Organization http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1605/all en-US Best Money Tips: Simple Time Management Tips That Work http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-time-management-tips-that-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-simple-time-management-tips-that-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_clock_684622576.jpg" alt="Woman learning simple time management tips that work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on simple time management tips that actually work, morning rituals that can relieve anxiety, and ways to enjoy your city on a&nbsp; budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/insanely-simple-time-management-tips-that-actually-work/">Insanely Simple Time Management Tips that Actually Work</a> &mdash; Limit the number of tasks on your to-do list, but be open to approaching them in different ways if something is taking more time than usual. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Morning-Habits-Help-Anxiety-43750639">4 Morning Rituals to Help Relieve Anxiety</a> &mdash; Start your day on a positive note. As soon as you wake up, say one thing you're grateful for. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/08/18/15-ways-to-enjoy-your-city-on-a-budget/">15 Ways to Enjoy Your City on a Budget</a> &mdash; Make your way up the tallest building in your city to see your hometown from a different perspective. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="http://wellkeptwallet.com/20-ways-to-make-100-in-a-day/">20 Ways to Make $100 in a Day</a> &mdash; Do one (or more) things on this list if you need cash fast. [Well Kept Wallet]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/0815/Amazon-launches-new-service-to-target-impulse-buying">Amazon launches new service to target impulse buying</a> &mdash; Amazon's Instant Pickup, which has been rolled out on several college campuses, allows shoppers to pick up fast-selling items within minutes of ordering. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.conqueryourdebt.org/2017/08/18/eat-healthier-save-money/">Eat Healthier Without Wasting Your Money</a> &mdash; You're more likely to cook at home when you choose simple, cheap meals. [Conquer Your Debt]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.desktime.com/2017/08/14/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go-staying-late-at-the-office-and-how-to-make-it-work-for-you/">Should I Stay or Should I Go? &ndash; Tips on Working Overtime</a> &mdash; Make sure your overtime is acknowledged by the people who matter. If no one notices the extra effort you put in, you'll never be rewarded for it. [DeskTime]</p> <p><a href="https://www.fool.com/careers/2017/08/18/10-states-where-graduate-degrees-boost-your-pay-th.aspx">10 States Where Graduate Degrees Boost Your Pay the Most</a> &mdash; Your graduate degree is likely to give you the greatest bump in salary in these ten states. [The Motley Fool]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/finding-new-culture-in-your-own-backyard/">Finding New Culture in Your Own Backyard</a> &mdash; You don't need to travel to a different country to experience another culture. There's probably more culture around you than you notice in your day-to-day life. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/minimalist-lifestyle/how-to-make-financial-decisions-like-a-minimalist-081817/">How to Make Financial Decisions Like a Minimalist</a> &mdash; Minimalism can provide the framework you need to make better financial decisions. [MintLife]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-time-management-tips-that-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-with-batch-processing">10 Ways to Save Time With Batch Processing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-time-is-worth-more-than-money">8 Reasons Time Is Worth More Than Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps">Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Productivity best money tips time management Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:31:10 +0000 Amy Lu 2005865 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Essential Documents You Should Keep in Your Safe http://www.wisebread.com/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful_businesswoman_working_at_the_office.jpg" alt="Beautiful businesswoman working at the office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's important to keep the documents you need to establish your identity, property ownership, and financial assets safe &hellip; which doesn't mean in your filing cabinet or stacked in a pile on your desk. While you may have digital copies of IDs and tax forms stored on your computer, you should also have a hard copy, in case the digital version is accidentally deleted or your computer crashes. Certain documents deserve a very safe place &mdash; like a fireproof safe &mdash; in case of identity theft or fire or a break-in. These are the documents you need to put in there.</p> <h2>1. Birth certificates and adoption papers</h2> <p>Keep your original birth certificate and those of your spouse and dependents in your safe. If you need one for reference or proof of identity, make a copy to keep handy. Or you can order a duplicate by contacting the <a href="https://www.usa.gov/replace-vital-documents#item-36582" target="_blank">Vital Records office</a> in your state. Keep any legal foster records or adoption papers in your safe, too.</p> <h2>2. Social Security cards</h2> <p>You should never carry your Social Security card with you for identification. It should stay tucked away in your safe at all times, unless you need to bring it to a job interview or provide proof of your identity. Once you do, lock it back up.</p> <h2>3. ID cards and naturalization papers</h2> <p>Get a copy of your military ID, driver's license, or state-issued ID, as applicable, and keep the copy in your safe. You should also keep your passport or green card in there when not in use. Any other documents you have relating to your citizenship, immigration status, or naturalization should be kept in your safe, as well.</p> <h2>4. Marriage and/or divorce papers</h2> <p>Keep your original marriage certificate and/or divorce papers in your safe. Any legal documents related to your marital status, such as a prenuptial agreement, alimony, or child support agreement, should also be in there in case you need to refer to them again later.</p> <h2>5. Living will</h2> <p>Should something happen to you that prevents you from being able to make decisions about your health, a living will provide instructions for your loved ones to execute on your behalf. This could relieve the burden on them of having to make a difficult decision.</p> <h2>6. Will</h2> <p>A last will and testament, on the other hand, is a detailed account of your estate and lists who gets what once you pass away. If you don't already have a legal will, put one together and then keep a notarized copy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-writing-a-will?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What You Need to Know About Writing a Will</a>)</p> <h2>7. Power of attorney papers</h2> <p>If you have the power of attorney for anyone (such as an elderly parent), keep the order in your safe. In addition, if you have any formal agreements for caregiving or elder care arrangements, keep those in there, too.</p> <h2>8. Proof of benefits and disability documentation</h2> <p>If you qualify for any government benefits or assistance programs, keep proof of your beneficiary status in your safe. Keep any official documentation regarding a disability, workplace injury, or military injury in your safe, as well.</p> <h2>9. Professional appraisals</h2> <p>If you've had a professional appraisal done on your house, or any high-value you item you own (such as original art, heirloom jewelry, or antique furnishings), keep these documents in your safe. If you decide to sell these items later, this documentation will give you the upper hand in the selling process.</p> <h2>10. Deeds and ownership forms</h2> <p>Keep your mortgage papers or any real estate deeds in your safe, as well as the title and registration for any vehicle you own. Don't forget boats, trailers, and tractors.</p> <h2>11. Financial account info documents</h2> <p>Most, if not all, of our financial documents and statements can be accessed online, but a list of your accounts, including account numbers and institutions for each, would be helpful in cases where you or your loved ones don't remember or don't know what accounts you hold. This includes checking and savings accounts, retirement and investment accounts, and life and other insurance policies. You might also want to include a list of usernames and passwords, although there are other, more secure, ways to keep and share passwords. Products like <a href="https://www.lastpass.com/" target="_blank">LastPass</a> are helpful. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Essential%2520Documents%2520You%2520Should%2520Keep%2520in%2520Your%2520Safe.jpg&amp;description=11%20Essential%20Documents%20You%20Should%20Keep%20in%20Your%20Safe"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Essential%20Documents%20You%20Should%20Keep%20in%20Your%20Safe.jpg" alt="11 Essential Documents You Should Keep in Your Safe" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-tiny-kitchen">7 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Kitchen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing">How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-design-ideas-for-a-kids-playroom">10 Budget Design Ideas for a Kids&#039; Playroom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization birth certificate financial documents identification documents important documents important paperwork Passport safe social security card Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Annie Mueller 2004901 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 43 Easiest Ways to Become a Time Management Master http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-43-easiest-ways-to-become-a-time-management-master <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-43-easiest-ways-to-become-a-time-management-master" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_looking_watch_621571834.jpg" alt="Woman becoming time management master" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are never enough hours in a day to get all your to-dos done, am I right? Wrong. If there are super productive, uber successful moneymakers out there who are figuring out how to maximize every minute of the day, then you can, too. Here's everything you need to get started.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-518554978.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-time-is-worth-more-than-money?ref=fbf" target="_blank">8 Reasons Time Is Worth More Than Money</a> &mdash; You can always make more money, but time is finite. And recognizing the full value of your time will make you more inclined to pay attention to how you're spending it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps?ref=fbf" target="_blank">Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps</a> &mdash; It's hard to manage your time when your everyday life is a chaotic mess. Getting organized is an important step in the time management process, and will make every step thereafter so much easier.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beautiful_woman_using_digital_tablet_at_cafe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-declutter-your-digital-life?ref=fbf" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life</a> &mdash; No matter what your job is, you probably spend a decent amount of time on the internet. Just as you need to keep the physical space you occupy neat and tidy, you should also do the same for your digital space. That'll save you tons of time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-add-an-extra-hour-to-your-day?ref=fbf" target="_blank">How to Add an Extra Hour to Your Day</a> &mdash; No, science has not figured out a way to stop time when you need a break from reading the news. However, there are lots of little ways to cut back on time wasters to leave room for things that are worthy of holding your focus.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/desk-476614509.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time?ref=fbf" target="_blank">The Single Greatest Key to Managing Your Time</a> &mdash; It all comes back to you. You are ultimately in control of how your time is spent, and once you learn how to manage yourself, time management will come.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-time-and-money-saving-apps-for-freelancers?ref=fbf" target="_blank">16 Time and Money Saving Apps for Freelancers</a> &mdash; When your livelihood is freelancing and your income is inconsistent, time can be extremely tricky to manage, but not impossible! These apps will help freelancers save money, and even better, time.