Author: Darla DeMorrowAnnouncements Document Management General Home Office Paper Recyling

May 2014 Shredding Events

Here is a list of rolex replica shredding events in the Delaware Valley. If you are planning to attend an event, it’s wise to check the website or call or e-mail to make sure the event isn’t iphone 5c refurbished canceled due to weather or other circumstances.

If you can’t wait for an event, try drop-off shredding services from Staples, Office Depot, Wiggins, or Mail Source (Springfield) for about $1 per pound.

Happy shredding!

Friday, May 2  3 pm – 5:30 pm West Chester
West Chester Wiggins Auto Tags — 1301 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19380
2 paper grocery bags are $10.00

Saturday, May 3  9 am – 12 pm Buckingham
Buckingham Township Public Works Building — Residents Only
4991 Upper Mountain Road, Buckingham, PA 18912

Saturday, May 3  9 am – 11 am Newtown
First National Bank & Trust of Newtown — Bucks County Community College
272 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940

Saturday, May 3  9 am – 11 am
Middletown Township (Residents only)  — 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA 19047

Saturday, May 3  10 am – 1 pm Lawrenceville
Rider University Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni only
Rider University General Services Building
2083 Lawrenceville Road  Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Saturday, May 3  8 am – 12 pm Phoenixville
Schuykill Township
(CAT Pickering on Charlestown Road)
1580 Charlestown Road  Phoenixville, PA 19460

Community Events

Saturday, May 3  10 am – 12 pm Ridley Park
State Rep. Nick Miccarelli
605 E. Chester Pike  Ridley Park, PA 19078

Community Events

Saturday, May 3  1 pm – 3 pm Dallastown
York Township
190 Oak Road  Dallastown, PA 17313

Community Events

Saturday, May 10  9 – 1 pm  Oaks
State Rep Warren Kampf
422 Business Center  Mill Road  Oaks, PA 19456

Community Events

Saturday, May 10  9 am – 11:30 am  Philadelphia
State Rep. Mike McGeehan
Linden Avenue Boat Launch
Linden Ave. & Delaware Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 19114

Saturday, May 10  9 am – 12 pm Philadelphia
State Senator Stack
Parkwood Shopping Center
12361 Academy Road  Philadelphia, PA 19114

Saturday, May 10  9 am – 12 pm
First Federal of Bucks County
Bucks County Community College – Lower Bucks
1304 Veterans Highway  Bristol, PA 19007

Saturday, May 17  9 am – 12 pm
Borough of Media
301 North Jackson Street  Media, PA 19063

Community Events

Saturday, May 17  9 am – 12 pm
Bucks First Federal Credit Union
Bucks County Tech. High School
610 Wistar Road  Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Saturday, May 17  10 am – 12 pm  West Chester
West Chester Wiggins Auto Tags
1301 West Chester Pike  West Chester, PA 19380
2 paper grocery bags are $10.00

Saturday, May 17  9 am – 11 am Easton
Williams Township
Municipal Office
655 Cider Press Road  Easton, PA 18042
(Residents only)

Saturday, May 31  10 am – 12 pm  Philadelphia
Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA)
1400 East Passyunk Avenue & Reed  Philadelphia, PA 19147

Community Events

Author: Kelly GalfandAnnouncements General Home Office Paper Recyling

April 2014 Shredding Events

Shredding Events in Spring 2014

It’s that time again! Paper shredding event season has begun. Here is a list of shredding events in the Delaware Valley this spring. If you are planning to attend an event, it’s wise to check the website or to call or e-mail to make sure the event isn’t canceled due to weather or other circumstances.

If you can’t wait for an event, try drop-off shredding services from Staples, Office Depot, Wiggins, or Mail Source (Springfield) for about $1 per pound.

Happy shredding!

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 12 pm  Abington Residents Only
Abington Township Public Works
2201 Florey Lane  Abington, PA 19001

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 11 am  North Wales
EZ Storage – Montgomeryville
289 Dekalb Pike  North Wales, PA 19454

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 12 pm  Berwyn
Friends of Easttown Public Library
720 First Ave.  Berwyn, PA 19312

Community Events

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 12 pm Collegeville Residents Only
Montgomery County
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East
100 Kagey Road, entrance on Campus Drive  Collegeville, PA 19426

Saturday, April 12 9 am – 12 pm Collegeville
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East
100 Kagey Road (enter on Campus Drive)  Collegeville, PA 19426

Saturday, April 12
NBC’s Great Shredder Event
Wells Fargo Center
See for updates.

