Paper

Focus on Action

Like you, I struggle with paper.  I no sooner get my desk cleared off than it gets covered up again with the next day’s mail.   I’ve written about my struggle and my strategies for mastering paper in some of my previous organizing tips, most notably Divide and Conquer the Pile and What Color is Your Desk? Attacking a pile of paper is very intimidating.  It can be time-consuming to figure out what needs to be done with each piece of paper.  If you’re like…

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Will This Magazine Change Your Life?

I’ve noticed a curious thing when I work with clients who hold on to unread magazines and newspapers for months, sometimes years.  These folks get very emotional when you try to convince them that they should let these old periodicals go.  They panic at the thought of letting the stories leave their home unread. I call these people “information hoarders”.  Once information comes through the front door, it can’t leave unless it has been read.  It doesn’t matter how old…

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In Love With Evernote

I consider myself pretty tech savvy for a Digital Immigrant (i.e., someone who grew up when the world was still primarily analog).  However, I am not one to jump on the tech bandwagon every time the next big thing comes out.  I prefer to wait until it has more stability and until I perceive a personal need for it. That’s why I did not immediately start using Evernote even though many of my organizing colleagues swore by it.  When I first heard…

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In Praise of Automatic Bill Pay

Have you ever felt stressed because you knew you had bills due but weren’t sure where the bills were or if you had missed the deadline?  Have you ever been charged a late fee?  Have you ever spent hours on the phone trying to straighten out a bill payment that was never received? If these sound like common occurrences in your life, I have three words for you: automatic bill pay.

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Ditching Some Tax Paperwork

Let’s assume that you dutifully filed your 2013 taxes in recent months.  You’ve got to hold on to your supporting paperwork for three years, since that is how long the federal government has if they decide to audit you.   (If that number surprises you, see my earlier post entitled “How Long Should I Keep My Personal Tax Records?”)  Most states — including my state, New York — also only have three years to audit you.   (You can check your state here.)…

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