When you think about getting organized, do you resemble Homer Simpson sitting on a couch watching television? Do you think to yourself "That is too much work. I don't even know where to begin. Never mind. I'll deal with it another day."?
Well, the good news is, you don't have to be like Homer Simpson. You can get organized! It's as easy as 1-2-3.
Here are three simple organizing ideas for things you can accomplish on a day when you decide to stay home and curl up on the couch. You don't need to feel like a couch potato - you can feel productive instead!
1. Sort through your magazines and catalogs. Curl up on that comfy couch, gather up your large stack of magazines and catalogs and take an hour to read them. Then, recycle. If you decide to hold on to a few articles, rip them out of the magazine and either scan them into your computer or put them into a designated place for safe keeping. (A binder, hanging folder or accordion file are some suggestions.) Choose the items you wish to purchase NOW from the catalogs and mark the pages with a post-it note. If you do not intend to make your purchase now, recycle the catalog. I promise another issue is on its way to you as we speak! Say goodbye to your Oprah magazine from 2010!
2. Sort through photographs. Again, curl up on that couch. This time, grab your box (or boxes) of photographs and sort them on your coffee table by date or occasion. Use an acid free photo box and create categories for your pictures and toss them in. Enjoy going down memory lane while getting organized at the same time!
3. Review your email. Get on the couch this time and bring your laptop computer with you. Take some time to catch up on your email. If you have been storing your email in your "In Box" only, take this time to create categories for those you wish to save. (Just be selective about what you are keeping or this can become clutter too.) Take a selected amount of time to read and reduce the amount of email in your "in box" and get rid of those you no longer need or want. You will feel so much better the next time you visit your email account and see that it is down to a reasonable number.
Now, if you are ready to get off that couch and get some other organizing projects completed but are feeling overwhelmed and need some assistance to stay motivated, focused and clear on how to get the job done, get in touch with me at A Better Space. I am here to help.