Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 16, 2015 – Storage


Action is today’s name of the game. We take our first action approaching storage clutter. This is a 15-30 minutes max day.

Step 1 – Review your Goal
What goal did you set yesterday? Read it, feel it, own it.

Step 2 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes (and only 30 minutes)
Stick to it.

Step 3 – Go to Your Storage Space
Use bins or just pieces of paper to mark the spaces as shown below.

 







Step 4 – Sort Through Items
Grab 1 item at a time.
Place items in their respective spaces.
Don't touch another item until you put it in a space.
Don’t do anything else, just sort.

Step 5 - STOP – When the Timer Goes Off
REALLY!!!! STOP!!!! I don’t care if you are in a groove. I don’t care if you are having fun. STOP!!!!

Step 6 – Trash/Recycle Items
Re-review the trash/recycle items to ensure they can be recycled/trashed.
Then place the items in the trash/recycle bin.
Be sure to put household hazardous waste (batteries, expired meds, etc) in a separate bin/place

Step 7 – Holding Space Items
Move the Holding Space items to the holding space you created in week 1 when we looked at clothing/shoes clutter.

Step 8 – “Keep” Items
Return the keep items back from where you got them.

We will look at what to do with Keep items on a future day.

Step 9 – “Other” Items
Take the "other space items to their correct space.

Step 10 - Reflect & Congratulate
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Tomorrow – More Action – Repeat Sorting Routine

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 8, 2015 – Approaching Storage – Goal, Plan and Prepare


Today, we kick off with approaching storage clutter, the third most popular topic that was voted by you. We won’t be touching any storage clutter today. This is the day we set a goal for the week, plan for our action and take any preparation steps needed.



Goal: Set a SMART Goal for the Week for Storage
As we look at storage clutter, what is your goal? Make sure it is a SMART goal. This is a challenge so push yourself but also be S.M.A.R.T.


Plan: When are you going to do your work?
Take a look at your schedule. Where can you carve out 15-30 minutes each day? Yes, only 15-30 minutes is all that will be required each day in this challenge, not including reading the daily emails or blog information.
Also, look at your personality & lifestyle. Are you a morning person? Are you an evening person?  Do you have others living with you? How will you work around them?

Plan: Where Will You Focus?
Is your storage in a closet or a garage or an actual storage facility or in another area?
Decide where you will start.

Prepare – Create Storage Spaces
Storage is a little different than clothes and paperwork so we will create a few new categories for your storage:



DO NOT Buy Any Storage Systems

Step away from the door of the Container Store. Don’t go into Ikea!!!!

One of the common pitfalls of organizing is to buy storage systems. The KEY to organizing is purging what is old and no longer useful to you. You will find that when you purge you probably won’t need that vacubag or set of plastic shelves or an actual storage unit or whatever.

(FYI – I LOVE the Container Store & Ikea. I just stay away from them for my own “safety.”)

Tomorrow – We Take Action
With you goal and plan in place, we will take action on approaching your storage and start creating routines.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 14, 2015 – WrapUp, Reflect & Forward Plan

Today we wrap up approaching paperwork. This is the day we will close this topic, reflect on how it went and what you felt and then finally we will create a forward plan (unless you dealt with ALL of your paperwork stacks).

Step 1 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes MAX
Decide on your time and stick to it.

Step 2 - Reflect
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Step 3 – Forward Plan
You have options in your journey:
·       Move onto Tomorrow’s Topic: Storage Clutter
·       Keep Focus on Paperwork: Schedule 4 days, starting Wednesday for the below:
o   Daily Standing Mail Routine – every day of the 4 days
o   Sort paperwork – days 1 & 2 of the four days
o   Schedule Action Items – day three of the four days
o   Re-review Keep Items – day four of the four days
o   Return to the next topic: Book Clutter on April 22.

Bonus Content

Every day, email subscribers received a reminder email with the below bonus content. Bonus content can be articles or infographics or apps that have touched my life and made it a little brighter or easier. I am not getting paid by any of the people or companies that create this content. They are truly things I do/read/use.

If you’d like to receive daily email introductions of the current challenge topic and receive bonus content before everyone else, send an email to Jax (wjacquies@yahoo.com) to subscribe.

4/8- Mint (www.mint.com) Website & App – If you already do online banking and pay by ebills, Mint is a great FREE resource. It is a free website & app that will pull in all of your accounts (banking, credit cards, mortgage, etc) into one place to give you a full view of your net worth. It also contains tools to help you budget and set goals (i.e. save for a trip, pay off a credit card, etc).





