12 easy ways to get your life organized (finally)

Think there’s no time to tackle that stack of papers on your desk or the mounting pile of clothes in your closet? You won’t after you read this advice from a professional organizer.

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From closets to checkbooks, kitchens to cars, all of us have something (or maybe a few things) that are disorganized enough that we have written them off for good, or ignore them consistently.

The following 12 items are the things I most often worked on with clients.

1. Organize for 15 minutes each day

This could mean anything from sorting mail to throwing out mystery foods in the refrigerator. Just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference over time.

2. Download Quicken (or some other money management program)

Quicken will make your financial life a million times easier to manage. It costs around $50, but it’s well worth the investment. From Quicken you can pay bills, download transactions from banks and credit cards, plan, budget, see what you are spending and what your overall financial picture looks like.

3. Make a simple sorting system for your papers

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