I was so pleased when 1 of my followers on Facebook contacted me and shared this: “Hi There! We are going to London and Paris in a few months for 12 days. Thank you for your tip about packing cubes. I first went online and watched the packing video Container store had on them and then went to look at them. Between my husband and I we bought about $195 worth of these things and they were on sale!. Still, while I hadn’t planned on spending that much I think they are a great idea so thank you very much for the great tip!!!” Need a solution to your organizing or time management problem? Email, post a comment, call me because I’m here to solve that problem! Organize your suitcase
There are benefits to planning your stay-cation, right? Save money, save gas, you don’t have to pack much, and you exercise your creative muscles! Still, it requires some organizing and planning. So let’s think in categories: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Plan something you can do with the family and friends! Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or AAA and check out places to walk, hike, botanical gardens, etc. Take advantage of coupons and discounts for children and seniors. Find out what the sporting goods stores suggest for biking, hiking trails, bird watching and camping. CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT: Be a tourist in your home town! Go to places you’ve never been, or haven’t been to in a long time. Check websites for days/hours there are specials and discounts. Keep a journal and write reviews of each place, exhibit, or event. Send distant friends and relatives a family newsletter (why wait for the holidays)! CHARITABLE: Enjoy the gift of giving to others. Volunteer at a food bank. Sign up for a local Habitat for Humanity project. INDOORS: Fun ways to share and organize! Host a neighborhood garage sale or clothing exchange party. Donate everything that isn’t sold or taken to a community resource center or shelter. Organize a game night. Bring out the board games, dart boards, or just play charades! What else is on your list?
We all want to feel a sense of accomplishment. Here are 3 things to guarantee your success: Be realistic Prioritize Recruit help BE REALISTIC: That means that you want to consider balancing your list with other aspects of your life (family, work, vacation); you don’t want to spend all weekend working on these projects, or do you? Be realistic about your time as well as your energy. Break larger tasks up into manageable shorter projects rather than try to get everything done at once. PRIORITIZE: 1 strategy is to do the things that you like the least and get them off your list! Another factor is that there may be time sensitive projects such as getting the guest room ready for visitors. Be aware of your deadlines and start early enough. RECRUIT HELP: Seriously, teamwork is more fun and you don’t need to do everything yourself. Maybe you have a neighbor that has similar projects and you can help one another. Of course, you can always hire a Professional Organizer to help you.
When you consider the amount of time it takes to organize and plan for a garage sale, is it worth it? Will you have enough people to help you on that day(s)? Are you ready for people to haggle over already deeply discounted prices? Here are some alternatives you might want to consider first: Take items to consignment shops. Unsold items can be donated or you can go back and pick them up for a garage sale if that is your next step. Donate and write it off for taxes. There are many people who can use what you no longer need, and many worthy organizations to support. Have an exchange party! Let’s say you have quantities of items such as books or music. Invite friends and coworkers to bring theirs over to your home. People can exchange their items for other ones they like. Then agree to donate collectively!
Create an end of school year ritual and purge the backpack. No matter what the student’s age you can get him or her involved as well. Have the student take everything out and place it on a cleared surface. Have him/her identify what can be discarded or recycled. Help him/her identify what can be donated to an organization or camp. Help him/her identify what to keep (it’s okay to ask “what will you use it for?”). Art work – have him/her keep the favorites to either frame, put into a scrapbook, or scan and save in a file!
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