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

It is OK to say “NO”

Part of what causes us to be behind in our filing and organizing is a lack of time.  Learning to say “NO” can help.  There is only so much time in a day; decide what is important to you and stick with that.  You may need to say “no” to make time for what you ‘need’ to do rather than what you ‘want’ to do.  People will respect you more for saying “no”, rather than being late and disorganized on the project they needed help with.


Clean/Organize Your Fridge and Freezer

When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer or fridge?  I mean pulled out that mysterious package from the very, very back?  The end of the year is a great time to clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry.  Toss anything that is outdated or you can’t identify.  Consider putting things back in groups (meats, breads, soups, vegetables, etc.)  I recommend taking a pen and marking the date on items for both fridge and freezer.  Even though you think it was just a few months ago, you would be surprised at how long it really has been in there.


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 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!

Fun Email Challenge

Here is a fun challenge for you—set a timer for 20 minutes and delete as many emails as you can.  Remember: 

DO it now

DELETE it as soon as you can

UNSUBSCRIBE from what you are not reading

BE HONEST with yourself if you really need to keep it 

You wouldn’t put all of your papers into one file folder and place it on your desk– why are you trying to do that with your email inbox? 

Note:  You should be able to delete emails older than 6 months. (Set your own limits but this is a good guideline)


Mark Your Puzzle Pieces

Have you ever dropped a puzzle box or had your kids mix up the pieces to different puzzles?  Sorting that mess can take forever!  When you buy a puzzle, take the time to mark the back of each piece the same number or same letter (ex: your waterfall puzzle has the letter “A” on every piece).  That way, when you are searching for puzzle pieces, the back will all have the same number or letter for easy matching.  If you mix up the pieces you can easily sort by the information on the back of the piece.  This can work for toys with a ton of pieces, too.        

Technology is Supposed to Help

Do you use the latest and greatest technology only to find it makes things worse?  Does it slow you down, frustrate you, cause you to scream?  Tools/technology are meant to help and if they don’t- stop using them.  We feel pressured in today’s world to keep up with the times– forced to update and get the latest version.  If the current version is working for you then stay with it.  Why make things more complicated than they need to be?  Do you do online billing only to get the paper statement sent to you?  Go back to paper billing.  Remember it is ok to stay with what you know and what is working.

 Personal note:  I still use a paper calendar—I tried to use an online or electronic calendar but it was crazy hard for me.  So I use my 8×11 huge, paper calendar and you know what?  Works great!  ☺


Cosmetics Don’t Last Forever

You have that favorite lipstick that you have been using  forever– or that powder you have had for years.  But did you know that make-up expires and can actually be dangerous to use?  Make sure to date your make-up so that you know exactly when you started using it.  Use a marker or a label to mark when you started using the product so that you know how long you have really had it.  Below is a sample list of expiration dates I found online for you to reference.

Oil-free foundation: 1 year
Cream or compact foundation: 18 months
Concealer: 12-18 months
Powder: 2 years
Blush and bronzer: 2 years
Cream blush: 12-18 months
Powder eyeshadow: 2 years
Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
Eyeliner: 2 years
Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
Mascara: 3 months
Lipstick: 2 years
Lip liner: 2 years
Lip gloss: 18-24 months
Nail color: 1 year