Quest for the Desk: How to
unearth a desk that’s
buried under rubble.
- Step 1: The ‘move elsewhere’ box (for loose change,
batteries, screws, nail clipper and other misc. ‘gak’ that
doesn’t belong in this room)
- Step 2: The ‘rough sort’;
use the R.A.F.T. method (Read, Act, File, Toss) with 3
trays and a recycling bin
- Step 3: The ‘laser sort’; use the K.I.V. method (Keep
It Visible) with step sorter and colour ‘hot’ files
Tip 1: Name that file
When naming files, always go with the first word that comes
to your mind to identify the group of papers.
Attempts at making the wording too fancy can create problems
when you are trying
to find it later and you can’t remember
what you called it. Keep it simple.
Tip 2: Cut the article,
chuck the magazine
Instead of keeping the whole magazine, quick-reference
the contents page and select and cut out the
articles of interest.
in a labeled accordion file so you can find
them later. You won’t
have to ask yourself why you saved the magazine
in the first place.
Tip 3: Easy, breezy book
When sorting through a large collection of
books, keep them on the shelves during the
it quick and
overwhelming. Pull the ‘no-brainers’ (books that
are damaged or irrelevant to your current life) off the shelf
first and box them for charity. You can donate them to a library
or sell them to a second-hand store. Next, be ruthless; if you’ve
already read it and don’t need it as reference, let it
go. In the end, the only books left on the shelf are the ‘diamonds’.
This tip is from
episode 7, Click to view the Episode Summary