Organizing Travel Organizing travel involves 3 ongoing steps. They are observation, planning and evaluating. You don’t have to be a Personal Professional Organizer to know that if you take some time to plan ahead, your travel will be more enjoyable. So let’s get organized! Observe all aspects of your trip carefully and take note of what is working and what is not. Plan ahead. It’s great to be spontaneous but probably not for everything. Review your plans before and during the trip. Each day look ahead to the next 2 days and adjust, as needed. Evaluate your trip as you go along can help you to decide- what can be improved next time. Click here to read my other post on Organizing Travel Tips. Here are some easy to use organizing tips that I know will help you succeed in organizing travel: Packing tips I often hear people claim that they hate packing or that they pack way too much. In fact one woman told me that she takes 1 suitcase just for shoes! Remember that what you bring is more important than how much you bring. Limiting your choices during travel means saving time and space. Leave all of those choices at home. Organizing travel means being efficient, resourceful, creative and comfortable. Here are some helpful organizing questions that you can ask yourself before, during and after a trip. Did I bring things that I didn’t use or wear? Were there items that I needed or wanted and didn’t bring? Did I have the important items in my carry-on bag in case my checked luggage was delayed or lost? Did I leave enough room in my suitcase(s) for items that I may buy during the trip? Were the clothes that I packed versatile? Could they be mixed, matched and… read more →
Travel organizing tips Travel organizing tips from your Personal Professional Organizer. I just returned from a great trip to 3 cities I’ve never been to and as always, I’m reflecting on how it could have more even more organized. Yes, even a Personal Professional Organizer can be more organized! My hope is that by sharing my easy to use travel organizing tips it will help you to improve your: organizing skills and your time management skills Using these skills will help to make your trip smoother and more enjoyable whether you are traveling alone, with others, for pleasure, or for work. Travel organizing tips can also ease the stress of: Changed flights – Always leave early and give yourself time. Long lines – Remember to always bring something to read and if traveling with young children, bring activities for them (avoid games with lots of little pieces). Lost luggage – Pack the essentials in your carry on bag. (More about this later.) Hunger, thirst – Fast food is always tempting and expensive. Always pack healthy snacks and beverages for a road trip. If you are flying, purchase water as soon as you get through security. Illness, pain – Remember to pack all of the medications that you may need for your trip in your carry on bag. You can pack extras in a checked bag. TIP #1: Using a travel checklist each time will help to keep you organized. (You can download my free checklist on my website.) You can modify the travel checklist depending upon your destination and reason for travel. I encourage you to bring the travel checklist with you and note what you did or didn’t need. TIP #2: Always pack difficult to replace items such as medications and jewelry in your carry-on bag. TIP #3: Update… read more →
Image Consulting Tips | My Favorites Image Consulting Tips are for everyone because everyone has (or needs) a style. As an Image Consultant and Personal Organizer I help men and women explore their style as a form of self expression and creativity. What would change in your life if you uncovered your authentic style? Image Consulting Tip #1: You don’t wear your style, you are your style. “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Who said it better than Coco Chanel? Image Consulting Tip #2: Style is fluid and dynamic. Don’t get stuck in wearing only one type of look, accessorizing the same way with each outfit, or limiting the elements that you choose such as color. Unless you are a style icon like Vera Wang who says, “Like most designers, I have a uniform, and mine is a legging.”, you want flexibility and variety in your wardrobe. Image Consulting Tip #3: Update your style. Your body changes, your life circumstances change, and your needs change. It’s important to reflect upon your style and update your wardrobe, if needed, on a regular basis so that you feel it represents your best self at this point in time. Image Consulting Tip #4: How you wear something is the statement. Whose style do you admire most? Maybe it is someone that you work with or a friend. What is it that you really like about his or her style? It’s probably not about the specific item or where he or she shops. When you look at that person you are likely to think or say, “He always looks so put together.” “Her look is simple, but sophisticated.” “She looks fabulous even in a tee shirt and jeans!” What is it about that person and more importantly, remember that it can be you!… read more →
Organizing travel tips… Organizing travel tips come in handy before, during, and after your trip. Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer shares the essential to-do’s to ensure post-vacation organization. I promise that the benefits of organizing after this trip will make your next trip even easier! Unpack the day that you get home. Sort your laundry as you unpack. Update your packing and travel list; (Note: if you need a packing list you can email me for one that I use) Add anything that you wished you brought this time and want to bring in the future. Replenish your toiletries as soon as possible…be trip-ready! Check your receipts against your credit card and debit statements within the week that you get home in the event that there are discrepancies. It’s always easier to resolve the incorrect charges sooner rather than later. If you brought too much stuff with you this time you can find helpful tips for this and more on my recent post: Organizing Tips|Travel Happy travels!
