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Make Your Own Charging Station and Clear the Kitchen Counter

DIY Charging Station for devices
DIY Charging Station

I’m brilliant! I made a charging station for our gadgets. Slots in this organizer are wide enough to accommodate the iPad, iPhone, Surface Pro, etc., without removing their protective covers.

Recharge up to six items with a desktop organizer along with a surge protector with six swivel outlets (here on Amazon). I already had this desktop organizer and saw some other ideas that would work on Amazon (like this acrylic one or mesh). And any outlet strip surge protector will work.

We use this overnight for all our gadgets and gizmos, all nice and neat, and didn’t have to spend $60 on a fancy one.

Any ideas on this are welcome in comments.

PEACE.

Put Your iPad to Work at Work

A No-Tech Way to Organize CDs, DVDs, or Books

I saw a colleague’s collection of CDs and flinched. What a mess! Here’s a quick way to organize items such as CDs, DVDs, or books.

Separate by:

        1. Genre, using broad categories (e.g., Mysteries, Technology, Jazz, etc.).
        2. Alpha order, by first name of artist/title/author.
        3. A colored dot, to denote the genre (e.g., red dot is mystery book).

With this system, when you need to put something back where it goes, it’s obvious where to start. When your system is logical, other people can also find something when they need it.

Have you created a system for organizing these items? If so, leave your tips in a comment.

 

PEACE.

Organize Your Receipts Before Tax Time and Beyond

When I started my business almost 11 years ago, as part of the Accounting section of my filing system, I had a folder for each vendor I spent money with regularly (e.g., gas, light, Office Depot, etc.). When I found myself sticking receipts in a To Be Filed folder, I knew my system was too tedious. I was procrastinating about filing everything, and that told me I needed to simplify.

Here is a simple solution that works for me.

  • Create a home for all receipts for each month. This can be a file folder, tray, basket, or whatever works for you. I have a drawer for Accounting and keep everything nice, neat, and out of sight.
  • Create a home for all pay stubs from clients. For all checks you receive for the month, keep these pay stubs separately and in the front of the folder for that month.
  • Keep everything with that month’s bank statement. When the bank statement arrives, use a jumbo paper clip to keep all receipts and pay stubs for that month behind it. When I reconcile for that month, I put a big R so I’ll know it’s done.

This system is simple so it’s easy to maintain.

One thing though, I had to figure out a way to quickly find receipts for higher-priced products in case I needed repair, etc. I created a contact in Outlook called “Big Ticket Items.” In the text area of the contact I have a 2-column table that is similar to the one below. If I ever need to find a receipt, I’ll know which month/year bank statement to pull.

Date Purchased Description
5/15/2008 HP Laptop, Best Buy
5/29/2008 Office Telephone, Office Depot – ATT
8/6/2008 Luggage at TJ Maxx
8/23/2008 Headset for ATT phone, Office Depot
8/29/2008 Took iPhone back and got BlackBerry, AT&T

What system have you developed that works for you? Let me know. If you’d like more training on how to get organized, visit my Website. I also have a before/after organizing story and a page of records retention suggestions on how long you should keep files before destroying.

PEACE.

Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert