Tips to Tackling Paper Clutter

See Lisa on Fox 11 ‘Living With Amy.

Tools Needed for Paper Organizing Process:

Recycle bin
2 “Keep” piles bins/baskets
Photo boxes

Steps to Organize Paper:

– Gather all loose paper in the house (leave files alone for later)

-Decide what space the “keep” pile is going in and how you will organize that space (use the wall with files or on counter up-right files or actual baskets/bins)

-Sit down and begin (don’t spend a lot of time reminiscing)

-Divide paper into:
Immediate Action Bin – bills, invite responses, school forms
Short-term Action Bin – receipts, school year info, monthly dues, deposits/ATM slips
Long-Term ActionFile Cabinet –Keep 1-3 yrs.: paychecks, Mortgage statements, Charitable contributions, Insurance records, Income related documents
7 years: State and Federal taxes, W-2 and 1099, Receipts used as tax deductions, Cancelled checks, Mileage reports, Real estate records

Steps to Staying organized:

Create a Command Center
▪ Calendar
▪ Chalk board-message center
▪ Immediate action bins
▪ Short-term action bins
▪ Place for receipts

Go through mail immediately-as you’re walking into the house and put in appropriate locations-discard junk mail

Rip out articles from magazines and newspapers and discard the rest

Try going paperless.

Scan important documents and photos into computer-remember to back-up computer

Pantry Make-Over

Watch Lisa on ‘Living With Amy’ pantry makeover Feb. 9, 2019

See the BIG REVEAL of this beautifully organized pantry as she helps her client “FREE” herself from the stress of disorganization!

Pantry Before LeanKlean

Pantry Before LeanKlean

Pantry after Lean Klean

At the heart of it

Humans were created to crave and need relationships.  How are yours going?  Having an organized and efficient home can help you with the very issue you crave; relationships.  Less time looking for items, shopping for items, and cleaning up unneeded clutter; will give you the time you need with those you love.

Advertising tells us that we need certain products in order for our life to run smoothly and efficiently.  However, many times the very products which claim to help us actually hurt us.  I’m not talking about physical pain; I’m talking about emotional pain.  Take a look at the cellphones, computers, iPads and all the other products that promise we will have more time with the ones we love if we just use these items.  Do these items actually provide you with more time with relationships you care about or do they distract you?  I know in my home, I have to work very hard at pulling my family away from these items just to bring us together to keep our relationships alive and thriving.

  1.  The kitchen is considered the heart of the home.  Create a flow with the cabinets, counters and appliances that will allow multiple people to cook at the same time.  Achieving a task while building relationship; bonus!
  2. Visual clutter causes emotional stress.  It’s hard to build relationship when you’re stressed.  Take the next week and clear the clutter from the room you spend the most time in.  Try to get the ones you love to help.
  3. Make clean up fun.  Put on a really fun song and allow yourself and your “crew” to clean as fast as you can till the end of the song.  It really is fun!!

It’s time to enjoy life and relationship!

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Will 2019 Be a “New” Year?

As we look back to another year gone by, we think ahead to the things we want to change in the up-coming year to make it a better one.  Here comes the New Year’s resolutions.  We join health clubs to get healthy; we hire financial advisors to get our money in order; we buy products to help us stop smoking and we take classes to become further educated.  Among the top ten resolutions made are getting organized and being less- stressed.  These two actually go hand-in-hand; the more organized you become, the less stress you will have.  Most of the resolutions made require help from the outside, yet we try to get organized all on our own.  They require changing long-time habits, but we think we are strong enough to go it alone.  Hence, why getting organized is among the top five resolutions that fall quickly by the way-side.  Why try to do it alone?

  • Make an appointment with a trusted friend or relative and be accountable to it. Make sure it is someone you trust to be honest with you in the tough decisions; someone who will be able to ask you the right questions and give helpful advice. Have them over and explain to them where you want to become more organized.  Develop a list of action plans to accomplish in a desired length of time and ask them to return to see your accomplishments.
  • You may want to begin organizing in the area which causes you the most stress.  It will give you great relief.
  • Also, discuss with your family your plans to get organized and explain that you need their support.  There’s nothing worse than someone coming along behind you and un-organizing you!
  • Making labels, laminating pictures and color-coding things are great tools to help in the organization process.
  • Throw out anything that gives you negative thoughts or feelings.  Who needs um?

Getting organized and relieving stress does not have to be a daunting task when there is someone along- side you to assist with the job.  With their help, you can make this a “New” year.

Avoid a School Year of Stress!

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are coming to an end which means the school year is winding up.  With that brings days of early rising, lunches to be made, car pooling to events and the dreaded homework.  All of the craziness of the up-coming school days can bring upon a home lots of tention if there are not processes set up in advance to insure things runs smoothly and without stress.  To avoid the clutter and chaos that can happen to you and your household, stay on top of things from the beginning.  Follow these few simple tips to avoid a school year of stress.

  1. Sunday night is a key night to the whole week.  Take some time on Sunday to relax but then prepare yourself for your week ahead.  Plan your week of meals in advance and make sure you have the groceries on hand to accomplish the meals.  You may have to go to the grocery store but one time on Sunday is better than during the week when you and the family are hungry and tired and sick of running around.  Preparing meals in advance will help you eat healthier too.
  2. Make lunches the night before while you are preparing dinner
  3. Have a dry erase board placed where everyone can see the schedule for the week to avoid any surprises or “but you didn’t tell me” conversations.
  4. Have a set time to do homework-it may be right after school; before, during preparations of dinner, or after dinner.  Decide what works for both YOU and your child(ren).  If you’re stressed from focusing on other things while trying to help with homework, the time will be unsuccessful.
  5.  The biggest tip to follow is this: Have 2 designated spots; one for homework and one for paperwork you as the parent have to go thru.  Make the spots visible for both you and the kids so everyone knows there is something that needs attention.  Also, get your children in the habit of emptying the backpack right when they get home into these spots.  Lost homework and stinky lunch boxes are not a fun way to begin your morning!!!

Setting your home up with a few simple habits from the beginning will allow you to have a successful and stress-free school year.


School zone

School Zone

It’s back to school time and that brings lots of mixed feelings for both the parents and the children.  Feelings of stress can set in just thinking about all the carpooling and homework that the year will bring.  Being organized at home can help a great deal with the stress level.

A way to help the morning chaos of “looking for” the homework, lunch, keys, show-n-tell, etc. is to set up a school zone at home. This is a place where everything related to the school day goes. If you don’t have a mudroom, set aside an area in the kitchen or a hallway.  Label baskets or bins with each child’s name.  EVERYTHING related to school goes here. Get your child in the habit of coming home and going right to the school zone. When homework is done, it goes right back in the school zone.  Lunches are made and put in the school zone.  I think you get the idea.

The school zone isn’t just to cross the street to get to school; it’s a place to help relieve stress from the daily routine of getting out the door and coming home from school.

Have a stress-free school year!

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