Saturday, April 19  9 am – 12 p.m Douglasville
Amity Township Crime Watch
Redner’s Market
Intersection of Rt. 422 and Rt. 662  Douglasville, PA 19518

Community Events

Saturday, April 19  10 am – 12 pm York
State Rep. Kevin J. Schreiber
101 South George Street  York, PA 17401

Community Events

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 12 pm Philadelphia
American Heritage FCU Main Office
2060 Red Lion Road  Philadelphia, PA 19115

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 12 pm Philadelphia
American Heritage FCU Rhawn Street Branch
430 Rhawn Street  Philadelphia, PA 19111

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 12 pm  Horsham
American Heritage FCU Horsham/Maple Avenue Branch
339 Maple Avenue  Horsham, PA 19044

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 11:30 am  Chalfont
Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union Chalfont Branch
335 West Butler Avenue  Chalfont, PA 18914

Saturday, April 26  11 am – 2 pm Philadelphia Residents Only
Philadelphia Fed Credit Union Operations Center
12800 Townsend Road  Philadelphia, PA 19154

Author: Darla DeMorrowElectronic Organizing Filing Home Office Productivity

Eliminating email



Eliminating all email isn’t really an option for most of us, but if it feels like you are drowning in your inbox,  there are a few very simple ways to overcome email overload.

The first step is to control what’s coming in and where it goes. No matter what email system you use, whether it is through your company, Yahoo, Gmail, Verizon, Comcast, or some other platform, you have these tools available.

1. Unsubscribe from almost everything. The best, easiest, and quickest way to do this is clicking the “unsubscribe” button on the bottom of any newsletters or form letters you receive. These are legitimate automated unsubscribe functions, and you should use them liberally. (Do not click on any attachment with a .zip ending, since these are usually viruses.) Unsubscribe on a month’s worth of old emails all at one time, or do it on new emails you receive each day for the next month. (But stay subscribed to this one!)

2. Filter email into folders. Filters may work a little differently on each email service, but they are all roughly the same. You set up a “rule” that causes incoming email to automagically get sent to one of your email folders instead of your inbox. This is great for newsletters that you want to receive, but you can’t typically read during your regular day. They get batched together into a folder, and you can visit that folder when you have the time. Almost every email system has folders, rules, and filters. If you aren’t familiar with how to use them, click on your email’s help button and search for “how to use filters.”

3. Ruthlessly delete. Do you recognize this scenario? When you receive an incoming email that you aren’t sure if you need to keep, you just leave it in your inbox, just in case. But it’s just as easy to start defaulting to hit the delete button, and fish things out of the Trash folder if needed. Just be sure that your Trash folder doesn’t empty immediately. Set it to empty for somewhere between a day and a month, whatever you are comfortable with. You can usually change this setting.

If you do these three things, what’s left in your actual inbox will be much more manageable. Start today to reduce email overload. This is the first set of steps to take to eliminating unwanted email so you can focus on the email you do want.


Author: Suzanne KuhnDocument Management Filing General Home Office Paper Productivity Project Management Receipts Tax Prep

Getting Your Affairs in Order—Making Lists Can Get You Started

filing-system“Get your affairs in order.”

What reaction comes up in you when you hear that phrase?  “I’ll think about that someday–in the distant future.” “I’m too young to bother with that stuff.”  “That’s for people with problems I don’t have yet—thank God.” “I wouldn’t know where to begin.”  “I don’t have any affairs to get in order!”

Do you have children under your care?  Are you responsible for an aging relative, in whole or in part? Is there someone with disabilities in your life? Do you feel uneasy when you hear of a catastrophic event happening to someone younger than you? Do you treasure your independence? Do you own a home and/or things that are special to you?  Do you do everything legally within your power to minimize your annual income taxes?

If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, then starting now to get your affairs in order might make sense for you.

