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Controlling the Clutter: Sorting Mail
There is nothing more frustrating than coming home to a huge pile of unopened, un-handled mail! tossing it onto the hall table, buffet or kitchen counter only adds to visual static, and subconsciously creates stress.
Today we picked up and sorted a client's mail. She is older and just had some surgery she is recovering from, so we are helping her to keep up with bills and down with clutter!
You can use this same simple system we use to keep mail clutter to a minimum:
First, standing right over the trash can, I immediately discarded the circulars, (some were doubles) and the obvious junk mail so that only the important mail remains to be opened and handled.
Bills and statements went in the 'Handle Now' basket, and other mail (such as get well cards and other correspondence) went in the 'Later' basket.
Total time saved for client:about an hour or two each week. That is about 8 hours a month or 50 - 100 hours a year.
I had a different post planned for today-but this one is taking priority. I have interrupted my book writing to post this. Please forgive my rant but... I was doing some research for my book-and I have lost count of how many times I have seen the advice to clean your fruits, herbs and vegetables with a bleach solution! No. NO. and NOOOO!! I realize we have a collective germ-phobia and want our food to be "safe" to eat, and I don't know who started this "soak your food in bleach" idea, but please, Do NOT soak ANY food in bleach solution! Fruits, vegetables and herbs are extremely absorbent and will ABSORB whatever you are using to clean it! Bleach is an excellent disinfectant for hard surfaces, such as counter tops, tile grout and toilets. But people, bleach is toxic if ingested! It has no place and is not recommended in food preparation other than cleaning your counters, sinks and possibly your cutting boards before and after use. Sodium hypochlorite is the chem…
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