4/9 – Tabless Thursday!!!! Thanks to Michelle Bommarito of Michelle Rose Fit, I learned about tab-less Thursday. Check out this article and video and challenge yourself to go tab-less today and every Thursday. Fast Company – Tabless Thursday

4/10 & 11 – Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/) This is a favorite website/blog of mine. You don’t have to live in an apartment to appreciate this site. It contains ideas about your home and how to make it more efficient, more happy and more organized. They do a January Cure each year. This cure came from 8-step home cure in the book Apartment Therapy by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan who is also the founder of the blog.

4/12 –  12 Tips On Staying Inspired | Visual.ly - 12 VERY Simple Steps to Stay Inspired - I have this saved in my Pinterest "Quotes & Inspiration Board." Enjoy!

4/13 – 100 Questions to Inspire Rapid Self-Discovery via Chronically Vintage
I had originally discovered this list of questions on Alexandra Franzen's site but the “question-only” list is not there.
Have some fun for yourself and even use these at your next party to generate conversation.


This is another conversation and possibly motivation generator. I discovered this fabulous product through my brother’s family. Every dinnertime, each person gets to pick a card. Then on person reads their topic and each person shares their opinion. Then the next person reads and then all share.





4/14 - South Bay Document Destruction  (http://www.sbdd.com/ )– If your shred items are in the boxes quantity, then you can drive your items to this place in Gardena, CA. I was able to watch the team members throw my papers into the super industrial shredder. It was worth every penny to have them do it.

Tomorrow – Storage Clutter KickOff
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 13, 2015 – Action & Keep Folders



Today we continue looking at paperwork as we take action with our Action and Keep folders and only in 15-30 minutes. And, let’s not forget our daily mail routine.

Step 1 – Review your Goal
What goal did you set Wednesday? Read it, feel it, own it.

Step 2 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes MAX
Again, when the timer goes off, STOP!!!!



DAILY MAIL ROUTINE

Step 3 – Grab Mail & Go to 4 Paper Spaces – Remain Standing
Use bins or just pieces of paper to mark the spaces.


Step 4 – Stand Up and Sort Through Your Mail
Yes, you are going to stand through the sorting process.
Place items in their respective spaces.
Don’t do anything else, just sort.

Step 5 – Trash/Recycle Items
Re-review the trash/recycle items to ensure they can be recycled/trashed.
Then place the items in the trash/recycle bin.

Step 6 – Shred Items
Re-review items to shred to ensure they can be shredded.
Turn the shredder on, if you have one, and shred away.

Step 7 – “Keep” Items
Place items in Keep folder.
We will look at what to do with a Keep folder in one of the later steps.

Step 8 – “Action” Items
Place items in the Action folder.
If the item has a deadline, put it at the top of the items in the folder.
We will also look at this Action folder in the later steps for today.


ACTION ITEMS

Step 9 – Review Action items & Schedule Action
Schedule your action IN your calendar.
Does anything have a deadline? Schedule those things first.

Step 10 – Take Action – 1 Item ONLY
Pick 1 “easy” item that you can take care of right now.

KEEP ITEMS

Step 9 – Review Keep items & Scan

Do you have anything that can be scanned then shredded/trashed? Scan it and shred/trash.
Ensure you have an organized digital folder/organized system.

Here’s a great article about that in Apartment Therapy: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-organize-your-digital-files-215674

Step 10 – Review Items & Confirm Why
Are you keeping any of the items out of guilt, sentimentality and any other legal/business reason?
Consider shredding/trashing them.

Remember these guidelines for keeping documents.
Always check with your tax, accounting, legal professional if you are unsure about whether or not to keep, or shred something.
·       Action – invitations, bills, permission slips, etc
·       Keep – legal documents, pictures, etc
·       Shred – anything with your personal information
·       Trash/recycle – anything without your personal information (i.e. store ads)
Here are 2 great resources with additional guideline information:


Step 11 - STOP – When the Timer Goes Off
REALLY!!!! STOP!!!! I don’t care if you are in a groove. I don’t care if you are having fun. STOP!!!!

Step 12 – Celebrate
Give yourself a pat on the back, no matter where you are in your progress. Just showing up is 80% of the game.


Tomorrow – WrapUp & Forward Plan

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