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Published on: January 26, 2011 |

Habits Guaranteed to Simplify Your Life By: YourWebMom
Simple Habits Guaranteed to Smooth Your Hectic Life!
Over the years, YourWebMom has developed some handy habits she no longer even thinks about! But when she DOES think about them, she realizes they have helped tremendously to simplify and smooth her everyday life.
Here are a few examples. YWM can almost guarantee you’ll find at least one of these will become a “keeper.”
1.     File as you go: This one took YWM more than three decades to figure out! Buy an accordion file sorter at an office supply store, and use their pre-printed dividers, (or change them by sticking on your own labels.) This tip alone saves YWM me an entire DAY of the annual sorting and filing she used to do right before tax time! The tax-related receipts go right into the Tax divider section, no clutter or worry!
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YWM caution: Decide if you will file in FRONT of, or behind the divider, and then write your decision on an address label stuck onto the front. This will help you remember and be consistent.
2.     Alphabetized sorter: A friend who was a professional organizer recommended this amazing idea for staying organized. It’s particularly useful for keeping track of the activities, sports and directions that plague young families. YWM uses one in the kitchen, one in the office, and has also used them for home and business, and next to the computer for computer-related stuff (manuals, instructions, passwords, printouts, tech support numbers).
There are additional uses: If you need to save something, say a wedding invitation with addresses and directions, write the letter “W” on your kitchen calendar, then file the invitation behind the “W” in the sorter. Example: Write “RSVP Wedding: W”, or “Wedding Gift: W” on a date on your calendar a couple of weeks before the event to buy and mail the gift, and again “W” written on the day of the wedding so you can grab the directions and maybe the card you bought. )
YWM caution: You DO need to sort through these a couple of times a year. They have a tendency to EXPAND rather quickly!
3.     Shop for your pantry. This means that as soon as you take something from your pantry (vitamins, canned foods, cleaning products, staple food items, etc.) you put it on your grocery list. You’ll never run out and you’ll have some time to catch an item on sale instead of paying full price.
4.     Password management: Keep your passwords organized in Outlook (Express) Contacts, under the name of the company or web site. YWM caution: This tip is for private computers only! Consider password protection of your computer. Either print these out occasionally, or use a back-up program.
5.     Outlook (Express) “Reminders:” Both Outlook and Outlook Express allow you to set up an Appointment, Task or a Reminder. Your own email program might also have this feature. You tell it how much in advance to pop up your reminder. Many birthdays, weddings and appointments have been remembered this way!
6.     Keep a “slop” sack on the counter. Save a plastic bag that fruit comes in and scrape table and cooking scraps, peels, tea/coffee grounds into it. (If you are a composter, these can be wonderful additions to your compost pile.) This avoids a smelly trash can also, so you don’t have to empty that quite as often. YWM caution: Keep the bag closed in between uses. You don’t want those smells in the kitchen. But…it’s easier to take a small bag to the outside trash than the big kitchen trash container.
7.     Online bill pay: Almost everything but occasional bills (doctor, hospital, magazine renewals) can be paid this way, without writing checks, addressing envelopes, pasting stamps, or making trips to the mailbox. Automate whenever possible.
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