Thursday, January 17, 2008
How To Get Organized-Finally!
To get some tips on overcoming our worst string-saving instincts, I turned to a top professional organizer, Mia Lotringer, who runs C'est Fini! in Los Angeles (www.cestfini.com). What follows are her suggestions.
- Open your mail every day. Or make a weekly appointment with yourself—and don't break it!—to open all your mail and pay all your bills.
- Set up a weekly appointment with yourself to do the food shopping—and create a meal plan for the week with all the necessary groceries—so that you won't need to go to the grocery store all the time.
- When you pick up your mail, always throw the junk mail out immediately. That leaves a smaller pile to contend with.
- Shred everything with your name, address, and any personal information, especially credit card offers and anything with your social security number.
- Once you have looked at a paper, take whatever action is needed right away.
- Always put the ball in other people's court. . . .
- Get virtual: anything that you can keep as a document on your computer, do! . . .
- Organize your computer. Try to get files off the desktop—they are visual clutter. . . .
- The biggest obstacle between you and your organized self is your fear of throwing things out. . . .
- Get over the emotional roadblock to getting organized. You must be willing to throw things out! . . .
- Go through your items quickly and make snap judgments—that first inclination is generally a good one. Then repeat the process. . . .
- If you really can't throw things out, I suggest staging those items out of your life . . . .
- If you are a frequent traveler, have a travel bag all ready to go, with toothbrush and miniature toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body cream, liquid body soap, sunscreen; razor; brush/comb. . . .
- Create a To Do or task list, if possible on your PDA. . . .
- Get a PDA. . . .
- Do not get overwhelmed. . . .