Pick up any magazine in the next few months and you will find tons of ways to spring clean and organize your home. What you may not find on those pages are ways to keep up with important documents that could get lost in the shuffle of relocating and deployments.
Fort Campbell Families caught up with Betsy Bond, a local professional organizer/consultant and owner of That’s Neat, for a few tips on how to organize your valueables and keep them handy.
Save your family photos
- Use a photo organizing system to categorize and tag photos
- Remove duplicates of photos
- Back up to several sources (thumb drives, Dropbox, external hard drive)
- Digitize older photos (keep older pictures in archive boxes)
Create a digital filing system
- Scan documents into digital filing system
- Clean up files by removing duplicates
- Back up important files on an external hard drive, Dropbox or both
- Clean up email files by creating folders
- Download a password keeper app
Go paperless when possible
- Set up online payments
- Get a shredder
- Use a scanner
- Create a record retention calendar
- Set up online banking
Write up emergency info
- Mark your home evacuation plan
- Take inventory of everything in your home (for insurance purposes)
- Write wills, power of attorney, etc.
For moving families, Bond says, reduce belongings prior to a move instead of shipping all of your belongings.
- Donate things to local organzations like animal shelters and women’s shelters. Keep a record of donations for taxes.
- Make some cash by selling items on www.campbellyardsales.com.
- Break down your project into small tasks. Do one task at a time.
- Write these tasks down on paper and cross them off.
- Do 15-minute tasks on weeknights.
- Hire someone to do the big stuff, like deep clean your house or wash windows.
- Call a friend and grab some wine to make spring cleaning or moving more enjoyable.