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Did you know that organized people save time? It’s because they’re not always searching for things. The National Association of Professional Organizers say, “Organized people save time and money and reduce stress and frustration levels. There is no one right or wrong way to get organized. Organizing systems help you deal with everything from your paper to your professional responsibilities and give you parameters on what to keep, what to toss and what to take action.”

Now, you may be asking yourself what is an organization system? The answer to that is it’s totally up to you. Your personality, environment, and personal style will help you come up with an organization system that’s perfect for you. Basically, it doesn’t matter how you de-clutter your space as long as you do it. By getting organized you’ll save time, stress and probably even a little money.

Evaluate your space: where’s the mess?
Do you have a place by the door where you toss your mail, keys and whatever else you have in your hands when you walk in? Instead of having a heap of stuff on that table, why not have a bowl or basket for the miscellaneous items. Hang a hook for your keys. Do something to contain the clutter. Get a bill organizer for your mail. That way you can divide it up by who it goes to or by how important it is. If you have separate areas for the separate items you’ll always know where they are.

Wherever you decide to keep your mail it’s a good idea to keep your stationery close by. That way when you get a letter it’s easy to respond to it because everything’s right there. You’ll be prepared to drop any type of note.

Do a little spring cleaning
When it comes to your stationery, make sure that you keep it up to date. The last thing that you want is to reach for a piece of stationery and realize that all you have is sticky notes and leftover note cards from high school. On the other hand don’t go overboard when stocking your supply because then you run the risk of being stuck with a bunch of out of style stationery.

We suggest you clean out your stationery supply often. Keep only what you absolutely love. If you don’t love it, you’re less likely to use it. Your stationery should inspire you to write and reflect your personality. You’re probably asking yourself what to do with all the old stationery? Give them to your children. They’ll love having the paper to color on and it can help them practice their letter writing skills. You could also give the old stuff a makeover with cute paper, colorful stickers or paint. It can be a fun art project and it’s a good way to recycle the old paper.

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