5 Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Organized

Image office.jpgVehicles are used as mobile offices, restaurants, entertainment centers, locker rooms and homework stations.  Keeping a car clean can be easy.

Here are 5 tips to help you organize your vehicle.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Organized

How To Structure Your Workday To Minimize Distractions

The Speed of Life Is your typical day a chaotic free-for-all filled with overflowing emails, last-minute meetings, and impending deadlines?

Are you regularly frustrated by how little progress you make on your projects?

Do you feel bone-weary tired at the end of the day – totally depleted and unable to focus?

You aren’t alone. Not by a long shot.

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How To Structure Your Workday To Minimize Distractions

Jumpstart Holidays… October

Getting ahead of the holidays

The secret to a smooth holiday season is starting early…. as in starting now, in October. This may seem ridiculous, but by knocking off some of the time-insensitive tasks, you can significantly lessen the stress that November and December can bring. To get a jumpstart, use the next couple of weeks to:

Discuss holiday plans

  • Decide if you will host any parties, and if so when?
  • Decide if you will attend any special events (concerts, shows, performances, etc.)
  • Buy any required tickets.
  • Reserve babysitting for high-demand December weekends.

Nail down travel details

  • Decide if you will be traveling or if anyone will be coming to you.
  • Purchase any necessary tickets (train, plane…)
  • Make necessary reservations (hotel, pet boarding, rental car, airport transport….)
  • Purchase hostess gifts now to be delivered at the appropriate time (most websites let you pick when you would like gifts delivered.)
  • Request/communicate special dietary needs to help with meal planning.

Complete Holiday Greeting Cards

  • Decide on a card design.
  • Finalize your card list and update addresses.
  • Order the appropriate number of cards and envelopes.
  • Write any personal notes or a family letter.
  • Address envelopes (by hand, print envelopes from the computer, or print labels.)
  • Buy stamps. (If you like holiday stamps, you can pre-order online at usps.com; they typically ship the 3rd week of October.)

Plan Food

  • Stock up on wine and spirits.
  • If you bake or give food gifts, start buying supplies (flour, sugar, butter, chocolate, etc.)
  • If you are hosting, begin making lists for items you will serve and ingredients you will need.
  • Prepare anything that you can freeze (easy go-to dinners, pie crusts, cookies, stock, etc.)

Get Ahead on Gifts

  • Make a list of everyone to whom you will be giving gifts (friends, family, teachers, service providers, work associates, charities, etc.)
  • Decide what you will be giving to each recipient (gift cards, cash, specific items)
  • Watch for sales, look online, and take advantage of the slow pre-season retail time.
  • Check your stash of wrapping supplies and supplement as needed (paper, tape, boxes, bows, ribbon.)
  • Wrap items and label gifts as you bring them in and put in a designated holding area.

Prepare Your Home

  • If you are hosting overnight guests, begin thinking about who will sleep where. Make sure to have sufficient clean bedding, towels, etc.
  • Polish any silver you will be using.
  • De-clutter and make space for holiday decorations (sort any stacks of paperwork, get rid of old magazines, give away unwanted clothing, clear off shelves, etc.)
  • Sort through toys and make space for any new items that might come in.
  • Give your house a thorough cleaning.

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The holiday season should be enjoyed. While there is no eliminating the “hustle and bustle,” checking items off your list early is the best way to ensure a happy holiday.

What ideas do you have for getting a jump on the holidays?

 

Submitted by Professional Organizer Seana Turner, founder and President of The Seana Method.

How To Stop Flying Through The Present Moment

“Now put your toes over the edge of the platform, reach out, and grab the bar with your hands. I’ve got you.”

Ahhh really? You’ve got me? Then why don’t I feel safe? Maybe it’s because I am standing 25 feet up, on a tiny platform, presumably about to take my virgin flight on a flying trapeze bar.

And I’m paralyzed.

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How To Stop Flying Through The Present Moment

 

Paper or Electronic To Do Lists?

electronic-to-doPeople have tried to find electronic solutions for most things that used to be done by paper.

However would a paper To Do list work better for you than an electronic one?

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Paper or Electronic To Do Lists?

Home Organizing: Live Within Your Space

Somewhere along the way, we have all heard the sage advice to, “Live within your means.” Take that one step further and learn to live within your space too.

It is much easier said than done unless there is a bit of an attitude adjustment. In many cases, the issue is not so much a lack of space as it is too much stuff. Bigger will never get you better unless the underlying clutter problem is addressed.

