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(L to R) Lisa Carlquist, Laura Ray and Belinda Skelton
I had a great time as a guest on Belinda Skelton’s WSB Radio show, broadcast live from the Atlanta Home Show on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Her other guest was Lisa Carlquist, from one of my favorite vendor partners, Artisan Custom Closets. We talked about organizing closets, garages and paper stacks in the hour-long call-in segment.
We discussed how long to keep paper, and I mentioned the list would be on my site. Here’s the link: http://organizeatlanta.com/general/keep-it-or-toss-it-how-long-do-i-keep-paper/
“How long do I keep paper?” is one of the questions I get asked the most. Many people are afraid to throw papers out. To help, I compiled this list from several sources including the IRS, for which there is a direct link to their recordkeeping document at the bottom.
These recommendations are for residential recordkeeping. Business recordkeeping varies, please check with your accountant.
Save for 1 month
- Credit-card receipts
- Sales receipts for minor purchases
- Withdrawal and deposit slips. (Shred after checking against your monthly bank statement.)
I’ve got a guest blog post/article in StyleBlueprint Atlanta this week! It’s about springing into organizing by weeding out your clutter.
It’s wonderful to be asked to be on Good Day Atlanta (Fox 5) for a second time! I was interviewed on their live show for kitchen organizing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so making it peaceful and functional is so important. Here are my tips below from the show for your kitchen:
Or, watch my Fox 5 clip here!
1) Get rid of the clutter, don’t organize it! (Think mismatched plates and glasses, and unused small appliances.)
A pretty desktop file can serve as your kitchen Command Center. Get mail and papers off the counter and into hanging folders. Here are the categories that might help you:
– To Buy
– To Call
– Events / Reservations (invitations, tickets)
– To File (in filing cabinet)
– Menus/Coupons (could do separate Restaurant Coupons)
– To Read (take folder with you when you go to doctor’s appointments)
– To Review
– Review with (Spouse)
– To Pay
– School (Child name)
Laura Ray has been named President of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) – Georgia Chapter, effective December 9, 2013. Laura, who was in her second term as Vice President of the NAPO-Georgia Board 2013-14, and in her third year on the Board, was voted in after the current President resigned.
The Organizing Authority(R), the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), is the premier association dedicated to the field of organizing. Since forming in 1985, NAPO has been dedicated to serving its members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public.
“High five! The average worker spends 28 percent of the workweek reading and answering e-mail, according to a study by McKinsey Global Institute. Keeping e-mails brief and to the point can help you reclaim some of this time. Try limiting your messages to five sentences — it not only will increase productivity, but also will improve your chances of getting a reply. For more: entrepreneur.com/5sentences.”
I have always used paper to-do lists — one list for today’s tasks, one for all current tasks and one for future tasks. It worked okay, but got messy. And, it was difficult to add to when I was away from my home or office. If you can relate, keep reading…
I want to stay up-to-date on productivity methods for my clients, so my “test” of smart phone and tablet apps began! Researching the hottest to-do lists, I found Wunderlist, Remember the Milk and Workflowy. I really am enjoying a digital to-do list! One can add to it at any time of day or night, and not have to squeeze it in on an already-full or messy paper to-do list.
Pantry before and after by Laura Ray Organizing
Yahoo! Finance did a nice short video on which foods to save indefinitely when you clean out your pantry. They are 1) pure honey, 2) sugar – all kinds, 3) rice and 4) salt. Click here to see more.
If the kitchen is the heart of your home, then making it an inviting, comfortable space that functions well should be a priority. But how? What can you do to make it more peaceful? How do you make it function more efficiently? Here are a few tips that can help:
1) Get rid of the clutter. Clutter creates visual confusion. Go through everything in your kitchen and decide whether you use it and love it. If it doesn’t meet these criteria, it’s clutter! You may find a dish set you don’t use anymore, glasses that don’t match, duplicate cooking utensils, or small appliances that were a good idea at the time.