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-43-easiest-ways-to-become-a-time-management-master">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-46-easy-ways-to-be-more-productive">Flashback Friday: 46 Easy Ways to Be More Productive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-88-easy-ways-to-get-more-exercise">Flashback Friday: 88 Easy Ways to Get More Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization fbf flashback friday get organized saving time time management time tracker Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 2005247 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Label Makers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-label-makers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-label-makers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colored_boxes_labels_186052167.jpg" alt="Using best label makers to organize boxes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Label makers are an organization must-have. Along with using it to label everything in the kitchen and pantry, label makers are also great for scrapbooking, decorating cards and gifts, and labeling cords, folders, charts, photos, storage bins, and other items around the home and office.</p> <h2>What is a label maker?</h2> <p>A portable handheld label maker uses a built-in keyboard and display to effortlessly create professional-looking labels in seconds. It can save you time by making everything easy to locate in your pantry, home, or office.</p> <h2>Top 5 label makers</h2> <h3>DYMO LabelManager Handheld Label Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rTMLHQ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dymo.jpg" width="128" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in desktop label printers, the compact, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2rTMLHQ" target="_blank">DYMO LabelManager Handheld Label Maker</a> prints water-resistant labels. It&rsquo;s easy to enter and edit thanks to the computer-style QWERTY keyboard and one-touch fast-formatting keys. It offers easy customization thanks to six font sizes, eight text styles, formatting options, four boxes, and a built-in library of over 200 symbols and clip-art images. The large, easy-to-read LCD display also shows a preview of the label before printing. It also offers features like last-label memory and automatic shut-off.</p> <p>This is highly recommended and reviewed online, with more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon alone. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2rXUPmp" target="_blank">DYMO LetraTag Plus Handheld Label Maker</a> is another highly reviewed option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rTMLHQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Brother P-Touch Label Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rTyzPb" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/brother.jpg" width="221" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in label makers, the reliable <a href="http://amzn.to/2rTyzPb" target="_blank">Brother P-Touch Label Maker</a> creates crisp laminated plastic labels that can stand up to the microwave, fridge, and dishwasher. The lightweight, portable label maker offers one-touch formatting keys, easy-access memory, and an intuitive QWERTY keyboard. It includes multiple templates, decorative patterns, 14 fonts, 95 frames, and more than 600 symbols. You can also mix up the tape size, color, and type for additional inspiration. It prints up to two lines on tapes up to 1/2&rdquo; wide. It will also allow you to preview text and layout before printing.</p> <p>This is recommended by Consumer Search, PCMag, and The Sweethome. It is also one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon. The Sweethome and Consumer Search also recommend the <a href="http://amzn.to/2sSJwQe" target="_blank">Brother P-touch Label Maker With AC Adapter</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rTyzPb" target="_blank"><em>Currently $28.84 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Epson LabelWorks Label Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ssIz0y" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/epson.jpg" width="245" height="212" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ssIz0y" target="_blank">Epson LabelWorks Label Maker</a> has significantly smaller margins compared to other brands for up to 62 percent less waste. The handheld label maker has a large built-in memory and fits up to two lines of text, on tape up to 0.5&quot; wide. It allows you to customize your labels with 14 fonts, 10 styles, over 300 built-in symbols, over 75 frames, and a range of specialty tapes. It is very quiet, easy to use, and supports seven languages.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and is recommended by PCMag, The Sweethome, and LifeHacker. It also has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. The Sweethome also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2sWEp2D" target="_blank">Epson LabelWorks Label Maker</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ssIz0y" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>DYMO Organizer Xpress Handheld Embossing Label Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rFatn6" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dymo%20office.jpg" width="245" height="228" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in label applicators, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2rFatn6" target="_blank">DYMO Organizer Xpress Handheld Embossing Label Maker</a> is ideal if you want an embossed look. It prints letters, numbers, and symbols effortlessly in seconds and doesn&rsquo;t require any batteries. It features a comfortable soft-grip handle and an enhanced tape-cutting feature that makes the labels easy to load, cut, and remove. It is frequently recommended online and has more than 300 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rFatn6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Brother Professional Label Printer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sWBfvo" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/brother%20pro.jpg" width="232" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you need a high-speed label and postage maker, you won&rsquo;t find better than the <a href="http://amzn.to/2sWBfvo" target="_blank">Brother Professional Label Printer</a>. It prints up to 93 high-resolution labels (with crisp text and graphics) per minute. It prints everything from pre-sized, easy-peel, rounded-corner labels to labels on continuous-length paper and film tapes for banners and signs up to three feet long. It can even print stamps and postage. It uses a direct thermal printing mechanism with convenient drop-in tape rolls, which allows you to switch sizes in seconds. The automatic cutter provides precise cuts for printing one or multiple labels at once.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Plug and Label&rdquo; feature allows you to create labels without installing software. You can also install the included optional software to use a variety of templates and further customize your labels. It also integrates with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. The reliable printer comes with a USB Cable and Power Cord and requires no ink or toner. It is recommended by PCMag, is an Amazon best-seller, and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sWBfvo" target="_blank"><em>Currently $68.91 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best label makers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-label-makers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Label%2520Makers.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Label%20Makers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Label%20Makers.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Label Makers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-label-makers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-home-security-systems">The 5 Best Home Security Systems</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-powered-outdoor-security-lights">The 5 Best Solar-Powered Outdoor Security Lights</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization Shopping 5 best box labels get organized label makers organization tips product reviews shopping Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1970645 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Summer Yet http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_young_woman_relaxing_in_a_hammock.jpg" alt="Happy young woman relaxing in a hammock" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer's a ton of fun, but most of us can't hit the beach every day. You have to fit work and chores in there somewhere, and this time of year is perfect because of all that sunlight that lasts into the evening. But it's easy to succumb to the exhaustion that summer heat brings, and just lounge around in the AC. If you're having trouble sticking to a regimen, consider these ways to make this your most productive summer yet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan a vacation</h2> <p>It sounds counterproductive to plan a vacation when you're trying to get more done, but you can't work, work, work all the time. Going on vacation lets you relax for a few days and come home refreshed, ready to tackle your to-do list. Plus, the lead-up to your vacay often includes packing, cleaning, and tying up loose ends at work, which is sort of forcing you to pay attention to things you may have neglected for a while. Just be sure to finish what you need to finish beforehand. Work hard, reward yourself for your diligence while you're away, and return better than before.</p> <h2>2. Get outside more</h2> <p>When I was in college, some of my professors would have class on the quad to take advantage of the nice weather. It might not sound like much, but it's amazing how creatively you think when you're not stuck in a bland classroom. Of course, you're probably not still in college, but you can apply this logic to your work life. Have walk-and-talk meetings outdoors or plan a meeting during lunchtime at a picnic table. Getting out for a bit will break the day up, and you'll gain more energy after that dose of vitamin D so you can beat the 3 p.m. slump.</p> <h2>3. Make lists</h2> <p>There's a list for almost everything on my phone &mdash; groceries I need to buy, meals I'm making, date night ideas, articles I need to write, restaurants I want to try, etc. I honestly can't function without a list. I don't know how any busy person can. So if you really want to own your summer, start making lists for things you need to buy, places you want to visit, books you want to read, and anything else you'd like to accomplish by Labor Day.</p> <h2>4. Set reasonable goals</h2> <p>When setting productivity goals, be reasonable. If you think a project or task is too much for you to handle, it probably is. In that case, it might be necessary to cut it down into smaller goals to make the process more digestible and ultimately achievable.</p> <p>&quot;Choose one or two reasonably sized projects to work on during the summer,&quot; advises Rashelle Isip, professional organizer and author of the lifestyle blog TheOrderExpert.com. &quot;Once you finish those projects, you can take stock and re-evaluate your situation. Did you finish your project? Do you want to work on another project? Do you have enough time to complete another project? Finishing a single project is much more productive than halfheartedly starting three projects and leaving each half-finished.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Multitask while you relax</h2> <p>As a multi-business owner, I'm always doing something. That leaves me little time to relax. By combining tasks &mdash; particularly an enjoyable task with a mundane one &mdash; I'm able to speed things up. For instance, I catch up on my DVR'd shows while I'm folding laundry, respond to emails and read the news while I'm on the treadmill, and I listen to audiobooks while mowing the lawn. Those jobs alone are rather boring, but by pairing them with an activity I like, I seem to get them done faster and without dread.</p> <h2>6. Sleep more</h2> <p>I don't have to present you with a study or new research about how sleep is necessary and good for you. You already know that. So why do we all feel guilty when we get the recommended amount of sleep per night, or even sleep in sometimes? That ends here. Make peace with your need for more shut-eye, and you'll see the results in your energy level almost immediately.</p> <p>Sarah Brown, wellness expert for Mattress Firm, concurs. &quot;When we're trying to be productive, we often think we need to stay up late hours to fit everything in, but it actually decreases our productivity,&quot; she explains. &quot;Adults need six to nine hours of sleep each night, depending on the person, to stay productive. Keep a sleep schedule so that your body falls into a routine for sleep. You'll find yourself making better use of the time you are awake.