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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Getting Organized For Houseguests

After helping your house guests get settled be sure to give them a tour of your home so they know where to find things like extra blankets and towels. Find their favorite T.V programs and show them how to navigate your TV remote controls. Finally give your guests a coffee maker demonstration and show them where you keep the coffee, cream, sugar and cups. This is extremely helpful if they wake before you or you are not home and it will make your guest feel more at home.

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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 and it is free to sign up!

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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 and find restaurants that deliver to your address. Just type in your address and gives you a list of restaurants, menus and reviews!
Traveling next week and need your delivery fix? Go to and find out what restaurants are still open and who can deliver late night to your hotel.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tiny Hotels Big On Style

Need a place to just get some sleep on your next vacation? Check out these extremely small hotel rooms with all the essentials of a regular sized room. Bed, flat screen tv and bathroom. It helps if you are a well organized traveler that packs light and doesnt need a lot of extra space.
New York opened up the 1st of these tiny hotels in the U.S. called the pod hotel.
Here you can have a queen sized bed in a larger room or a bunk bed in a much smaller space
If you are going to be waiting around in the airport at London Heathrow go ahead and rent a small cabin called the yotel. Its just like being on a train. If you just happen to be in Tokyo try staying in a capsule hotel. Talk about small!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Whats In The Bag?

I just got home from a nice vacation to Wisconsin. It was a wonderful get away to a resort that had everything we could possibly want on a trip. Great food, great weather, picture perfect scenery, indoor and outdoor activities, shopping, you name it!
As with any trip you always manage to pick up a few momentos along the way and this trip showed through in my bulging purse. I really managed to stuff a lot of random items in that purse of mine!
As soon as I got home I turned over my purse for that end of trip clean out and found all kinds of stuff like brochures, candy wrappers, food and other signs of a vacation. Local newspaper, paper bag with one pecan turtle, loose change and ticket stubs to the local attraction.
When you get home its best to completely empty out your bags, suitcases, toiletry bags and wallet. Toss out the trash and souvenir mugs...please! Keep the toiletry bags stocked for your next trip and even write a quick note to replenish items for your next trip. Put all your bags away and enjoy your post vacation relaxation while reliving your vacation during the photo upload to your computer.


Thursday, March 29, 2007
What would you take on vacation?

Did you ever notice what items get packed for a vacation? Why do you pick these items over the others? Why this shirt and not that one? Why those shoes and not the other ones? You get the idea. We often take our favorite, most comfortable or best of our belongings so that we look good, feel good and just feel at home when we are away from home. But what about the items that didn't make the cut? Why didn't they make it into your luggage? Why did you pass them over? Perhaps they're out of style, or they don't fit or need repair. If you were able to pick over your clothes to find your favorites for the trip maybe it's time to say goodbye to some of the leftovers in the closet. Just a thought :)

Have a great day! Karli


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Packing for Vacation

I recently returned from a three week trip that put my organization skills to the test. We were travelling to many different cities by train and so I needed to consolidate as much as possible to make the trips easier to manage. While it is a little easier on plane trips to have more luggage, anything more than two maneagable bags for train rides is crippling, especially if you are on a tight schedule. I actually was able to pack everything for the trip into one 25" roller case and a small, sleak and stylish black carry on that doubled as my purse when site seeing. There were two tricks to only having one piece of luggage. First, I needed to be realistic about the items I would need while away and second I needed to be clever about the way they were packed. As you could probably guess the first task is much more difficult. It takes some research and a lot of mental discipline to pair down to the essentials.

Deciding what to pack
Before looking through my closet I wrote down all the things I would be doing on my trip, and what kind of clothes would be appropriate for each activity. Once I had a visual list of the types of clothes I would need, I started to look for crossover opportunities. For, instance shirts that could be dressed up for dinner and casual for lunch, or shoes that could handle lite activity for site seeing but look good for a nice meal. I found that staying away from patterns expanded my wardobe options. Solid colors were easire to mix and match and could serve both everyday and casual dress activities. And that when chosing between two types of items, it was better to go with the item that could be dressed up. For instance, I only took one pair of jeans, because a pair of comfortable cacky slacks were be suitable for sight seeing, and then can be dressed up with a jacket in the evening for a nice dinner. I found that the same could be applied with shoes. A comfortable pair of dressy shoes can be appropriate in far more scenarios than a pair of sneakers. But the key is COMFORTABLE! Remember there is nothing stylish about being uncomfortable.

I also did some research on our trip before packing. I was particularly interested in laundry services. I found that hotels in europe are expensive when it comes to doing your laundry, but still worth it if it means only having one bag instead of two. But the real bargain is finding a laundry mat that will pick up and drop off. I found that for about a third of the price the hotels charge laundry services were available from local laundry mats. That was my option. Over three weeks I had my laundry done twice and it was well worth it. In fact the cost came to about $30 which was easily justified by not having to lug around another bag or two.

Once you have decided what is going, the second challenge is packing. I found that Eagle Creek makes small packing bags that allow you to separate shirts and pants easily while also offering a wrinkle free method that also reduces the amount of space needed in my bag. They made it easy to get to the items I needed without displacing all other items in my suitcase. I highly recomend these to anyone for any trip, no matter how long or short.


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