Organize Your Desktop

Organize Necessities On Your Desk

  •   In Boxes (To Do, Read, File)
  •   Out Box (Send, Mail)
  •   Computer
  •   Pen, Pencil cups
  •   Stapler
  •   Tape Dispenser
  •   Scissors
  •   Calendar/Desk Pad
  •   Tissue Box

If you don’t have drawers keep small items organized nearby in neat containers. Keep your desktop clear of any unnecessary items to help improve productivity. Minimize distractions by keeping your desktop neat and organized.

© 2012 Let’s Get It Together and Liz Mason

Organize Your Romance Headquarters

The middle of a landfill or dump site is not very sexy.

Designate your bedroom as romance headquarters. If there is only one zone in your entire home that you keep neat, and orderly choose this room. The bedroom is where you spend your last and first hours of the day. No one wants the added stress of having clutter there. Here are 10 steps to get you started making your in-home retreat possible.

  1. Pick up all the clothes and put them away. Vow to hang them up or put them in the laundry when you take them off.
  2. Keep dry cleaning put away in a separate hamper until you are ready to drop it  off.
  3. Say good-bye to the ragamuffin pajamas no matter how comfy.
  4. Buy new linen for the bed, something in colors you love.
  5. Remove the television.
  6. Set out a few favorite photos.
  7. Keep mail or bills far away, use another space.
  8. Turn the volume down on the phone, and don’t store any electronic devices in your bedroom. The red or green eyed monsters (charger lights) can interfere with your rest.
  9. Keep candles on-hand and maintain special lighting for late night reading.
  10. Make sure you have relaxing music close by.
  11. Use lavender pillow mist to spray on your sheets and set a relaxing mood.

Organizing your bedroom is a gift to yourself and a treat for your spouse.  Keep stress low by maintaining a comfortable, special space to retreat from the cares of life.

© 2016 Let’s Get It Together and Liz Mason

21 Things That Could Be Cluttering Your Life

  1. Old junk mail
  2. Old cookbooks you’ll never use
  3. Florist gift vases
  4. Grocery store and fast food receipts
  5. Expired coupons or coupons you will never use
  6. Invitations and save the date cards from past events
  7. Clothes that are torn, tattered and, worn out
  8. Old magazines that you’ve already read (pull out articles you want to keep)
  9. Old paint cans
  10. Socks with holes
  11. Old greeting cards
  12. Dishes you never use
  13. Pots and pans that you never use
  14. Expired spices
  15. Childhood trophies and stuffed animals
  16. Old faded linens
  17. Miscellaneous tableware
  18. Poor photos
  19. Broken electronic devices
  20. Manuals for old electronic items
  21. Cords from old electronic devices

Do yourself a favor! Print this list, then go through your home and clear out the clutter. Give yourself permission to get rid of those things you’ve been holding on to. If you have items of sentimental value, consider creating a photo library with captions online. Once you’ve taken your photos you can bless someone else by gifting those special items to someone who would really appreciate using them.

Starting NOW, commit to keeping clutter from crowding your life.

Clearly Organized Travel

Using clear plastic bags to organize for travel.

  Choose one large 1 quart bag for storing personal items. Transfer your liquids or gels into small 3.4 oz. size plastic bottles. Place all toiletries in the 1 quart size bag. Use a second plastic bag for all your non-liquid personal items.

•  Never use full size original bottles. When traveling upon an airliner you will need to adhere to the 3-1-1 rule established by the TSA.

•  In the hotel leave these plastic bags on the bathroom counter. All your grooming items are neatly together and conveniently located in one place.

•  Use small clear bags to keep different categories organized. By using clear bags you can easily spot what’s inside.

  Following these quick tips will make your travel much easier. Get a FREE download on how to organize one bag for your entire trip.

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Organize Bills Online

Save time and trees by paying your bills online

Do you usually sit down to pay your bills all at once? This process can be made almost completely effortless each month by using your bank’s  automatic bill paying service.

There are two options you can use, and in most cases both options are free.
1. Use your bank’s bill paying service and schedule the transaction through them.
2. Use your creditor’s bill paying service and preschedule your payment to come out of any checking account you choose.

Most services offer other convenient features like letting you know when your payment is received via email. You also can often have a reminder set up to email you a couple of days before payment due date is set, so you’re reminded of the deduction. Once you get your new service set up, notify your bank and creditors to stop sending paper statements, go completely paperless. You’ll love not getting all that extra mail. Check with your bank or creditor; all of these and more special services can usually be set up online to save you both time and money.

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The Stuff Stops Here

Realize You Are More Than a Conqueror

When taking on a huge organizing project make sure you pace yourself. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind.

  1. Break down your project into smaller bite size tasks.
  2. Stay focused on one thing at a time.
  3. Don’t expect a miracle overnight.
  4. Realize that having God’s best is not the same as having a lot of stuff.
  5. When things are organized you don’t waste time looking for it.
  6. ORGANIZING is Fun!

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One In and One Out

Make it a point to get rid of one thing

If you want to keep clutter at bay, follow this simple organizing rule. Before bringing something new into a particular space you must first:
1. Have a specific place to keep it.
2. Agree, that for every one thing you bring into the space one thing must go out.
This keeps you from accumulating unnecessary clutter and will also help curve  impulsive spending.

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Help I Need A Bigger Barn!

Perhaps you just need less stuff

Many people need better more efficient storage, but few rarely need more storage. Why not build a bigger barn, right? Often times the things you really want to keep that you obviously spent good money for end up being clutter. You’ll need to come to terms with whatever space constraints you have.  Strongly consider the decision of renting a storage unit or using the spare bedroom to store things you rarely ever use. Make a decision that supports your values and desires to live a simpler life.

If you have things you love, but honestly never use it’s likely time to part with them. The peace and clarity that you will experience when your home is free of all the clutter will make you ask one question. Why, oh why didn’t I do this sooner? Eliminate clutter so you can breathe again.

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Take A Load Off

Set your purse or briefcase on the scale

Have you ever wondered why your back hurts at the end of the day? You could be causing yourself unnecessary pain by carrying all that stuff around, just in case you need it one day. Take 5 minutes to first weigh your bag and then scale down its contents to a more reasonable level. Free yourself from the what-ifs… I may need it later or I may have several unexpected emergencies.

You are likely doing physical harm to your body if you are lugging pounds of unnecessary belongings daily. Try storing some of these items neatly in the trunk of your car. This way you can put your mind at ease. If you do happen to need them they are only a short distance away and available at a moments notice.

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Help To Get Started

Enlist a trusted friend, to help you get things underway

If you are having a tough time getting started on organizing your closet, enlist and friend for support. You will find motivation and encouragement to make difficult decisions about what to keep, toss and donate. Make sure you plan a special treat to reward the two of you once your project is complete. Reciprocate the favor and offer to help your friend organize her closet for the spring.

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