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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 think its safe to say that most of us would be happier with a bit less clutter. We look at magazines with photos of well-furnished, clutter-free living rooms, and gorgeous bedrooms with a fancy breakfast tray carefully balanced on the bottom corner of the bed, and then we look around our own home and see random items strewn about and wonder if those pictures are even possible in real life.
We would love to have more space for things that we love, need, and actually use. We would love to have less stress due to having less things to manage, keep track of or clean, and we would love to be able to find the belongings we are looking for much more quickly.
Whether we want to admit it or not, many of us have a hard time getting rid of things. Even though we know that deep down inside it is causing us additional time and stress. We justify this by telling ourselves that the item(s) is/are valuable in some way-either something we really will need in the future, or something sentimental tha…
Once you have decided to hire a housekeeper, there are several ways to go about finding one. The best way (in my opinion) is to ask for a personal referral from a friend, family member or neighbor. Most independent housekeepers and services like to have clients in the same neighborhood, to limit travel time, and some even give a small discount for referrals, so that may be a good place to start. You could also place and ad in a local paper, or post a flyer at a local college. With the rising cost of tuition, many college students are looking for ways to earn extra cash for books and course work when they are not taking classes. Be specific as to what you are looking for: (Examples: non smoker, English speaking, has own transportation, has liability insurance, brings own supplies, etc.) In order to be clear with prospective housekeepers, you should also come up with a tentative schedule and a list of tasks that you would like taken care of on a regular cleaning day. Be specific about wha…
Let's face it, none of us can do it all.
That is the simple reason why you shouldn't be ashamed to hire a housekeeper.
Everyone's situation is different-and people hire help for many reasons: If you or your children have health or mobility limitations, you may need overall help on an ongoing basis.
If both spouses work outside of the home-or if you are a single parent, you may need some extra help because you come home exhausted each night.
If you are single-and travel a lot for your work, it may be a welcome change to have your home nice and clean when you come home from a business trip.
Or maybe you just hate to / are not good at keeping a house.
Whatever the reason, when you hire a housekeeper, you are not only purchasing a clean, organized home, but you are buying back your lost time: time with family, kids and to do those things you don't get to do.
American women spend, on average, about 23 hours weekly doing cleaning tasks. That is almost 100 hours a month, a…