll be working your away around the room in a 'productive' clockwise motion. Get Rid of the Cobwebs, Bugs and Dust 1. Sweep your broom against the ceiling from corner to corner and don't forget to sweep down the corners, real good, because fuzzy little cobwebs like to live in those dark corners. 2. If you have a closet in your space don't forget to sweep inside that ceiling space and corners. 3. Sweep, vacuum or feather dust the walls, around all your window casements and sills, under your furniture, and all four baseboards. 4. If you have ceiling beams don't forget to sweep on each side of them and in their corners.
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5. If you have a ceiling fan don't forget to sweep/dust the fan blades. 6. Remove window screens and wash to remove cobwebs, bugs, dust, or nicotine, if you are a smoker. 7. Take all window coverings, cushions, pillows, and throw carpets outside. Shake out or beat them with your hands or broom (make sure you have gotten all the cobwebs and bugs off your broom before you do this). If any of the above items need to be washed (have they ever been washed?) throw them in your washer now. 8. Dust and polish all your furniture. Clean all your surface areas, lamps and lighting, and under the furniture. Don't forget to dust the light bulbs and while you're at it add a drop or two of the scent you are using. For awhile, each time you have the light on, the heat from the light bulb will act as a diffuser, causing the scent to be dispelled throughout your space. Plants and Fountains 1. If you have plants in your spaces, trim and prune, making sure you remove all dead leaves, flowers, and limbs. Give your plants a healthy drink of water with a growth enhancer mixed in. 2. If you have a fountain, empty all the water and give the fountain, stones, and pump a good soaking in hot soapy water. If you have hard water build up place these items in the sink. Sprinkle baking powder all over and then pour on white vinegar. The solution will start to bubble, yet it's safe, no fumes. Rinse completely before using again. Don't forget to clean that little filter inside your pump. Vacuum, sweep, and/or mop your floors. Tip: I highly recommend you do all the above tasks at least every other week so you and your spaces don't become stuck and stagnant.

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Step 5: Look Outside This task I decided to do when the weather warmed up; however I wanted to mention it now. After all it might be nice and warm where you are...wish I was there! 1. Look out your windows. What do you see? Can you even see clearly out your windows. Wash your windows inside and out. 2. Do you see any overgrowth? Cut it back or down. 3. Do you see garbage, garbage can or recycling? Pick it up, remove it, or move to a different location where it's not visible to you. 4. Do you see cobwebs or dead bugs? I have an extension off my back windows so I have an overhang where I can see all the cobwebs and spider sacs plus some old bees nests, which I'll save and give to my grand children. Let's water spray or knock them down with your broom on the outside of the house. Don't neglect what you can see and don't like looking at. Take care of those items as soon as possible. I hope you liked the collection of articles that I bundled up into this ebook. If you have any tips you would like to share please email me. Thank you for supporting me in my work. Feng Shui Your Office for More Clients and Prosperity Change Your Office, Change Your Life! I've developed an easy to follow-along and implement home study course, Feng Shui Your Office for More Clients and Prosperity, combining time management, de-cluttering and organization, feng shui and changing unwanted habits and beliefs. With this course comes the following:
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