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Get Organized with FAT- File, Act, Toss

Hello and Happy New Year! While we’re still on our motivational highs for 2015, I thought I’d continue where I left off last week, as I discussed tips to declutter your home post-holiday season, here. So now that you’ve tossed all the unnecessaries and shed the weight it’s time to get FAT… in a good way! FAT is an organizational system that a friend of mine created. It’s a wonderful antidote to hoarding, and it’s a good fat, not fat chub chub. Who’s with me for some organizational tools that actually work?! We just spent time cleaning/tossing/donating all our excess, so now we must sort through what’s staying and where it’s going to live!

Step #1  F – File it

If it comes in the mail, if you need to hold onto it, if you want to keep it for future reference, file it. And file it now. Today! Otherwise it will sit in a pile and the pile will grow and grow until you can’t remember what it is anymore. We’ve all been there. All those coupons we swore we were going to use only to find them buried between 8 pounds of Restoration Hardware catalogs. We get eagerly excited to see our dear little discounted friend again, only to realize… yep, it expired a month ago! No bueno. Identify a designated area in your home (where you stack your mail often works well) where you will sort through things like mail, bills, medical records, legal documents and all that paperwork that comes home from school and start sorting.

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As for all those loose items like gift cards, reward cards and coupons? Use an errand planner or business card file concept that keeps things all in plain view. I’m not proud to admit that I’ve found myself at the cashier stand at Target only to walk away realizing I had a gift card hiding in my wallet somewhere that I could have used. Ouch. You been there too? If you can’t see it, you don’t know it’s there. Time to get organized.

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Step#2   A – Act on it

Do you need to pay it? Return a call? Email it to someone? Act on it now and then file it or throw it away. Cross it off the list and be done with it. Take a few minutes to take care of those important little things so you don’t forget to do it. Don’t put it off! If you are one of those people who come back to it over and over again, act on it first thing in the morning before you start your day. Resist the temptation to check emails and social media. That can all wait. Get your head on straight and knock those lingering tasks off your list before today’s curveball gets thrown your way. You’ll be glad you did!

Step# 3   T – Toss it

Why are you keeping this item/bill/record/etc? Is it truly necessary for the future? Will you need it in 6 months to a year? If so, then File it! And, file it within your system. If not, shed the weight! Here’s a great flow chart you can refer to…

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Keys to Success

–          A label maker. Everybody can use a label maker at some point or another. They’re awesome, they’re helpful, and they’re downright fun to use! I like the Brother P-Touch personally. Everybody needs a Bro-tha!

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Ahhh, the look of labels. You can officially uncross your eyes!

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–          Virtually file. Bank statements, utility bills, etc. can all be stored on your computer. Get rid of unnecessary paper waste, go green, and save these to your computer. For other task management systems like to-do lists or recipe storage, try an app that works both with your computer and your smartphone, like Evernote or Wunderlist. Toss that extra paper into the recycle bin and enjoy your extra shelf space.

–          Compartmentalize – in other words, contain yourself! Stores like The Container Store are around because they are downright awesome. Stack of magazines? Tuck them into a basket and keep them current! If you’re holding onto it for one measly article, clip that article, file and store. Kids toys? Group those in stacking baskets.

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Organize that junk in your drawers into neatly divided sections with Lucite drawer inserts. Clarity is key. You can compartmentalize but if you can’t see it, you may not know it’s there. I’m a big fan of clear dividers for this reason! All of a sudden you can find your paperclips, stapler, post-its, tape, makeup, etc. You can find things in record time, and if things are lying around on the counter, you have a designated well-organized space to put them.

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–          Treat yourself to stylish and fun organizational accessories that make you smile. Bright colors, a dose of sparkle, whatever it may be, if you love the way it looks, you will definitely be more committed to using it! See Jane Work is a fave staple of mine that offers it all – a hip, thoughtful collection of goodies sure to help you organize your desk and your life.

Everything deserves to have a home within your home, it’s that simple. Cheers to getting FAT in 2015!

xo,

Emily

 

Haute Links

Get ’em while they’re still sizzlin’! Here is a round up of this week’s Haute Links, a mix of my favorite things cooked up on the internet…

1) This stylish little dude needs a play date with Quinny, and by play date I mean a wardrobe intervention. I already know how this showdown will go down…. “Oh yeah tough guy?? I’ll see your rainbow sunnies from Cabo and raise you a pair of Junior Ray Ban’s“….((gulp)) fold! Kudos to mama for keeping his clothes so fresh and oxyclean… ours are usually ankle dipped in mud, carefully adorned with grains of flattened rice, accompanied by a collection of “priceless” rocks in the pockets with the occasional half a crayon. I’m cool with it. Pocket rocks are how we roll!

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2) In other mom related news, there’s this humor piece on what’s typically swirling through a mom’s brain at any given time. Ridiculously on point, here’s a snippet…

“I wish I could be more like my sister-in-law. She’s so organized. My house looks like an outlet mall threw up in here and then lay down and made vomit angels in the vomit. Today is definitely a mopping day. Last night I think I saw a dust bunny roll across the family room like a tumbleweed in those old Western films. But first I have to go to the store and get some vinegar. I should throw out all of the harsh cleaners. Those chemicals are probably hurting the baby. It’ll be my fault if there’s ever something wrong with him. Me and my stupid love of Fresh Scent. What is Fresh Scent anyway? Wouldn’t Fresh Scent technically be odorless? It’s just that Fresh Scent makes me feel accomplished. Like I did something. They should call it “Progress Scent” or “I Tried Scent.”‘

3) DIY Father’s Day gifts for the dad who loves all things golf, bacon, fire and Dirty Harry, all wrapped up in a flank steak.

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Or perhaps he’s a man of simple tastes that can only be quenched by whisky and wood

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Ok, digressing from Dad…..

4) At long last, a tile company that knows how to creatively market their product lines! I definitely plan on ordering something from the Kiss My Big Fat Glass collection from Alyse Edwards for my client’s master bath. Deliberating between H8 2 C U Go Butt Luv 2 Watch U Leave and Smack that Glass. Yep, these are no joke and they are actually quite bootyful!

 

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5) And finally 10 Problems Only the Interior Design Obsessed Understand. I share these afflictions as well as everything contained in #2.

Happy reading and happy weekend!

xo,
Emily