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Edit your closet as you change seasons</h2> <p>I swap out my fall/winter wardrobe for my spring/summer wardrobe in May, and I take that time to pull out anything I haven't worn or don't think I'll wear this summer to either send to my nephews as hand-me-downs or sell on Swap.com. I just started doing the latter and so far I've made over $100 selling my old clothes. It feels nice to recoup some of my cost and keep my garments out of the landfill, plus my closet is pared down and organized. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a>)</p> <h2>8. Rise earlier</h2> <p>Summertime certainly tempts you to stay up later, but try to manage your sleep so you're getting enough and can also get up fairly early without feeling like a zombie. Your daily commute to work will go smoother once you've had time to sufficiently shake the sleep off and face the day rather than jumping out of bed and rushing around because you may be late. Get up early, get ready at your own pace, enjoy your cup of coffee, and prepare for the day ahead without the frazzle.</p> <h2>9. Involve the whole family</h2> <p>If there's too much on your to-do list, spread those tasks around. There's no reason you should be taking on the brunt of the chores when you're not the one who even came close to making the brunt of mess. Plus, the kids are on summer vacation. What else do they have to do besides sleep all day and play video games? Make 'em earn their keep with good old-fashioned housework. They'll survive, and maybe they'll learn a few skills along the way.</p> <h2>10. Prepare your outfits and meals in advance</h2> <p>One of my biggest time savers is choosing my outfits and planning my meals for the week ahead. I usually do this on a Sunday evening when I'm at home watching TV. I choose what I'm going to wear for the week, and iron and assemble the outfits on hangers in the closet. This alone makes mornings a breeze because I can get dressed straight from the shower without any decision-making.</p> <p>As for my meals, I choose all my recipes and pull all the ingredients I need so I don't have to make many decisions when I'm tired and hungry. I enjoy cooking fresh on a nightly basis, but you can also spend one day preparing a week's worth of food and storing it in the fridge so you don't have to fuss with any food prep for the rest of the week. I get so much more stuff done with these two major daily tasks out of the way. Try it, and you'll feel the difference it makes in your life. Promise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Ways%2520to%2520Make%2520This%2520Your%2520Most%2520Productive%2520Summer%2520Yet.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Make%20This%20Your%20Most%20Productive%20Summer%20Yet"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Make%20This%20Your%20Most%20Productive%20Summer%20Yet.jpg" alt="10 Ways to Make Your Summer More Productive" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off">7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-43-easiest-ways-to-become-a-time-management-master">Flashback Friday: 43 Easiest Ways to Become a Time Management Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-label-makers">The 5 Best Label Makers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Organization frugal summer get organized productive saving money summer plans things to do this summer to-do list Wed, 24 May 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1953074 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-462722175.jpg" alt="Woman learning easy ways to fix her whole life this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is the season of getting in shape mentally, physically, and financially. But forget making drastic personality changes, devoting hours of extra time to sweating at the gym, or forking over loads of cash. Sometimes the most dramatic lifestyle shifts are the result of tiny decisions we make every day. Here are 11 little lifestyle changes that'll get your whole life fit for summer &mdash; and the rest of the year, too.</p> <h2>1. Clean your cell phone daily</h2> <p>I hate to gross you out, but that phone in your pocket is literally teeming with germs. Various studies have found E. coli, MRSA, Streptococcus, and many other pathogens living on mobile phones. Keep yourself healthy by wiping down your phone thoroughly each day with a dry microfiber cloth. Disinfect it weekly using a microfiber cloth dampened with diluted isopropyl alcohol.</p> <h2>2. Switch to a moisturizer with sunscreen</h2> <p>Even on an overcast day, the sun can damage skin. Using moisturizer with SPF 30 or greater can shield your skin from harmful UV rays, slow the development of wrinkles, minimize redness, and reduce the risk of skin cancer &mdash; all without adding another step to your morning routine.</p> <h2>3. Cut out soda</h2> <p>A 12-ounce can of regular soda contains roughly nine teaspoons of sugar (about the same amount as 2.5 scoops of ice cream). Just this single dietary change will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of developing type-2 diabetes, and minimize dental problems. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Soda Alternatives That Won't Bust Your Wallet &mdash; Or Your Waistline</a>)</p> <h2>4. Socialize</h2> <p>Humans are social animals. Spending time with close friends improves your mood, increases self-confidence, and helps you navigate life's ups and downs. Instead of relying on random get-togethers, make a weekly date to spend quality time with those you care about most. If it won't ruffle any feathers, suggest these events be screen-free and revel in the old-fashioned art of conversation.</p> <h2>5. Make your bed</h2> <p>It may seem trivial, but making your bed first thing in the morning sets a positive and productive tone for the rest of the day (hospital corners optional).</p> <h2>6. Floss</h2> <p>According to many dentists, flossing is more important than brushing. Because floss is designed to clean between teeth and between the teeth and gums, it's a more effective tool for fighting tooth decay and periodontal disease. Make flossing at least once a day part of your routine. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-flosses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Flosses</a>)</p> <h2>7. Move</h2> <p>Sitting is the new smoking, and we're all doing way too much of it. Walk the dog, take the stairs, mow the lawn with a push mower, schedule an outdoor work meeting and go for stroll &mdash; just try anything that will get you moving more each day.</p> <h2>8. Sleep more &hellip; and better</h2> <p>The busier we are, the more quality sleep matters. Invest in a few things that will transform your bedroom into a sleep-inducing oasis: Consider blackout shades, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pY5Kih" target="_blank">white noise machine</a>, quality linens, and comfortable pillows. If a new mattress isn't in your budget, add a memory foam or <a href="http://amzn.to/2qjydQV" target="_blank">pillow-top mattress pad</a>.</p> <p>Once your sanctuary is set, fit more naps into your life. A 20- or 30-minute catnap can improve alertness and mood without disrupting your nighttime sleep schedule.</p> <h2>9. Don't check email before bed</h2> <p>While we're on the topic of good sleep, resist checking your email right before bed. Trust me, nothing good can come from it. Inevitably, there'll be a message that gets your mind buzzing or makes you anxious about the coming workday. Establish a media cut-off time and stick to it.</p> <h2>10. Adopt a one-item-in, one-item-out policy for your home</h2> <p>Cluttered spaces can be overwhelming, difficult to clean, and bad for your mental health. Become a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clutter-free-the-zero-accumulation-household?ref=internal" target="_blank">zero-accumulation household</a> by following one simple rule: For every new item you bring into your home, donate or sell an item of similar size. Already drowning under a pile of junk? Purge three or four items for every new one you add.</p> <h2>11. Save an extra five percent of your net income</h2> <p>Saving money is empowering. Properly managed, a healthy nest egg can help you fund a new career, start a family, or become a homeowner. Push yourself to save an extra five percent of your net income. Buy generic, cut the cord on cable TV, or explore ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-painless-ways-to-lower-your-cell-phone-bill?ref=internal" target="_blank">lower your cell phone bill</a>. In short, do whatever it takes to beef up your bank account. Your future self will thank you.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Easy%2520Ways%2520to%2520Fix%2520Your%2520Whole%2520Life%2520This%2520Summer.jpg&amp;description=11%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Fix%20Your%20Whole%20Life%20This%20Summer"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Fix%20Your%20Whole%20Life%20This%20Summer.jpg" alt="11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-age-well-for-0">10 Ways to Age Well for $0</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-a-healthy-lifestyle">5 Ways to Earn Extra Money With a Healthy Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Organization exercise fit for summer healthy eating healthy lifestyle lifestyle self-care summer bucket list to-do list Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1943627 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_moving_boxes_494760324.jpg" alt="Woman deciding what to keep when downsizing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having trouble downsizing? You're not alone. Many of us are attached to our <em>things</em>, and that can cause anxiety when it's time to clear out the clutter. But when you start looking at your possessions practically &mdash; do they all serve a real purpose? &mdash; you'll have a better idea of what stays and what should go. Here are a few suggestions for the former. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mantras-to-sharpen-your-resolve-to-downsize-and-declutter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Mantras to Sharpen Your Resolve to Downsize and Declutter</a>)</p> <h2>1. Photos</h2> <p>My home is filled with lots of photos because I enjoy having those memories visible at all times. Of course, the other upside to keeping your pictures when downsizing is that they barely take up any space. The framed photos do, of course, but frameless photos hardly require any real estate in your home. In fact, I have hundreds of pictures in an old shoe box that go back more than 20 years. And that's all I'll ever need for real-world photo storage, especially nowadays.</p> <p>If you want to preserve your photos even further and eliminate the shoe box or album altogether (because there is a chance it could get lost or destroyed, especially if stored in a basement or attic), scan everything into your computer. If you feel the task is a bit more than you're willing to take on, consider sending the hard copies off to a professional photo-scanning operation &mdash; there are plenty of options online at various price points &mdash; that will take on the grunt work for you and send back a flash drive or DVD of your digitized photos. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos</a>)</p> <h2>2. Clothing</h2> <p>Twice a year I go through my closets to edit my wardrobe. Anything I haven't worn in a year gets the boot along with items that look worn, torn, or otherwise out of style. I know I keep way more than I should, but dressing nicely is important to me, so I justify the abundance that I have because it makes me happy.</p> <p>If you're not emotionally attached to your clothing, but still have too much of it, start thinking about the items as <em>function </em>and not <em>fashion</em>. Start with a base of two weeks' worth of clothes &mdash; pieces that are good for work, weekends, and leisure time. That includes undergarments, pants, shirts, and other daily pieces. I'd suggest this strategy for all four seasons so you have items that will carry you through the entire year and whenever you travel.</p> <p>Next, focus on the specialty items &mdash; like your wedding, funeral attire, and suits for business meetings. Keep one outfit for each and eliminate the rest. You need a couple pairs of shoes, too &mdash; ideally dress shoes, sneakers, and a pair of boots. Once you set all that aside, revisit your closet and pick a couple pieces you really love and resolve to part with the rest. You can hand them down to family members (all my excess goes to my nephew), sell the in-great-condition items on Swap.com (I've made over $100 in the past two months), or donate to charity, preferably a local mission that outfits the homeless or low-income job seekers.