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10 organization tips from Lorie Marrero

Get organized at home and the office!

Lori Marrero

Lorie's Weekly Tips

Clutter Prevention

Starting the New Year Right

1. Greater efficiency

quotes_left_greyManage lists by categorizing them for greater efficiency. You might decide to have separate shopping lists for the grocery store, the warehouse store and the drugstore. You might also group your errands or calls into their own lists. The new ARC planners from Staples are perfect for customizing your lists and freely rearranging the pages to suit your needs. The ARC divider tabs and selection of components make it easy to create sections and navigate in your own personal notebook system.quotes_right_grey

2. Unsubscribe?

quotes_left_greyDo have a towering stack of magazines? If you have an unread backlog of more than three months of one magazine, maybe you should unsubscribe. If you really want to read it in the future, treat yourself to a newsstand copy as a reward for a job well done, and then actually steal a moment to read it cover to cover.quotes_right_grey

3. Glove compartment

quotes_left_greyWhere is your car's insurance and registration information? Make sure it's handy in case you get stopped by law enforcement. Organize your car's glove compartment with plastic sheet protectors – they provide protection and visibility.quotes_right_grey

4. Prevention, Reduction and Maintenance

quotes_left_greyThis New Year, take a moment to realize that getting organized is very much like losing weight – you need all four elements of Motivation, Prevention, Reduction and Maintenance. Most people focus on doing "clean-out" projects for Reduction, but they forget to focus on Prevention and Maintenance. What could you do to prevent clutter this year? quotes_right_grey

5. Habit hook

quotes_left_greyIf you want to create a new habit, think of a "habit hook" — attach a new habit to an established old one. For example, you could clean out your car's trash each time you stop to fill up with gas. You're just standing there waiting anyway, and garbage cans are right there next to the pump.quotes_right_grey

6. Plan meals, snacks and exercise time

quotes_left_greyTrying to get in shape for the New Year? It's easier if you're organized. Plan meals, snacks and exercise time, and pack ahead for the gym.quotes_right_grey

7. Physical clutter

quotes_left_grey Clearing physical clutter is often easier than time or activity clutter on your schedule. This New Year, stop doing something that doesn't fit!quotes_right_grey

8. Keep going

quotes_left_greyDon't be scared during the sorting stage of organizing projects. It's the only way to gain visibility to what you have and make decisions. The space gets worse temporarily before getting better. Keep going!quotes_right_grey

9. Briefcase or wallet

quotes_left_greyAnother "habit hook" you can try: clean out your purse, briefcase or wallet each time you pay bills. You'll find receipts, business cards and other useful information.quotes_right_grey

10. Shred

quotes_left_greyMake short work of shredding by buying a quality shredder. Don't waste time and money with a shredder that clogs and breaks easily. If you have a backlog of shredding, the new high-speed 12-sheet shredder from Staples is twice as fast as comparable models and lets you knock the stack out quickly!quotes_right_grey

Clutter Prevention

Clutter Prevention

1. Just say no

quotes_left_greyJust say NO to freebie take-home clutter from conferences and festivals. You don't need another Frisbee or T-shirt!quotes_right_grey

2. One in, one out

quotes_left_greyPractice the "one in, one out" rule when buying things like clothes and shoes. It keeps these items under control so you can stay organized.quotes_right_grey

3. Brochures, magazines and flyers

quotes_left_greyPick up brochures, magazines and flyers CONSCIOUSLY. You don't have to bring them home just because they are free.quotes_right_grey

4. Trash cans

quotes_left_greyCommon problem: not enough trash cans around the house. This creates clutter! Look for places where you could use another one.quotes_right_grey

5. Conscious Donor

quotes_left_greyLabel all keys! A frequent problem is not knowing what they belong to and being afraid to throw them out. Avoid this by stocking some simple metal-rim key tags in your junk drawer or office drawer.quotes_right_grey

6. CDs and DVDs

quotes_left_greyLabel blank CDs and DVDs BEFORE you burn them. Make it a habit and avoid the unknown pile of blank discs you have to go through later one by one — not to mention avoiding the risk of losing important information.quotes_right_grey

