I love January!
It is so clean and clear and pleasant!
Ahh, SoCal, I love you!
AND NOW: Onward to the business of the month; that is, DE-CLUTTERING and CLEANING. Beginning with my weakest point: Finances
I didn't realize it, but I have already begun! I emptied out my financial file so I could prepare for income taxes. I do mean emptied out! Here is my method:
*[NOTE: The first part of the method pertains to all areas of de-cluttering.]*
FIRST: Take everything out of the drawer. Yes, I mean EVERYTHING ... Wipe the drawer out with a soft rag. See? Success! The drawer is completely de-cluttered!
What? That's not enough? Sure it is!
Oh! Now you want to know what to do with the clutter OUTSIDE the file?
OK, here goes...
SECOND: Put back into the drawer only the essential files you will need in the upcoming year.
For Example: I pulled everything out, right? There are stacks of files on my desk. Now I go through them generally. This means that I sort by tax, warranty product info and general receipts.
NOTE: My file system in general terms goes like this:
Front Hanging file holds the folder marked Stress-Relief. It holds the emergency candy bar. Ha Ha, Just kidding. (But don't you like that idea?)
HANGING FILES with general label (ABC) - folders more specifically labeled (123)
A - Money files
1 - Budget lists: past lists to compare with new budget
2 - Wish List: things I would like to save for
3 - Coupons & discounts: AAA discounts list, Senior citizen discounts booklet, etc.
[Store coupons are another organizational item for discussion (later)]
B - Address file
1 - Ward lists, neighbors & friends lists
2 - Web addresses, user names, etc.
3 - Pending correspondence (to answer)
4 - Stickers and stamps folder with postage and return address labels
5 - Birthday/anniversary lists of my friends, kids, and grands
C - General Records file
1 - Veterinary file for pets
2 - Doctor/Dentist list or business cards
3 - Essential prescription information
4 - "File" folder for items I don't have time to place in their specific folders (clean out monthly)
Next Post: ALPHABETICAL ORDER files. (More specific files.)