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Working In Your Pajamas

It’s a bit of a cliché, but one of the things I love about owning a home-based business is that I can work in my pajamas. My morning routine for several years has been like this: I read the New York Times over breakfast, and when I’m done, I go over to the computer to review my e-mail.  Then I’ll take care of a few things that need to be done that day.  Only then do I get dressed and ready for…

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Things to Have in Every Room

It may sound counter-intuitive, but sometimes the cure for clutter is having multiples of certain things. Take, for example, a pair of scissors.   How often have you gone into another room to get the scissors, brought them back to where you needed them, used them, and then neglected to return them to their usual place?   Days later, you go to get the scissors and they are aren’t where you expect them to be, resulting in lost time to search for them,…

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Word of the Year

I’ve written in the past about New Year’s Resolutions and how they are destined to fail without proper planning.  (See Say “No” to New Year’s Resolutions and Setting Monthly Goals Instead Of New Year’s Resolutions). This year, I’m trying something different.  I’ve chosen a “Word of the Year” using Christine Kane’s Word of the Year Discovery Tool.  (Thanks to my organizing colleague Janine Adams of St. Louis for bringing this to my attention). My word of the year is Balance.  It encompasses the business and…

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Reducing Your Pile Of Mail

Mail / Paper / Physical Clutter / 

I have previously written about how to greatly reduce your pile of snail mail by opening the envelopes, removing the fluff, and unfolding the important papers.  (See Honey, I Shrunk the Mail.) In that organizing tip, I coined the term “paper thickness”.  A single piece of paper is one paper thickness.  A piece of paper folded in thirds, such as when inserted into a business envelope, is three paper thicknesses – three times as thick as when it is unfolded.  An envelope is two…

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Why Have A File Cabinet?

I didn’t always own a file cabinet.  During my 25-year business career, I always had multiple file cabinets in my office, but I never even considered owning one at home.  I viewed file cabinets as clunky metal things that didn’t fit into any type of home décor. A few years before I left Corporate America , my supervisor worked with an efficiency expert who got all her papers in order.  She was so impressed that she authorized all of her direct…

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