As a Personal Organizer in San Diego I have some favorite products that I use and like to recommend to others. The first time I heard about packing cubes I wondered if they were necessary. I’m not only sold on how easy they make packing and unpacking, but I offer these amazing Organizing Products on my website for you, too. All organizing products are designed to make things more efficient and streamlined. This is especially important during the holidays when you have so many things to remember. Using the cubes for categories of items allows you check what you’ve packed with ease and without having to refold clothing. I love to use these packing cubes in different sizes and in a variety of ways. Here are some examples: Contain smaller items such as chargers and adapters Contain delicate items such as knitted and crocheted sweaters & scarves Pack by category such as swimwear, active wear, lingerie, socks Pack by outfit to include the top, bottom and accessories to go with the outfit Pack by climate if you are going to more than 1 destination The beauty of using these cubes when you travel is that you can organize your suitcase and eliminate clutter. Organized packing means that you can save time unpacking by keeping them intact when you arrive at your destination. Just place the packed cubes directly into the drawer or on the shelf and you will always know where to find what you need. ORGANIZING PRODUCTS TIPS: Buy 1 extra large size packing cube for laundry Buy smaller size packing cubes to use in your carry on bag
Packing for a Cold-Weather Trip with a Professional Organizer Part Three of a Four Part Series Choosing the right coat for the suitcase and the right jacket for the plane.
Packing for a Cold-Weather Trip with a Professional Organizer Part Two of a Four Part Series How to decide what shoes to take on your trip (and how many pairs). Also, a space-saving technique to pack your suitcase and keep your clothes unwrinkled. >
Packing for a Cold-Weather Trip with a Professional Organizer Part One of a Four Part Series Carol is going on a 16-day trip where there will be cold weather. NAPO organizer Denise Levine gives Carol some practical tips to keep her luggage to ONE suitcase. next video >>
Travel and packing can be unnecessarily stressful if you are not organized and don’t have the right supplies. Think about your last trip and what was difficult. Was it a carry on that was too heavy to store overhead? Did your rolling suitcase topple over? Did you pack too much? If you are going to invest in new pieces of luggage know which features you absolutely want (see article below). I personally have some strong preferences such as spinner-type wheels, and hands-free options for carry on bags and purses. Consider your most important needs for travel before, during and after the trip. Use the Outside In planning steps: Before: confirm your itinerary, accommodations, weather forecast. Do a luggage check – are zippers and wheels working? Are there tears or dents? Consider using packing cubes. Use a template for a packing list. During: revise your packing list template to note items you didn’t need or wish that you brought with you. After: keep your carry-on bag packed for the next trip. Refill toiletries, as needed. Update your packing list, if needed. Here is an article with helpful luggage and packing tips. http://businesstravel.about.com/od/luggageandpackingtips/bb/rolling_carryon.htm
Whether you are traveling, or preparing your household or business for an emergency, knowing what to keep and for how long is critical. Once you have this information you can decide whether it can be kept in hard copy and/or scanned. Talk with your accountant and attorney about specific financial and legal requirements. Here is a resource that you will find useful as well: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Money/Personal-Finance/Managing-Household-Records.shtml