Sue McMillin
Sue McMillin
Professional Organizer & Speaker
719-495-7626

With Time to Spare

Organize Your Office and Home to Make Life Easier!

Welcome!

Getting organized can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Streamline your office. Do you have a strategy for organizing your paper and electronic files? Learn proven techniques on how to better manage your information and save an hour a day. Visit Office Transformations to see success stories.

Simplify your home. Do you know what to keep and what to throw away? Learn practical steps on how to gain more space, save more money and reduce stress. Visit Home Transformations.

I’m passionate about creating an organized workplace and a peaceful home so you can make life easier and be more productive. Even though the new year is behind us, it’s always a great time to get organized.Take a look around at the online posts and articles, books and webinars, and Facebook. Learn how I come alongside clients through services including presentations, seminars, workshops and hands-on coaching. Whether in your office or home, I’d love to help bring order to your surroundings.Take advantage of With Time To Spare’s book discounts and get If I File It, Can I Find It? and Organized! How to Create a Happier Home, Family, and Life for half price.

 

 

 

We hear promises every day from advertisements, from slick salesmen and from politicians. We are often disappointed by the fact that so many of these promises are often unkept and unfulfilled.

Unlike those salesmen and politicians, I have a promise that I can deliver on: getting organized will bring more balance, harmony and discovery to your daily life.

Why not start today?

Balance

Stephen Covey, best-selling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, said, “The challenge of work-life balance is, without question, one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.”

Order in your personal space, your office, your home is one of those tangible things that will bring about balance between work and home. Producing and maintaining systems of organization will help you to balance and manage your life much more effectively.

How to get started? Read about home organization and passion for your business.

Harmony

Order in your personal space, your office, your home will also bring harmony. Harmony is defined as a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts. Order and organization make a promise that the many parts of your life can be pleasing and consistent.

Disharmony is the natural consequence of clutter and disorder. So, when you reduce or eliminate clutter, harmony moves in and sets up house. You will experience peace. Discord will be relegated to the trash heap.

Why get started now? Read about the horrors created by procrastination.

Discovery

Order in your personal space, your office, your home will begin a journey of discovery. You will discover that you are more productive. You will discover at least two extra hours in your day due to the efficiency of your new surroundings. Read Kathy’s story and see what a reluctant organizer discovered.

You will discover lost space that was once cluttered and disorganized. You will discover supplies found that were once lost, space gained that was once cluttered, and hours restored that were once filled with needless searching. For a real life business experience, check out what Edward Jones financial advisors’ learned.

Best of all you will discover new energy and purpose. For a real life solution, read Brenda’s story.

Start Today!

The fruit of order and organization is balance, harmony, discovery.

Forget the empty promises from slick salesmen and politicians, and invest in proven organizational principles and time-tested techniques that will change your office, home and life!

Start getting organized now!

 

Tax Day Ahead

Everyone is familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote,  “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.”

That inevitable date with the tax man has arrived. For many, this year was another year of burdensome and time-consuming tax filing and next year looks to be more of the same. And a cursory search of the web, littered with competing and comprehensive step-by-step articles on how to organize your tax forms, reinforces this notion.

The good news? You have 365 days to get ready for next year’s date!

Even better news? Two simple but powerful organizing principles can help you eliminate nearly all of the stress in finding and organizing your tax records for a timely filing for next year.

First and foremost:
“A place for everything, and everything in its place”

One of the guiding principles I teach and live by is to assign a place for everything, and this certainly applies to financial records, receipts and invoice, both paper and electronic.

This relieves stress in your daily life. I am a firm believer that it can be as simple as an expandable file folder, a spreadsheet program like Excel, or a tax-specific program like Turbo Tax.

Believe it or not, tossing your receipts and records into an old fashioned shoebox just might suffice! Really? Yes, because you know exactly where all of your paper tax records are located. Of course, a file drawer with multiple hanging folders would be effective, as well.

Now that you’ve have established a predetermined place for your tax records, you need to establish a time schedule.

Second and foremost:
“There’s no time like the present”

The second guiding principle that I teach and live by is there’s no time like the present. Procrastination is an insidious monster that robs us of many things, including peace, time and order.

Here’s one simple question that will help you frame your tax preparation schedule: Do I want to spend more time at the front-end of the record-keeping process as income and expenses occur, or do I want to spend more time at year-end and process it all at once?

Front end. Start setting up your filing system on January 1, and doing a bi-weekly filing of all your tax data into your system, whether paper or electronic, grouping your records in income and expense categories by month. This will mean that you are accomplishing all the record tracking throughout the year, and when tax-filing season is upon you, your filing will actually be quick and easy.

Year-end. This means that all the time-consuming work of organizing and filing will come as you approach April and your date with the Tax Man. But, since all of your data is in one predetermined, centralized container, such as the proverbial shoebox, you won’t waste any time looking for receipts or wondering if you have everything you need.

Want to read more and see how organizing taxes looks in real life? Read this tax preparation case study where we give kudos to two savvy and organized taxpayers.

When all is said and done

Expanding on Ben Franklin’s quote, Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind, once quipped, “Death and taxes and childbirth. There’s never a convenient time for any of them.”

All the more reason to do a little planning and a little scheduling. Be a savvy tax organizer. As the shoe and clothing giant Nike reminds us, “Just do it!”

~ A note from Sue ~

I can help you to “virtually” organize any space in your office or home simply by using your cell phone, camera, and computer. Give me at call at 719-495-7626 or email me at Sue@withtimetospare.com. I will tell you how for a minimal charge I can help you to organize those frustrating areas.