10 Best Tips for Organizing Paper Clutter

One of the most common complaints from families is of paper clutter. It can be in your kitchen or home office, but the piles of paper that stack up get messy and annoying. Important papers get lost and time is wasted searching for bills or documents, creating stress and frustration.

Clean up your paper by trying a few of these tips.

Devise a color-coded filing system.

Choose a color for each member of the family and use a folder in that color to store papers. This way, when your children needs thier permission slip, you know it’s in the purple folder.

Another idea is to use simple files that say “Today,” “This Week,” or “This Month” and organize papers accordingly. This method lets you to keep tabs on what needs to be done immediately and what can be put off for another day without it slipping through the cracks.

Use your mobile phone. 

Take a photo of schedules, lunch menus for school, and other important information to keep it handy. This method keeps your desk and fridge clear!

Go paperless with electronic bills.

Most monthly bills can be paid electronically. All that’s required is to go to the company’s website and request this service. You can even arrange for automatic renewal for magazines this way, occasionally even scoring lower subscription rates!

Skip junk mail altogether.

Request to be removed from mailing lists. Simply send a letter with all possible spellings of your name, address and signature. Mail it to: Mail Preference Service / DMA ATTN: Dept. 9407644 P.O. Box 643 Carmel, NY 10512. Even faster? Call them at 212-768-7277.

Recycle paper clutter for good use.

Cut up notes and unimportant papers from school to create scrap paper. You not only reduce waste, but save money.

Consolidate with binders.

Binders keep bills, forms, and papers neatly sorted. You can have binders in varying formats such as one per family member or per year, making it simple to locate documents as needed. Keeping the binders in a convenient location ensures proper and frequent use of this system.

Keep paper out of the way with an organization system.

Magazine racks or hanging organization systems eliminate the unsightly mess of papers strewn or stacked on counters and desks. Try setting aside a place in the pantry for organizational purposes to get it out of the kitchen entirely.

Make a date with paper.

Filing systems aren’t for everyone, and even if they are, they still need to be maintained. Set aside a “Desk Day” once a week or twice a month to go through papers and keep things clean and organized. Put it on your calendaras a regular appointment to remind yourself that it needs to get done.

Make a plan for schoolwork.

Most parents struggle with this dilemma: What to do with all the artwork and schoolwork your child brings home?  Save one picture from your child’s school each month and take pictures of the rest. You can even makes photobooks of her child’s art, or scans the artwork and uses it to create greeting cards and stationary.

Use bins as a last resort.

If you still can’t bring yourself to throw anything away, you can save everything from school in bins (one per child) and go through it once a year. As time passes, the sentiment has worn off, making it easier to throw items away.


Push Forward

Many times, the situations and events in your life won’t offer you much encouragement. On top of that, even other people may not have much encouragement to give you.

But that doesn’t mean you have to go without any encouragement. After all, you are perfectly capable of encouraging yourself.

Remind yourself how truly fortunate you are to be able to experience life’s great wonders. Consider all the positive possibilities that are available to you, even on the most difficult days.

You are marvelously free to think what you wish, to feel the way you choose, and to act in the best interest of yourself and your world. On top of that, you’re surrounded by a magnificent abundance that you can transform into great meaningful value.

Perhaps at the moment life is not offering you much encouragement, but that’s not really a problem. Connect with the joys you’ve already experienced, the possibilities of the present, and your dreams for the future, and you’ll find plenty of encouragement within yourself.

Is your world in need of encouragement, and there’s none to be found? Be the encourager, and you’ll be powerfully encouraged.

Simple Nail Care Plus Fall 2014 Nail Colors

Here’s what you need to know to keep your fingernails in tiptop shape.


Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, and avoid long soaks in the tub.

Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. It might be easiest to trim and file your fingernails when they’re soft, such as after bathing.

Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles too.


Abuse your fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.

Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.

Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.

Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.




Fall Colors

Being Honest with Ourselves and Removing Our Masks

It has been said that the eyes are the window to our souls. Unfortunately so many people wear masks to hide who they are that no one ever gets to see their beautiful soul. Sadly enough, not only does no one else get to know the real them, but they often go through life wondering who they themselves are because they have lost touch with their own selves from spending so much of their lives wearing a mask and pretending to be someone they are not. We often begin wearing a mask for protection but who are we really protecting ourselves from, the world around us or our own selves? Are we trying to hide who we are or how we feel? Or could we be wearing a mask in hopes of becoming something we are not?

