Thursday, September 19, 2013

How To Convert Paper to Digital Files

How To Convert Paper to Digital Files

Living in a digital world, paper is becoming obsolete. Check out these simple steps on converting your paper to digital files without purchasing a special device or expensive software.

Step 1- If you don't have a scanner, purchase one as this is essential to creating digital files. If you have a scanner, great! No need to make a purchase.

Step 2- Gather all the documents you want to convert to digital files. As your gathering documents, make sure to sort through them and put them into categories. 
ie: monthly bills, tax info and money management would all be in separate categories.

Step 3- Log onto your computer and create a file folder for your digital files. Then click on that folder you just made and create more folders as sub-categories for your digital files. 
ie: Monthly Bill Folder, Tax Info Folder, Money Management Folder

Step 4- Turn on your scanner and start scanning documents one by one.  
IMPORTANT: make sure you "save as" your document as a pdf file and rename the file so its easy to find. ie: Sept2013CarPayment
Then drag the file into the appropriate folder and repeat for all paper documents.

Step 5- After document is scanned and saved properly, shred paper and breathe a sigh of relief! You no longer have to deal with paper clutter!!!

NOTE:  Never destroy vital records and other important documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, car titles, house deeds, etc.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Organize small areas first

Organize areas small enough where you can quickly see results.  Your progress will encourage you to continue to restore order to you home/business.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tip Tuesday: Wrap it Up!

Regardless of whether you want to save or donate your used baby items, keep them in pristine condition for the next set of miniature hands.  Wrap it in shrink wrap and it'll look like it never left the nursery!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tip Tuesday: Baskets, Bins and Boxes... Oh My!

Tip Tuesday: Baskets, Bins and Boxes... Oh My!

When you become a parent, you realize how limited your space is. Every room your kid plays in becomes a play room of sorts. Here are some simple tips to maximize your space in your kids room, or around the house:

-Use storage bins, baskets, or decorative boxes to quickly organize your kids room or play area. Group like items together so things are easier to find, and easier to put away at the end of the day.

-Work wall shelves into the design of rooms in your home. Wall shelves make it easy to display pictures, art work, and cards without the worry of your kids being able to reach it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Organizing Your Kids - Notekins Birthday Party

Tip Tuesday: 5/14/13
Organizing Your Kids Birthday Party

Start Planning your child's birthday party 2-6 months in advance. You can start by deciding on a theme and venue. Doing this early will relieve the last minute stress so you and your family can actually enjoy the party!

*Below are more pictures from this Notekins Music Note Birthday! Invitation was made by me and Notekins cake made by my Husband.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bathroom Organizing

Add wall shelves in your bathroom to free the counters of clutter so you can actually have space to get ready in the morning.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Is your closet kind of yuck?

Tip Tuesday 04/30/2013
by Naeemah Ford Goldson

Organize your closet according to season and colors.  A couple hours doing this will save you countless hours during the next few months as you get ready for your day.  Want to step it up even more?  Iron your clothes on Sunday while watching TV to save even more time in your work week.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Know when to pull the entrepreneurial trigger

We've all heard these cliche's :

- Do what you have to do
- Opportunity knocks but once
- Turn lemons into lemonade

All of these sayings could apply to my decision to become my own boss but they would also oversimplify the process of leaving the corporate ranks.

Starting a business should happen when you get a sense that the timing is right (notice I didn't say perfect) and when you've focused on your marketable skills.

I didn't use the phrase "perfect timing" because many businesses begin out of necessity or from less than desirable circumstances.  Many entrepreneurs are fired from a job before they become owner and operator of their destiny.  Others have to make tough life choices and the "good job" loses out.  

I had no idea that once I took maternity leave that I would never return to my job.  I worked on the operations side of a media distribution company.  It was my job to make sure that commercials ran correctly and ran on time, no matter how long it took.  I've always had a need to improve the work flow around me but when you're working for someone else, that's not always an option.  I remember watching Kelly Cutrone on TV and I'd note how often she'd talk about being a stressed-out smart girl but that she couldn't live any other way than being the boss.  I realized that I was one of those people when I began interviewing for jobs again.

The great thing about being an entrepreneur is that the customer directly decides your worth.  If you provide a product or service that people want at a price they are comfortable with then you stay afloat, if not then you sink.    This isn't the case when you're an employee.  Being an employee at a good company gives you a sense of security but it also limits your earning potential -  risk vs reward.  So many factors go into your rise up the corporate ladder- Where did you go to school?, Did you intern?, Where was your previous job?, What were you earning last year?  I've come to the point where I'd rather deal with the client myself.

One factor in starting a business that cannot be overstated is the importance of defining your marketable skills.  You may be able to paint well but are you prolific enough as an artist to support yourself on your work?  Are your paintings the most marketable use of your talents?  Questions like these prevented me from jumping into the entrepreneurial pool sooner because I didn't know how to market my talents.  Once I realized my specific place in the market I really felt as though I'd found my purpose.

I know I'll be successful with Restore Order because I feel passionate about helping people get organized and go further.