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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Organizing Winter Clothes

Winter is almost over. Even though it still gets cold here in Chicago its time to start packing up those heavier clothes and start looking into spring. Soon you will be wearing shorts and flip flops!
It can be difficult to determine what you should put away until next year and what to keep out. If the temperature drops you want to be prepared.
Here are a few items that you can put away that will jump start your closet organizing.
Heavy wools
Heavy coats
Velvets
Bulky sweaters
Winter sports gear-hats, gloves scarves or ski pants
Winter boots
Organizing your heavy winter clothes now will make the change of seasons a little easier next year. Also, by opening up space in your closet you can start adding a few of your warmer weather clothes like rain jackets, lightweight materials and cottons.

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Monday, March 30, 2009
Save Energy, Save Money And Get Organized One Computer At A Time!

At the end of the day, take a few minutes to organize your office space. Put everything away, make a "To-Do" list and please turn off your computer! Computers eat up a lot of energy when left on over night. Try about 2.8 billion a year and that is just the U.S! Computers that are kept on overnight and on the weekends omit 20 million tons of carbon dioxide. Yikes!
So please, start a new office organizing habit this spring and turn off your computer at the end of each day. Your computer will run better, you will save some money and get organized at the same time.

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Monday, January 19, 2009
Organize A Swap

Here's a quick way to get rid of items you no longer need. Organize a themed swap party where everyone brings items they no longer need. It could be kitchen items, home accessories or even clothes. Its a great way to get rid of items and give them a new home. If you pick a theme its easier to look at one category at a time and makes the task of organizing a little easier. If the theme is kitchen cooking equipment all you have to do is go through your pots and pans and weed out a few that are not getting any use. This also is a good time to toss out those scratched, burnt and broken pieces too and reorganize your cabinets!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Get Ready For Tax Season

Starting to put your paperwork in order now will get you ready for tax season. If you think you're getting a refund, the sooner you organize that paperwork, the sooner you will get your money.

Make it easy on yourself by setting up your 2009 files now. Its as easy as adding a label to a hanging file in your current system or use an envelope with a clasp or zip lock bag to hold receipts and other paper work.

If you are unsure of paperwork needed, check your return from last year and use as a guide.



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Monday, October 27, 2008
Organizing Your Gifts

Use technology this holiday season to organize your gift giving. Big stores like Target, Amazon and Toys R Us have online wish lists that you can use to do your shopping for friends and family. A wish list is just like a bridal registry where you register for items you would like, but you can use it for other events like holidays, birthdays and graduations. Create your own online wish list to make it easier for your gift givers. Buy gifts that someone actually wants. You don't want to add clutter to someone else's home or your own.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Dump Your Ride

Get your home organized while helping a family in your community build a home. Head out to your garage and put away your summer gear and gardening equipment to make room for your car. If you have an overstock of cars, don't let them take up space - donate them! Habitat for Humanity's cars for homes program excepts cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, construction equipment or other vehicles. And you get the tax write-off.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Free Webtop Organizing!


I just heard of this great new site where you can organize all those little pieces of paper of random information in an easy to use format. Convert documents into checklists for shopping or keep track of your health information and other personal information like hobbies or goals. Download templates for easy recording and share pages with friends and family. Check out Jibidee.com and it is free to sign up!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008
It Pays To Recycle Your Computer

If getting money back on your cellphone wasn't enough, how about getting money for your old computer! Check out myboneyard.com an electronics recycling company where they recycle old electronics the eco-friendly way. Follow their simple steps by entering your computer information to find out how much your computer is worth. Send it in with free shipping and keep track of your submission status online.

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Friday, July 11, 2008
It Pays To Recycle Your Old Phone

It pays to recycle! Isn't that just music to your ears! A company called Greenphone will pay you for your used phone! Go to their website at www.greenphone.com and check the list for your phone. If its on the list it will also tell you how much money you can expect for selling. The next step is sending in your phone (free of charge) and they will check to make sure it is in working condition. If so they will send you payment. If the phone is not in working order they will recycle it safely. No more cell phones in the trash!!!

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Friday, June 27, 2008
Saving Money At The Pump

The cost of gas is at a all time high right now. So joy riding and running errands in the car is becoming a thing of the past. Here are a few tips to getting organized before you step on that gas peddle.

#1 Batch your errands in the same area so that you can drive straight to your final destination. Map out every other location to stop at along on the way. This is how the delivery drivers do it!

#2 Save your errands for one day so you are not going back and forth in the car.

#3 Before running out to buy more of something, check your home for possible replacements or other alternatives. Get creative!

#4 Buy online whenever possible

#5 Walk or ride your bike

#6 Share your ride with friends and family.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Whats Under That Bag?

