I haven’t blogged for awhile. Below is this week’s newsletter explaining why.
Cut Clutter With Scissors Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 18
May 2, 2010
It’s been awhile since I wrote a newsletter. Sometimes life throws you a few lemons and sometimes you feel like you’ve been run over by a bulldozer. The last four weeks have felt like the latter. My mother had surgery on May 3 that ended up with multiple complications, the most serious being a stroke. She is now on her road to a slow recovery which gives me a chance to settle into a “new” routine.
Both of my sisters live out of town so I’m the one handling most of the legal, financial, medical, and household issues. Fortunately my mother was the “born organized” one. I’m still wondering where my SHEness (sidetracked home executive aka Sidetrack Sisters & Flylady) came from. My name is on her checking account and her Power of Attorney/Living Will was easy to find. Actually, since her stroke did not effect her memory she was able to tell me where it was.
Ironically right before her surgery I was putting the finishing touches on my new ebook, “Cut Out The Paper Clutter”. Because I’ve been following many of the ideas in the book regarding the organizing of financial papers it wasn’t too difficult to take over her bill paying and still keep my own under control. Most of my bills are on autopay and the rest are paid with online banking. I have spent several years using many of the tips that I share in the ebook to reduce the junk mail so it takes little time to sort my mail. I hope to have the ebook up for sale by next week.
My mother hasn’t embraced all the electronic bill paying yet but we had planned on doing it during her surgery recovery time. I will take the next few weeks to slowly get most of her bills on autopay and set up online banking. This way it will be much easier for her to handle her own bills when she gets back home from rehab. I will also start using some of the tips/websites listed in the ebook to get her name off of the junk mail lists. See below for a link to the blog post that list the websites.
As much as I have learned through research, first hand experience is still the greatest teacher. We all know the importance of setting up our financial papers so our spouse or children could easily take over the responsibility if necessary yet this is one area many people put off. Clearing out the paper clutter and organizing our finances can go a long way to reduce the worry. The stress that comes with disorganization and procrastination will get worse with age. Whether you are in your 20’s, 40’s, 60’s or older, now is the time to get rid of the paper clutter so you can free up your time and energy to spend on the more important and fun things in life.
My goal is to get back to the weekly newsletters (or as often as possible) and blog posts. Although I will be focusing a lot on paper clutter I also will share tips on traveling and garage sales. After all, it’s summer time and that’s what people do during this time of year.
If you have any questions, tips, or suggestions please reply to this email or post a comment on my current blog posts at: http://organizebythemonth.com. I’m always happy to help you with tips to declutter your home or life. I also love it when I can learn new things from you and then share it with all my readers. Thank you.
To a lighter load along the way.
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How to Declutter Junk Mail http://organizebythemonth.com/?p=245