</p> <h2>3. Important documents</h2> <p>Certain documents, such as tax records, should be kept for seven years. Others should be kept forever, including marriage licenses, deeds to your home(s), military documents, birth certificates, passports, life insurance policies, immigration records, and more. Consult our list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clear-out-financial-clutter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">important documents to keep</a>, if you're not sure.</p> <p>To ensure their safety, consider scanning documents that aren't already in digital format and save them in two separate but secure locations, one of which should be an external hard drive that you keep hidden or locked in a safe. The other could be a flash drive in another location &mdash; neither should be internet accessible. Failing to secure these items could result in you becoming the victim of identity theft, like the 13.1 million Americans who lost $15 billion to identity thieves in 2015.</p> <p>Shred any other documents that contain your personal information, as some identity thieves will go through people's trash looking for data found on important papers. Use at least a crosscut shredder, which is more secure than a standard strip-cut shredder. A micro-cut shredder provides the highest level of security.</p> <h2>4. One item from your collection(s)</h2> <p>I won't get on you about how whatever you're collecting is probably costly with no real return on investment, and how all it does is take up space in your home while providing a place for the dust bunnies to live. No, I won't do that, because I'm guilty of the same thing. I have just one collection &mdash; Pez dispensers &mdash; that I've been adding to for the past two decades, but all the toys do is sit in a trunk in my basement. I know I should get rid of them, but it's hard to part with something that makes me smile. Seeing as how they have a home in the basement and I'm not currently downsizing, I think I'll keep them around a while longer. When I do decide to sell them off, I'll keep just one set &mdash; <em>Tom &amp; Jerry</em> characters I picked up in Spain in the mid-90s. Those are my favorites.</p> <h2>5. Practical furniture</h2> <p>You need three major pieces of furniture, essentially: a bed to sleep in, a couch or chair in your living room, and a table at which to sit and eat. If you need to downsize even those items, it can be done easily by choosing smaller versions of whatever you have now. What you absolutely don't need is furniture that doesn't have a function, like the desk in the office you never use or that formal dining table that no one ever dines at.</p> <h2>6. Necessary tools</h2> <p>If you work with a lot of tools, edit your collection at your discretion. But if you're like the rest of us and reach for a hammer or a screwdriver a couple times of year, sell off the rest of the stash that you purchased for one-time projects. Saws, benches, landscaping gadgets, and more have to go if all they're doing is taking up space in your shed or basement.</p> <p>If you're in a giving mood, hand them down to younger family members, newlyweds, or someone you know who's just starting out in life. Otherwise, tools have great resale value; try Craigslist or the letgo app to recoup some of your costs if you prefer to make a buck instead of giving the lot away for free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-household-tools-every-frugal-homeowner-should-own?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Household Tools Every Frugal Homeowner Should Own</a>)</p> <h2>7. Your &quot;good&quot; dishes</h2> <p>One of my biggest pet peeves is opening a cabinet full of mismatched, random dishes. You'll recognize this symptom of my OCD in my own home, where every dish is white, evenly numbered, and aligned perfectly in my cabinets. You'll understand what I'm talking about when you purge your kitchen of dishes you don't need and pare down to only the good stuff. The ones you bring out for company. Because life's too short to save those for holidays while you eat off cheap plastic plates the rest of the year.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Decide%2520What%2520to%2520Keep%2520When%2520Downsizing.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Decide%20What%20to%20Keep%20When%20Downsizing"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Decide%20What%20to%20Keep%20When%20Downsizing.jpg" alt="How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization cleaning clear the clutter declutter downsizing keepsakes minimalist organize your life organizing Thu, 04 May 2017 08:30:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1939974 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-612846420.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring cleaning is in full swing, which means it's out with the old, and in with the new. So why not earn some extra cash by throwing a garage sale and ridding your home of your unwanted items? Here are 12 perennially popular items that are sure to sell like hot cakes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Gently used clothing, in good condition</h2> <p>Everyone needs clothes, and savvy shoppers know you don't have to pay retail to look good. I once met a lumber &quot;baroness&quot; who confided in me that she bought all of her clothes at yard sales. Good quality holds up, and regular yard sale shoppers know that.</p> <p>For women's and men's, hang clothes up on a rack, rather than folded on a table or in a box. It makes it much easier for people to go through it, as well as to examine it for stains or tears. For kids' clothing, folding it is fine, but it's nice if the sizes are noted and sorted. Many garage-sale shoppers are resellers, and they may take you up on a &quot;$__ per bag&quot; offer.</p> <h2>2. Tools</h2> <p>My husband is like a moth to a flame when it comes to a garage sale with tools. He not only likes power tools, but also older, vintage ones that are not only still useful, but fun to collect and display.</p> <p>When selling your old tools, have a power strip nearby so power tools can be tested, or have them charged up if used with a battery.</p> <h2>3. Furniture</h2> <p>If you live in a college town, furniture is sure to go fast. Also, with DIY projects soaring in popularity, more people are looking for furniture that can be remade. Bookshelves will always sell &mdash; even old, beat up bookcases can be used for storage!</p> <p>Make sure any furniture you sell is clean. Old leather furniture can be spiffed up using a mixture of vinegar, olive oil, and a little lemon juice. Vacuum upholstered furniture and treat any spots. Also, suggest a price, but be open to negotiation.</p> <h2>4. Vintage dishes, glassware, and casseroles</h2> <p>Any Pyrex collectors out there? How about milk glass, or Spode? You may have some items hidden away in your cupboards that are hot.</p> <p>When you go to sell these items, advertise using the brand name (i.e., Pyrex, milk glass, Corningware, etc.); add photos to your ad, too. Collectors will flock to you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-knick-knacks-you-can-flip-for-easy-cash?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Old Knick-Knacks You Can Flip for Easy Cash</a>)</p> <h2>5. Garden tools</h2> <p>Spring fever also means that home gardeners are eager to start tilling, trimming, planting, and digging.</p> <p>Be prepared to start up that old lawn mower, or be honest about what isn't working. Handy folks may be willing to take a chance that they can get a broken item running again. We just bought a garden tiller for $15. It wasn't running, but my husband knew how to fix it. Sometimes, a shovel blade or rake may be fine, but the wooden handles are rotting. You can purchase new handles at Home Depot or Lowe's. But price these items accordingly, if a replacement is going to be necessary.</p> <h2>6. Shoes and handbags</h2> <p>Think nobody would want to buy your old shoes? Guess again. Shoes, especially if in good condition and carrying a popular brand name, sell like hot cakes at garage sales. Kids grow out of shoes so fast that size doesn't matter. If they're too big now, they'll probably grow into them later. Handbags are also enormously popular &mdash; especially if it's a designer label.</p> <p>When selling shoes or old purses, obviously, clean and odor-free are necessities. If you still have the original boxes, that's a plus. The key factor with shoes and bags is showcasing any designer brands. Put the designers in your garage sale ad, and place them front and center during the sale. Then watch the flock of shoppers arrive.</p> <h2>7. Costume jewelry</h2> <p>If your jewelry box is overflowing with costume jewelry and statement pieces you know you'll never wear, a garage sale is the perfect place to unload them.</p> <p>Find a rack of some sort to hang necklaces on (a coat hanger will do, in a pinch). Bracelets can go on a dowel. Just make sure to keep costume jewelry close to your cashier area because sadly, some folks will try to pocket it.</p> <h2>8. Games, toys, and bicycles</h2> <p>Have too many toys and games cluttering up the house? Give them a new home by selling them at your garage sale. Vintage games being popular at the moment, you should be able to easily sell Monopoly or Life. Before you sell these, make sure you have all the game pieces. &quot;Lil' Tykes&quot; plastic furniture is always popular, too. Pump up bike tires for bikes you're looking to unload, and give them a wash.</p> <h2>9. Books</h2> <p>It doesn't matter how fancy or state-of-the-art e-readers become &mdash; actual books will always be easy to sell. Make the ones you no longer want super cheap &mdash; $1&ndash;$3 each &mdash; and they'll fly off your shelves.</p> <h2>10. Appliances</h2> <p>I know, you just had to have a Magic Bullet, or a bread-maker, or a hand blender. And now they're sitting on your kitchen counter, collecting dust. I'm guilty of this, too. Luckily, people love appliances, and you can probably unload them.</p> <p>When you sell them, it's a good idea to have a power strip handy so folks can make sure they work. They should also be spotlessly clean. Check eBay to see what they're going for before pricing.</p> <h2>11. Camping gear</h2> <p>Purchasing new camping gear gets a little pricey. However, used gear is usually still in decent condition, since it only usually gets used a few times each year. Yard and garage sales are the best places to get it, and smart shoppers will snap it up.</p> <p>Make sure to mention the items in your ad and include pictures. Open up tents so people can see the size.</p> <h2>12. Exercise equipment</h2> <p>So, you bought that trendy elliptical machine when you were still clutching the remains of your fitness resolutions. If you didn't use it, that's OK! time to get it out of your garage and into someone else's.</p> <p>Specify what you have, and put pictures in your ad. Basic exercise equipment, like weights, will usually go quickly, but older treadmills or exercise bikes may linger, depending on how you price them and how quickly you want to get rid of them.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Garage%2520Sale%2520Items%2520That%2520Sell%2520Like%2520Hotcakes.jpg&amp;description=12%20Garage%20Sale%20Items%20That%20Sell%20Like%20Hotcakes"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Garage%20Sale%20Items%20That%20Sell%20Like%20Hotcakes.jpg" alt="12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing">How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization cleaning declutter extra cash garage sale sell your stuff spring cleaning yard sale Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:30:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1930302 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-493440144.jpg" alt="Learning how to keep your entire life clutter-free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A preponderance of personal property is an almost universal problem for Americans who have easy access to both credit and cheap goods. Everywhere you turn, there are suggestions and advice on how to declutter, live simply, and embrace minimalism.</p> <p>Often the suggestions start with the idea that you need to be brutal when culling your possessions. If you're not the type to commune with your higher self in an empty room in a mountain cabin, such decluttering advice seems far too extreme. Even if you do hope to achieve Zen mastery of your minimalist home, the cull-it-all type of advice can be wildly optimistic for anyone who has things other than decluttering going on in their lives.</p> <p>That's why it's a good idea to follow the slow-and-steady path to declutter. Here are 10 ways you can declutter your home without actually having to commit acts of wanton purging. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter</a>)</p> <h2>1. Stop Clutter at Its Source</h2> <p>Before your possessions became clutter, they were cute items on retail shelves that you couldn't resist bringing home with you. The easiest way to deal with clutter is to not create it. Commit to only buying items you truly need and learn how to say no to free stuff &mdash; whether it's swag from the company retreat or hand-me-downs that you know won't be used.