Don't get buried under a pile of books or papers! Try these tips for staying organized
Organization: Books & Papers
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The solution to an unorganized financial life is setting up a good filing system and knowing how long to keep the financial records you put in it. Here's how you can organize that financial clutter.Write This Down
Everyone should start and maintain a household logbook. A household logbook and your old owner's manuals are at least as valuable as the items they will help you maintain or repair.An Organized Life
I love three-ring binders. They are a lifesaver for me. I use them to keep my life organized and to help my kids keep organized.Affordable, Attractive Document Storage
If you have limited space for document storage, you might need to opt for storing it in plain sight. Here are some affordable, yet attractive ideas for storing documents in a living room or family room.Get Organized
Getting organized now and erasing those piles of paper can help to ease the stress of tax time next year. Having all of your documents scanned and filed electronically will make them easy to find and submit. And you'll also have peace of mind knowing that you now have a safe, secure electronic copy of your most important files.You've Got Mail
Tips for sorting mail on a daily basis and giving us more time to spend on things that really matter! Beyond being a time-saver, having things sorted where they can be found saves money.How to Arrange Bookshelves
Arranging bookshelves to look like a stylish detail in your home instead of a stuffy library takes a little insight and practice. But it's a valuable skill for home decorators, as almost all homes have shelving of some kind that can benefit from a few design principles to keep from getting the stiff soldier look.How to Easily Organize Your Bills
Easy-to-follow steps that will not only help you to pay your bills on time, but will also help you de-clutter your life.The Great Papers Debate
Here are some tips to help develop a filing system that is easy to use. If your system is too complicated, you won't keep it up. Once you're organized, you will be thrilled with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have all of your important documents organized and that they are ready any time you need them.Being Organized Can Save You Money
Do you know if the warranty on your dishwasher is still in effect? Have you had something repaired on the car and you think you may have had it replaced last year, but you're not really sure? Taking the time to organize your purchases, warranties, and agreements can save you a lot of money and a lot of aggravation.How to Sell Used Books
Do you own more books than you can store? Hate the thought of just giving them away? TDS readers share their experiences and tips on selling used books.
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