How to Conquer Paper

One of the greatest struggles for most households and businesses, is constantly being inundated with paper. I am actually not even certain where it all comes from, but I do know it accumulates daily. I find this to be incredibly ironic as we have become a very digital society- and yet, paper everywhere. Junk Mail. Kids’ school folders. Bills. Medical Records. Bank Statements. Overwhelm takes over and there it sits.

So how does one prevent being swallowed alive by paper clutter?

Take back your time and sanity by putting these tips into practice and conquering your paper clutter once and for all.

1)Establish a Command Center. There should be a “catch all” location. Establish a location within your home where you open mail and have easy access to it. For us, it is the kitchen since I spend a lot of time in there retrieving 72 snacks a day as the mother of 3 kids 5 and under. (Kidding…sorta…). This also happens to be the first room we enter when we retrieve the mail so it just makes sense.

2) Declutter. Sort paper as soon as it comes in the door and purge what is not needed. Decide what to do with it the first time you touch it. If you toss it back into the pile, you are just prolonging the decision making. You do not have time for this and it is not productive. Put all actionable items in the same place and designate a weekly “admin day” when you will handle it. It is extremely difficult to create categories for paper management when you have excess of papers you do not need to keep. Shred it or even burn it. Just get it outta your house.

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3)Create a System. Sounds more complex than it really is. Create a system that works best for you. Keyword: Best for you. What works for Susan will not necessarily work for Janet. You need to have a file system within your command center. Categorize by importance. What do you need to have readily available to you? For us, these categories are bills to be paid, coupons/gift cards and important upcoming appointments/school events. The rest is set aside to be filed later on admin day.

4)Set an Admin Day. What is “admin day”? So glad you asked! It is one day you set aside each week to conquer the paper clutter and allow for more productivity in your week. This is the day you handle paying bills, calendaring all upcoming appointment/events and filing All. The. Things. Admin days allow for success so you never miss the mundane details and can sleep easy at night knowing you haven’t missed a deadline or missed Jack’s school play rehearsal.

5) Stay on Top of It. Without a system in place, a household/business can drown in paper. It can literally cost you time, money and stress. You should never risk playing Marco Polo with outstanding bills, or derailing the family from a missed school event or permission slip. Just make sure you create a system and stick with it. The simpler the system, the more likely you are to stick with it and that is 90% of the paper battle.

You CAN do it all yourself, or let a pro handle it for you. Click here to schedule a consultation so you can get back to the things you enjoy!

My Journey from Corporate to CEO

"I have traveled through madness to find me..."   - D. Alexander

I had always wanted to thrive in the corporate world. Everything I had accomplished in the last 15 years had shown that. I did all the things I was supposed to do. Go to College. Get a degree. Get a job. Make money.

I was there. I wanted to stay there. I wanted to "climb the corporate ladder".

Until March 2013, when I laid eyes on my first born. Everything I thought I knew about myself had changed. Literally in an instant. And. It. Was. Terrifying. I promised myself that I would free myself from the cubicle chains and be home with my baby. And be present. Thus, the path to creating my “exit” strategy had commenced.

In May 2013,  I found a business opportunity through health and fitness, which is something I am insanely passionate about. It started as just a side hustle and something I truly enjoyed doing. But 4 years and 770 clients later, I had accomplished what I had set out to do. Lead a healthy life while inspiring others and helping them get to a place where they loved themselves again, all while helping my family financially. By December 2014, I went part-time and was home with my now two babies under two.

Upon my return from maternity leave with my third child in May 2016, I knew in my heart I was not fulfilling my purpose. And while I loved where I was, I needed to do more. In January 2017, I made the difficult decision to shift my focus from my Health and Fitness business to this crazy idea brewing in the back of my mind….I wanted to be able to start my own thing. Something I am incredibly good at, enjoy doing, and could somehow use all my neurotic behaviors in a positive way, while serving others…

In November 2017, Ashley Ciresi, LLC was officially born. By December, I had retained my first client. And then another in February and then another in March and so on. In May 2018, I was determined to make this "side hustle" of mine- the main hustle. In October, I turned in my two week notice to my corporate job.  At the age of 33, I retired from corporate to pursue my 5 year dream of being my own CEO.

For as long as I can remember, I have been very Type A.  It is literally how I function. I have learned over the years that most people do not operate or live like this and that is totally fine. This is literally the reason my idea came to life- to help the insanely overwhelmed successful woman.

I love to purge. I love to organize. I love creating solutions to problems. I love helping people and minimizing their chaos.  My best friend teases me that I am her Google or lifeline for help/solutions. She has literally started calling me “Alexa”. So while this particular business may appear relatively new, I am no stranger to owning and running a business. The passion, drive and skill has always been there- I am just now pursuing it.

I have been the go-to girl in a professional office setting for the last 15 years, helping attorneys and other business professionals manage their busy schedules and implementing systems that really work. With 3 kids now 5 and under, I am no stranger to the constant chaos or demands of daily life. Trust me when I say that I totally get it.

No matter what you have on your plate, I’ll help you manage it. You have enough to think about. Let me organize life’s stuff so you get back to the important things. Life is too short to waste being disorganized and stressed out. You deserve better <3