7. Label things

quotes_left_grey When you get a new electronic gadget, label the cords and accessories with a label maker first thing so they won't be a mystery later. quotes_right_grey

8. Bookends

quotes_left_greyWell-organized shelves stay neater with bookends to hold books in place. Slim and unobtrusive bookends leave more room for your fun, personal decorative objects to take center stage between rows of books.quotes_right_grey

9. Storing Magazines

quotes_left_greyPiles of papers and magazines, if you must keep them, are better stored vertically to prevent cluttering your flat work surfaces. Use magazine files to store these items on shelves instead. Staples makes great practical magazine files that are constructed from recycled plastic.quotes_right_grey

10. Use baskets, shelves and boxes instead.

quotes_left_greyDon't store things on the floor. It makes cleaning harder and causes safety hazards. Use baskets, shelves and boxes instead.quotes_right_grey

Clutter Prevention

Lose Clutter-Pounds⪚ from Your Home & Office

1. Destroy old

quotes_left_greyDon't forget to destroy old electronic media with sensitive data. Newer shredders like the Staples® MailMate M5 feature CD/DVD destruction.quotes_right_grey

2. Clip-a-holic?

quotes_left_greyAre you a clip-a-holic? Remember, with the Internet now, we don't need to clip and save everything, and you don't need to print it all out either. You can use Staples® Relay® USB flash drives to keep files as a backup or as a separate storage place from your regular hard drive.quotes_right_grey

3. Take a picture

quotes_left_greyTaking a photo of your space can be a very enlightening perspective to see things (clutter and décor) more objectively. And "before" photos are very motivating and inspiring when you see them after you've improved the room!quotes_right_grey

4. Local organization

quotes_left_greyLearn to refuse politely when people want to give you things you don't need, like clothing or other "perfectly good" household items. If you must accept something you don't want, avoid assimilating it into your home and donate it to a local organization instead.quotes_right_grey

5. Conscious Donor

quotes_left_greyHave a disposal plan in mind when starting large organizing projects. Consider trash pickup days, including special large collection days, along with recycling options and choices of family, friends and charities to whom you'd like to donate. Be a Conscious Donor and make sure any nonprofit you support gives a significant percentage of your donation's revenue to support their mission. Not all thrift stores are charities!quotes_right_grey

6. CDs and DVDs

quotes_left_greyAs you undertake organizing projects, keep a notebook and pen handy to make notes on inevitable tasks and shopping list items that will arise. I love these eco-conscious notebooks made from 80% sugarcane waste!quotes_right_grey

7. Label maker

quotes_left_greyOrganizing kids' toys and rooms is a great project to carry out in December to help make space for new items received as gifts. Teach children the value of giving to charity as part of the spirit of the season.quotes_right_grey

8. Hold books in place

quotes_left_greyStart thinking about your goals and plans for the New Year. What will you do differently? How could you improve your organization and productivity?quotes_right_grey

9. Papers and magazines

quotes_left_greyWhen you are organizing, always consider the routines that will be required to maintain the systems you've created. Don't forget this crucial step to STAYING organized!quotes_right_grey

10. Baskets, shelves and boxes

quotes_left_greyTurn piles into easily visible project files to reduce the clutter on your desk. Desktop file sorters like this chrome sorter from Staples place your folders on an incline so you can see them better and keep the piles from coming back.quotes_right_grey

Clutter Prevention

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. No

quotes_left_greyJust say NO to freebie take-home clutter from conferences and festivals. You don't need another Frisbee or T-shirt!quotes_right_grey

2. Take a picture

quotes_left_greyPractice the "one in, one out" rule when buying things like clothes and shoes. It keeps these items under control so you can stay organized.quotes_right_grey

3. Mystery?

quotes_left_greyPick up brochures, magazines and flyers CONSCIOUSLY. You don't have to bring them home just because they are free.quotes_right_grey

