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Say “No” to New Year’s Resolutions

What is it about the turning of the calendar from December 31 to January 1 that makes us think that we suddenly have the ability to exercise more, spend more time with our families, and get organized? There is nothing magical about that switch from one day to another, yet most of us continue to set ourselves up for failure by vowing to be different people in the new year. Here’s a much more achievable way to make changes to your…

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The Power of Labeling

Two of my basic organizing principles are:  (1) Every item must have a home, and (2) Keep like with like. By selecting a home for every item, you know where to look for it when you need it, and you know where to put it away when you are done.  By keeping like with like, you avoid creating multiple homes for similar things. I’ve discovered a great way to reinforce these two principles: labeling.

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Organize Your Handbag with These Great Inserts

If you’ve been reading my Organizing Tip of the Week for a while, you’ll know that an organized handbag is one of my obsessions.  Living in New York City means that I have to carry everything with me in my travels about town, which will be on foot or via public transportation — no glove compartment, back seat, or trunk!   So I appreciate being able to stay organized on the go.

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Get Ready for Tax Time

Now that March has arrived, it’s time to get your tax papers organized so that you can meet the April 15 deadline without any last-minute scrambling. You’ll be able to gather 80% of your information pretty quickly — but the last 20% will take a lot of time!  By getting started now, you’ll be able to identify which information is going to be the hardest to obtain, and you can start the wheels turning while there is still sufficient lead…

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