Good Morning, Beautiful!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Wednesday is Desk Day
Each Wednesday deal with the paperwork in your home.
If your papers are scattered throughout your home, gather your paperwork into a central location.
Sort as you go through your papers. Some can be sorted directly into your waste basket.
Daily you have bills, you have materials you want to/need to read, you have information on events and other things that you need to do. Have TO PAY, TO READ, TO DO, TO FILE files, in addition have files labeled with the months of the year.
- Put your bills into the To Pay file
- Put newsletters and other information you need to read into the TO READ file.
- Add upcoming events to your calendar and put the information into the TO DO file.
- Any papers that you will need to reference in the future go into the TO FILE file.
- Receipts go into the monthly file for the month. Keep only those you may need for returns or future reference.
Keep a box for each child’s schoolwork/artwork. Purge regularly. You cannot keep all of your child’s work for all their years of life. Keep what represents their work at various levels.
Check the contents of each file, pay bills, review newsletters and other reading materials, make decisions and take action on anything you have in your TO DO file. File only what you really need to keep. Keeping every piece of paper only makes it more difficult to find what you truly need.
Papers that are in process go into a CURRENT file that you visit each Wednesday. Do what you can in relation to each issue on Wednesday—make calls, send notes either by email or conventional mail.
This is January—if you have not already set up your tax files for 2017, it is time. Set up Income, Interest, Taxes, Medical, Charitable, and Miscellaneous Files labeled Taxes 2017 for each category. Put papers directly into the files as they come into your home so that next year you will not be searching for supporting documents for your taxes and you will not need to sort through them. They are sorted and in the same place.
It is also time to go through your tax files for the last year, put them in order, and be prepared to enter the information into your tax forms.
The AREA OF FOCUS this week is The Kitchen. Kitchens are popular gathering spaces but their primary function is cooking.
- Designate spaces for similar items or items used for similar purposes. Every drawer and cabinet is not a miscellaneous drawer or cabinet. Group like with like. Consider your kitchen as centers—food storage center, baking center, dishware center, cookware center, beverage center, cleaning supply center. In your food storage center—the pantry—take a cue from the grocery store and, again, keep like with like and line up similar items behind each other. Risers make it easier to see what is behind other cans, boxes, and bottles.
- Reserve the front 2/3 of your countertops for food prep. Keep décor, canisters, and appliances on the back 1/3 of the counter.
- Keep your kitchen clean. Do not allow dishes to build up in your sink. Empty your dishwasher first thing in the morning and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.
- When you cook, first fill your sink with hot soapy water. Wash cookware and keep counters clean as you go.
In my whole house declutter—I am working in my bedroom. Each day I make sure the areas I have already cleaned and purged to keep it in order. I am not just purging everyday stuff. I am also purging furniture. I am using my dining room as my staging area and it will not be in order until I am done. The weather may be much warmer today or tomorrow so I may take time to work in the attic while it is comfortable enough to be up there. I need to make room for the things that I need to keep and get rid of what has not seen the light of day in years. There is also some of Roy’s things that I need to go through—I am not looking forward to it but it needs to be done.
Have a day filled with love, hugs, and smiles,