Right-Sizing A La Back-To-School

Heading back to school is a call-to-action for most of us. But even those

who do not have school-age children can be motivated to get ready for the autumn season. Here are some actionable tips that will help you spend wisely and well and perhaps also clear out in the process of Right-Sizing.

  • Ready Yourself
    Before heading to get school supplies, take a minute to do an inventory of what you already have on hand. You may be surprised to find that you already have some of what you need.
  • Rediscover the Desk Top
    Use this as a good opportunity to clean off—and clear out—the clutter from the last school year (or the most recent 6 months of paperwork). Preserve what is needed to be kept and discard the rest.
  • Reclaim the Family Entry
    Time to move the summer sports gear away to make room for backpacks, books, and after school activities equipment.
  • Renew Family Files and Records
    Bring them up to date. This should include doctor and dental visit records as well as any drugs used on a continuing basis. Paid invoices for insurance policies and other important papers, such bank statements, should be filed away for safekeeping.
  • Delete Out-of-date Coupons
    Refreshing your coupon holder serves as a good reminder of what you have that is still valid.
  • Reinvent Clothes Closets
    In changing from summer to fall clothes, take time to discard the worn, frayed, or faded. Do not pack away anything, even shoes, that cannot be used next summer. This is also a good chance to explore hidden corners of the closet where fallen garments or shoes lie.

Start the new season off with work surfaces and storage areas that are ready for the challenges of cold weather living!

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