Struggling with paperwork and filing? Check out this handy 1-page reference document, “What Paperwork to Keep and For How Long?” Thoughts on this? Other ideas? Post a comment, or write to Crystal and let her know!
To help prevent identity theft, shred anything that has your: birth date, signature, account number, password, or social security number And for Pete’s sake, please shred all credit card applications! Not all shredders are created equal! I recommend investing in a high quality, cross-cut (rather than vertical cut) shredder. Fellowes makes excellent shredders which will … Read moreWhat to shred to prevent identify theft
Clearing out the attic or garage, and thinking about selling your unwanted items online? Here’s some advice from my experience about items that tend to sell best (i.e., quickly and easily) on Craigslist: Furniture Sporting goods and camping gear Small kitchen appliances Musical instruments Lawn equipment Pet-related items Automobiles Electronics can sell well, but it … Read moreStuff that sells best on Craigslist
There are many ways to stop forgetting birthdays, but the following is one I recommend. First of all, I hope you use an online calendar like Google Calendar. Someday soon I’m going to post about all the many, many benefits of using Google Calendar, only one of which is to help you stop forgetting people’s … Read moreHow to stop forgetting people’s birthdays
Few people realize that in most towns across the USA, mixed paper can be recycled with your weekly recycling pick-up. To find out whether your town does, Google your local solid waste management program. You can also check Earth911 to find a drop-off center near you. What is mixed paper? Paper of all kinds – … Read moreAnother green idea for reducing clutter
STOCK UP. Stocking your paperwork processing area with envelopes, return address labels and plenty of stamps will encourage bill paying and reduce procrastination!
This week, my friend Julia attended a workshop called “Reboot Your Work: Modern Methods for Productivity, Sanity, and Control”, presented by productivity consultant Matt Cornell. (Oooh! I wish I could have gone too!!) I thought Matt had a good suggestion for people whose e-mail inboxes are out of control. One not-so-productive workshop trainee (we’ll call … Read moreGet your e-mail inbox into shape
You’ve just bought a new laptop, printer, cell phone, camera or other gadget. Great! But now you’ve got a bunch of peripheral junk to contend with. When it comes to accessories, manuals and packaging, most folks are paralyzed with decisions. Will I need this? What should I keep? So they don’t take action and instead … Read moreHow to stop drowning in gadgetry
My wallet was getting too full of membership and frequent buyer cards, so I invented a system to maintain a sleek and orderly wallet: I took all the cards out and put them on a binder ring! Not only does my wallet look a lot better now, but my cards are easy to find when … Read moreDeclutter your wallet!
Another reason I use a Web site called Backpack to organize my whole life is the ability to make simple and very useful daily task lists. I create a separate list for each day, all of which reside on one Backpack page entitled “Crystal’s To Do List”. When I get something done, I check it … Read moreHooray for daily task lists!