Can you use some tips on how to quickly organize your bills? It has to be quick and easy for me or I won’t get it done. I used to do Private Banking for clients at a bank in Salt Lake City, Utah about 20 years ago. I also did mortgages for those same clients when I opened my own mortgage company for another 15 years. I had some clients who were organized with their “financial stuff” and more that were unorganized. The reason I want to explain why I am doing today’s post is because I have found over the years more people need help organizing their financial stuff than they realize. Of course, some people could care less to organize anything. That’s okay we are all different. I sometimes wonder why I am such an organized freak…….is it because I am left handed? I have to laugh, I really don’t know why I love to organize everything!
I decided to write about 11 things you should do before you die, in other words, what we may all want to consider doing. Sometimes we need a little push to gather important documents together and put them in a binder like the one I designed: Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download Please be patient for it to load and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left-side of your laptop screen or computer monitor. Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to click and print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer. Here’s the deal, no one wants to talk about death in most cases, I get it. I have to tell you a funny story about one of my cute granddaughters, Emmie. One day she came to visit and said to me “Grandma, did you know you’re going to die?”. I said well, “how did this topic come up today?” She was about six or seven at the time and she had recently had a Sunday School lesson where they had talked about death. Well, Emmie looked me in the eye and said, “well you’re gonna die Grandma”! I am known to laugh a lot and I tried to keep a straight face, but I got the giggles so bad only because she was so serious. We then discussed what she had learned in her class. Yes, indeed we will all die.
Would you like time to get organized in 15 minutes or less? Are there some closets, kitchen cupboards, bedroom dressers or other areas that that could use some cleaning out? Here’s the deal, for me I can’t look at the whole house or the garage and think “I need to get this house cleaned today”! Of course, I have a routine schedule for the toilets and bathroom and the kitchen, but there are times I want to just declutter. Do you ever feel like that? In order to accomplish this desire to declutter moment, I have to think it through. It doesn’t take much time, but for me, this is a necessity. I do a few things a week, and a few things a month. Then I also have the yearly check the “stuff” moment when I realize I will never use that stuff and it’s time to let the stuff go. I’m not talking about extremely important documents, keepsakes, or heirlooms. But, I also want to reconnect with friends through notes and phone calls so I want to add these things to my list.
Remember mom’s minute timer, you need one, I promise. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with stuff you want a little more organized in your home or garage? I know I do! It seems it’s a never ending project. You know stuff gets expired, stuff you no longer need or want starts piling up. Well, it’s not fun to do it by yourself, sometimes. I needed a kick start to get me going. Here’s the deal, you may think I want to clean this cupboard, this room or this dresser or whatever. I get it. I never stop cleaning out items, it’s who I am. Sort, donate, trash or save.
It’s my Back to Basics series today and it’s all about how to organize your home. I must be on some mission to declutter my home because I keep looking for stuff I don’t need or use. I read an article or saw something on the television that prompted my current state of mind. There was a woman talking about “stuff”, whether it’s clothes, furniture, a picture, a knick-knack or whatever. She mentioned if something no longer gives you “JOY” let it go. I really liked what she said. LET.IT.GO. Before you know it I was offering to help declutter other homes besides my own. I don’t know if there is a song called, “Let it go” or not, but I soon found myself singing that phrase. Let it go, let it go, let it go. Simple words, but so empowering to me. I really want to simplify my life.
Would you like to know how to be ready for tax time next year? If you set up a filing system now you will be ready every year before tax time rolls around again. We all know the items the IRS is usually looking for, right? I have to have everything organized whether it’s my house, garage, closets, cupboards or tax stuff. It’s who I am. I am not a tax professional or giving you tax advice here today, I just want to share some of my tax organizational tips. So let’s get started.
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