4. Not enough trash cans

quotes_left_greyCommon problem: not enough trash cans around the house. This creates clutter! Look for places where you could use another one.quotes_right_grey

5. Label all keys

quotes_left_greyLabel all keys! A frequent problem is not knowing what they belong to and being afraid to throw them out. Avoid this by stocking some simple metal-rim key tags in your junk drawer or office drawer.quotes_right_grey

6. CDs and DVDs

quotes_left_greyLabel blank CDs and DVDs BEFORE you burn them. Make it a habit and avoid the unknown pile of blank discs you have to go through later one by one – not to mention avoiding the risk of losing important information.quotes_right_grey

7. Label maker

quotes_left_grey When you get a new electronic gadget, label the cords and accessories with a label maker first thing so they won't be a mystery later. quotes_right_grey

8. Hold books in place

quotes_left_greyWell-organized shelves stay neater with bookends to hold books in place. Slim and unobtrusive bookends leave more room for your fun, personal decorative objects to take center stage between rows of books.quotes_right_grey

9. Papers and magazines

quotes_left_greyPiles of papers and magazines, if you must keep them, are better stored vertically to prevent cluttering your flat work surfaces. Use magazine files to store these items on shelves instead. Staples makes great practical magazine files that are constructed from recycled plastic.quotes_right_grey

10. Baskets, shelves and boxes

quotes_left_greyDon't store things on the floor. It makes cleaning harder and causes safety hazards. Use baskets, shelves and boxes instead.quotes_right_grey

(holiday time) Gearing Up for the New Year!

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Donations

quotes_left_greyU.S. readers, round up your last household donations, bring them in, and get a receipt for this tax year before December 31! Get the maximum deduction by making a list of what you donated and tallying up the value at www.itsdeductible.com, a free service. Use these great eco-conscious writing pads — made from 80% sugarcane waste — to make notes on your donation items.quotes_right_grey

2. Take a picture

quotes_left_greyTake photos of your holiday decorations so you can remember how you set them up next year. You can even use these photos later to help you store the decorations by room in each box.quotes_right_grey

3. Mystery?

quotes_left_greyHave a mystery receipt? Put in the UPC code here to find out what you bought: www.upcdatabase.com.quotes_right_grey

4. Exchange

quotes_left_greyDon't forget to return or exchange unwanted holiday gifts before the return policies expire. Go early to avoid lines.quotes_right_grey

5. Multiple address labels

quotes_left_greyPrint multiple address labels for those people and companies you send things to often. Keep them in a folder near envelopes and stamps. These Staples® Better™ file folders are perfect because you can slide the tab anywhere along the top or side, allowing you to store the folder on a bookshelf and still see the label.quotes_right_grey

6. Mark your books

quotes_left_greyUse return address labels to mark your books on the inside covers. Easy labeling, and it's a great reminder for friends when you loan out books. quotes_right_grey

7. Freeze by

quotes_left_greyMake it a habit to mark a date on everything as it goes into the freezer, so there is no guessing later. quotes_right_grey

8. A few extra

quotes_left_greyMake a list of what's in your freezer, post it on the door with a magnet, and update it as you use things and buy more food. It gives visibility to the inside contents without you having to hunt through stacks of food. quotes_right_grey

9. Last-minute gifts

quotes_left_greyPut a few extra trash can liners in the bottom of your trash can when replacing the old one. This little action saves steps and time.quotes_right_grey

10. Frequently called numbers

quotes_left_greyPost frequently called numbers for your family near the phone. If you have done this already, take the opportunity to update it this week while you're around the house with your family. quotes_right_grey

Holiday Preparation Tips

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Keep thoseboxes

quotes_left_greyKeeping lots of boxes for mailing/gifts? They are boxes of air. What could you store in the same space instead that is more frequently used?quotes_right_grey

2. Things to do

quotes_left_greyCreate a tourist binder for guests and fill it with sightseeing information, coupons, "things to do" articles, favorite restaurants and instructions for your home's Internet access. This is a great project for kids!quotes_right_grey

