Organizing Challenges Mini Organizing Challenges: November There are 4 weeks in November and this month’s challenge theme is Organizing Your Paper. Here are your mini weekly challenges... Week 1: Recycle as much “loose paper” as you can.  One of the biggest paper challenges most people are dealing with is “volume.” There’s just so much, and it can seem overwhelming. Each day this week, invest 15 minutes in recycling paper you really don’t need that is on your kitchen table, your desk, your credenza, etc. Grab a pile and try to recycle at least 50% or more of it. Remember, most of what you need these days can be found online, so only retain it if you absolutely need to for legal or tax reasons…or if it’s really something you require a hard copy of and/or can’t access online. (For tax paperwork, keep 7 year’s worth and no more, unless you’re in danger of getting audited. Recycle anything older, except for current deeds, warranties that are still effective, and the like. Week 2: Weed out 10 file folders each day. Next, go into your filing cabinet. Choose a file folder that’s “thick” with papers and weed it out, recycling whatever you don’t need (shred first if the paper contains current account numbers.) Do this for 10 file folders each day. By the end of 7 days, you will have emptied out 70 file folders. Week 3: Sort your unopened mail. Sort out your mail into piles: junk mail, bills to be paid, papers to be filed, papers that require action, papers that belong to someone else in your family, and mail to read. o Get rid of junk mail immediately. Recycle it. o Put your bills into a Bill Paying folder and pay them as soon as you can. HOWEVER, consider switching over to paperless bills, opting to receive them via email instead. o File any mail you absolutely need to keep. HOWEVER, consider switching statements and other papers that need to be filed away to digital versions. o Handle any mail that requires action (like wedding invitation RSVPs), or put them in a TO DO folder to be handled at your earliest convenience. o Deliver mail that belongs to someone else, or place in a mail station, in that person’s folder or tray. o Place mail to read in your reading folder and schedule time to plow through it. HOWEVER, be discerning. Not everything you get in the mail has to be read. Week 4: Catch up on your filing backlog. If you have a backlog of filing to do, this is the week to file as much as you can. Set aside at least 15 minutes a night to do this and get the necessary papers into your filing cabinet or file boxes…whatever you’re using for storing paper. You may have to pick up a box of file folders and labels before you begin.
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Organizing Challenges Mini Organizing Challenges: November There are 4 weeks in November and this month’s challenge theme is Organizing Your Paper. Here are your mini weekly challenges... Week 1: Recycle as much “loose paper” as you can. One of the biggest paper challenges most people are dealing with is “volume.” There’s just so much, and it can seem overwhelming. Each day this week, invest 15 minutes in recycling paper you really don’t need that is on your kitchen table, your desk, your credenza, etc. Grab a pile and try to recycle at least 50% or more of it. Remember, most of what you need these days can be found online, so only retain it if you absolutely need to for legal or tax reasons…or if it’s really something you require a hard copy of and/or can’t access online. (For tax paperwork, keep 7 year’s worth and no more, unless you’re in danger of getting audited. Recycle anything older, except for current deeds, warranties that are still effective, and the like. Week 2: Weed out 10 file folders each day. Next, go into your filing cabinet. Choose a file folder that’s “thick” with papers and weed it out, recycling whatever you don’t need (shred first if the paper contains current account numbers.) Do this for 10 file folders each day. By the end of 7 days, you will have emptied out 70 file folders. Week 3: Sort your unopened mail. Sort out your mail into piles: junk mail, bills to be paid, papers to be filed, papers that require action, papers that belong to someone else in your family, and mail to read. o Get rid of junk mail immediately. Recycle it. o Put your bills into a Bill Paying folder and pay them as soon as you can. HOWEVER, consider switching over to paperless bills, opting to receive them via email instead. o File any mail you absolutely need to keep. HOWEVER, consider switching statements and other papers that need to be filed away to digital versions. o Handle any mail that requires action (like wedding invitation RSVPs), or put them in a TO DO folder to be handled at your earliest convenience. o Deliver mail that belongs to someone else, or place in a mail station, in that person’s folder or tray. o Place mail to read in your reading folder and schedule time to plow through it. HOWEVER, be discerning. Not everything you get in the mail has to be read. Week 4: Catch up on your filing backlog. If you have a backlog of filing to do, this is the week to file as much as you can. Set aside at least 15 minutes a night to do this and get the necessary papers into your filing cabinet or file boxes…whatever you’re using for storing paper. You may have to pick up a box of file folders and labels before you begin.
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