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How to Set Up Your Filing Cabinet

Content Updated October 3, 2007 A filing system is essential if you plan on having paperwork, and if you pay taxes, own a bank account, or go to the doctor you’re going to have paperwork. If you can’t afford a fancy filing cabinet, get a cheap one. If you can afford a cheap one, invest in some plastic storage boxes. If that’s still to expensive for your current financial situation, settle on some sturdy cardboard boxes. All you need are some filing folders and a marker. Hanging file folders are optional but come in handy for setting up categories and…

What to Put in Your Safe Deposit Box

Content Updated October 3, 2007 There are some things that should not only be filed but protected from fire, flood, and theft. Often the best protection is a safe deposit box at a local bank. If you don’t have access to one or simply don’t like the idea of having to go to the bank to get access to your items, purchase a fireproof safe that can be bolted, from the inside, to the studs in your wall or floor to keep the documents safely in your home. Make sure you make a list of the contents of your safe…

Files You Can Discard

Content Updated October 3, 2007 You don’t have to keep every piece of paper forever. Here’s a list of items you can eventually throw out. Tip: If you are worried about throwing something out, get yourself a scanner and scan your documents into your computer. Burn them onto a CD or DVD and store them in a fireproof or safe deposit box. Monthly ATM statements (after you receive your regular bank statement and verify that the ATM transaction is on the bank statement) Receipts for items you can’t return, are not tax deductible, and don’t have a warranty After 1…

Setting Up Your Home Workstation

Content Updated October 3, 2007 There are lots of places you can use to set up a workstation. You can use a desk or a corner of your kitchen. A closet can be converted into a workspace by adding some shelves, baskets, bins, and bulletin and memo boards on the door. A bookshelf or large cabinet can be converted in much the same way that you convert a closet but doesn’t require you to permanently alter your home. An office is perfect; it’s an entire room dedicated to being your workstation. There are a several things to consider when deciding…

Home Workstation / Home Office Supplies

Content Updated October 3, 2007 You will first need to get your home workstation supplies. Here are the basics that should be at every home workstation. Home Organizer This is where you keep track of everything: addresses, phone numbers, appointments, chores, etc. Learn how to make a household notebook / household organizer. “To Do” Box Every time something comes in that needs to be dealt with, such as bills to pay or forms to sign, place it in your “To Do” box. Accept that this box will rarely be empty, but always try to get as much done as possible…

Other Time Savers

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Shop when the stores are least crowded. During regular business hours 9am to 5pm and after 9pm are when most people are doing other things, like working or sleeping. Avoid shopping between 4pm and 8pm because that’s when everybody shops after they get off of work. Try to find a 24-hour store, so you can shop in the middle of the night if that fits your schedule best. Shop online or via catalog. The money you save in shipping costs are often worth the cost of your time. Shopping on the Internet is also great…

Telephone Time Savers

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Skip the phone books use your Internet directory. Just go to your favorite online phone directory and type in the name of the person or company you’re looking for. You’ll get any information that’s available in the phone book, plus things like maps to help you figure out where they are. Skip the yellow pages and use Tell Me when you travel. If you don’t have a cell phone with Internet access, try 1-800-555-TELL. It’s a wonderful system when you want to contact a travel company fast and free. You call it and it gives…

Routines for Starting Your Day

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Whether you wake up at 5:00 AM or 11:00 PM to start your day, you should have a “morning” routine to help you start your day off organized. Eat a healthy breakfast. (Don’t forget to feed the kids too.) Don’t skip this! Breakfast boosts your metabolism, gives you energy to get through the day, allows you to think better, and keeps you from nibbling on unhealthy snacks. (I like to eat breakfast in my pajamas.) Don’t forget your vitamins and medication. Watch or listen to the news or read the newspaper (from your doorstep or…

Managing Schedules

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Having a schedule is one of the most important parts of time management. Without a schedule, everything ends up in a chaotic mess of random activity. You already use a schedule mentally, figuring how long it will take you to get ready before you go out, when you’ll eat, when you’ll sleep, and so forth. If your life is moving along smoothly with a mental schedule, great! If you find yourself always running behind, forgetting things, getting backed-up or side-tracked, losing track of time, and so forth, you need to sit down and make a…

The Laws of Saving Time

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Have a place for everything, and keep everything in it’s place for quick retrieval. Looking for misplaced items is a huge waste of time. Avoid going through this by organizing your home, office, backpack, locker, … to ensure that everything has a place. Put everything into centers or stations (e.g. media center, household workstation, craft center, etc.), and put those centers where they will most likely be used (a craft center in your bedroom is useless if you do all of your crafts in the family room and tend to leave your projects and supplies…