3. Packing lists

quotes_left_greyPacking lists are not just for regular travel. Compile them for picnics, concerts, camping, weekend cottage trips or ski trips. The ARC planner is great for keeping checklists like these.quotes_right_grey

4. Fun and functional

quotes_left_greyIs your family getting together this holiday season? Use the time to go through memorabilia and split it up between you. Fun and functional, too — get ready to laugh, cry and reminisce!quotes_right_grey

5. Google Maps

quotes_left_greyFind your house on Google Maps, get the URL link, and make a custom tinyurl to quickly give out when people ask for directions. For example, http://tinyurl.com/112east11th is an easy shortcut to remember for 112 East 11th Street. (This is the state capitol visitors center in Austin, Texas.)quotes_right_grey

6. Guest Room Checklist

quotes_left_greyAre holiday guests coming? Get ready with our Guest Room Checklist, available as a free printable form on the left side of our page here: www.clutterdiet.com/freetips. quotes_right_grey

7. Packing tape

quotes_left_greyPacking tape is great for mailing packages for the holidays, of course, but did you know it's also a great way to label containers? Cut out a portion of the original packaging from food products or kids' toys, and tape it directly to a container with clear packing tape. You can more easily save original instructions this way, and kids can see a photo of the toy that belongs in a bin. I love Staples® Fast Touch™ tape because you never have to fuss with losing the end of the tape roll.quotes_right_grey

8. A great activity

quotes_left_greyIf groups of children are getting together this holiday season, plan ahead for some activities they can do together besides watching television. A great activity is making creative placecards for the holiday dinner table.quotes_right_grey

9. Last-minute gifts

quotes_left_greyDecide on one simple item for small last-minute gifts, like hostess gifts for parties and gifts for folks you've accidentally forgotten on your list, and stock up on several to have ready. A favorite wine or some homemade cookies or candies are perfect.quotes_right_grey

10. List

quotes_left_greyShop with a list to keep you focused, especially when buying for holiday meals and gifts. quotes_right_grey

Managing the Paper in Your Life.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Roll your chair

quotes_left_greyChairmats make a huge difference at your desk – roll your chair to reach farther and be more comfortable and efficient. And don't forget your chair! You spend lots of hours in that chair – ergonomics count, for health and for productivity. Try the Staples® Acadia™ chair for maximum adjustability.quotes_right_grey

2. Ambient, task

quotes_left_greyDon't forget lighting in your home office! A combination of ambient, task and overhead lighting is best.quotes_right_grey

3. Add an extension cord

quotes_left_greyAdd an extension cord behind big furniture pieces if there is an outlet, so you can use it easily.quotes_right_grey

4. Invest in a cabinet

quotes_left_greyFiling is painful enough. If drawers stick, or if the file cabinet tips over or is too full, think about upgrading. Invest in a high-quality file cabinet like these to avoid problems in the future.quotes_right_grey

5. Velcro®

quotes_left_greyVelcro® is wonderful! Use it for keeping remote controls handy, storing rubber stamps next to the printer, or for anything you want to stick close by and keep handy.quotes_right_grey

6. Print smarter

quotes_left_greyPrint smarter to save money, paper and time. Keep a tray for scratch paper for those stray sheets that you can use on the back, and use Staples®100% recycled multipurpose paper to help the environment, too.quotes_right_grey

7. Parking spots

quotes_left_greyRolling carts are fantastic for items you want to use and then put away in their "parking spots." Versatile and smart storage.quotes_right_grey

8. Important for productivity

quotes_left_greyComfort at your keyboard is important for productivity, too. Gel pads for mousing and keyboarding are great for reducing pressure points on your forearms and wrists.quotes_right_grey

9. Replenish your stock

quotes_left_greyIt seems there are never enough pens to go around. Replenish your stock with these great choices! quotes_right_grey

10. Arrange your office

quotes_left_greyThink efficiency — arrange your office and desk area so that you can reach all of your frequently used items without getting up from your chair. Remove to a less accessible place objects that are used less often.quotes_right_grey

