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Organizing Medical Records

Medical records come into our lives in a variety of ways. Sometimes we walk out of the doctor’s office with papers in hand. Sometimes they get sent to us via snail mail or e-mail. Frequently, they appear in electronic portals such as MyChart. That can make it hard to figure out what to keep and how to keep it. Let’s start by delineating the different types of medical info that will come your way: Bills and receipts Insurance forms Explanation…

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An Organizing Fail

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My daughter recently said, “Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to get organized”, and I had to agree with her. Here’s what happened. My 23-year old was in the first wave of workers eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. When she came home after her first dose in January, I asked her for her vaccination card and told her that I would put it in a safe place. A month later, on the day of her second dose, she came to me…

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The Perils of Outdated Papers

When clients contact me for help with managing papers, I always ask them, “Do you have a file cabinet?” The answer almost always is, “Yes, but it’s full.” Usually their file cabinet is full with outdated papers that haven’t been reviewed in a long time. One of the first things I’ll do when I work with these clients is go through the old files and get rid of anything that is no longer relevant. Going through old papers is time-consuming, but it’s…

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A Pile of Postponed Decisions

Does your desk have a pile of papers on it that never goes away? Mine does. It gets smaller (sometimes) and larger (mostly), but it’s always there. My very wise organizing colleague, Barbara Hemphill, declared that “Clutter is postponed decisions.®” Nowhere is this more evident than in the pile of papers on my desk. It is a pile of postponed decisions. Last month, when our illustrious Governor Cuomo declared that everyone should be staying home, I decided that I would tackle…

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My New Favorite Shredder

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The last time I wrote about a shredder was in 2013. (See My Favorite Shredder). I had become infatuated with my client’s shredder because it was so easy to empty. When mine bit the dust a couple of years later, I got the chance to buy that shredder for myself. Recently, my shredder started sending clear indications that it was on its last legs. (Do shredders have legs?) Unfortunately, Fellowes no longer made that model, but I selected another model that has…

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