Proper Packing

I am sure many of you have received packing tips:  roll your clothes, stuff your shoes, use tissue paper between the layers to prevent wrinkles.  It really does pay to pack properly– especially with today’s baggage rates and   limits.  Consider taking a packing class from AAA or your local travel agent.  I HIGHLY recommend using packing cubes.  I can’t live without mine.  They not only allow you to pack more in a suitcase, but you can access what you need easier because each cube contains specific items (ex: shirts).  Consider Rick Steve’s Packing Cubes or the Eagle Creek Pack-its.  Make your Holiday travels easier, pack your pack efficiently and enjoy the trip

Hooks, Hooks Everywhere

Not quite sure how to solve your organizing dilemma but it is driving you nuts?  Hang a hook or two to get started.   Hooks are a great way to get things off of the floor.  They can be used as a permanent solution, or as a temporary one until you have a chance to figure out what you want in that space.

Great for things like:

 ▪purses                            ▪hats                                       ▪belts

▪clothes                          ▪dry cleaning                         ▪ties

▪kids backpacks             ▪sports equipment             ▪jewelry

Announcement- NEW Magazine

I am proud to announce a project I have been working on for most of the year:  Getting Organized Magazine! 

This is a magazine that will cover everything organizing: home, work, technology, paper, time management, ADD/ADHD, book reviews and much more.  In keeping with the Tip of the Week tradition, the magazine has great information that is simple, effective and easy to implement.    

The first printed edition will be delivered in January 2012 but if you visit the website www.gettingorganizedmagazine.com you can read a sneak peek/sample issue for free.  If you    subscribe to the magazine you will receive a free ebook–   Get Organized: Get Revitalized. 

The website also features articles, videos, a list of experts and  events, so check it out!

 www.gettingorganizedmagazine.com

www.twitter.com/gettingorgmag

www.facebook.com/gettingorganizedmagazine

Organizing with 3×5 Cards

To-do lists are tough to deal with aren’t they?  Your list  may become too long, or too messy.  It’s hard to read and hard to actually do anything.  You may want to try using 3×5 index cards to make your lists instead of a sheet of paper.  That way, when you are done with something you simply throw the card away with that single task on it.  It is easier to deal with and super fun to crumple up and toss!

One way to organize the cards is with a 3×5 note card bleachers at www.levenger.com

Organize Your Home Office Day

March 9th is “National Organize Your Home Office Day”  which is funny because I just organized mine last week! (A few new decorative pieces, a new clock and a new desktop organizer.)   I thought I would share a great website www.organizedatoz.com .  It is owned and operated by a Professional  Organizer who knows what people truly need to get organized.  Here are few great products from the site.  Happy Office Organizing!  (Let me know what area of your office you organize this week and how it goes!)

Desktop Timer for Your Computer

Are work tasks taking forever?  Do you lose track of time and end up getting nothing done?  Try this downloadable timer for your computer.  It is a great timer or stopwatch.  Try these 2 tasks: 

1) time yourself the next time you are working on something to see how long it actually took you to complete

2) set the timer for say 20 minutes and check in with your progress when time is up– great for power focusing on tasks

When your time is up it will either play a noise, close an   application, open an application, etc. It’s a simple download that runs in the background.  Great for increasing  productivity!  Give it a try:  

www.xnotestopwatch.com

File Purge Time

January starts a new year and you should think about starting a new filing system if yours isn’t working for you!  Why fight it another year?  Why struggle to find what you need for taxes in April?  Take the time now to set up a system that will work all year long.  First purge your files and only keep what you really need.  Then set up file names that make sense (remember less categories the better).  Then set up a regular filing schedule to make sure you are putting things away.  If you need help feel free to call me or check out the Freedom Filer– it has pre-printed labels that make the work easy!  www.freedomfiler.com

Comment from a Tip of the Week reader: 

Stacey, Just wanted to let you know that I took your advise and purchased the Freedom Filer system.  WOW!  It was so worth taking the time to  reorganize.  I found missing documents and now I know where everything is.

info@organizedinnovations.com   ♦ 425-785-5239 ♦  www.organizedinnovations.com

Purse Organizer

Ladies, be honest one of the most dis-organized places you have is your purse.  It can be near impossible to find what you need: pens, receipts, makeup, etc.  I highly recommend getting a purse organizer.  These products are great  because they have a ton of small pockets that help with  organizing everything in your purse.  But the best part is when changing purses, you simply take it out and put it in the new purse.  EASY!  You will have everything you need > where you need it.  Here are some of the options.

Pursefection

Kangaroo Keeper

Purseket

Pouchee

Butler Bag

Proper Packing

I am sure many of you have received packing tips:  roll your clothes, stuff your shoes, use tissue paper between the layers to prevent wrinkles.  It really does pay to pack properly– especially with today’s baggage rates and   limits.  Consider taking a packing class from AAA or your local travel agent.  I HIGHLY recommend using packing cubes.  I can’t live without mine.  They not only allow you to pack more in a suitcase, but you can access what you need easier because each cube contains specific items (ex: shirts).  Consider Rick Steve’s Packing Cubes or the Eagle Creek Pack-its.  I just returned from a safari in  Africa where packing well was a crucial part of  enjoying my trip!

 Happy Packing!  Enjoy your next trip!