Stuck at Home? Organizing Tips in the Palm Beach Daily News

This week, I shared some organizing tips in the Palm Beach Daily News, known locally as The Shiny Sheet.

While we’re all safe at home and maintaining the recommended social distance from others, you might find yourself with more time on your hands to work on projects around the house.

However, it’s a stressful time and you might not feel up to tackling a major organizing overhaul like the garage or your master closet. Now is the perfect time for small, manageable projects that make a big impact.

Photo Organizing

Tip One: Use stylish matching photo albums or photo boxes to organize photos. Photos should be enjoyed so if they can be displayed in your home as part of your décor, then you are more likely to look at them.

Tip Two: Don’t be afraid to declutter your photos. Toss any photos that are bad exposures, blurry or don’t bring up happy memories. You can also set aside duplicates to be mailed to a family member.

Tip Three: As you take photos out of old albums and boxes, organize them into categories that make sense to you. That might be the year the photo was taken, an event, trip or family member.

Tip Four: Avoid storing photos in garages or attics, where Palm Beach temperatures and humidity fluctuate. Keep organized photos away from sunlight in a cool, dry place.

Paperwork Organizing

Tip One: Get your incoming mail under control. Keep a trashcan in the area so you can dispose of junk mail immediately. Also keep a mail opener and a bin for incoming magazines nearby.

Tip Two: A nice desktop file box becomes a quick and easy way to sort paperwork. Examples of files might include bills to pay, items to discuss with your family, pending items (for things like event tickets), and action items. Consider files for current tax items and family medical issues. These should only be files you need to access on a daily or weekly basis.

Tip Three: Financial information like bank and investment account statements can be accessed through online accounts, which can majorly cut down on incoming paperwork.

Tip Four: Know what paperwork to keep and what paperwork to toss. Consult your attorney and accountant to make the best decision for you personally.

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