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September 2012, Interview with myjobchart.com

September 2012, Interview with myjobchart.com

MY JOB CHART, Founder & CEO, Gregg Murset, CFP® answers some questions about myjobchart.com. My Job Chart is a free online chore chart and reward system for teaching, organizing and motivating your kids to Save, Share and Spend responsibly. The site allows parents to assign chores and is more motivating and meaningful for children to fulfill them.

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How To Break The Logjam With One Magic Question

How To Break The Logjam With One Magic Question If you’ve got a lot of clutter to organize, it can be overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to begin.  Perhaps you have found yourself here in the past and have found the challenges complicated, but the answer lies in very simple question. Getting organized always begins with a basic sorting of like with like.  You may get things into boxes and free up some valuable surface area. As a result, you may feel more in control, and you are, but don’t stop there.  You don’t have a system that will keep you organized unless your items are easy to find and access.   So what do you do with these carefully sorted boxes? The answer is simple: divide and conquer.  But how exactly do you do that?  For each item, ask yourself the following: Why am I keeping this? Often when I ask a client this question, he or she thinks this is a challenge to toss the item.  It’s not (necessarily).  When you answer the question WHY […]

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Disorganization: It’s Not You

This time of year many of us resolve to be more organized in the New Year. That’s great! Step one is: believe in yourself, because YOU are not the problem.  I’m amazed at how many of my clients say things like, “It’s a sickness,” “Don’t be mad at me,” “I’m a slob,” or “Am I the worst you’ve ever seen?” In most cases disorganization just comes from being too busy, having too much stuff, bad systems, and misguided mindsets. Too Busy OK, this may sound like a cop out because EVERYBODY is busy, but don’t overlook it. If you find a half hour window to reorganize the pantry and your daughter needs help with her algebra homework, the pantry has to take a back seat. You have your priorities straight, so give yourself some credit. Your free time is limited which makes removing all the unnecessary obstacles that much more important. Too Much Stuff Perhaps the most unnecessary but relentless obstacle to getting organized is too much stuff, aka “clutter.” There is only a small minority of us encouraging you […]

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When In Doubt, DON’T Throw It Out

When In Doubt, DON’T Throw It Out I realize this title sounds like organizing heresy, but it’s really all about learning effective organizing habits. When purging clutter with my clients, I tell them that I would prefer that they NOT throw out an item they’re not sure about, than have them waste time and focus with fear and regret. It’s important to let go, but it’s more important to keep the momentum going so the project of the day comes to a satisfying conclusion. I know you’ve heard the catchy rule of thumb many times: “When in doubt, throw it out.” That’s easy to remember and it’s certainly captures the right spirit of purging, but I also think it can be quite damaging. Many is the time I have seen a client swing from one extreme to another. They get the urge to purge and they suddenly go from keeping everything to tossing everything. I have to keep them from traveling down the path to regret. I don’t want the client to regret their decisions and I don’t want them […]

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Diversion Tunnels

Diversion Tunnels In 1931, work began on the Hoover Dam, but before one bucket of concrete could be poured into the dam, the mighty Colorado River had to be diverted through four massive tunnels. If your whole house needs some serious organizing, a lesson can be drawn from the Hoover Dam. Your colossal task also needs to begin with diversion tunnels, namely the garage and basement. These spaces tend to get little attention, until you run out of storage room for more important items in other parts of your home. Also, the likeliest candidates for disposal and donation tend to live in the garage and basement. By freeing up space in there, you are able to drain many of the seasonal and archive materials that may be clogging up the space in the rest of your home. In this economy I realize that many of us have to go the DIY route, so here are some useful tips: Have an Exit Strategy- Before you dive into the clutter, put together a simple game plan for where it’s all going to […]

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W.A.P.!

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, December 2007 WAP! At the risk of losing business, I will admit to something you probably already know:  organizing is not brain surgery.  In fact, you probably get more frustrated when you can’t get organized BECAUSE you know it shouldn’t be so hard.  Once again, the culprit is “more” not “less.”  I’m talking about “more” thinking than is helpful.  If you find yourself getting stuck with what to do with an item, forget all of those complicated organizing principals you may have heard (Even if they’ve come from me!) and just remember this simple acronym:  W.A.P.! 1. W is for WHY.  Pick up any item from a cluttered surface and ask, “Why am I keeping this?”  The “W” does not stand for “where” as in “where should I put this?”  If you cannot answer “why” you are keeping something, the “where” is irrelevant.  The “why” doesn’t have to be as important as tax information or proof of residence.  For example, I keep a ratty, old matchbook, which, if seen in a pile of […]

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Why is Clutter Like a Vampire?

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2006 WHY IS CLUTTER LIKE A VAMPIRE? “80 percent of what we keep we never use.” -Barbara Hemphill, Agency Sales Magazine, 4/1/03 Most of us hang on to much more stuff than we need, but few of us want our homes and offices to LOOK that way.  So what do we do?  We get to a point where we can’t take the clutter anymore and we make it go away.  No doubt the idea is that you will get to it later when you have the time, but of course that time never comes, given your busy schedule.   Eventually a collection of make-it-go-away bags and boxes come back to HAUNT you, as your hidden storage spaces swell to overflowing.  You suddenly find yourself without options and no one likes that way that feels! OK, so I used the word “haunt” but what’s this vampire connection all about? Well, like a vampire, clutter is dangerous and frightening in the darkness (of your boxes, bags, and closets), but it is vulnerable when exposed to the […]

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