This is the week for New Year’s Resolutions. And I know many of you will be planning to get more organized this year! And even if that’s not your goal for the year, many of you organized people will be cleaning out files, bins and desktops this week. So here are some quick tips to help you with that process. I’ve got a list of “no-brainers” that you can toss in order to make room for all the new stuff that will come in the new year.
1. Reading materials – Any magazine or periodical with the year 2014 or earlier can be tossed. If there is something in there worth saving (like a great article or a recipe) tear it out, file it or scan it. Then have a nice basket or bin cleared out for your 2015 reading.
2. Banking receipts – all those ATM receipts that are filling up your purse, a drawer in your desk or a bin can be shredded IF YOU HAVE BALANCED YOUR BANK ACCOUNT THIS MONTH. Once the deposit or withdrawal has shown up on your statement, the little piece of paper is redundant. So keep your statements (most of which are on line now).
3. Food – If it’s been a week or longer for those leftovers – use ’em or lose ’em. Expired jars and cans can also be tossed.
4. Calendars – toss last year’s and buy a nice pretty one to keep with your or hang in a central location in your home.
5. Holiday decorations that you didn’t use – donate to a senior center, school or theater.
6. Wrapping paper, cards, boxes and bows – when you put your gifts away, keep the best, toss the rest and fold the paper and boxes down for easy storage.
7. All those holiday photo cards. – Keep the photos that are important to you and cut them to fit in an album. Toss the rest, know one will know!
8. Invitations to events that already happened. – You wouldn’t believe how long I’ve seen these things hanging around on bulletin boards, calendars and in planners.
9. Post its and scraps of papers of things you “meant to do.” Take a clean sheet of loose leaf or a page in your new daily planner and make a master TO DO list. Only include those things that are still a priority. Then assign each task or project to a month of the year and write it on that month’s page. I wouldn’t plan out any further than 6 months.
10. Envelopes that you’re saving because of the return address – Take the information, write it in your address book or make an excel spreadsheet and toss the envelopes.
Good luck with your post holiday, pre-new year clean out!
What other areas do you like to tackle before the year’s end?