Cornerstone Organizing

Kerri Colombo
Motivator, Simplifier, Organizer
Cornerstone OrganizingSpecializing in changing lives
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Cornerstone Organizing

Tick, Tick, Tick, Taxes

by Kerri Colombo on 03/27/17

April 17 is quickly approaching...

It's time to look in your Tax Folder and ensure that you have everything printed or received that you will need to put your taxes together.  

If you download your own tax program, now is the time... it may take a couple days for the download to appear in your inbox.  

Get started with in putting your information as soon as possible.  Ensure you have time to collect any information that is missing.  

Tax Prep, Step 1:

by Kerri Colombo on 03/06/17

It's that time of year again... 6 weeks until Taxes are due!  

Here's a way to begin to get organized so you aren't scrambling in April! 

1) Label a pocket folder: "Taxes 2016"
2) Sift through your inbox and pull all envelopes labeled "Important Tax Return Document."
3) Open each envelope (leave contents inside) & peak at contents
4) Label outside of each envelope with content, using Sharpie Marker.
    example: "1099-Div," or "W-2"
5) Place labeled envelope inside your pocket folder. 

That's enough for now!

Return from Vacation, organized

by Kerri Colombo on 02/19/17

Returning from vacation & dreading all the stuff coming back into the house & creating chaos? Here are some tips: 

If Traveling with Kids: 
1) If you are traveling with kids, about 10 minutes before you arrive home, have them turn off their devices, and start putting all their activities back in their activity bag, putting snacks away & collecting garbage (give them a spare bag).  
2) Set the expectation for the family - when we get home, we'll work as a team to unload the car and get everything put where it belongs.   
3) Be specific with the kids - tell each child what they are expected to accomplish, one thing at a time.  example: When we get in the house, please put away all your winter gear, hang up your coats and put your boots away.   
4) When they finish, assign another specific expectation: please empty the Activity Bag and put away each activity in it's proper place.  When they run off and get distracted... Ask them to come back, and remind them of the specific task they are expected to complete.

Whether Traveling with Kids or not: 
1) Bring suitcases/luggage directly to the laundry room.
2) Put darks directly in the wash.
3) Make piles of whites & towels, ready to go in.
4) Empty the suitcase pockets & put away items where they belong.
5) Empty your toiletry kit and put items away.
6) Put your suitcases back in your storage area.
7) Empty smaller travel and food bags, putting away where things belong.

You'll be cleaned up within the hour, laundry on it's way to clean... and now you can relax without the stress of still having to clean up from vacation.  

Enjoy your home! 

So Many Emails...

by Kerri Colombo on 02/02/17

Declare Delete Week

Unsubscribe & Delete emails that ~ 

~ I don't read

~ are advertising

Organizing Challenge for the week: List 2 items on a local tag sale group...

by Kerri Colombo on 01/12/17

List 2 items on a local tag sale group.  (Think Facebook and Craigslist)  

Write on your calendar the “must sell by” date. 

If the item doesn't sell by that date, donate it or give it away! Freedom!

Serving the following and nearby towns: 

Fairfield County, CT: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Old Greenwich, Redding, Ridgefield, Rowayton, Sandy Hook, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton

Litchfield County, CT: Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, Washington, Woodbury

New Haven County: Cheshire, Middlebury, Southbury

Westchester County, NY: Bedford, Bedford Hills, Chappaqua, Cross River, Croton Falls, Harrison, Katonah, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, 
Mt. Kisco, New Rochelle, North Salem, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge , Purchase, Purdys, Rye, South Salem

Putnam County, NY: Brewster, Carmel
Brookfield, Connecticut    203-794-0284
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