quote: make tomorrow count

xcalendar by Stuart Miles

Photo by Stuart Miles

While I wholeheartedly believe in using your time well every day, I believe just as truly that you can’t beat yourself up for what you haven’t done.

No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. – Denis Waitley

Let go of the yesterdays that weren’t so productive. Tomorrow is a great day to start making changes. Commit to yourself that you’ll start tomorrow, though, not some day, because then you’ll keep feeling bad about not getting things done.

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3 ways to make the most of your space

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Whether you live in a large home or a tiny house, you need to easily access the things you use regularly and store the things you use less often.

  1. Decide and divide. Choose the most meaningful and useful things to keep in your immediate space. Things that are used less frequently can be stored in areas that are more difficult to access, and items that serve no purpose can be given away or thrown out.
  2. Rename your closets. Linen, coat, utility or laundry closets can be used for much more than their intended purposes. You might, for example, store sheets in the bedroom so you have room in the linen closet for toiletries, lightbulbs, a tool box or groceries.
  3. Avoid towering stacks. You want to quickly grab the items that you use every day, and stacks of clothes, books or pans can fall over when you pull out the one you want. Instead, create smaller groupings so you don’t have to relocate numerous other things to get to your desired item.

Making room for the things you value will make your life easier. You’ll save time you spent searching for things and you’ll save money by not purchasing things you already have.

Have you found ways to maximize your space?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by MarcieTM
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clutter roundup

xCluttered basement
Here are some of the most popular articles about clutter that I have mentioned on twitter recently:

10 small ways to declutter on the fly from @bemorewithless

Decluttering can become a problem when driven by obsessive thoughts by @leslieagarrett for @TheAtlantic

Spring cleaning tips to clean your cyber clutter from @staysafeonline

When mom and dad are gone, how to let go of a lifetime of possessions from @washingtonpost

Do you have a favorite clutter story?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by MarcieTM
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product review – free credit report

Magnifying glass by KeeratiYou are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus every year.  Make sure you aren’t lured by a Web site that looks free, but isn’t – see the alert from the Federal Trade Commission. A smart way to keep an eye on your credit report is to space out your requests, so you’re checking every four months. Put the tasks on your calendar so they happen annually and you don’t forget.

While you’re at it, get a copy of your Social Security statement annually and make sure your contributions all have been credited.

Do you check your credit report?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by MarcieTM
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reader question – safe storage for memorabilia

xSaving StuffJust in time for National Preservation Month, a reader asked how to manage paperwork related to her genealogy hobby.

Family-history projects generate a large amount of paperwork, some of which is original and needs to be treated carefully. Photocopies of documents can be stored in files or binders; however, if you want photos and old documents to last, they should be kept in materials that are archivally safe.

You might collect other items that need to be protected from aging elements. Before you buy plastic protectors, tissue paper, boxes and other storage containers, look for certification from organizations that certify archival quality. For detailed information on how to safely store your collection, take a look at Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, by Louisa Jaggar and Don Williams, my go-to book for advice on caring for just about anything.

Do you have specific products you like to safely store your hobby or collection?

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breeding paperwork

File6At one of my recent presentations, someone from the audience said that he wasn’t able to stay on top of the papers on his desk because they “just multiply.”

I hope I didn’t sound disrespectful when I replied that paper does not breed freely in captivity. The reason it appears that paper “multiplies” is because it isn’t being addressed in a timely manner.

You can keep your workspace clear with a few simple steps:

  1. Print less, save less. Before you print a document, ask yourself if you can save it (and retrieve it) electronically. When you receive printed materials, scan what it makes sense to keep and discard the rest.
  2. Put things away after you use them. This prevents your handling the same paper multiple times or mistakenly sticking something into the wrong file.
  3. End each workday with a clean desk. Set out only what you need to start the next day – your calendar, meeting agenda, notes for the project you need to finish that day, etc.

If you want to end your paper-breeding program, start with one of the new behaviors, practice it regularly and it will become habit. When you have it down, add another.

Do you have a technique for keeping paper from overwhelming your workspace?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by MarcieTM
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scrapbooking your memories

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pinterestMay is National Scrapbooking Month and this Saturday, May 7, is Scrapbook Day.

I have kept scrapbooks since I was a kid, pasting in bits of stuff that I wanted to remember. Recently I took apart all my old scrapbooks because they were not holding up well; the photos yellowed and the paper was beginning to disintegrate.

I considered putting everything into a new, photo-safe scrapbook, but going digital seems to make more sense. There are many companies who will turn your mementoes into a book and you can choose to discard the crumbling originals or keep them in a safer box or file.

I still enjoy scrapbooking with paper and stickers; however, given all the options for digital scrapbooks, I wonder how much longer people will go the old-fashioned route.

Do you keep scrapbooks? Have you tried digital scrapbooking?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by MarcieTM
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