Carleen Wild and I discussed local shredding events and how to keep your paperwork organized. There are still several shredding events coming up in the Madison area…contact Organizing Madison for more details.
Tax season is wrapping up, and it’s the perfect time to clean and organize all of your paperwork and files. A number of upcoming shredding events in the Madison area will make this task a lot easier. Check out the links below for details about the events:
4/15-4/16/2011: Kard Recycling
numerous events from 4/16-6/4/2011: Pelliterri Shredding Events
5/29/2011: UW Credit Union
Confused about which documents to keep and which to toss? Here are a few links that will help make your decisions a little easier:
Home office, before:
By utilizing storage boxes, vertical sorters and binders, we were able to create order out of the piles. Everything has been assigned a place to make it easy to quickly find things and to maintain the order. Organizational products can be found pretty much anywhere these days, but some of my favorites include Ikea, The Container Store, Target, Menards and Office Depot.
Check out the lastest NBC15 segment with Organizing Madison!
“Organizing your Office”
Home Office Organization
Home offices can be a challenge to keep neat and organized. Whether or not you actually work from home, we all are inundated by paperwork: bills, statements, kids’ stuff, ads, etc.
The following tips will help you to manage the piles that build up in your home office:
- Think before you file. Do you really need it? According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), 80% of papers that are filed are never referenced again.
- Clear the Junk Mail Clutter
Go through your mail immediately and shred or discard all junk mail before it becomes a pile on the desktop.
- Control Magazine Build-up
If you subscribe to magazines for information, rather than keep the entire magazine, tear out the articles that you will use. Place them in page protectors and then into a binder labeled with that magazine’s name or file them according to topic so you can reference them when you need them
- Stop the Subscriptions!
Be realistic. If you find that you have no time to read, don’t torture yourself by continuing to subscribe. Only subscribe to the magazines that you enjoy and really add value to your life.
- Stop printing! Print only what you absolutely need.
- “More than 40% of printouts are discarded within 24 hours.” (Daniel Lyons, “The Paper Chasers,” Newsweek 12/01/09, Statistics, Xerox Research)
- Keep kids’ stuff under control No need to keep every spelling test or art project.
- Have your kids help you decide what to keep and what can go
- Frame your favorite pieces of artwork
- Take pictures to keep the memory of their work before you toss it.
Food for thought: Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in the average home. (National Soap and Detergent Association)