Managing the Paper in Your Life.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Organize Your Family

quotes_left_greyPens with a chain on them are not just for retail stores. Put one by your phone and always have one there!quotes_right_grey

2. Create a Family Binder

quotes_left_greyCreate a Family Binder for shared information that is useful to everyone for quick reference and to capture important information about running your home, such as light bulb, battery and filter sizes. Phone lists, school information, sports schedules and extra address labels are great to put in this binder too. I recommend Staples® Better™ binders and Better™ dividers.quotes_right_grey

3. Keep a list

quotes_left_greyKeep list of your family's clothing sizes in your planner or PDA for reference when shopping. Are his shoes a 9 or a 10? Avoid returns later!quotes_right_grey

4. Morning school routine

quotes_left_greyHow's the morning school routine going? How could you improve it? Pack lunches sooner? Gather items? Get up earlier? Give it some thought, make some changes, and save time for the rest of the school year.quotes_right_grey

5. Bring calendars and compare notes

quotes_left_greyDoes your family go somewhere together at the same time weekly, such as church or a sports event? That drive time is perfect to plan your week together. Bring calendars and compare notes.quotes_right_grey

6. Gift Journal

quotes_left_greyMaking an early holiday gift list means easier budgeting over time and more thought for each gift. Organize your gift-giving with a Gift Journal so you can track it from year to year. The M by Staples™ leather refillable journals are beautiful and perfect for this purpose.quotes_right_grey

7. Cook while you work!

quotes_left_greyIt's the perfect time of year to use your slow cooker in the kitchen. Cook while you work! You can make easy and yummy stews, and it's a GREAT way to save time and money. Search "crock pot" for recipes on Google.quotes_right_grey

8. School papers control

quotes_left_greyUse a "limiting container" such as a basket or tray for each of your kids' school papers, and clean out when full.quotes_right_grey

9. Carry extra return address labels

quotes_left_greyCarry extra return address labels in your wallet. They are great for making quick luggage tags or filling out forms or raffle tickets.quotes_right_grey

10. Communication station

quotes_left_greyCreate a "communication station" for school and sports notices, a family calendar, a shopping list and phone messages. You can use a bulletin board or even the refrigerator door. These fun OXO® magnets are strong – they can hold up to 10 sheets of paper! quotes_right_grey

Managing the Paper in Your Life.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Organize Your Family

quotes_left_greyPens with a chain on them are not just for retail stores. Put one by your phone and always have one there!quotes_right_grey

2. Create a Family Binder

quotes_left_greyCreate a Family Binder for shared information that is useful to everyone for quick reference and to capture important information about running your home, such as light bulb, battery and filter sizes. Phone lists, school information, sports schedules and extra address labels are great to put in this binder too. I recommend Staples® Better™ binders and Better™ dividers.quotes_right_grey

3. Keep a list

quotes_left_greyKeep list of your family's clothing sizes in your planner or PDA for reference when shopping. Are his shoes a 9 or a 10? Avoid returns later!quotes_right_grey

4. Morning school routine

quotes_left_greyHow's the morning school routine going? How could you improve it? Pack lunches sooner? Gather items? Get up earlier? Give it some thought, make some changes, and save time for the rest of the school year.quotes_right_grey

5. Bring calendars and compare notes

quotes_left_greyDoes your family go somewhere together at the same time weekly, such as church or a sports event? That drive time is perfect to plan your week together. Bring calendars and compare notes.quotes_right_grey

6. Gift Journal

quotes_left_greyMaking an early holiday gift list means easier budgeting over time and more thought for each gift. Organize your gift-giving with a Gift Journal so you can track it from year to year. The M by Staples™ leather refillable journals are beautiful and perfect for this purpose.quotes_right_grey

7. Cook while you work!

quotes_left_greyIt's the perfect time of year to use your slow cooker in the kitchen. Cook while you work! You can make easy and yummy stews, and it's a GREAT way to save time and money. Search "crock pot" for recipes on Google.quotes_right_grey