If you went through your closet recently looking for empty hangers you may have found a few extra plastic bags that contain clothes cleaned and pressed by the dry cleaner. Or you found empty hangers with a plastic bag hanging over it. This is a huge waste of space.
I recommend taking the plastic off of all of your clothes as soon as they come in from the dry cleaner so they can breath and you can see what you have to wear. I don't recommend using the plastic dry cleaner bags as a dust preventive. Add a garment bag to your closet for special occasion clothing for protection.
Hopefully by removing the extra plastic bags and hangers and adding a garment bag you can not only gain space but protect your clothing and start categorizing your wardrobe.

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Monday, May 26, 2008
Hang It Up

Save a little space in your closet by getting rid of used hangers. Go through your closet and pull all of the empty hangers. Now take a look at the pile. What do you have? A lot of wire hangers, trouser hangers or clip hangers that you got with your last department store purchase? If you are not using these in your wardrobe let them go. Wire hangers from the dry cleaner can be recycled so bring them back on your next trip. Those small trouser hangers are of no use to you if you fold your pants over a hanger. Finally those freebie plastic hangers from the department store should never come home with you if you are not using.

Tip* If you have some items in your closet like a silky blouse that falls off the hanger, get a specialty hanger with a non slip surface that keeps clothes on the hanger.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Organizing Your Dining Life

We all love our grandma's china and now that you've inherited it you get to keep it forever. The problem is it never gets used and its taking up a lot of space in your already cramped dining room. Some of the reasons why the china never gets used is because you already have a set of china and you don't have a lot of formal dinner parties of 12. If the dishes are taking up too much space consider packing them up in padded china storage bins and moving it out of your immediate storage space where they are not going to get damaged.
If you would like to occasionlly enjoy a cup of tea in from this beautiful set keep a tea cup and saucer out so you can see it, use it and remember grandma.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008
Goodbye Paper Take Out Menu, Hello Online Menu

Do you have a drawer full of take out menus? How about duplicate menus? Its time organize that junk drawer and say goodbye to every menu in the city. Check out Grubhub.com and find restaurants that deliver to your address. Just type in your address and Grubhub.com gives you a list of restaurants, menus and reviews!
Traveling next week and need your delivery fix? Go to Grubhub.com and find out what restaurants are still open and who can deliver late night to your hotel.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Grocery Bag Discount

Happy Earth Day everyone! I looks like whole foods is giving you a discount if you bring your own grocery bags! You will get 5 cents back for every bag you use from home. If you don't have have a bag they do have paper on hand. They are selling recycled bags made from recycled plastic bottles for just 99 cents.
So go ahead and organize those closets for spring and pull out any bags that are easy to carry groceries in and use these instead of getting the plastic bags that make a mess of your cabinets then just get thrown away.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Organizing Your Bedroom and Linen Closets

Here are a few more spring organizing tips for your linen closet and bedroom.
  • Replace flannel sheets and heavy down comforter with cottons and a lighter weight bedspreads.

  • Break out the beach towels!

  • Match up your bedding sets, pillow cases, fitted and flat sheets. Get rid of any ripped or un matching items.

  • Store winter comforters in plastic bins or space bags

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Spring Cleaning Tools

We all love spring especially after a long winter. There is nothing more exiting than opening up the windows to let in the fresh air to welcome the spring. One of the most common tasks during this time of year is "Spring Cleaning". Nobody wants to spend a lot of time doing this so I recommend quick clean ups using Clorox wipes. If you are looking for some tips on how to clean rooms in your home, establish routines or download a checklist check out the site tipshealtyhome.com

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Monday, February 18, 2008
What A Novel Idea...Cell Phone Books


It's true many of us have cell phones. We also have so much downtime during the day like riding the subway or waiting in line. So, many people are taking advantage of this downtime by reading books on their tiny little cell phones. You usually have your cell phone with you, so why not carry a book downloaded to your handy cell phone and read it anywhere! Mobile websites are offering novels classics, best sellers and some works written especially for the cell phone user. Check out this article from Wired about this reading books on your cell phone.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007
One minute organizing solution #1 - video blog

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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Closet Organizing Demo

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Multitasking

The goal of organization is to be happily efficient. And when working to become efficient it is hard not to address the issue of multitasking. I have collected a handful of articles on multitasking and offer links to them here. In my personal experience I have found that multitasking in many situations hurts the quality of work and can be counter productive when needing to shift between complicated tasks. But I realize that there are tasks and situations where multitasking can be useful. So to be efficient we need to know when to employ multitasking and when not too. One item all of these articles mention is that talking on the cell phone while driving is a multitasking don't with high risk compared to the reward.


http://archives.cnn.com/2001/CAREER/trends/08/05/multitasking.study/index.html

http://www.apa.org/releases/multitasking.html

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070326/161931.shtml

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/business/25multi.html?ex=1332475200&en=f295711cb4a65d9b&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&jgo=rss_feeds_dit

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