Spring is FINALLY here and it’s time to do some seasonal cleaning! In this month’s segment, Helen Austen shares her tips on how to get started.
Question: I have boxes full of papers that need to be shredded. I dread sitting down to shred them two or three pages at a time and my shredder often gets too hot leaving me waiting to resume feeding it. What’s the best way to manage my shredding so I don’t end up with a mountain of paper and an afternoon shredding event?
I feel your pain! No one wants to spend their free-time feeding a shredder. The good news is that I have a solution for you. We’re going to return to an Austen Organizing Principle I stress frequently: It’s often easier to do something daily rather than once in a while.
Therefore, get a good quality shredder and place it in the heart of your home. This could be in your walk-in pantry, mud room, hall closet, kitchen, garage, etc. I have mine near the door that leads from my kitchen into the garage because I can easily get to it right after I sort my mail everyday. The idea is that it’s as close as possible to where you sort your mail and any other incoming paper. Everyday (or every time) you sort paper, you immediately feed papers that need to be shredded it into your shredder.
Why should you get a high quality shredder? Because the cheap ones tend to burn up or break. I suggest this one on amazon.
Get a good shredder and shred those papers everyday. It’s that simple! No more boxes full of paper waiting to be shredded!
Segment 2, beginning at 22:29: Marie Kondo your life.
The new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, brings the magic of cleanliness to real people’s homes. In this conversation, we find out how a few Kansas Citians are reacting by tidying up their own clutter, how Shintoism and Japanese culture plays a role in this minimalist practice, and where to recycle your old stuff around town.
- Helen Austen, professional organizer
- Matt Riggs, recycling outreach coordinator, MARC
- Margaret Dilloway, author, ‘What White, Western Audiences Don’t Understand About Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up’
- Morgan Wiley, Marie Kondo enthusiast
(text from kcur.org)
Are you someone who shoves everything into your dresser drawers, making them full of chaos? Getting organized doesn’t have to be tough or take a lot of time. Helen Austen, Organizing and Time Management Expert, has simple tips to get your clothes in line.