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Helpful Tips
These quick and easy organization tips, will help you in your journey, toward getting organized and eliminating unwanted clutter.
 

Junk Mail
To eliminate unwanted catalogues, try logging on to:
https://www.catalogchoice.org

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft
Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the US. If you do have an incident occur, or would just like additional information, log on to:
http://www.ftc.gov
Publications can be ordered. (One of my favorite handouts is Take Charge – Fighting Back Against Identity Theft.)

Here is a link to a recent article in MSNBC regarding identity theft and protecting your identity during these difficult economic times.

Phone Solicitors
National Do Not Call Registry - Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on this registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008.You can register online at WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV or call toll-free, 1-888-382-1222, from the number you wish to register. Registration is free.

Organizing Bedrooms
Bedrooms are meant to be spaces of calm and restfulness, where you can escape from the world. Clutter can make bedrooms more stressful, than restful. Focus on bringing some order to the room where we spend many hours of our life. - Remove items from the bedroom, that don't belong - Clear off your dresser and other flat surfaces - Purge your closet and your drawers - Make a list of spring cleaning chores; rotating your mattress, vacuuming under the bed.

Stay organized and prepared while traveling with these travel tips

When traveling make 3 copies of the following...
-The photo page of your passport, with your passport number and the issuing office.
-Your paper airline ticket, if you have one or use electronic tickets, which you can't lose.
-Traveler's checks make sure the serial numbers are readable, or record them separately,
-Your driver's license

Keep one set of copies for yourself apart from the originals, leave one set with a family member or friend, and stow the last set in the hotel safe when you get to your destination.
Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you have in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel should you lose your wallet/purse.

The numbers you always need to contact if your wallet, etc., has been stolen:
1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

Sentimental Items
One of the biggest hang-ups people have... What do you do with those 'darn' sentimental items, which you no longer want or need?

Sentimental items can be offered to relatives who may also appreciate having them.
Take pictures of the items and safely store the photos, complete with a memory or a story. This allows you to let go of the actual item. (In a way it is still with you, but no longer taking up 'space')

Temporary ... often become permanent places. It's better to put it away now, than to allow the clutter to accumulate into large piles.

Off Site Storage - YES or NO?
Off-site storage should be a last resort. If you are currently renting storage space, think carefully about the items you are storing. Is it really worth the money to store this stuff? Or ... could you get rid of some, most, or even all of it? Periodically, sort through items in your off-site storage area and reevaluate what you really need to keep. It will save you money in the long run.

Should I keep this?
- Is it beautiful, useful, or loved?
- When was the last time I used it?
- When will I ever need it again?
- What is the worst thing that could happen if I let it go?

Give the gift of organization
Time 4 Order would be a great gift for anyone needing a little more organization in their lives, especially for people looking to downsize or simplify.

 

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