We usually associate getting our affairs in order with legal documents and professional experts such as wills, powers of attorney and advance directives, lawyers, accountants and financial planners.  While these documents and experts certainly play important roles in your well-ordered affairs, just making a few basic lists yourself can be a useful start:

  1. A list of all your bank and investment accounts, with their user IDs and passwords, account numbers, current balances, and phone numbers for the institutions themselves.
  2. A list of all your insurance policies, their policy numbers, what they cover, claims contact numbers, and where the full policy is filed.
  3. A medical list of all your diagnoses, prescriptions you take and their doses, and all your doctors with their specialties and contact numbers.  This list could also be for a child, a senior, or a person with disabilities under your care.
  4. A two-column list of the special people in your life and the special things you own, with individual lines connecting the people to the things.
  5. A list of the things you’ve hidden for safe keeping and where they are, for example, love letters from your spouse/partner; historic family photos; stock certificates; your mother’s wedding ring; the gold coins you bought as an investment.

Still feeling daunted? You might consider enlisting the help of a professional organizer to get your affairs in order.  Professional organizers are experts at helping people sort through quantities of papers and objects, separate the important from the inessential, and arrange useful objects and information in systems that are easily accessed and used.  Getting your affairs in order is just a process for capturing the essential information about you as a person and what you own, in a form that can be used readily by others if you become unable to communicate, along with legal documents that clearly express how you want yourself and your possessions to be handled.  You can do this, and an organizer just might provide you the support you need to get started!

Author: Barb BermanClutter Document Management Filing General Home Office Paper Productivity Project Management Tax Prep Time Management

Tax Season is Over – Now, What Should I Do With All My Papers?

filing-systemFor most of us, tax season is over, and we can now breathe a sigh of relief for another year. If you plan to shred or recycle large quantities of paper, now is the perfect time to do so.

With a little bit of planning, you can get your paperwork in order without too much angst.

Here are 4 tips to help you:

1.  Make room for new materials by going through your filing cabinets (or wherever you keep your files).  Shred taxes and the back-up documentation older than 7 years, old bills, old insurance policies, old bank statements, or anything old that has personal identifiable information on it.  Recycle old newspaper and magazine articles, defunct travel brochures, etc.

2.  Review your filing system to determine if the way you have your files set up works well for you.  If not, for example, change the names of the files, or change the placement of the files.

3.  Set up new files for the New Year if you have not done so yet, labeling them with meaningful names, so they are easily retrievable.

4.  Check to see if your township is holding a free shred event.  Many towns do so right after tax season to help their residents dispose of their paperwork that has personal identifiable information on it.

Since organizing is an ongoing process, files will have to be tweaked and paperwork will have to be shredded or recycled periodically.  Remember, you can also get a lot of information on-line.  However, if you follow these few steps, your system will be in order for the rest of 2013, and paperwork that has to be filed will have a home.

 Now is the time to Go from Bedlam to Brilliance!

Author: Barb BermanClutter General Home Office

Suffering Post-Conference Clutter

HELP!!  I just returned from my national organization’s annual conference in Baltimore. There’s no food in the house, the laundry is piled high, and I can’t see my office floor, let alone walk in it.  Doesn’t that sound funny coming from a Professional Organizer?  I’d like to hire one of me to organize the post-conference clutter.

To prevent any trip and fall injuries, I’ve decided to follow my own five basic steps to get things under control.

  1. Sort everything.  Gather all the materials that are strewn on my desk and floor and put like with like.  For those of you who have been to conferences, you know how many goodies you bring home with you
  2. Purge what I know I don’t need or won’t ever use.  Okay, things are looking a little better.  The pile is dwindling.
  3. Containerize the new workshop materials and products.  After sorting and purging, I know what I needed to house everything.  Alas, I already have containers from one of my other de-cluttering and organizing projects.
  4. Find a home for my new items.  I am even ready to start using some of them immediately.
  5. Maintain my original system.  Put items away in places that are already designated to hold them.

I scheduled the time to organize and followed my own advice of setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).  I didn’t get distracted by cleaning out a file drawer that had nothing to do with organizing my conference materials.  And, guess what?  I also had fun.  I can now begin my week organized and ready to go.

I won my clutter battle, and so can you!  As you can see, even Professional Organizers are challenged to stay organized.  How do you feel every time you walk into your office and see files all over the floor, books around the bookshelf not on it, and the top of your desk buried with papers or even those goodies you brought back from a conference?  Professional Organizers are Accountability Partners who will keep you motivated and on track, help you decide what to keep and not to keep, and develop systems and strategies for you that are easy to maintain.