</p> <h2>2. Get Rid of Things as You Notice Them</h2> <p>Many decluttering experts will give you what amounts to an assignment to declutter &mdash; either commit to getting rid of one item a day or declutter over a weekend. An easy way to divest yourself of things is to get rid of them as you notice them. It's very easy to look at the stack of cough medicine measuring cups in your bathroom drawer and think, <em>I'll get rid of those later.</em> But there is no time like the present. When you notice something that doesn't need to be in your house, get rid of it right away.</p> <h2>3. Keep a Donation Bag by the Door</h2> <p>Part of the reason why it can be so difficult to get rid of perfectly good items is the fact that you don't have enough to make the trip to Goodwill worthwhile. So get in the habit of leaving a bag for donations by the door, so that you can collect the items you plan to donate without allowing them to continue to clutter up your space.</p> <h2>4. Make a Donation Run a Regular Part of Your Errands</h2> <p>I am embarrassed to admit that I have been carrying three bags of clothes and other miscellany in the trunk of my car for over six months. I intend to donate the items to Goodwill, but I am out of the habit of making donations as part of my regular errands. When I regularly go to Goodwill or the Salvation Army on a weekly or twice-a-month basis, it is much easier to commit to decluttering.</p> <p>Find the local donation center for you, and plan on making a stop there every week or every other week on the same day you go grocery shopping. Make donating items a regular habit.</p> <h2>5. Place Items You're Not Sure About in a One-Year Box</h2> <p>This rule will allow you to determine just how often you use things you are afraid to give up. Set up this box in the basement or the garage, and as you clean, place items you don't use but don't want to get rid of into it. Once the box is full, seal it and date it for one year in the future. If you have not used the items in the box within that year, then donate or trash the box without opening it. It's likely you won't even recall its exact contents.</p> <h2>6. Ask Yourself Two Important Questions for Each Item You Find</h2> <p>Dana K. White, who blogs about her journey to cleanliness at <a href="http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2010/02/my-two-decluttering-questions/" target="_blank">A Slob Comes Clean</a>, learned to ask herself two questions while she decluttered her home:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>If I needed this item, where would I look for it? That will prompt you to put item away in its new, sensible home.</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li>If I needed this item, would it <em>ever occur</em> to me that I already have one? If it wouldn't, then you can go ahead and get rid of the item because you'd just buy another one anyway when the need for it arises.</li> </ul> <p>Answering these questions will force you to make a decision about each item you find.</p> <h2>7. Redefine Waste</h2> <p>It can be difficult to part with items you don't need if you spent good money on them. You would hate to waste the hard-earned money you spent by donating or trashing a perfectly good item &mdash; so you plan to either start using it or sell it, neither of which happen.</p> <p>A simple attitude adjustment can help to make this conundrum much simpler. Remember that the money has been wasted already, and is therefore wasted whether or not you keep the item. So you might as well not also waste the space on the item in addition to the money. Why give up both your money <em>and </em>your clean home to something that was a waste?</p> <h2>8. Create a What-Would-You-Replace List</h2> <p>If you are paralyzed by the size of your decision to get rid of some things, try looking at your decluttering in reverse. Start by asking yourself, &quot;What items would I replace if I lost everything in a flood or fire?&quot; You can feel confident that anything you'd be willing to buy again is something worth keeping, whereas the things that you wouldn't replace can go.</p> <h2>9. Give Away Your Possessions as Gifts to People Who Will Appreciate Them</h2> <p>While getting rid of things can be psychologically difficult, giving gifts tends to feel great. So start thinking about decluttering as an opportunity to give your family and friends things they would love. For instance, as you look through your books or DVDs, pull out any that you think a friend or family member would enjoy. If you have a set of fancy china you don't use, give it to a friend who collects china or one who needs a set of dinnerware.</p> <p>To make sure you're not just shifting the clutter to another person, make sure you ask before you give the gifts to your friends and family &mdash; and be willing to take no for an answer.</p> <h2>10. Spend Small Amounts of Down Time Decluttering</h2> <p>You might think that you need an entire weekend, or at least an uninterrupted hour, to declutter your home. But you have more time than you think you do. Take the time while your burrito microwaves to look through the utensil drawer to see if there is anything you can throw away or put in the donation bag. The two minutes you would otherwise be watching your lunch rotate around could be time spent purging items you don't need. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/declutter-your-home-in-10-minutes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Declutter Your Home in 10 Minutes a Day</a>)</p> <p>Similarly, instead of hitting the Skip Advertisement button on the YouTube video five seconds in, let the commercial play and you can take that time to find the dry pens and stubby pencils that are cluttering up your office drawer.</p> <p>Anytime you are forced to wait is time you could use to find something that no longer belongs in your home.</p> <h2>Decluttering Is a Path, Not a Destination</h2> <p>The thing to remember about finally achieving your decluttered home is you will need to commit to making decluttering a regular habit. Unfortunately, there is no point at which you are done &mdash; but that also means that small actions taken on a regular basis can make a huge difference.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Smart%2520Ways%2520to%2520Keep%2520Your%2520Entire%2520Life%2520Clutter-Free.jpg&amp;description=10%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Keep%20Your%20Entire%20Life%20Clutter-Free"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Keep%20Your%20Entire%20Life%20Clutter-Free.jpg" alt="10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing">How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization cleaning tips clear the clutter clutter declutter decluttering organize your life spring cleaning Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1905171 at http://www.wisebread.com Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-540566958.jpg" alt="Woman organizing her life with smart apps" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt the phone in your pocket is a great time killer while in a crowded waiting room, but the truth is that smartphones are actually amazing little tools that can really improve your productivity &mdash; both personally and professionally. Here are eight tasks you can do on your phone, with the help of 17 apps, that will help you organize your life and even boost your savings account with almost no effort on your part. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-productivity-apps-for-really-busy-people-like-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Great Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You</a>)</p> <h2>Track Your To-Do List</h2> <p>Skip the Post Its, notepads, and notes scribbled on napkins. Take your pick of task management apps, depending on how simple or robust you'd like it. Some will integrate with your calendar while others can be shared with friends and family. Find the one that will keep you on task and ditch the pen and paper for good.</p> <h3>1. Wunderlist</h3> <p><a href="https://www.wunderlist.com/" target="_blank">Wunderlist</a> allows you to create to-do lists, set due dates and reminders, and even assign to-dos for others.</p> <h3>2. Todoist</h3> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/todoist-todo-list-for-organizing-work-and-errands/id572688855?mt=8" target="_blank">Todoist</a> manages all of your projects &mdash; both personal and professional. You can also seamlessly manage all your tasks and events from any device.</p> <h3>3. Any.do</h3> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/any-do-to-do-list-calendar-reminders-tasks/id497328576?mt=8" target="_blank">Any.do</a> lets you link your calendar and to-do lists, so you always know what's coming up. You can set reminders for both so you never lose track of deadlines again.</p> <h2>Log Your Time</h2> <p>Have you ever wondered how much time you waste every day on things like social media or TV? The first step to managing your time effectively is understanding how your time is currently being spent, and where it's being wasted. Use a time tracker app to determine where your time is going. Some apps will work in the background, automatically gathering data on where you spend your time, whereas others allow you to manually select activities.</p> <h3>4. Awesome Time Logger</h3> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/awesome-time-logger-free/id663656917" target="_blank">Awesome Time Logger Free</a> features an intuitive interface that allows you to quickly track and log your time throughout the day and get custom reports that you can use to improve productivity.</p> <h3>5. My Hours</h3> <p><a href="https://myhours.com/#features" target="_blank">My Hours</a> works as a stop watch, tracking time you spend on each task. The app also allows you to assign billing to hours if you are a freelancer or contractor.</p> <h3>6. Toggl</h3> <p>While <a href="https://toggl.com/features" target="_blank">Toggl</a> is an ideal time tracker for teams, it's also great for individuals seeking an easy way to track time spent on tasks and bill accordingly.</p> <h2>Take Notes</h2> <p>There are few things more frustrating than needing to jot something down, and not having a pen and paper to do so. But luckily, this is 2017, and you no longer need traditional writing tools to record your thoughts. Note taking apps have moved way beyond just allowing you to type a few words on a file. Some allow you to create useful filing systems, set reminders, collaborate and share with others, and include everything from links to photos to screenshots.</p> <h3>7. Evernote</h3> <p><a href="https://evernote.com/" target="_blank">Evernote</a> lets you create full project to-do lists that can be shared across multiple platforms.</p> <h3>8. Google Keep</h3> <p><a href="https://keep.google.com/u/0/" target="_blank">Google Keep</a> allows you to take quick notes, add lists, photos, and voice memos to track your every thought. Seamless integration with Google Docs makes it easy to turn those quick notes into longer documents.</p> <h2>Organize Your Projects</h2> <p>You're busy. I'm busy. We're all endlessly busy. Sometimes we don't even know where to start, when to stop, and how much to do. Use time management apps that will allow you to schedule your tasks throughout your day.</p> <h3>9. Trello</h3> <p><a href="https://trello.com/platforms" target="_blank">The Trello</a>&nbsp;app helps you create &quot;boards&quot; for all the projects you're currently working on and lets you easily add notes, to-do lists, photos, videos, and even customized workflows for your projects.</p> <h3>10. Asana</h3> <p><a href="https://asana.com/" target="_blank">Asana</a> lets you track projects from start to finish, and easily chat with project collaborators as you go along.</p> <h2>Protect Your Passwords</h2> <p>In an era of cyber security breaches and identity thieves running amok with personal information, protecting passwords has become serious business. You want to make sure your passwords don't all match, are not easy to guess, and are updated frequently enough to protect yourself from data hacks. But you also need a way to remember or access all those secure passwords! There's an app for that.</p> <h3>11. Keeper</h3> <p><a href="https://keepersecurity.com/" target="_blank">Keeper</a>&nbsp;creates, organizes, and auto-fills strong passwords on your behalf for all your accounts.</p> <h3>12. LastPass</h3> <p><a href="https://www.lastpass.com/" target="_blank">LastPass</a> keeps all of your precious passwords in one safe space, and alerts you to any duplicate passwords that may put you at risk for being hacked.</p> <h2>Control Your Documents</h2> <p>Even after signing up for paperless delivery for all our accounts, we still can't escape the daily receipts, business cards, and other documents that we end up collecting on a daily basis. Use an app to quickly scan and file these away.