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?
Many people are becoming more conscious about their spending priorities, that’s a good thing! Most of us live in or near a great destination. I want to share this terrific article with some easy ideas for vacation with travel: http://www.carolinaparent.com/articlemain.php?Enjoy-a-Vacation-Without-Travel-Costs-2514
The benefits of organizing include ease of use, greater productivity, and safety. Think about these aspects when organizing your travel and packing: WHEELS, BACK PACKS, OVER THE SHOULDER BAGS Select luggage that has wheels that move in all directions, not just forward. You’ll maneuver traffic in the terminal with ease. Consider using a back pack as your carry on bag. Being hands-free, and distributing the weight evenly is a plus. Lose the purse! Instead of a heavy purse with a wallet, makeup case, etc. find one of those over the shoulder bags with lots of compartments that hold everything. Keeping the purse on your body provides greater security. Minimizing the weight you are carrying is better for your body, too. Again, these bags allow you to be hands-free and will fit into your carry on, too.
Keeping it simple makes travel much easier. Some useful tips for organizing: 1. Use a checklist. During the trip, note the items you didn’t need to bring & add the ones you wished you brought with you. Revise the list when you get home. 2. Use a color theme for your clothing. This will enable you to mix and match your separates and increase the number of outfits you have to wear with a minimal number of pieces. 3. Plan to wear clothing more than once…who cares? 4. Limit the number of shoes. You probably don’t need more than 2! You can make a dressier outfit more casual with cute flats, and vice versa with heels and a casual outfit. 5. Don’t bring all of your makeup. Find all-in-one products and kits, instead. 6. Think technology! Consider an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook instead of lugging books. Take notes on a tablet, skip the pen and paper.
Whether you are traveling for business and/or pleasure you want to be comfortable and prepared. Do you use a travel and packing checklist? If not, email me and I will send you one that I use for all occasions. I essentially include: what tasks need to get done before the trip? what do I need to bring with me for day and evening? what clothing, and non-clothing items do I need for the trip? The benefits of organized traveling are that you are less stressed and spend less money buying items you forgot to bring!
The best ways to look good all day long is to have a small amount of makeup essentials in your tote bag. There are so many choices on the market. As an Organizer and Image Consultant my advice is to keep it simple. Small containers of the basics will keep you looking refreshed. My favorites: Blotting tissues Translucent powder Lipstick or gloss White eyeshadow – powder or stick (for the inside corners of your eyes Blush Eyeliner
Okay, you’re ready to pack your tote and begin another busy day. As an Organizer I like to start with the essentials, or must-haves. Staying hydrated is important and I love this collapsible, refillable water bottle! It fits neatly in your tote, gym bag, and your car. Put water on the top of your list. Go green, refill bottles. Another plus? This one folds flat when empty and packs for travel!
Creating your travel wardrobe means that you can mix and match a limited number of pieces and still have enough outfits for the week. Do you want day to night options? Is your priority to have only a carry on bag? Feel free to add your ideas to this list: TIP #1: Stick with a color theme; include neutrals. Be bold and mix unlikely colors such as teal and purple, orange and pink. TIP #2: Commit to wearing an item at least twice. TIP #3: Think in layers…camisoles are great under wraps, jackets, sweaters, shirts, etc. TIP #4: Dress it up or down! By day: wear a trouser jean with a shirt and jacket, ballet flat, tote bag. By night: remove the jacket, wear a sweater with embellishment, pull a clutch bag out of your tote and add heels! TIP #5: Stick to basic, adaptable wardrobe pieces: city shorts, trouser jeans, white shirt, pashmina, tank style dress. TIP #6: Pack fabulous accessories: textured hose can dress up shorts, metallic flats can be worn day or nighttime, white shirt can be dressed up with a sequined belt and big earrings. Be creative!!
Look at all of the items we were able to take out of the client’s suitcase! As an Organizer I can help you say “YES” to these 2 questions: Want to spend less time packing? Carry less? Use the Outside In Approach to packing for any kind of travel: 1. Commit to a color theme for your clothes. 2. Plan to wear items more than once. 3. Mix, match and layer.