Posts Tagged ‘organizing maintenance’

Paper File Maintenance

February 24, 2016

Close Up Of Folder For Household Bills

Over the last several weeks I’ve been talking about paper. We set up action files, files for your file cabinet, and archival files. There should be no more wondering what to do with the paper as it arrives in your home. I hope you’re not thinking that once your files are organized you’re done because you’re not.

A filing system only works if the system is used, updated periodically, and maintained.

You know that when you print a bank statement or an investment statement you look it over, check it to make sure it’s accurate, and then file it. At the end of the year, you can shred everything but the year-end statement. What a relief! No more hanging on to piles and piles of statements.

You also know that you have insurance files which hold the policy statement and the updated information. When the new information arrives remove last years’ update and replace it with the new document. This also serves to reduce the bulk of paper in the insurance file folder.

Your filing system must work for you. A filing system that works enables you to find the documents you need when you want them. No time lost hunting through the files or digging through piles of paper looking for a document.

This is the reason for taking time to label the files and folders in such a way that will spark you to remember that that is where the paper belongs.

This is also why I advocate looking through your files several times a year. Check them to make sure the files are current. If they are not either update them (if that’s what is needed) or remove them (if they are no longer pertinent).

Life is not static and neither are your files. As your life changes and things are added and subtracted your files should reflect these changes.

When you are doing your paperwork set aside some time to maintain your files. Just like any other part of your home if you attend to the files regularly they will stay up to date and organized.

 

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Now What? Clothes and Closet Maintenance

August 12, 2015
white wardrobe with clothes hanging at home

white wardrobe with clothes hanging at home

Once you’ve organized your closet you’re all set – ready to move on and forget about your closet right? Think again. To keep your closet and your clothes in tip top shape you need to have maintenance habits in place.

Let’s think about this. In the morning, you select your clothes and get dressed. In the evening you come home from work or school or play and put on your ‘around the house’ lounging kind of clothes. I don’t know about yours but mine are comfy clothes – sweat pants and top.

What did you do with the clothes you took off?

Did you put them in the laundry basket to be washed?

Did they go into a bag for the dry cleaners?

Can you wear them again? If so, did you hang them back up or fold them and put them away?

Or did you leave them laying on the floor?

As Sheila McCurdy says “The floor is not an option”. You have many other options but if you leave them laying on the floor they will become wrinkled, stepped upon, and unwearable until they are cleaned.

Consider this, you’ve paid good money for these clothes and you want to have them last and stay looking good for as long as possible.

The best way to do this is to examine your clothes when you take them off.

Is there a stain from lunch today? Quickly treat it and put it in the laundry basket or schedule your next trip to the dry cleaners.

Can you wear this outfit again before cleaning it? Great! Hang it up. This way many of the wrinkles will hang out and it will be in your closet ready for the next time you decide to wear it.

If it’s not stained and not wearable again either put it in the laundry basket or schedule a regular trip to the dry cleaners.

When you take care of your clothes in this way your closet stays tidy and you stay in control of your inventory of clothes. You take the time to put your clothes away where they belong so you will know where to look for those items. You know if something needs cleaning or mending. You have scheduled time to take those clothes to be fixed or you have scheduled time in your calendar to fix them yourself.

What if it’s beyond repair? Or if you don’t want to spend the money to repair it?

Either toss the item or donate it. Perhaps someone else will be able to repair it.
Maintenance is a key component. When you do a little daily maintenance you don’t find yourself in chaos.
Write me back and let me know how you maintain your closet.