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January 1, 2012

Start the New Year More Organized

“Getting organized” is a common New Year Resolution. The National Association of Professional Organizers in Michigan offers these simple suggestions to help you get more organized this year.

1. Organize Your Wallet. First, empty the contents of your wallet, such as: credit cards, gift cards, reward cards, expired coupons, etc. Then, reevaluate what you want to keep in your wallet. For example, many stores can access your reward program account with your phone number, thus eliminating the need to carry the reward card in your wallet. Lastly, only place those items you need and use regularly back into your wallet.

2. Plan To Use Gift Cards. Most people have an assortment of unused or forgotten gift cards. The easiest way to remember to use gift cards is to enter a reminder on your calendar AND indicate that you have a gift card. For example, the calendar entry for your child’s birthday dinner might look like this:
“Susie’s B-day dinner @ the corner diner – use GC: $75”.
Take a few minutes right now to plan events to use up your gift cards this year.

3. Reduce Email Subscriptions. January is the perfect time to review your email subscriptions, such as newsletters and store offers you receive. Opt-out and unsubscribe to those subscriptions and offers that are no longer useful or relevant.

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Article submitted by Chapter Director of Communication & Technology Ann Marie Moore.