</p> <h3>13. Shoeboxed</h3> <p><a href="https://www.shoeboxed.com/" target="_blank">Shoeboxed</a>&nbsp;lets you scan receipts and business cards, track mileage, and even send expense reports with receipt images attached.</p> <h2>Save Effortlessly</h2> <p>If you've made it a financial priority to build up your savings accounts in 2017, you know it can take time and due diligence to make it happen. Personal finance apps help you manage your money, pay your bills on time, and also effortlessly save money.</p> <h3>14. Acorns</h3> <p><a href="https://www.acorns.com/" target="_blank">Acorns</a> automatically funds your savings for you by rounding up your purchases and adding the change to your Acorns savings account. They'll even invest the &quot;change&quot; for you so you can potentially make much more than what your savings account is currently paying. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-i-learned-about-money-after-using-acorns?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's What I Learned About Money After Using Acorns</a>)</p> <h3>15. Digit</h3> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/digit-save-money-automatically-without-a-budget/id1011935076?mt=8" target="_blank">Digit</a> is the perfect savings sidekick. Once you link the app to your checking account, Digit analyzes your spending and sets aside small amounts of cash to save. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-robot-called-digit-really-help-you-save-more?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can a Robot Called Digit Really Help You Save More?</a>)</p> <h2>Schedule Appointments</h2> <p>Tired of having to open up your calendar each time a meeting request comes in via email or text? Integrate your emails and even your text messages with your favorite calendar app to see everything in one place.</p> <h3>16. Gyst</h3> <p>Quickly determine potential meeting dates with <a href="http://gystapp.com/" target="_blank">Gyst</a>, both with friends and business colleagues by linking your text messages and emails with your calendar.</p> <h3>17. Handle</h3> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/handle-to-do-list-inbox-and-calendar-management/id766063605?mt=8" target="_blank">Handle</a> does just what it says and handles your life by linking your emails, to-do lists, and calendar, so you always know what's expected of you and where you need to be.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Forganize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FOrganize%25208%2520Key%2520Areas%2520of%2520Your%2520Life%2520With%2520These%252017%2520Smart%2520Apps.jpg&amp;description=Organize%208%20Key%20Areas%20of%20Your%20Life%20With%20These%2017%20Smart%20Apps"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Organize%208%20Key%20Areas%20of%20Your%20Life%20With%20These%2017%20Smart%20Apps.jpg" alt="Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smartphone-apps-that-can-help-you-in-an-emergency">10 Smartphone Apps That Can Help You in an Emergency</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-apps-for-busy-working-parents">The 5 Best Apps for Busy Working Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace">7 Tools and Gadgets Your Smartphone Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Technology apps apps you need organization productivity smartphone apps tech news time management Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:30:38 +0000 Kyle James 1901984 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a Time http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-524177336.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to spring clean her whole life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>'Tis the season for cleaning and organization. We've spent the winter hibernating and surrounded by all of our material things that have provided us comfort. But once spring has sprung, we'll want our spaces to be more open, a lot cleaner, and we'll want to pack away all the cold weather garb we've been clinging to the last few months.</p> <p>The concept of spring cleaning doesn't need to be limited to the literal cleaning of our homes, though. We could all use a bit more organization and decluttering in <em>every </em>aspect of our lives. The coming of spring signifies a fresh start, so why not take some time now to cut out all the things you don't need and simplify your life?</p> <p>Here are some ideas to help get you started.</p> <h2>1. Cut Down on Your Time Commitments</h2> <p>If you are finding yourself completely booked all the time, you may want to learn the art of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-say-no-to-friends-and-family?ref=internal" target="_blank">saying &quot;no.&quot;</a>&nbsp;In my own life, I have worked hard at fighting my people-pleasing ways. Saying no the first time is hard, but it gets easier the more you do it. You can always say yes to something that really motivates or inspires you. Otherwise, try to focus on the most important things in your life and let go of the stress over over-commitment.</p> <h2>2. Minimize Your Routine</h2> <p>If getting ready in the morning takes up a chunk of your time, you may want to consider ways to simplify. If deciding what to wear is using up precious time, try following a more minimalistic clothing approach. I like&nbsp;<a href="http://bemorewithless.com/project-333/" target="_blank">Project 333</a>, where you choose 33 or fewer clothing items and wear only those items for three months. If it's your hair or makeup routine that's eating into your morning, consider getting a more manageable cut that's wash-and-go versus needing a full blowout. Toss old makeup and keep only the basics (and try going sans makeup from time to time). (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love</a>)</p> <h2>3. Drill Down Your Career Goals</h2> <p>Determining career goals can be tricky &mdash; especially if you are highly motivated. But the key is to be specific. Don't try to take on too much at one time. For example, you may want to find a new job, get a raise, and network more. Too many goals may lead you to over-scheduling and generally feeling overwhelmed, thus spinning your wheels.</p> <p>Choosing just one goal to go after &mdash; even if your goals are seemingly related &mdash; may bring you the most success. When opportunities do arise, ask yourself first if they are activities that align with your primary career goal. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Say No at Work and Still Get Ahead</a>)</p> <h2>4. Find Fun in Fitness</h2> <p>Figure out a fitness schedule and stick with it. If you've been paying for a gym membership but you never go, ask yourself why. Do you need a buddy to go with you? Does it get too crowded during the time of day you like to go? Or on the flip side, do you lack motivation to workout at home with free options? Then you might need to bite the bullet and sign up for a studio class. Find the hurdle and remove it. Exercising more helps you manage stress and feel better. It's an essential part of staying healthy. Don't neglect this. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout For Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Be Conscious About Food</h2> <p>Sometimes eating lots of processed foods and takeout can make you feel clogged up both physically and mentally. You may want to eat a healthy diet but don't know where to start. Here's a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/take-28-day-challenge" target="_blank">28-day challenge</a> that can get you off on the right foot.</p> <p>Focus on the pillars of healthy eating:</p> <ul> <li>Eat whole foods;</li> <li>Eat the colors of the rainbow;</li> <li>Enjoy foods packed with micronutrients;</li> <li>Get your fats from plant sources.</li> </ul> <p>Also, try shopping the perimeter of grocery stores versus the middle aisles where most processed foods are shelved.</p> <h2>6. Be Selective of Your Social Circle</h2> <p>Surround yourself with only the people who bring the best out of you. If someone is constantly bringing their negative energy into your life and there's no way to change that, cut them off.</p> <h2>7. Limit Your Social Media Time</h2> <p>Facebook can be a great place to build your network or reconnect with old friends. But if you're finding yourself at midnight, deeply angered at the political rantings of a classmate you had back in third grade, it may be time to step away for a while. I share this from personal experience.</p> <h2>8. Cut Back on Screen Time</h2> <p>Most Americans watch shows and movies around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/americans-screen-time-nielsen/" target="_blank">four and a half hours per day</a>. That's a lot of time that you could spend working toward your goals. Whenever you think about all the things you wished you had more time for, think about what shows you can cut that will still allow you some down time or entertainment but also get you off the couch doing something productive.</p> <h2>9. Demolish Your Debt</h2> <p>Bills are the area of focus in my household right now. My husband and I have grown tired of all the loan payments for cars, college debt, and home improvements. We have sent checks for years without thinking much about the interest. We've decided we're going to try the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-debt-snowball-method-0" target="_blank">snowball method</a> to pay off our debt ASAP. It's never a bad time to look at your finances and make your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-day-debt-reduction-plan-stop-waiting-for-tomorrow?ref=internal" target="_blank">get-out-of-debt plan</a>.</p> <h2>10. Clear the Clutter</h2> <p>Speaking of freeing up the budget, you may want to have an internal conversation with yourself about your attachment to stuff. One way to spring clean your life is to actually do a little spring cleaning.</p> <p>I most enjoy the&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2lEdamU" target="_blank">KonMari method</a>, where you physically touch each item in your home and see if it brings you joy. If not, you can toss or donate or give to a friend. Skeptical? Many people who have gone through this process have found it to be transformative. Things can really weigh down your mind (and your wallet, for that matter). (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-this-one-thing-a-day-to-defeat-clutter-forever?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Spring%2520Clean%2520Your%2520Whole%2520Life%2520%25E2%2580%2594%2520One%2520Step%2520at%2520a%2520Time.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Spring%20Clean%20Your%20Whole%20Life%20%E2%80%94%20One%20Step%20at%20a%20Time"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Spring%20Clean%20Your%20Whole%20Life%20%E2%80%94%20One%20Step%20at%20a%20Time.jpg" alt="How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life &mdash; One Step at a Time" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing">How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization cleaning house declutter organize your life spring spring clean spring cleaning Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1900126 at http://www.wisebread.com Stop Losing Your Stuff With These 6 Simple Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/stop-losing-your-stuff-with-these-6-simple-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stop-losing-your-stuff-with-these-6-simple-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-504244368.jpg" alt="stop losing stuff with these tricks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People who constantly lose stuff live in a cycle of frustration, lost time, and wasted money. Time that could be otherwise productive is dedicated to frantically <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-memory-hacks?ref=internal" target="_blank">seeking misplaced items</a>. Money that could be saved or invested is instead used to replace missing items. It's frustrating and often embarrassing.</p> <p>However, not all is lost. Absentmindedness is not an inescapable curse. You can decrease the frequency of losing things and increase the chances of finding them. Alleviate item loss with some simple tricks.</p> <h2>1. Increase Organization</h2> <p>The simplest, cheapest way to decrease the chances of losing items is to get more organized. Don't simply throw your keys, wallet, cards, or phones onto the nearest flat surface. Try to nail down an area to store each item. Always place the items there when you return home every day.</p> <h2>2. Don't Silence Your Cell Phone</h2> <p>Vibrate or silence should not be the default setting on your phone. Yes, you might need to silence your phone occasionally, but you should change the device to a setting that makes noise as often as you can. If you lose it, you can have a family member or friend call the phone.