Adult ED class: FREE YOURSELF FROM PAPER CLUTTER

cluttered table

FREE YOURSELF FROM PAPER CLUTTER

From junk mail to important documents, we all have paper clutter in our homes and offices. If we don’t spend time getting rid of it, it will completely take over. Organizing the pile can be an overwhelming task, and this class will explore the causes of clutter, systems to organize it, and habits to maintain organization. Through a focused presentation and discussion, you will explore with a professional coach how to overcome the roadblocks to clear your paper clutter. You’ll soon be on your way to prepare your paperwork for tax season.

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Instructor: Judy Eisenberg
Dates:  Tuesday,  October 24, 2017
Time:  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM M 1
Tuition: $28.00
Location: Brookline High School,
Room: TBA, 115 Greenough Street Brookline, MA 02445

bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us   617-730-2700

Seven Days of Organizing TIPS – Day # 7 – ‘Round-up Your Pens and Pencils’

DAY # 7 – TIP # 7

‘Round-up Your Pens and Pencils’

I bet you have at least one drawer, box or pen/pencil container that is filled to the brim. I did! Gather all these pens and pencils and separate them into two piles.

If the pens don’t write, throw them out. There will probably be pens that still write that you never use, or don’t like, so give them away to a local charity. And, if you have extra pen cartridges, and don’t know what pens they go to, get rid of them, or they’ll remain as clutter.

Sharpen all decent pencils. Toss all pencil stubs. If you’ve got any mechanical pencils, check them to see if they contain lead; if not refill them. You may have used them extensively so that the erasers on top are worn flat. If so, you can get rid of the ‘dead’ eraser one’s.

And, then there’s your magic markers! (they constitute a third pile to sort through) Test them also, and if the points are dried up or if the markings are too pale, throw them away.

Keep pencils in one container and pens & markers in another. Label each container so you don’t mix them up. 

If you have too many pens, pencils and markers, let me know how the sorting, purging, and paring down goes.  You’ll feel  better when you keep only the ones you need.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

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Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

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You know you do when:
  • It’s hard to part with items and clothing that you don’t use
  • Your closets are filled to the brim and overflowing
  • Stacks of newspapers and magazines are piled sky high
  • You are embarrassed or ashamed to invite people over
  • Your stuff is hindering your ability to function
  • Your clutter controls you

You’d like to get organized without any help but:

  • You just don’t know where to begin
  • Anxiety, shame, fear, procrastination are some of your road blocks
  • You may not be at the stage where you are ready to let go.

If you are ready; some tips for you to get organized on your own:

  • This process can be anxiety provoking, so TAKE BABY STEPS
  • Select one specific area you would like to un-clutter in your home or office such as the surface of a coffee table, or the top of the file cabinet.
  • Take the items off that surface and sort them into five separate piles. Categorize the piles as: recycle, throw away, give away, charity, keep.
  • Label five grocery sized bags, or plastic kitchen trash bags with the titles: RECYCLE, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY, CHARITY, KEEP.
  • Once you’ve got the items into sorted piles, go through each item and ask yourself:  Do I need this?  Do I love this? Will I really use this?  Am I willing to recycle it, throw or give it away?  As you make your decisions, put each item into the appropriate bag, and then distribute the items to their appropriate place.
  • Be sure to reward yourself for taking these baby steps!

Continuing the organizing process:

  • If this process was doable and not anxiety provoking, keep choosing small areas in your home or office and repeat the steps until you have cleaned up the clutter.
  • If it is difficult for you to even take the first step, think about contacting a Professional Organizer in your vicinity to help you let go and get organized.
If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Are You the Cause of Your Own Disorganization?

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Four years ago I wrote a post for my Clutter Clearer Coach website on some of the reasons that account for my own, and other’s disorganization. When not in the field with organizing clients or doing gardening for clients, I work from home on my business paper work, invoices, marketing and blog. It’s interesting how I followed my own advice for quite a while, and now this many years later, when at my computer desk, I check my emails, Facebook page and weather.com too often, almost as often as I did four years ago.

So, I commit myself again to only checking my emails a few times each day instead of every fifteen or twenty minutes when I am at my desk. I know by doing so, I will have more time to spend doing other things such as relaxing with a mug of tea, taking care of my own garden, and doing yoga and meditating.

Do you find that you are addicted to looking at your emails, Facebook page, on-line news, podcasts and videos? How often do you check your smartphone, iPad, or computer for the latest messages from friends, list serves, and cute cat or other animal videos on your Facebook page?  I’m thinking often.

Here are some of the most common causes of disorganization:

– Losing things (like keys, eyeglasses)
– Checking email and Facebook frequently
– Spending too much time talking on the phone
– Not having a daily/weekly plan to follow
– Ignoring the clutter because you are too busy

Here are some solutions that will save you time, and keep you more organized:

– Use an in-basket/bowl in a central place for keys, glasses, cell phone, etc..(it’s nice to find them in the same location all the time)
– Schedule several times a day to check email and Facebook (it’s not going anywhere)
– Limit the time you talk on the phone (use a kitchen timer, and get to the point)
– Schedule your to-do’s and appointments in your calendar (to stay on track)
– Designate short blocks of time to get organized (like 1 hour, once per week)

Try putting these solutions to the test, and you’ll notice that you are more organized and have more time!  I’d love to know how following these steps changes your life.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a 

FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at:
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net or 617-776-8382

The Difference between Cluttered and Organized

Have you ever thought about the meaning of these words? And how they relate to you?

Cluttered Office

Organzed office

Below are distinguishing definitions I have quoted from http://Dictionary.com/
with some of my own thoughts added.

CLUTTER

noun: clut•ter
1. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: “It’s impossible to find anything in all this clutter.”

verb: clut•tered, clut•ter•ing, clut•ters
1. To make disorderly or hard to use or find by filling or covering with things. “Boxes filled with all kinds of stuff cluttered the living room.”

ORGANIZE

verb: or•gan•ize, or•gan•ized, or•gan•iz•ing, or•gan•iz•es
1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole. “We are organizing all of the books.”
2. To arrange in a coherent form; systematize: “Organize your file cabinet using the alphabetical, chronological, color-coded, or like-with-like method.”

I imagine that you’d prefer an organized space over a cluttered one. It’s never too late to begin to sort through your things and make decisions as to what to do with them; give away, throw away, recycle, shred, keep. Start today using baby steps to get rid of your clutter and get organized. Ask a friend, family member, or professional organizer to help so you don’t have to do this alone. And, let me know how it goes.

To schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net