Sorting Your Clothes: As Easy As 1-2-3

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clothes2Here are my suggestions for purging your clothes closet:

Make 3 piles:
1. Clothes you don’t love anymore or that don’t suit your lifestyle
2. Clothes you love and that fit you
3. Clothes that you’re not sure about, for whatever reason

When you’re done sorting, create your action piles:

Pile 1 – donate or throw out

Pile 2 – organise in your wardrobe or on your shelves according to your personal preferences – by colour, style (smart, casual, etc), or season/ sleeve length, etc. Read more

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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto: Organizing Opposite Personalities, Part II

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coin_stacksDo you live or work in the same environment with a person who doesn’t share your opinions on organizing? Maybe you have an office with a co-worker who is insanely organized and you are insanely messy. Perhaps you are a neat freak and spend most of your free time picking up after a spouse. Whatever the situation, differing mindsets often cause tension to mount over time.

Here are 4 steps to resolving this type of dispute:

Decide to talk about it. Set a time and place and be there with an open mind, ready to talk and ready to listen.

Define organizing preferences. This step is truly as easy as it sounds. What do you like? What do I like? Read more

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Turn Your To-Do List Into A Ta-Da List

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to_do_window3Are you constantly making ‘to do’ lists, just to find them unfinished by the end of the day? Do you add more things to your list in a day that you accomplish? If you’re like a lot of people, you’ll convince yourself that this time you’ll finish everything on your list, only to fail again at the end of the day.

Consider these points:

** You may not have allotted enough time to get the list accomplished the right way: Be generous in your time estimates for all of your projects. You’ll feel much better when you finish your list and can start on another, rather than not finishing the first one. Read more

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Life Changes and Controlling Clutter

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DeskClutterMy interest in de-cluttering was sparked by a losing battle to stay afloat while going through significant change in my life. I watched my organizational capacity plummet, just when I needed it most. In searching for a way out, I discovered that I wasn’t alone—that transitions can turn into organizational nightmares and, when they do, clutter builds.

Whether an unwanted divorce or a long-awaited merger, change brings with it added demands. The time needed to manage change, itself, must come from somewhere. Often there’s simply not enough time to stay organized. So clutter increases. And productivity drops. Read more

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How I Organized My Vehicle

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bin1I purchased some baskets the other day that I thought would be perfect for my son’s toys in the van. I am so happy with it; it’s much larger than what I was using. Don’t these toys look organized and tidy sitting in their beautiful container like that…..yah right….don’t be fooled….by the time we get to wherever it is we’re going, you’ll find these toys thrown all over the vehicle…sigh….but at least clean-up is a snap.

Here’s a shot of the area between the driver and passenger seats. We have a mesh netting type thing that came with the van that hooks to the sides of the seats. Inside this I have three baskets. Two are for CD’s (one for grown up CD’s and one for the kid’s music) and one bigger basket for all the miscellaneous crap essentials that you need while driving.
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How to organise your wallet

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wallet4This is how I organise my wallet. On the left I keep my cash/ debit cards – one is my personal bank account and the other is the business bank account.

The middle section has all my benefit cards from the stores.

On the right, my driver’s licence is in the see-through sleeve. And then my 3 credit cards, each for a different purpose – one for groceries, one for any other household stuff that’s not groceries Read more

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Emergency Preparedness: Plan for your Pets

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Pet First AidA Family Disaster Plan needs to take your pets into account. Many of the same guidelines for people apply to pets, but there are a few differences you need to consider in your plans. Your pet needs its own supplies, its own food, its own first-aid kit, and maybe an alternate shelter.

Here are some suggested items for a Pet First Aid kit:
** large and small bandages
** scissors
** tweezers
** cotton swabs Read more

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Emergency Preparedness: Where to Take Fido and/or Felix in an Emergency

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take the dogAs Ike Pigott points out in his post today, many shelters won’t accept pets.

I had to evacuate my apartment two blocks south of the World Trade Center on 9/11, and there was no way I was leaving Benny’s predecessor, my wonderful Yellow Lab, Sam, behind. We stayed with friends for a couple of nights but eventually spent nearly two months in a wonderful hotel that accepts pets.

Please check now to see what hotels and motels in your area accept pets and keep that list with your emergency supplies. Many large chains welcome pets, including: Read more

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Product of the Week: Double-Duty Battery Case for Disaster Preparedness

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batterycaseMost disasters allow very little time to sort through batteries, let alone test them. If you’re like me, you probably have a bunch of batteries rolling around in a drawer. But with disaster preparedness on my mind, I realized that if the batteries are not easy to access, or not working, they certainly won’t be any help in an emergency situation.

So, as you’re crossing off items on your “emergency to-do” list, consider this battery organizer and tester case where you can store batteries safely:
** It will store multiple sizes securely in the case
** A built-in LED tester lets you can check in periodically to make sure your batteries are charged.

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