</p> <p>If you live alone and you own a smartphone, you should download Skype or FaceTime. Both are free communication apps you can use to call the smartphone from your computer or tablet. Just make sure you set the communication app to notify you when it receives a call.</p> <h2>3. &quot;Freeze It&quot; Credit Card</h2> <p>Losing a credit card can be a huge hassle. You need to cancel the card and then wait about a week for a replacement card or pay a small fee for rush shipping.</p> <p>It's a pain &mdash; especially if you're 75% sure you misplaced it somewhere around the house. You might find it if you spend a few hours looking, but every second you spend searching, someone might be gleefully embarking on a shopping spree. The end result is canceling cards that might not be lost.</p> <p>If you switch to a credit card that has the ability to temporarily freeze, you could decrease the chance of fraud and prevent the need to prematurely cancel cards. That can be a huge boon for people who lose track of their cards constantly.</p> <p>Right now the only company that offers that feature is Discover, but I anticipate in the next few years, more credit card and debit cards will begin to offer it as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-questions-to-ask-before-accepting-a-credit-card-offer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Credit Card Offer</a>)</p> <h2>4. iPod or Smartphone Wallet Case</h2> <p>If you can't (or won't) carry a wallet or purse around, you should look into purchasing an iPod or smartphone card storage device. The storage devices are either covers or attachments that stick to your phone.</p> <p>This is a great option for people who can't always carry a wallet or purse, especially if they have a history of losing track of their credit or debit cards. The fact that the devices only cost around $5&ndash;$25 dollars makes it a fairly cheap solution.</p> <h2>5. Add Device Trackers</h2> <p>There are a variety of key, wallet, or phone finder devices. The devices typically offer the following functions:</p> <ul> <li>An audio alarm to help individuals locate the item;</li> <li>GPS tracker to find objects that are potentially out of audio range;</li> <li>The ability to ring the phone, even if it's on silent;</li> <li>Alerts when you are separated from an item;</li> </ul> <p>The devices hook onto keyrings, slip into wallet pockets, or are adhesively attached to an object. It's definitely an investment, but it could prevent the loss of an expensive item.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Best Trackers for Easily Lost Items</a></p> <h2>6. Wear Clothing With Secure Pockets</h2> <p>Most women's pants either have ridiculously small pockets or no pockets at all. That can make carrying important objects from place to place difficult. And if you prefer not to carry a purse, it could mean that you need to either squash all of your objects into teeny, tiny pockets, or carry them. That can increase the chances of objects falling out of your pockets or placing objects down and forgetting to pick them up. (I've done both multiple times.)</p> <p>Consider adding clothing into your wardrobe that includes larger and secure pockets (ones that zip, for example). This could be a jacket, cargo pants, or utility shirts with hidden pockets. And then there's always the fanny back.&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fstop-losing-your-stuff-with-these-6-simple-tricks&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FStop%2520Losing%2520Your%2520Stuff%2520With%2520These%25206%2520Simple%2520Tricks.jpg&amp;description=Stop%20Losing%20Your%20Stuff%20With%20These%206%20Simple%20Tricks"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Stop%20Losing%20Your%20Stuff%20With%20These%206%20Simple%20Tricks.jpg" alt="Stop Losing Your Stuff With These 6 Simple Tricks" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-losing-your-stuff-with-these-6-simple-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos">12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs">Maintaining Memories: How to Save Old Photographs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reach-your-money-goals-faster-with-a-simple-naming-trick">Reach Your Money Goals Faster With a Simple Naming Trick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Organization improve memory losing stuff lost and found memories memory tricks Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Samantha Stauf 1876057 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Smart Ways to Maximize Desk Space http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-maximize-desk-space <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-smart-ways-to-maximize-desk-space" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shared_desk_space_491380930.jpg" alt="Team learning how to maximize desk space" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, I had a large office with a big desk at work and my home office was a 500 square foot unfinished basement with six tables set up to make a very large desk area. Fast forward to today, and my workspace has been reduced to a small cubicle at work and no desk space at home. Yet I am more productive than ever. How did I increase my productivity after losing almost all of my desk space?</p> <p>For one thing, I wasn't getting much value from my copious amount of desk space. I used my work surfaces mostly to store stacks of papers and research materials I was saving and various office equipment and supplies. It was sometimes handy to have most of my stuff out where I could see it, but the chaos of this arrangement outweighed any real productivity benefits. With all of the stuff piled around on my desk space, I effectively had a small desk anyway!</p> <p>Having precious little desk space has forced me to stay highly organized. Instead of setting things aside to sort or file later, I take control of potential clutter before it takes control of my desk. When I am ready to work on something, I can quickly find the needed items and get only these things out to work on. It is easier to focus on the task at hand without so much unfinished business staring me in the face from all corners of my desk.</p> <p>Here are some smart ways to maximize your minimal desk space.</p> <h2>1. Go Full Digital</h2> <p>One of the big improvements I made to help me stay productive with little desk space is moving from analog to digital. In the old days, I had literally hundreds of pounds of paper documents in file cabinets and piled on my desk. I also had lots of notebooks with handwritten notes. The problem with analog stuff is that it takes a lot of effort to keep files organized and find the right material when you need it. I realized that my paper records were basically useless since I couldn't find anything and it wasn't worth the huge effort to organize the old papers.</p> <p>Now I keep all of my documents, research articles, and photos in digital form on my computer. I use paper documents only occasionally when I want to take notes while I am working on something. Then I scan in or type up my notes and then recycle the papers. I can search my digital files by keyword and date, and the digital files take up no room at all. If you store your data on the cloud, you can have access to all of your digital files from anywhere &mdash; home, work, or on the road.</p> <h2>2. Get Rid of Stuff</h2> <p>Are you really going to look at that stack of old magazines or papers again? Do you think you will ever use your zip drive again? At some point, it's time to just get rid of stuff you don't need and get your desk space back.</p> <h2>3. Add a Clean Desk Policy</h2> <p>I clear my desk at the end of every single day. When I had a large chaotic desk, this would have been unimaginable. In those days, I liked the idea of having papers, articles, and notes stacked around on my desk. I thought it gave the impression that I was busy and working on important things.</p> <p>Then one day, I had a meeting with a very successful colleague in his office. His desk was totally clear except for a couple of framed photos and the paper that we were meeting to discuss. He didn't feel the need to leave stacks of papers and things around to impress people. I could tell that he impressed people by focusing and getting things done. His highly organized desk impressed me, and I decided to make a change.</p> <p>Now I only get things out as I need them and put everything away at the end of the day. I keep my papers and other materials organized so I can easily find what I need when it is time to get materials out again to work on them. A small desk space seems a lot bigger when you keep it cleared.</p> <h2>4. Look Out Below</h2> <p>Even though my desk space is not very large, there is an equal amount of floor space under the desk. Most people underutilize this valuable storage space. It's actually a handy place to keep things close, yet out of the way. Use the forgotten under-the-desk space to get things off your desk so you can use all of your desk space productively as a work surface.</p> <h2>5. Send Stuff to Storage</h2> <p>During my recent office move, I sent a lot of equipment and materials out of my office to be stored somewhere else. I made a spreadsheet of all of the items that I moved out and noted where I stored them. Take a few minutes to label what's inside your storage boxes and label items with your name to make them easier to get back if you need them again. Store stuff that you rarely use away from your office to give yourself more desk space and boost your productivity.</p> <h2>6. Shrink Down</h2> <p>Use smaller equipment such as a laptop or tablet that you can easily move or put away to maximize availability of your desk space as a work surface. Get rid of equipment you don't need, such as a personal printer if there is an alternative you can use on the network.</p> <h2>7. Incorporate an Ergonomic Arrangement</h2> <p>Arrange the items on your desk based on how much time you spend using them. For most people, the highest priority should be to arrange your chair and computer in the best possible location at your desk since this is where most of your time is spent. Next, find a convenient space for the phone and reserve some clear desk space to read papers and take notes while you are working. I set up a desk light over the space where I read papers, which makes reading easier and makes my office seem larger.</p> <h2>8. Create Some Cord Control</h2> <p>Don't let out-of-control cables, power cords, and power supply bricks eat up your valuable desk space. Route cables behind equipment and under the desk to keep them off your desk space, and use cable ties to keep cables where you want them. You might even benefit by getting rid of some cords altogether &mdash; get an inexpensive cordless keyboard and mouse to get rid of a couple cords and gain some flexibility in how you can work at your desk.</p> <h2>9. File It Down</h2> <p>If you need to keep paper documents, thin them down to keep only the ones you really need. Then organize these important papers so you can easily find them later. Divide up your papers into piles by category, write the category names on file folders, and put them into a file cabinet instead of on your desk. Those papers that are cluttering up your desk should easily fit into only a few inches of file cabinet space in hanging files.</p> <h2>10. Reuse, Recycle</h2> <p>Use recycled items for handy organizers and storage:</p> <ul> <li>Plastic food containers can store office supplies and miscellaneous hardware.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Shoeboxes make great storage containers for larger office supplies and project materials. If you don't like using cardboard shoe boxes, you can get inexpensive clear plastic boxes so you can see what is inside.</li> </ul> <p>Group related materials together in storage containers to make kits that you can store in a drawer or under your desk and get out when you are working on a certain type of project on your desk surface.</p> <h2>11. Set up a Remote Desktop</h2> <p>Set yourself up to take your computer and files with you and work productively away from your desk &mdash; at a coffee shop or in a conference room, for example. There are advantages to not being tied down to working at your desk. By being mobile, you can give yourself a bigger desk whenever you have a task that requires a lot of desk space, or if you just want to work at a big desk.