8. School papers control

quotes_left_greyUse a "limiting container" such as a basket or tray for each of your kids' school papers, and clean out when full.quotes_right_grey

9. Carry extra return address labels

quotes_left_greyCarry extra return address labels in your wallet. They are great for making quick luggage tags or filling out forms or raffle tickets.quotes_right_grey

10. Communication station

quotes_left_greyCreate a "communication station" for school and sports notices, a family calendar, a shopping list and phone messages. You can use a bulletin board or even the refrigerator door. These fun OXO® magnets are strong – they can hold up to 10 sheets of paper! quotes_right_grey

Managing the Paper in Your Life.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Traveling over the holidays?

quotes_left_grey Plan ahead! Think through food options, diapers/formula/clothing for kids and entertainment. Make planning easier with these great eco-conscious notebooks made from 80% sugarcane waste.quotes_right_grey

2. Save time

quotes_left_greyGrocery shop early to get ahead of Thanksgiving crowds. Be an early bird, not a turkey!quotes_right_grey

3. Save those old recipes

quotes_left_greyKeep very frequently used recipes taped to the inside of a cabinet door where most of the ingredients are stored. My family's pancake recipe has resided on the spice cabinet door for years!quotes_right_grey

4. "while-u-wait" bag

quotes_left_greyHave a "while-u-wait" bag with you during sports practices, lessons and medical appointments. Bring correspondence, reading, crafts, puzzles, manicure tools, pens and catalogs. quotes_right_grey

5. Holiday guests

quotes_left_greyHaving guests around for the holidays means getting ready by organizing and cleaning, too. Using Sustainable Earth by Staples™ all-purpose cleaner is a great way to be eco-conscious and clean, and it's safer for you, your guests and the environment.quotes_right_grey

6. Holiday shopping

quotes_left_greyPlan your holiday shopping before going out on a series of stops, so that you save time and help the environment, too.quotes_right_grey

7. Recycle

quotes_left_greyRecycle an old wallet to use in your car's console to store frequent customer punch cards, gift cards and other nonessential cards you will need while shopping.quotes_right_grey

8. Automated payment options

quotes_left_greyUse automated payment options whenever possible to pay your bills, especially for regular payments like your mortgage. It frees up your time and saves paper, too.quotes_right_grey

9. No more shuffling!

quotes_left_grey Save time and hassle by changing your printer's settings to make your printed documents come out in the correct order, so that you can grab the stack and staple it without rearranging the order first. No more shuffling! Then staple that stack more easily with a Staples® One-Touch™ stapler. quotes_right_grey

10. Organize and prioritize

quotes_left_greyUse pictures along with words when labeling kids' toy containers. The words help with reading skills and the pictures empower them to clean up on their own. Print photos of the toys from Google Images or cut out pictures from the original packaging and tape them on (with Staples® Fast Touch™ clear packing tape).quotes_right_grey

Managing the Paper in Your Life.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Tools

quotes_left_greyKeep "reading tools" in a pouch: sticky notes and flags, highlighter, pen, bookmarks, blade for clipping, mini stapler.quotes_right_grey

2. Trays and baskets

quotes_left_greyUse baskets or trays to contain stages of paper flow. Sorting, reading, filing and shredding are categories we use.quotes_right_grey

3. Bills

quotes_left_greyBills that arrive need a defined, separate home. Gather them up and pay once a week or twice a month. Where are your bills?quotes_right_grey

4. Magazines

quotes_left_greyGo vertical! Try magazine holders on a shelf to contain horizontally some of what would be "piles." These magazine files are made from recycled plastic and are a great choice.quotes_right_grey

5. Pare down

quotes_left_greyPare down your catalogs by unsubscribing at www.catalogchoice.org. It's free.quotes_right_grey

6. Throw the junk away first

quotes_left_greyDo you have a trash can or recycling bin by your apartment or neighborhood's group mailbox center? Throw junk away there before it gets into your house!quotes_right_grey

7. Shred

quotes_left_greyPractice safe disposal shred what might damage your identity, your finances, your privacy or your reputation!quotes_right_grey

