What do you have trouble Organizing?

April 28, 2010 by  

We all have an area of our house that gets messy just because we either can’t stand to organize it ….or we don’t know how?
I would say for me the area that I like the least is paper management. The file system! I have one that works for me. But what works for me certainly doesn’t always work for my clients.

There are file systems that you can have your broad topics: Home management, Cars, Bills, Kids.
Then you can have those systems that people like to micro file: Business meeting Aug 7, 2009, Billy’s monthly karate etc…

There are some that love the paperless concept: Neat receipts or a Snap Scan by Fujitsu that can scan all your receipts, business cards etc.. into your computer – thus ending most paper content.

There are those that are scared to throw out a single piece of paper. I had one client that has a huge amount of paper and files. I thought a Snap Scan (my sister recommended….she loves hers) would work well for him and he agreed. But I knew with him, it would only be for magazine articles and articles related to his profession. The volume of these things alone was immense. No one can MAKE someone throw something away if they aren’t ready. We can encourage them to and try to get to the bottom of why they feel they can’t part with it…but bottom line is…it is theirs and their decision.
But to get on with my story – After hours of scanning and several boxes of papers, magazines etc..that I was thrilled we were going to be able to get rid of since we had just scanned them….. You guessed it – he didn’t want to throw them out…just yet. We did talk and I did convince him that he had all the information and as he backed everything up automatically every 30 minutes (I think) he wasn’t losing any of that information.

So what do you hate to organize? Share your thoughts, your pictures….I’d love to help if I can.

Disclosure: I am not presently representing either the Neat Receipts or the Snap Scan, I have used them both in the past and did a past review on the Neat Receipts.

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4 Responses to “What do you have trouble Organizing?”
  1. Shannon says:

    Yes, I haven’t come up with a good way to organize paperwork/receipts either. When I try to throw something away my husband gets nervous we will need it. Difficult to weigh his need to save with my desire to throw out! :)

  2. Sandy says:

    Very true. In that case he might do well with something like a snap scan. He could scan and save it on the computer and you could get rid of most of the papers.

  3. Shawn says:

    My biggest hassle is children’s toys. They get them all the time – school, holidays, even McDonald’s. Mickey D’s is also now the largest toy distributor in the world. You know you have clutter when you have unopened Happy Meal toys in the floor. :-)

  4. Sandy says:

    Shawn,
    I have a 4 part series I just did on organizing toy rooms. Maybe it can help you. But the big thing is sorting through. You don’t have to keep all those toys.
    The Toy organizing Part 1 you can find here, there should be links to the other ones at the bottom of that article…of if you search in the top right of my blog you will be able to bring up all the posts.

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