Imagine a home where everything has a place. Time would finally be on your side. The ability to find things and put them away with very little effort has its advantages. Cleaning and maintaining the house would not feel like such a monumental task. It is possible to have a home that you are proud of and that gives you a sense of well-being.

In order to get to the promised land, it could take a giant mental leap to let go of all of the things that stand in your way. In any given house, there are a multitude of items that just are not needed or even wanted. Not surprisingly, there are just as many reasons why people stubbornly hang on to them.

Keep your head in the game and cut through the emotional quagmire. Just starting with small steps may very well get you to the end zone.

The size of a home does matter but the amount crammed into it matters more. Keep the balance within any given area and the likelihood is high that you will not only live within your space but within your means as well.

For more information on this topic, visit Effective Space Management Tips by InteriorHolic.com.

Scaling down, Living Large in a smaller space

Scaling DownThis book written by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker is a complete guide to help you declutter and move. It has practical solutions for downsizing your clothing, collections and dealing with sentimental items. It also addresses how to move a family member to a supervised living facility.

The authors remind you that if your parent can make decisions, your purpose is to help them move happily from a large space to a smaller space not make decisions for them.

It suggests that you write a book about your life, put it down in black and white. A number of different ways of recording events about your life are provided.

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Scaling down, Living Large in a smaller space

How Do You Store Your Batteries?

Here is a great video on how to store batteries safely to prevent a fire in your home.

Source: How Do You Store Your Batteries?

Good Storage Is…

Storage Ideas

Are you ready to get organized, but aren’t sure exactly what to do? Once you’ve sorted your belongings, its time to establish storage. But what exactly does good storage look like? Here is what you need to know.

GOOD STORAGE IS…

  Convenient

The odds of you putting an item away (instead of simply setting it down) increase dramatically if you make it easy. When setting up storage, remove any barriers that discourage you from using it:

Don’t like hangars? Install hooks.

Hate removing lids from boxes? Add shelves so boxes don’t need to be stacked on top of each other.

Hate going upstairs? Establish a storage location on the first floor, or designate a container on the stairs to grab whenever you go up.

√  Intuitive

When deciding where to store something, always ask yourself, “If I had to find this, where is the first place I would look?” After all, it’s important to store items in a place where you can easily find them… it’s all about what makes sense to your brain.

√  Triaged

Not every item needs to be equally accessible. Some things you use every day, some you use periodically, and some you are holding onto “just in case.” To maximize efficiency, store items according to how frequently you need them. For example:

  • If you work at a desk, the drawers you can reach without having to get out of your chair are your “prime real estate.” Reserve these drawers for the supplies you regularly need, such as pens, staples, paper clips, and current files. The same concept applies to all products you regularly use. If you touch it (almost) daily, it belongs on the eye level shelf, the nearby drawer, etc.
  • For those items you pull out periodically, such as reference files or the fine china, designate storage locations that are accessible, even if perhaps a bit less convenientExamples here include the file cabinet across the room, the top shelf of a pantry, or the back of a corner cabinet.
  • Lastly, for those items you are keeping “just in case,” utilize the most remote locations in your space, such as the attic with the pull down stairs, the box at the bottom of the stack, or even an offsite storage location (for more thoughts on self-storage click here.)

√  Labeled

Putting a label on a container/space is the single most effective tool you have for ensuring that users put items away properly. Labels help us remember what goes where, and make us feel guilty if we put something where it shouldn’t be. Labels are also helpful when multiple users share one storage location (e.g. the junk drawer or the supply cabinet.) A label can be anything from a handwritten piece of masking tape to a decorative decal.

[NOTE: if you really struggle with putting items back in the right container, utilize clear containers. Seeing what is inside is like a giant label!]

To read more about labels, click here.

  Scaled

Storage containers need to “fit” the items they hold. Toss a handful of paper clips loose into a drawer and you will shortly have a mess. Always subdivide large spaces when storing smaller items. Drawer organizers, shelf dividers, bins, baskets and boxes can all be used to define areas of a shelf or drawer. And while there are many products on the market, you probably have at least some items on hand (e.g. a cereal box you cut to size) that will work.

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Effective storage is the cornerstone of an ordered space. What storage tricks work well for you?

Submitted by Professional Organizer Seana Turner, founder and President of The Seana Method.

Moving a student to University or College

How much should I take?

How much should I take?

Panic maybe starting to set in.  This is the time of year for back to school.  Some of you maybe moving a student to a school close to home, some may have a long drive to the new school and others may have to fly.  Whether you may be able to make multiple trips to your student’s school or if you have one chance to get it right, Anne Wynter’s blog can help you with a successful, low stress enjoyable move.

Read the article: How to Cut College Clutter