8. Clip and save or go online

quotes_left_greyTear out the article...you don't need to keep the whole magazine. Or is that article available online?quotes_right_grey

9. Get rid of that obvious junk mail First

quotes_left_grey Pulling out reading material and obvious junk mail first makes the rest of your mail pile much easier to approach. quotes_right_grey

10. Organize and prioritize

quotes_left_greyOrganize your reading pile into A, B, C and D: "A" you always read, "B" you sometimes get around to reading, "C" you rarely make time for, and "D" you never read at all. Unsubscribe to the Cs and Ds.quotes_right_grey

Green Organizing Strategies.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Prioritized Task List

quotes_left_greyKeep "reading tools" in a pouch: sticky notes and flags, highlighter, pen, bookmarks, blade for clipping, mini stapler.quotes_right_grey

2. Removing Your Name From Mailing Lists

quotes_left_greyUse baskets or trays to contain stages of paper flow. Sorting, reading, filing and shredding are categories we use.quotes_right_grey

3. Eco-Conscious Cleaners

quotes_left_greyWhen you organize projects, you often need to clean off a shelf or wash a window to make the space feel finished. Clean up with eco-conscious cleaners such as Sustainable Earth by Staples™, which minimizes environmental impact both in general and inside your home.quotes_right_grey

4. Recycle Old Clothing

quotes_left_greyInstead of using paper towels, recycle old clothing and towels into cleaning rags. Tear them or mark them with a big "X" with a marker, so that you avoid mixing them back in with your regular clothing and linens.quotes_right_grey

5. Make It Official

quotes_left_greyMake it official with your recycling efforts — give this function a dedicated space in your home, either in your mudroom, garage or kitchen, so that it isn't constantly in your way. You might want an intermediate bin you can take to the larger bin to empty in the garage when it's full.quotes_right_grey

6. Recycle Your Technology

quotes_left_greyRecycle your technology items such as computers, monitors, fax machines and printers at Staples® stores, and donate items you don't need — from clothes to furniture — to local organizations.quotes_right_grey

7. Save Shredded Paper

quotes_left_greySave shredded paper for packing material. This gives it a second life and saves you money on packing supplies.quotes_right_grey

8. Look For Products Of High Quality

quotes_left_greyWhen you make an office purchase, look for products of high quality that will last, rather than products that you will need to discard and replace. Lorie Marrero really appreciates OXO Good Grips™ office products (available exclusively at Staples®) for just this reason — they are designed well and are weighted to feel solid and durable in your hand.quotes_right_grey

9. Plan Your Errands

quotes_left_greyPlan your errands before going out on a series of stops, so that you save time and help the environment, too.quotes_right_grey

10. Your Local Disposal Center

quotes_left_greyEstablish a clearly labeled hazardous materials collections box in your garage or other designated out-of-the-way place to gather these items until you get a chance to take them to your local disposal center. quotes_right_grey

Home Office Organization.

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Create Better Boundaries

quotes_left_greyIf you run a business from your home, consider this week how you could create better boundaries between your personal and business life within the house. If you need to move some business items into archival storage to make room for more personal space, try these great storage boxes.quotes_right_grey

2. Your Home Office Chair

quotes_left_greyYou spend many hours in your home office chair — you will be much more productive if you are comfortable! The Staples® Caswell chair looks sophisticated and fits in with your home's décor.quotes_right_grey

3. A More Comfortable Height

quotes_left_greyHave you ever thought about a riser for your monitor? Elevating it saves surface area on your desk by providing space underneath, where you can even store your keyboard to get it out of the way. Ergonomically, it can also make your monitor sit at a more comfortable height for viewing.quotes_right_grey

4. Label The Cords

quotes_left_greyWhen you get a new electronic gadget, label the cords and accessories with a label maker first thing so they won't be a mystery later.quotes_right_grey

5. Create "Modules"

quotes_left_greyCreate "modules" for commonly used supplies in your briefcase using clear zippered pouches, to transport them easily between home and work.quotes_right_grey