“Our lives only improve when we are willing to take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” ~Walter Anderson

Motivate Team Members with Individual Recognition

In team settings, recognizing individual contributions can be challenging. But because recognition is a powerful motivator, you need to find ways to give it. Start by getting to know each team member personally: ask about backgrounds, life outside of work, and career aspirations. Helping people grow is a form of recognition, assign challenging tasks, and act as a coach. Try sending written acknowledgment, like a thank-you email with senior management copied. In team discussions, recognize behaviors that people should continue. Hold sessions focused on positive feedback and have everyone share what they appreciate about each team member, whether specific contributions or general strengths. Finally, share credit publicly.

9 Habits That Kill Your Motivation

  1. You desire to be perfect

Pursuing perfection is the quickest way to kill your motivation.  If this one is particularly hard for you, next time you are working on a project, tell yourself you are just doing a “rough draft,” and you will make it “perfect” later.  When later arrives, do a few revisions to your project and call it good.  Having something done is better than never finishing anything.

  1. You compare yourself to others

Constantly comparing yourself to others is one of the easiest ways to lose motivation.  Not only will you stop working, but you will also waste a ton of time.  Instead of comparing yourself to others, find out what makes them so good at their jobs.  By telling someone you admire them, you may find out what their secret of success is–or you may find out that the person you’re comparing yourself to doesn’t have it as good as you thought.

  1. You don’t believe in yourself

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?  Stop wasting time and energy by tearing yourself down.  Next time you’re feeling down, force yourself to think of one thing you do well.  It will feel weird at first, but eventually you will realize that you are doing better than you thought.

  1. You do too much at once

The best way to find motivation is to focus on the tasks you want to complete.  If you have 100 projects going on at once, you won’t get anything done.  So focus on what you want to accomplish and get started.

  1. You don’t have any goals

If you don’t have goals, you won’t be motivated because you don’t know where you’re going.  You need to figure out where you want to go and then your goals will take you there.  Not having goals is like trying to find a new restaurant without an address.  You might luck into it every once in a while, but you will be stuck wandering most of the time.

  1. You don’t encourage yourself

Do you ever wish someone would tell you you’re doing a great job?  Well, you can get that encouragement today–from yourself.  By finding a way to encourage yourself, with notes, emails, even a special treat, you will feel more rewarded and motivated.  Remember, treat yourself the way you expect others to treat you.

  1. You have trouble finding new ideas

You need to fuel your motivation with new ideas.  If motivation is gas, new ideas are the gas pump. By reading, thinking, and talking to others you will discover new ideas and make connections to old ideas.  This way you can solve problems and your tank will stay full.

  1.  You get distracted

We all have one activity that makes hours–or days–of our lives disappear.  From TV, to the Internet, to social media, you’ve got to learn how to shut out distractions so you can be motivated.  Need help?  A great way to focus is to schedule your time.  If you need to work on a project, set aside time every day to work on it.  This way, when you’re tempted to read about the latest celebrity gossip, you can remember your time is already spoken for.

Now you know what to look for, so make sure you stop them before they stop you.


Listening to God when He speaks

Listening to God is probably the most important thing that will ever happen to a person.  Your spiritual life doesn’t begin until God speaks to you and you finally decide to listen.

It is for this reason that you need to not only talk to God constantly about everything, but you must also listen for God to speak to you. The best way to listen for God to speak to you is to look to your heart and your mind for his answer. Most people expect God to answer them in some divine way or somehow speak to them verbally, right out of heaven, but that isn’t the way God operates. God speaks to your heart, conscience, soul, and spirit. His answer may even be in that certain feeling that you have. That unexpected feeling that came out of nowhere, that shines additional light on the problem. His answer may lie in that sudden pause that you experience. That pause that gets you thinking about a different path to take.

Those methods of communication that God uses are extremely loud and clear. A child of God can hear God speak just as clearly as if God was standing right alongside of them verbally talking. However for most people, especially in the beginning of building a relationship with God, need to be quiet and really listen for God’s answer. You can easily block God’s answer with your internal clutter.