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-smart-ways-to-maximize-desk-space&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Smart%2520Ways%2520to%2520Maximize%2520Desk%2520Space.jpg&amp;description=11%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Maximize%20Desk%20Space"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Maximize%20Desk%20Space.jpg" alt="11 Smart Ways to Maximize Desk Space" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-maximize-desk-space">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-radical-implosion-can-help-you-get-ahead-at-work-and-everywhere-else">How &quot;Radical Implosion&quot; Can Help You Get Ahead at Work — and Everywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps">Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-5-words-you-need-to-declutter-your-life">The Only 5 Words You Need to Declutter Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Organization career cleaning hacks desk desk space life hacks Office Space organization work habits Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:30:39 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1871079 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017 http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_clothes_closet_585786834.jpg" alt="Woman organizing her whole life in 2017" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are tons of resolutions you could focus on in the new year. You can get healthier, get in better shape, and focus on your career goals. But none of those goals are truly attainable if your living space is cluttered with stuff you don't want or need. The first step to accomplishing any goal is getting organized. So why not start there? Here are 51 ways to organize your life in 2017.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_68476985_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos?ref=fbf" target="_blank">12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos</a> &mdash; We all have stacks of old photos somewhere. And until you sit down and decide what to do with them, that increasingly dusty stack will remain on your to-do list. Do it now! These tips are super helpful.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet?ref=fbf" target="_blank">14 Ways to Organize a Messy Closet</a> &mdash; I have deep respect for anyone who constantly maintains a clean closet, because&hellip; how? But that feeling of pulling out the stuff you no longer wear is such a wonderful form of freedom. Do not underestimate it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/organized-woman-home-490848943-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organized-people-have-these-5-things-in-their-homes-do-you?ref=fbf" target="_blank">Organized People Have These 5 Things in Their Homes &mdash; Do You?</a> &mdash; In order to become successful at organization, you might as well learn from the pros, right? And these five items can be found in every pro-organizer's home. Are they in yours?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-ways-to-keep-your-family-organized?ref=fbf" target="_blank">8 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Organized</a> &mdash; You can't accomplish any of your goals &mdash; organization-related or otherwise &mdash; if your entire day is packed with familial responsibilities. Get everyone else's schedules down on paper and then you'll have a much easier time organizing yours.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_writing_paperwork_000077386871.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-organize-your-paperwork-in-just-10-minutes-a-week?ref=fbf" target="_blank">How to Organize Your Paperwork in Just 10 Minutes a Week</a> &mdash; Even in the digital age, paperwork can easily pile up. And nobody wants to tackle that stack after a month of putting it off. If you do this each week, for only 10 minutes, your desk will always look clutter-free.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life?ref=fbf" target="_blank">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a> &mdash; For some people, getting organized starts with the right mindset. When you start using a mindfulness journal, you become so much more aware of your moods, thoughts, and priorities. Then you have more room to live a happier life. Give it a go!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable">Flashback Friday: 87 Frugal Ways to Make Winter Less Miserable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-45-life-lessons-youd-give-to-your-younger-self">Flashback Friday: 45 Life Lessons You&#039;d Give to Your Younger Self</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-missing-out-on-these-5-easy-fixes-for-fomo">You&#039;re Missing Out on These 5 Easy Fixes for FOMO</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks Organization fbf flashback friday frugal living frugal living goals goals money New Year's new year's resolutions organization Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:30:31 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1869315 at http://www.wisebread.com You're Missing Out on These 5 Easy Fixes for FOMO http://www.wisebread.com/youre-missing-out-on-these-5-easy-fixes-for-fomo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/youre-missing-out-on-these-5-easy-fixes-for-fomo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-584791208.jpg" alt="beat fomo for good" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before I wised up and turned off the notifications, the Facebook app on my phone used to ping every time someone liked or responded to one of my posts. I generally charge my smartphone on the other side of my office while I work, but the sudden and unexpected <em>ping</em> of a Facebook notification would prompt me to get up, walk across the room, and discover that my mother had liked a photo of my kids that I had posted. This was not exactly a model of efficiency in terms of getting work done.</p> <p>Trying to ignore those pings was even worse, though. After hearing one go off, I would sit at my desk, trying to focus on my work but agonizing over what I might be missing on Facebook. Yes, it might be a family member liking a picture of my kids. But&hellip; what if it were Stephen King commenting on my pithy (and oh-so-timely) post about <em>The Shining</em> and offering me a chance to collaborate on a novel together? How could I work while fearing that I might be missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime?</p> <p>My experience is hardly unique. In fact, according to a study by JWT, out of 900 Millennials in China surveyed, 72% of them said they <a href="https://www.jwtintelligence.com/2012/05/data-point-our-unhappy-addiction-to-social-media/" target="_blank">experience some form of FOMO</a>. We're suffering from the nagging social anxiety that we might miss out on something more awesome that what we are already doing &mdash; and social media just fans the flames of our FOMO.</p> <p>The problem is that our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-letting-fomo-ruin-your-finances">fear of missing out</a> keeps us from being present in our own lives. We bring phones to the dinner table rather than talk to our significant others, we waste time at work rather than commit to our careers, and we abandon last month's hobbies and projects in favor of new fads that will in turn be abandoned next month.</p> <p>Ultimately, living with a heightened sense of FOMO is a good way to make yourself crazy, lonely, broke, and overwhelmed.</p> <p>Thankfully, there are steps you can take to cure your FOMO without cutting yourself off from the world. Here are five ways to overcome FOMO for good.</p> <h2>1. Set Hard Limits on Your Social Media Use</h2> <p>The problem with social media is that it's always available, which means you can indulge your FOMO by checking in 24/7. So it's up to you to set hard limits on your social media use. Specifically, download a blocker that keeps you from checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other site that you check over and over again due to FOMO. Blockers like <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en" target="_blank">StayFocused</a> give you a specific number of minutes per day that you may surf the verboten sites, at which point you will not be able to access those sites again until the next day.</p> <p>This kind of hard limit will not only help you to better focus when you are trying to work or study, but the shortened amount of time you can visit the sites puts a major wrench in any sense of envy you might feel while browsing your friends' postings. If you know you have 15 minutes of Facebook time all day, you're much less likely to spend 10 of them sighing over the pictures of your cousin's roommate's trip to New York City.</p> <h2>2. Include the Boring in Your Mental Images of Other People</h2> <p>We have a tendency to forget that other people's lives are just as full of boring, frustrating, and tedious details as our own. When we look at the beautiful images of the sun rising over Tuscany posted by a friend of a friend, we envy the Italian vacation, and forget about the long slog she had saving up for the trip, the hour she spent in line at the post office getting her passport updated, and the terrible air sickness she suffered on the plane trip there.</p> <p>The best way to deal with the disconnect between the boring parts of our lives and the exciting parts of other people's lives is to remember that everyone has boring moments. No matter how exciting a person's life is, they will have to spend a portion of it washing the dishes, filing taxes, and waiting in lines. Just as nervous public speakers are told to imagine their audience in their underwear, FOMO sufferers should imagine that the objects of their envy are stuck in line somewhere. It will remind you that no wondrous moment ever came about without a lot of boring moments beforehand.</p> <h2>3. Cultivate Mindfulness</h2> <p>Mindfulness is the practice of being present in our lives and providing ourselves with non-judgmental awareness of our experiences as we experience them. Cultivating mindfulness is a sure antidote to FOMO, because once you are fully aware of what and how you feel, you have a better sense of what makes you feel good, and you are much less tempted to chase after opportunities that don't promise happiness.</p> <p>Meditation is a common way to practice mindfulness, but you can choose any number of methods for being more present in your life. In particular, paying closer attention to your body during meals is an excellent way to learn mindfulness and practice healthy eating habits at the same time. Listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues, take the time to truly taste and savor your food, and take in all of the sensory input of your meal. Starting your mindfulness practice with food can help you learn to be more present in every part of your life.</p> <h2>4. Make <em>No</em> Your Default Answer</h2> <p>Self-help gurus may often tout the importance of saying <em>yes</em> to life, but there's a limit to the amount of things any one person can do. If you suffer from consistent FOMO and waffle on decisions, then it's a good idea to start getting in the habit of making <em>no</em> your default. This way, if you say no to an opportunity but keep thinking about it, you'll know that it's one you truly don't want to miss out on. Making no your default answer allows you to get in touch with what you really want to do, rather than continuing to chase every opportunity you see.</p> <h2>5. Take Time to Be Grateful</h2> <p>At its heart, FOMO is the sense that there is something better out there than what you already have. But what you already have is pretty darn wonderful, if you take the time to appreciate it.</p> <p>According to Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, regularly expressing gratitude for the things in your life can help you feel more optimistic and happier. The increase happiness you feel at recognizing the bounty in your life will make you less susceptible to FOMO, since you know no vacation, gadget, party, or relationship can greatly improve on a life that's already full. Emmons recommends keeping a gratitude journal, in which you regularly record the things for which you are grateful. This could not only help improve your mood, but such journals have also been shown to improve your physical and social well-being, as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life?ref=seealso">7 Ways Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a>)</p> <h2>The End of FOMO</h2> <p>There will always be something out there that you are missing out on. But creating a satisfying life free from FOMO is possible. You just need to be willing to live mindfully and actively enjoy what you already have.</p> <p>It also doesn't hurt to turn off those Facebook notifications.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-missing-out-on-these-5-easy-fixes-for-fomo">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-letting-fomo-ruin-your-finances">Are You Letting FOMO Ruin Your Finances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-money-saving-hacks-are-a-huge-waste-of-time">These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reach-your-money-goals-faster-with-a-simple-naming-trick">Reach Your Money Goals Faster With a Simple Naming Trick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Organization budgeting fear of missing out FOMO frugal living organization Spending Money Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1858108 at http://www.wisebread.com