6. Go Hands Free

quotes_left_greyGo hands free at home with your cordless phone, not just with your cellular phone in the car! Using one greatly increases productivity and reduces neck strain too.quotes_right_grey

7. Dedicated Sets Of Supplies

quotes_left_greySometimes duplicate supplies make total sense — scissors, calculators and other tools are best at "point of use." It is best to equip home offices with their own dedicated sets of supplies and provide duplicates for the rest of the needs in the house, especially if you have children!quotes_right_grey

8. Destination Station

quotes_left_greyHave a dedicated place to put your briefcase, wallet, purse, keys and rechargeable devices right when you come in the door. We call this a "destination station." Make your mornings more efficient by ending wasted time looking for these daily items. And to plug multiple devices in at one station, try the Staples® EcoEasy(sm) surge protector, which can save you an average of $25/year on your electric bill! quotes_right_grey

9. Wastebasket Too Small

quotes_left_greyIs your wastebasket too small? Home offices often have big trash needs. Get a larger one and you're almost guaranteed to throw away a greater volume of trash, which gets the clutter out of your life faster.quotes_right_grey

10. Home Office Upstairs

quotes_left_greyIs your home office upstairs? Use baskets for gathering things waiting to go upstairs or down to save trips. Use one at the top, one at the bottom.quotes_right_grey

October is National Clean Out Your Files Month!

Check out Lorie's organization tips and Staples Brand product suggestions to help you “lose clutter, gain time, and reduce stress.”

1. Clean Out Your Files

quotes_left_greyIt's exactly six months from tax time, so it's the perfect time to do a semi-annual file clean-out. Get started with a shredder on hand to not only get rid of unnecessary clutter, but to also protect yourself from identity theft.quotes_right_grey

2. Use Staples Instead of Paper Clips

quotes_left_greyIf you find papers attached with paper clips in your files, remove the paper clips and staple the stacks instead. Paper clips tend to grab onto other unintended papers when stored in a file folder. Use the Staples® One-Touch power-assisted stapler to make it easy!quotes_right_grey

3. “Micro” vs. “Macro” Organizing

quotes_left_greyStay high level in “macro”-organizing before diving into ”micro”-organizing. Photos and papers are more micro-level and require more time and attention. First, make big visible results sorting and rearranging and later come back to give focus to the smaller decisions.quotes_right_grey

4. Make Binders From Overused Files

quotes_left_grey Frequently used files may function better if converted into binders. Use the OXO® 3-hole punch to get it all quickly put away. quotes_right_grey

5. Use Hanging File Folders

quotes_left_grey One of the best kept secrets in office supplies are box-bottom hanging folders. They expand to hold a larger capacity of paper if you have jumbo files. I recommend stocking the 2" size for the most typical use. quotes_right_grey

6. Label Your Filing Folders

quotes_left_grey Name folders to keep like things together using headings and subheadings. For example, if you were filing finance information, you can have folders with the heading “Finances” and then the subheading, such as “Finances: Invoices,” “Finances: Expenses”or “Finances: Budgets. quotes_right_grey

7. Create Filing Consistency

quotes_left_grey Decide if you want to file the most recent papers to the front or to the back of your folders and be consistent. There is not a right or wrong answer to this question. quotes_right_grey

8. Use Specific Naming Conventions

quotes_left_grey Avoid naming your files with categories that are too general, like “Stuff to Do” or the classic, “Misc.” Name something with a phrase that is specific that you will easily recall later when referencing the file. quotes_right_grey

9. Out With The Old. In With The New!

quotes_left_grey Briefly evaluate recipes, filed papers, and addresses anytime you access them. See something old? It's outta there now! If you see folders in poor condition, replace them with new ones, preferably high quality ones that will last like Staples® Better™ binders and dividers. quotes_right_grey

10. Secure Storage

quotes_left_grey Do you have a fire safe or a safe deposit box? Store your important and irreplaceable papers in a more secure place. quotes_right_grey

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