Organizing Photos

Tip:   Organized photos, whether they’re digital or actual prints by theme.  First gather them up, purge the blurred and oops ones, and then sort and store by theme.  Organizing photos by theme is much easier than trying to determine the chronological order of each individual picture.  Some themes may be birthdays, holidays, school events, weddings, anniversaries, and family vacations.



Organizing Manuals

Tip: Store product manuals and instructions in one file with three subcategories, kitchen, children and other.  Be honest with yourself when asking if you’ll ever reference this information again.  If not, don’t keep the manual or instructions.  Manuals often come in more than one language, only keep the language you reference.  Sort through this file every year and recycle all that you can.

Organizing Paper

Tip: Store papers, files and information vertically.  This prevents piles from forming, growing and taking over.  It also allows easier access, with less frustration when returning and retrieving papers, files and information.

Organizing Incentives

Tip: Incentives work!  Give yourself an incentive for each scheduled organizing session you put on your calendar and keep.  Give yourself an incentive for each target area you tackle and make progress on.  Give yourself an incentive for each flat surface you organize.

Organizing Takes Practice

Tip: Practice organizing.  The trick to getting better and mastering the skill of organizing is to practice.  Think for a minute of what advice you’d give yourself (or your son or daughter) if you wanted to improve your golf swing.  You’d tell yourself to practice. The same applies to organizing.  I’d recommend practicing organizing for at least 15-20 minutes every day.