A Handbook For An Organized Life If you've ever wished for a class in Coping 101, or a guide to living more efficiently and with less stress, this book is for you!Over 100 sensible checklists offer quick tips and expert advice to make your life easier at work, at home, and through all of life's ups and downs. Arranged by subject, from Personal Safety to Home Maintenance to Social Life, these lists will help you know what to ask, what to do, and what to have on hand in any situation. What to do when your wallet is stolen How to stock a bar Questions to ask when hiring a contractor What to keep in your medicine cabinet Frequently overlooked tax deductions How to be friends with your computer The best and worse places to hide valuables What to keep in a safe deposit box Six steps of bare minimum housework How to organize your file cabinet How to cure your dying houseplants Tips for writing an effective complaint letter Tipping: who and how much A countdown to moving day From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Random House Reference
November 30, 1999
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Excerpt from Checklists for Life by Kirsten Lagatree
Best and Worst Places to Hide Valuables
Since you can't guarantee an intruder won't get into your home, it's important to think strategically about hiding valuable items inside. Indoors, your best defense is a good offense: make the burglar's job as difficult as possible.
The Worst Places to Hide Valuables
1. Jewelry boxes. If you use a traditional jewelry box, hide it. Consider storing jewels in less obvious containers (see below).
2. Dresser tops and accessible drawers. Don't keep cash or jewelry on dressers, in sock or underwear drawers, or in any drawer that's in easy reach and can be rummaged through quickly.
3. Under the mattress or beside the bed. Many burglars look in these places first, espceially when they're checking for weapons.
The Best Places to Hide Valuables
1. Your closet may be a good spot to tuck your jewelry box.
2. A sewing kit or tackle box can harbor cash or items of jewelry without offering temptation to a burglar.
3. Clever decoys are among the best places to hide and disguise your valuables. False wall outlets don't provide electricity, but they do provide a good hiding place (you can plug cords into these or put furniture in front to make them more realistic and less obvious). Fake food or cleaning product cans and hollow books are also widely available.
4. The bathroom is bypassed by most burglars, unless they're looking for perscription drugs. Avoid the medicine cabinet, but stash items in other bathroom cupboards, especially among cleaning supplies.
5. Kitchens offer hiding places where burglars may not look. Consider wrapping jewelry or cash in foil and storing it in the freezer.
6. Basements are good places for valuables because burglars don't want to take the time and trouble required to rummage through them.
Nine Steps to Organize Your File Cabinet
Almost everybody hates to do filing. It's not the sheer boredom of the task that makes it so awful, it's the agony of facing all those pieces of paper that require your Solomon-like wisdom: Keep this or throw it away? If I keep it, where should I file it? If I file it, how will I know how to find it again?
Creating a well-organized place for your files will make the job more bearable, and may help establish a regular filing session before paperwork builds up to an overwhelming pile.