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Stop the Catalog Madness Before the Holidays!

CatalogChoice.org

Catalog Choice lets you easily opt out of unwanted catalog mailings.

The Clutter Fairy just spent 30 minutes on CatalogChoice.org submitting 36 requests to stop catalogs for my mom. They make it so easy! Once you set up a little basic address info, you look up a catalog by company name, type in your customer number and source code number if you have them on the catalog’s mailing label, and click “submit.” That’s it! Catalog Choice sends the request, and tracks the company response for you as well.

You can create as many requests as you want, and you can add to the requests as more catalogs come in. And if the company doesn’t remove you, there’s a way to notify Catalog Choice of that, too. What a great thing to do before the holiday catalog slam starts arriving! You’ll spend at least 30 minutes bringing those catalogs in from the mail, stacking them on the coffeetable, picking them up and putting them in recycling, and hauling recycling to the curb. Listing catalogs in CatalogChoice.org is a much better use of your time, and saves trees in the process. As they say, “just do It!” You’ll be so glad you did.

April’s Task: Tidy Up the Home Office


If you’ve made progress clearing paper piles in March, then cleaning up your home office is a great next step, because it’s not just the papers in the office that are out of control—the supplies and the equipment are, too! Removing the paper from the desktop and other surfaces uncovers what’s buried beneath. Now it’s time to deal with the rest of the office.

Here’s a strategy for putting your office area in order.

  1. Collect the materials you’ll need to get started …[Read more]

Houston Clutter Coaching April 2010 Meetup

Thursday, April 29, 2010
7:00–8:30 p.m.

Gayle Goddard facilitates the monthly meeting of the Houston Clutter Coaching Meetup Group.

At the April meetup, we’ll follow up on the project we introduced in March: “The Home Office: Productive Workspace or No Man’s Land?” Come tell the group about your progress and we’ll share hints about how to keep rolling.

Messy garage
The garage is also a place to park your car.

We’ll also introduce our focus for May: “The Garage Is Also a Place to Park Your Car.” We’re heading into prime garage sale season, so now is the time to move the junk out and the car in and give yourself a bonus of some vacation cash. We’ll talk about how garages become the storage space of last refuge and graveyard of deferred decisions—and what you can do to change that.

As usual, we’ll also open the floor to your questions, success stories, and tales of trouble spots. And don’t forget the drawing for a door prize or two! (You must be present to win.)

SPECIAL NOTE: Our April meeting will be on the FIFTH Thursday of April instead of our regularly scheduled fourth Thursday.

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
(Carriage House)
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77030
832-393-2600
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Houston Clutter Coaching March 2010 Meetup

Thursday, March 25, 2010
7:00–8:30 p.m.

Gayle Goddard facilitates the monthly meeting of the Houston Clutter Coaching Meetup Group.

At the March meetup we’ll follow up on the project we introduced in February: “Purging Paper Piles: Getting Yourself Ready for Tax Season.” Come tell the group about your progress and we’ll share hints about how to keep rolling.

Home office
The home office: productive workspace or no man’s land?

We’ll also introduce our focus for April: “The Home Office: Productive Workspace or No Man’s Land?” If you’ve made progress clearing paper piles, then cleaning up your home office is a great next step! We’ll talk about how to streamline your files, manage the desktop, maybe rethink your furniture placement. Or do you need to create a filing system from scratch? We’ll take a fearless look inside the home office.

[See the Program Notes for this meetup.]

As usual, we’ll also open the floor to your questions, success stories, and tales of trouble spots. And don’t forget the drawing for a door prize or two! (You must be present to win.)

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
(Carriage House)
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77030
832-393-2600
…[Read more]

Workshop: Conquering Clutter 201—Your E-mail (April 2009)

Saturday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 22, 2009
1-4 p.m. (Sat.)
7–9 p.m (Wed.)

Does the thought of organizing your e-mail give you the willies? Is your inbox up to 800 items yet? You need some strategies to “file” your paperless data, just as you used to file your paper. You have to be able to find electronic data when you need it. We will talk through some great ideas to help you organize your data so you can retrieve vital data when you want it.

Spectrum Center
4100 Westheimer, Suite 233

Houston, Texas 77027
713-840-8957

Workshop: Conquering Clutter 104—Your Home Office (March 2009)

Sunday, March 1, 2009
1–5 p.m.

This workshop provides tools and strategies to help you create the perfect office for your needs. We’ll show you how to optimize the usefulness of your desktop and to put those drawers to work. We’ll talk about alternative filing systems and where to position equipment and stash supplies. In short, we’ll show you everything you need to know to make your desk the efficient, productive zone you need to accomplish great things!

Spectrum Center
4100 Westheimer, Suite 233

Houston, Texas 77027
713-840-8957