*This series will run for 5 weeks, with a new task each Tuesday.*
As you all should know by now, we’ve moved – for the fourth cumulative time in a year. I moved twice last fall – once out of my apartment to my parent’s house just before our wedding, and then again in January right after our wedding. My husband moved at the end of last summer from a house full of old college roommates to the house that would be our very own, post-wedding. And just this past month, we moved again. Our wonderful new house is smaller, which means cutting out clutter and purposeful organization are very, very necessary for our sanity and survival. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but seriously – both my husband and I feel so much better when everything is in its place. The house feels more at rest. We feel more at rest. And with our first baby about to make his/her arrival, we absolutely need to not have a house in disorder.
Today is the first of five installments in this series. I’ll be doing this series with you, pinky promise. In fact, today is actually the day I’ve scheduled for attacking the paper clutter that is overflowing in the study. See? It is a mess.
But Thursday or Friday is the day I will be working on correctly filing everything away. Today is just my “gather it up” day. If you need to stretch this challenge out over a whole week, go right ahead. Life happens. And it can get crazy. That’s why this challenge is running over five weeks. I can’t do it all in one week. And I imagine a lot of you can’t, either. But it’s going to be fun! And our houses will be so much better at the end! And when you’re done each week, pretty please share your before/after pictures on the Happy Heart & Home Facebook page. I’d love to see your progress!
Now, let’s stop procrastinating and get started!
- Filing cabinet
- Hanging file folders
- Manila-type file folders
- Big box or basket
- Smaller basket or container (like a shoebox!)
- Shredder or scissors
- Car Insurance
- Medical Insurance
- Receipts (for items you may need the receipt for later – NOT everyday
- Other Insurance (renter’s, home owner’s, what ever you need)
- Pay Statements
- This Year’s tax forms (you’ll save W-2’s and other pertinent paperwork here until you file your taxes for the current year. Then it all gets moved into a new file with the year on it.)
- Medical Bills
- Vet (vaccine records, bills, etc.)
- File it – which category does it belong in? Put it there.
- Immediate action needed before filing? (An unpaid bill, a form that needs to be filled in and sent somewhere, etc.) Set aside into a smaller container. You should take care of these before the end of the week, or the paper clutter will slowly creep back in.)
- Trash it – shred/rip/snip up personal/sensitive documents that are no longer needed.
- The Official GTD website
- A simplified overview of the system
- How one of my favorite bloggers implemented GTD
- GTD system for college students
- More on GTD system for college students
- Mystie Winckler’s system is the best that I could find tailored just for moms and homemakers.
- What is this app not able to do? It is virtual filing cabinet, note holder, recipe box, event planner, and so much more. There is also a web version, which I use more often than the desktop version. My desktop version can be very slow (but I think it may just be my computer, which is a 2008 MacBook Pro and dying rapidly.)
- Pocket Informant
- If you are a very visual person, and want to see your to do’s and upcoming events laid out in old-fashioned calendar form, this app is for you.
- Remember the Milk
- My current to-do app, which is needed for Mystie Winckler’s set-up. Syncs with Evernote, which is ever so handy.
- Carrot To-Do
- If you would be motivated by a very sarcastic app that opens by saying, “Greetings, lazy human” then Carrot might be your to-do app. It’s like Grumpy Cat, if she were an app. Also great for anyone who likes reverse psychology motivation (military members come to mind.) This app was very motivational while I was still in college and procrastination was a daily threat.
- An Evernote app which lets you “scan” a document, sticky note, or page right into Evernote using your phone’s camera. You can convert to PDF, email it, or save it right then and there. Not yet available for Android, it appears.
- My favorite scanning app aside from Scannable. Converts to PDF, fax, email, etc. and is also available for Android.
Again, please share before, during, and after photos on my Facebook page! (See? I even linked it. You have no excuses!) I’d love to see your progress, and I’ll be keeping you updated with mine. Also feel free to email or message me with any questions that you have each week.