How are we doing with our organizational goals this month?
I’m behind, way behind thanks to illness last week and a writer’s conference this week, but that’s ok, because I plan on catching up when I get back.
This week, we’re doing it on the desk, the filing cabinets and the book shelves, cleaning them out, that is!
My office is a place that gets very unorganized if I allow it. I’ve stopped most junk mail, but we still receive paper bills and I get a lot of books for review and they pile up.
I typically clean out my filing cabinets once every year and that is at the end or beginning of the year when I’ve put together our taxes, they’re good. I keep work related notes for 5 years and back tax and bank records for 10 in storage boxes in the basement.
But, oy, my desk and bookshelves need a decluttering job.
When I return, I plan to find out what, if anything, I can do with review copies of books. Can I donate them to the library or to a charity (I know I cannot sell them).
I’ll go through all of my books and make sure there’s none I cannot live without and donate those as well.
As for my desk, I need to go through it and eliminate the junk. We have two desks and one is in the living room of Our Little House, so I have a lot of work to do.
This is also a great time of the year for getting off of those junk mail lists. We’ve done this already and receive very little junk mail now, but if you haven’t, you should, especially with catalogues that will be set to arrive in mountains this fall for the holiday season.
It’s probably too late to get off of the lists this year – it typically takes at least 90 days – but it is a good process to start for next year.
Here is an excellent resource for getting off catalogue mailing lists: Catalog Choice, I manage all of mine from this site because it’s free and easy.
If it’s prescreened credit card offers, you can opt out here.
If you receive donation requests, you need to call the non-profit organization directly that is soliciting you.
Believe me, doing away with the junk mail removes a huge amount of clutter from your daily life.
How are you doing in the organizational challenge? Any more tips for the office area?