GO Month & The Benefits of Being Organized

By | January 7th, 2013|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , |

Here we are again. A new year has begun. We can all make a fresh start, a new beginning. Time to look back at the previous year to see how much you accomplished, what worked, and what didn’t work. It’s also time to think about goals for the new year. If one of your goals is to get organized, then you’re in luck because January was designated GO (Get Organized) Month by NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals) in 2005. January kick starts organizational goals for the new year by NAPO chapters all around the country announcing community events to help you learn about tools [...]

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Holiday Planning

By | December 13th, 2012|Categories: Holiday Organization, Holidays, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , , |

Do you get anxious every year as we approach the holiday season? Perhaps when you begin to see Christmas ads in your mailbox, or holiday displays in stores that you frequent. Retailers seem to start earlier and earlier every year, sometimes before Halloween. It can be overwhelming, and a reminder that you better start your holiday planning so you will be ready for this festive time of year. It can be a stressful time. There are gifts to make or purchase, some that may need to be sent to loved ones in another state or country. Possibly greeting cards to mail, [...]

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Secrets of an Organized Business Traveler – Part 2

By | September 4th, 2012|Categories: Organizing Tips, Planning, Travel|Tags: , , , |

Here we are again, preparing for the next leg of our journey to learn the secrets of an organized business traveler. In part 1, I introduced you to Mary, an old friend of mine, (she’s not old, I’ve just known her for a long time), that travels back and forth every week to Atlanta where she works. Recently, Mary let me in on many of her secrets to stay organized in her weekly travels. Our focus was on the journey in part 1, today we learn the tips to pack for the destination. And away we go… Packing for the [...]

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Secrets of an Organized Business Traveler – Part 1

By | August 28th, 2012|Categories: Organizing Tips, Planning, Travel|Tags: , , |

Do you know someone that is a frequent business traveler?  I don’t mean several times a year, although that is a lot.  I mean every week.  I do.  My good friend Mary is a consultant and she leaves her beautiful home early every Monday morning to catch a flight to Atlanta where she works.  On Thursday evening she takes a flight back to Colorado.  Mary is a very organized person.   She really has to be organized to keep track of all the personal care items she needs for travel, as well as business related tools, to be the best of [...]

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Spring Cleaning Your Yard

By | March 5th, 2012|Categories: Maintenance, Organizing Tips, Planning, Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , |

Spring is only a couple of weeks away and brings thoughts of awakenings and new growth. We also think about spring cleaning to refresh our homes that have been closed up all winter. Yes, the house needs to be refreshed, but what about your yard? It needs to be de-cluttered, cleared and refreshed in order to receive good energy to allow for all the new growth. Below are some tips to get you started. Spring cleaning your yard will also entice you and your family to enjoy good times and create memories in your little corner of the world. • [...]

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Planning For The New Year – 5 Points to Consider

By | December 27th, 2011|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , |

Planning for the new year may not be not be front and center of your thoughts right now. The end of the year is typically busier than any other time of the year. We prepare our yards for winter by raking leaves, trimming bushes and putting down winter fertilizer. We prepare for the holidays by planning menus, buying gifts and decorating. We also tend to think about the things we want to accomplish in the coming year. Maybe you or someone in your family got engaged, so you’re thinking about wedding plans.  Or a new baby is on the way.  Or [...]

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Are You Organized For Black Friday Shopping?

By | November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Holidays, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , , |

Well here we are again, approaching Thanksgiving with thoughts of turkey, dressing, pies, parades and football. It’s a great holiday that enables us to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, to share a feast prepared by family and friends, and perhaps to nap after lapsing into a turkey coma. I always wear pants that stretch to allow me to eat, eat, eat, and then eat some more! But I digress. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and retailers have been advertising Black Friday deals for a while now. It seems that the stores open earlier [...]

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Organizing For Outdoor Activities – Let’s Have a Barbecue!

By | May 24th, 2011|Categories: Organizing Tips, Planning, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities. Warm temperatures have a way of enticing us outside to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Whether it’s working in the garden, attending a local festival, or just taking a walk to get some exercise, being outside can provide relaxation and energize you all at the same time. One of my favorite outdoor activities is the all-American backyard barbecue. Getting together with friends and family to relax, catch up and just enjoy the company is therapeutic. However, organizing such events can sometimes cause us to stress out a bit. Whether it’s an impromptu gathering, [...]

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Being Prepared Is Not Just For Boy Scouts Anymore

By | April 27th, 2011|Categories: Emergency Preparedness, Planning|Tags: , |

Spring is finally here, woo hoo! Living in the Midwest can be harsh during the winter months, with the biting cold weather, snow and ice that seemed to go on forever. But I think we’ve seen the last of it for awhile, at least I hope so. I say this because the flowers are blooming, leaves are popping out on the trees, and the grass is turning from brown to green. In order to get the beautiful spring colors, we need rain, and along with the rain, can come storms, flooding, and possibly tornado's. I guess we have to take the [...]

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I don’t have enough time!

By | February 16th, 2011|Categories: Planning, Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

“I’m too busy, I don’t have enough time!” It seems like everyone I talk to these days is saying this same thing. I understand. I feel the same way. Sometimes it feels like I’m on a runaway treadmill that simply won’t stop. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on my list of things to do, or so it seems. You know that list, the one that you constantly add to and seem to never get everything on it checked off. So, maybe it’s not the actual list that makes us feel that we don't have [...]

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