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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Organizing a Group Gift

Are you spending too much time organizing a group gift for a friend or family member then having to collect all the money for the gift? This can be very difficult! Let Edivvy to it! It is a website that helps you create and event, find gifts, then invite your friends and family to contribute to the gift. The gifts are then shipped from store to the recipient. If contributions are not enough to purchase the gift, Edivvy sends a Visa Gift card instead. Best part about this service is its free.

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Friday, January 01, 2010
Getting Oganized With Style 2010

Happy New Year everyone, its January 1, 2010 and I'm excited to start the new year off by organizing! It is one of the top 10 U.S. resolutions every year.
Is there something you can do this year to get a little more organized?
Do you think there is room for improvement in your life? Do you want to make 2010 the year you organize your home, work and personal life? Let's make some changes by getting rid of some things and simplify as much as we possibly can to get organized in 2010!

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Monday, December 29, 2008
Save Money In 2009 By Organizing Your Paperwork

Now is the time to tackle those piles on your desk and get organized. How can that save money? When people struggle with clutter they frequently lose track of their bills, which can lead to late payments. The average credit card late fee is $26! Many are as high as $39.

Avoid late fees by opening all your mail and put all bills in an action file. Note in your calendar when all your bills are due.


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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Organize Your Gift Cards For 2009!

One of the best ways to save money in 2009 is to organize and document your gift cards. We have a lot of gift cards that go unused because we cant find when we need them.


49% of Americans have an unused gift cards worth an estimated $8 Billion!

Put all your gift cards in one place, such as manila envelope or even a Ziploc bag. Write down expiration dates or any other restrictions. Put in the glove compartment of your car or somewhere in your home where you won't forget and use them.

Go through your calendar now and make a list of birthdays, anniversaries and other special events that you know you'll be buying gifts for during the year. Use your stash of gift cards to buy other gifts is a double savings!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Organize And Label It For the New Year!

As you start thinking about your News Years resolutions, remember that not only making a list of your goals is helpful but putting a label on everything gives you an instant system.
After organizing your spaces. Get a label maker, use file folder labels or shipping labels(you know you have them in your office supplies)and affix to bins, drawers, shelves and files.

Labels keep everyone on track and tells you where to put things away.
Label makers range from $15 to about $200 depending on the bells and whistles.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Getting Organized 2008 - Step #3


Today's post is the final step in making organization a part of your daily routine
#3 Create an inspiration guidebook

Most people simply write a list of resolutions and some simply verbalize it. But getting organized is about developing new habits and making it a part of your daily routine. Create a visual picture of where you want to be by creating a collage with pictures and inspiring words. Incorporate your organization plan into it and then hang it somewhere you can see it everyday top inspire you – kitchen, office, near the medicine chest. The activity of creating your inspiration guidebook will reinforce your plan in additions to helping you maintain your daily routine.

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Monday, January 14, 2008
Getting Organized 2008 - Step #2

Yesterday I posted step 1 of getting organized. Here is the 2nd step to help make organization a part of your daily routine.

#2 Make a plan.
Let’s say you’d like to have more balance in your life and spend more time with your children. So start brainstorming ideas on how you can achieve that. Look for ways to trim wasted time or do things more efficiently. Start with Larger concepts, such as stop wasting time looking for misplaced items, then drill down with specific steps to help achieve that goal. For example, you could determine a specific place to put away your keys as soon as you walk in the door and resolve to do it each and every day. Keep going until you have a plan.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008
Getting Organized 2008 - Step #1

Want to get organized in 2008? Here's how to make it stick.
Every year, getting organized makes the top ten list of New Year's resolutions. If so many of us want to get organized, why is it so hard to achieve? Here's the 1st step to help make organization a part of your daily routine.

#1 Get Perspective
Many people find it hard to stay organized because they don't have the right perspective. Getting organized shouldn't be a goal unto itself. Organization is a tool to achieve life's bigger goals. For example, someone might say they want to get organized but what they're really looking for is more balance in their life. By being organized, they wouldn't waste so much time looking for misplaced items, such as keys and glasses. They wouldn't get stressed by running late so often. The goal is much more than simply having a neat house. It's about quality of life. So before you start trying to get organized, ask yourself, what are the big picture goals you want to achieve? Do you want more balance in your work and personal life, to be more productive at work, or even get out of debt? Those are worthy goals. Your plan for getting organized should be centered on achieving a bigger goal.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007
New Year’s Resolutions Continued

In my last post, I wrote about the process of making changes. Now here are some specific tips to help you achieve your goals.


Eating Right
If your new habit is to eat better make sure you schedule a time every week to go to the grocery store to purchase healthy food and prepare your meals at home. Bring your lunch to work and make sure you have healthy snacks on hand when you those hungers pains set in. You don’t want to run to the nearest vending machine for a chocolate bar and a can of soda. For great ideas on how to eat right, take a look at
www.webmd.com



Getting fit
If you’re new habit is to get in shape make sure you schedule a time to go to the heath club each week. Make an appointment with yourself in your weekly planner so that you do not schedule anything else that time of day. You might even consider working out with friend to add a little extra motivation. You don’t want to leave them on the treadmill while you’re at home hitting the snooze bar.


Getting Organized
If you’re new habit is to get organized make sure you schedule time each day to just put things away. Every night before you go to bed spend about 10 minutes going through each room and make sure everything is in order for the next day. You will appreciate it in the morning. Do the same at work. Put your projects away and clear your desk of anything that is not important for your next days work.


Don’t expect instant results. In fact, if you first concentrate on techniques rather than results, you’ll surprise yourself with what you accomplish. Don’t rush. Take time to establish a new habit before you go on to the next. Practice, practice, practice. That’s the only way you’ll improve.

Have a great day!


Karli
Professional Organizer

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Monday, January 01, 2007
5 steps to New Year's resolutions

We are a week into 2007 and many people have New Year’s resolutions, which usually means creating new habits. There is a way you can establish new habits. The method I use isn’t new, but I find it very effective. Basically, there are five steps. Consistency is essential. Studies suggest that to form a new habit you have to do it 21 times in a row.

1. Establish your main goals. Perhaps this year, you’d like to focus on fitness and you’d like to organize yourself so you have more time to go to the gym and make healthier meals at home.

2. Make your plan. Organize your goals by writing them down in a realistic time frame. Take note of some things that you can apply immediately by breaking it into steps.

3. Establish rewards for each small step. To make sure that you will take even the tiniest step toward your desired goal, bribe yourself silly. Set up little rewards for minor steps along the way with bigger rewards for greater accomplishments.

4. Get started. The more you practice and get rewards, the more you will want to try again. You’re conditioning yourself to the idea that doing the new activity brings immediate pleasurable benefits.

5. Track your progress. Make a note of any positive accomplishment. Review these notes often. This final step of reviewing your successes can be a turning point in making your new-found skills belong to you permanently.

Have a great day!

Karli

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