With so many events and activities being cancelled or postponed, if you already haven't been told to stay at home, it looks like measures to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus may soon ask you to remain homebound.
Today's article isn't meant to make light of the crisis but to suggest ways to stay active and positive when your normal actions are being limited. Read the article.
Today's Task for A Year of Decluttering
What do you do with store receipts? Do you hold onto them until you can reconcile them with your bank or credit card statement and then dispose of them? If you keep your receipts, have you identified your reason for doing so?
If you might return an item, then holding onto the receipt will allow you to maximize your refund. If the item has a warranty or service contract (computer, refrigerator, washing machine), keeping the receipt makes sense.
Identifying that you want to keep a receipt is only part of the challenge. You then need to file it so that you can find it, should you need it; otherwise, it’s clutter.
I’ve met several people who hold onto all their receipts because they want to track all their purchases on a spreadsheet, but they never schedule regular time to enter these numbers.
More and more receipts pile up (usually in more than one location), until it becomes too intimidating to tally the receipts. And, yet, they can’t let go of these slips of paper because they want to enter them.
Create a single place to gather receipts and then plan when you’ll sort through them to reconcile, toss, tally, or file. Depending on your buying habit and what you want to do with your receipts, you could sort through them in a few minutes each evening or in slightly more time once a week. Tending to them regularly and frequently may seem more of a hassle; but, you’re likely to do a task that takes two minutes than one you know could take thirty minutes.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I help people focus on what's important to them by guiding them through clearing clutter and distractions from their lives. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; courses; speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.