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Out With The Old!

Out With The Old!

It’s only natural to want to make a fresh start in the upcoming New Year. Now is the perfect time to clear out your stuff from 2008 and create space for the new possibilities of 2009. This installment of Organizing Works is dedicated to getting rid of those old papers in your home or office. Sure, it may seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s surprisingly manageable if you know what to do and what NOT to do. Here are three tips for starters:

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Spring Clearing

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, March 2007 Spring Clearing  “Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in an average home” –Ottawa Citizen, 1/03/03  Before the last snow storm I had already managed to enjoy two beautiful spring-like days.  As I opened the windows to let some fresh spring air IN, my thoughts turned to letting some musty old clutter OUT.  Let’s face it, Spring Cleaning is really more about Spring CleaRing.  You can’t clean clutter so you need to get rid of it before you can do any really satisfying cleaning. Perhaps you decide to start with all that accumulated “junk” in the basement.   Because it’s junk, it should be easy to toss, right? But as soon as you start going through the items one by one you find that it is not “junk” after all.   If it was, you would have tossed it long ago. Perhaps you grab a suit you used to wear, but it doesn’t fit you anymore.  Maybe there’s an old computer that’s still “perfectly good,” but you’ve already replaced it with a state-of-the-art model.  […]

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