Saturday, 26 September 2009

3 hassle-free tips to de-clutter your small things

Quick no-brainer tips how to sort it out:

Notebook Organizer
Organize receipts, lists, and other items in a notebook that can accommodate papers of different sizes. Use whole-puncher to create holes in your items. Then, attach the items to plastic disks (these are the bits that make up the spine of your notebook). Create numerous sections for your different activities.

Points Card Organizer (Tesco Clubcard, Nectar and so on)
One way to quickly and easily organize these cards is to place all of them on a ring. Simply punch a hole in each card and add it to the ring. Try to punch all of your cards in the same spot to make identifying them easy.

Earring Organizer
Do you ever find that your earrings turn into an unmanageable jumble? Here's a simple solution: Place small cups (i.e. Japanese sake cups) on a tray, and place a pair of earrings in each cup. This method makes organizing earrings easy and attractive.


Sunday, 13 September 2009

Organizing tip of the day: clothespin photo and notes hangers

Clothespins can be used to organize and hang papers, photos, and cards when they're turned into refrigerator magnets.

To make them:
  • Remove the springs from wooden clothespins
  • Lightly sand wood with sandpaper
  • Coat with acrylic paint and let dry
  • Reattach springs
  • Affix a small magnet to 1 side of each pin with multipurpose cement

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Time tricks - how to make the most of your time

Here are three simple steps to make sure you are in control.

1. Start and finish it - every time you break up an activity with another you loose focus. Getting back into the right frame of mind takes precious time. By all means divide large projects into smaller chunks, but complete each chunk with as few interruptions as you can.

2. Take breaks - at the same time you, you need to build in breaks (at suitable points) in order to regain efficiency. You might think you do your best work when you are exhausted and high on caffeine, but sadly this is when most mistakes occur.

3. Time busters - identify the activities which steal your time, but add no value to your life. These might include driving and parking when you could take a train, watching TV programmes you don't enjoy or poorly organised filing system.