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50 Ways to get organized this year

Julie Kraut is a freelance writer and the author of Slept Away and Hot Mess. Visit for more.

Clean up your act

If you've pegged 2010 as the year you get organized, then what better way to start than with a list? Print this out and tack it to your fridge to keep you on track, and make sure to cross each item off as you complete it!


29. File your emails away. Your inbox should be a to do list, not a repository of every message you ever received.
30. Clear off your desk. Two pictures, your computer, an inbox and outbox and that's it. Clutter has no business in your workspace.
31. File everything that crosses your desk including contracts, instructions, warranties and jury duty summons.
32. Get your electronic cords under control with specific electronic organization devices or twist-ties from your bread bags. For long cords, labeling both sides with masking tape tabs can also be helpful.
33. Get a comfortable chair that rolls to all areas of your office. This will keep you from doing work in other areas of the house.

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