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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

 

CATCH OF THE DAY: Poppin

Many of you know, I am hardly color shy. Life is too short to be boredinary! Lately, I have been absolutely obsessed with the colorful cuteness from Poppin. They make the most cheery office furniture and organization accessories, that would brighten anyone’s case of the Mondays.

Ordering office supplies used to be about as fun as organizing my Quickbooks… until now. Poppin has this fun and fabulous Design a Desk feature on their site which allows you to play with color combinations and add a little zest to your ideal work station.  And when it comes to DIY design online, tinkering is a must for moi! Since I really wanted to taste the rainbow I put together this delightful little outfit:

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I went for it and paired orange, aqua, yellow, white and pink. Ta-dah! It’s like a vacay at my work station. Who needs the teasing screen saver of some unnaturally blue beach-scape that whispers “keep dreaming” when you can actually escape with a world of organized color? The organizational nut in me (yes, that is a profession), screams “HELLS YES”! These gorgeous goods help compartmentalize my life which keeps my OCD at bay. I kid you not, a clean desk helps me sleep at night… seriously. And who knew possessing a colored stapler could be so much fun?

Anyway, since the Design Dojo is, like the rest of the house, in progresshere are a few of my faves that I would love to order to complete my work space.

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I love this whole set up. Yellow just makes you smile, you can’t help it. That must be why they are the color choice for happy face emojis… duh. But since I can’t commit to one color, I would change the file cabinet to this hot pink one, add a blue chair and an orange storage basket. Voila! And who can resist some punchy little pink paper clips?

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And finally, the piece de la resistance. I think the boardroom has met it’s match with a conference table that doubles for ping pong. At long last, the boardroom is no longer boring! It definitely epitomizes the work hard, play hard mentality, and rightfully so.

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It’s no secret that your environment can uplift your mood so why not liven things up at work? After all, if you love your work, then you are living the dream… not just staring at it on your screen saver!

xo,

Emily