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New Year’s Day Organizing Tips

January 1, 2010 by Blair  
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by Blair Massey

It’s the beginning of another new year. What better time to get organized? Try these helpful organizing tips to get your New Year started in the right direction.

Schedule It.

Schedule all the annual appointments for you and your family –doctor, dentist and veterinarian (for the animals of course!). Consider setting up a standing appointment for your hair and nails.

Calendar It.

Get a new calendar and transfer over all birthdays, anniversaries and other important events. Don’t forget to add appointments that you have already scheduled for this year. Color-code each event by category using highlighters in different colors so that you can see what’s coming up at a glance. Purchase a calendar wall hanger and hang up your calendar for daily viewing.

Get It On Sale

Purchase Christmas cards, wrapping paper, tissue, bows, ribbon and decorations for next year while they are on sale now.

Make a List and Check It Twice

Make a Christmas card mailing list. Put each name and address into Word’s label feature (under tools, letters/mailings, envelopes/labels) so that next year you can save time by printing out address labels. Print them on festive label stock.

Make a master list of the people you purchase gifts for each year.

Write It Down

Write down your New Year’s resolutions and use them as a springboard for developing your goals for the year.

Perfectly Put Away

Organize your Christmas ornaments, lights and decorating items as you store them away. Try using a cardboard wine case for your ornaments. They can be picked up for free from the grocery store and have dividers that are just the right size for most ornaments. Label your boxes as you go so you know what is in them. Try grouping your ornaments by the location that you will use them in. That way you can easily find what you need for each area that you decorate. You can also apply this strategy to your other holiday decorations. Group decorations by season or holiday and mark each box accordingly.

Budget for Next Christmas

Take a look at your recent Christmas receipts and plan a budget for next Christmas.

Hidden Agenda

Find a hiding place for Christmas gifts that you purchase on sale throughout the year. Make sure it is “child proof”. Make a list of what you purchase that includes the person’s name, what you bought and how much you spent. Keep this list in your purse or wallet for easy reference.

Filing for the Future

Start getting your files and records in order. Make a list of what you need to do to update or revamp your filing system. Don’t forget to purge what you don’t need and move other documents, like taxes to long-term storage.

© 2009 Blair Massey

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