Posts Tagged ‘Organization’

Tip #28 – Travel Toiletries

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Keep your travel bottles organized.

Keep your travel bottles organized.

No matter how often you travel, it always seems such a challenge to keep all of those 3 ounce containers organized. Here’s an idea that could help. When you return home from your trip, refill your travel containers, put them back in your quart bag and return them to your cabinet. Everything will be ready to go for your next trip.

Tip #27 – Travel Folder

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Organize your travel documents.

Organize your travel documents.

Getting ready to take a trip? Here’s a suggestion for organizing all your paperwork. You can use either a file folder or two-pocket folder. Consider placing the following in your folder:

  • airline tickets/e-tickets
  • the itinerary for your entire trip – it’s good to have flight times and numbers
  • printed copy of reservations (room, car, etc.)
  • passport or birth certificate
  • maps or brochures for your destination
  • proof of any possible vaccinations
  • print any email correspondence you’ve had with the resort or other agencies – these are good to have in order to verify price quotes and information
  • photos of your luggage (see Tip #26)

Tip #25 – Gift Bags

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Reuse your gift bags.

Reuse your gift bags.

Decorative gift bags can be very pricey. As you receive gift bags, hold on to them. Reuse them for gifts that you are giving others.

If you want to get real organized you can even organize your bags by holiday/event. You can place your bags in a box and then use small pieces of cardboard as a separator.

When you bring home your leftovers from the restaurant you can also reuse this bag. These bags can make great lunch bags.

Tip #16 – Plastic in the Garage

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Use plasitc storage containers.

Use plasitc storage containers.

During this time of year, the mice are on the prowl for a warm, dry place to nest for the winter. A great way to keep the mice out and your belongings in, is to store items in strong, plastic containers

In your garage, basement, or crawl space, you can store items including: clothing, holiday decorations, bird seed, etc, in a durable plastic container. Personally, I use the Rubbermaid brand. I have two containers in my garage that keep my sunflower seeds, corn, and other bird seeds away from the mice. The covered, plastic trashcans also work great for storage.

Depending on where you live, it may be beneficial to keep your items in this type of container year round.

Tip #10- Office Supplies

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Don’t want your cubicle or desk to look like an “office space?” Do you want to personalize it and make it your own space? Look for creative ways to store office supplies like paperclips, binder clips, pushpins, pencils, pens, and rubber bands. Small vases, candle holders, flower/plant pots, and even candy dishes. These containers add a little pizazz

Use different types of containers to store office supplies.

Use different types of containers to store office supplies.

to the typical “office by providing a variety of colors, materials and textures.

The stores today carry a variety of baskets and organizers to help you with the larger items like papers, folders, and documents. Even then, think outside the box when looking for storage solutions.

If you are a person who likes to keep theses items out but don’t want to see them, opt for decorative boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and if you’re feeling a little creative, stop by your local craft or scrapbook store to purchase unfinished boxes, coverings and embellishments.

Another great place to look for items is at your local thrift store. Here you can find a number of those small mismatched items that would work perfectly for this type of project. And don’t forget about your home office as well. It’s another great place to add a few unique touches.

Tip #9- Spices Rack

Friday, January 9th, 2009
Organize spices alphabetically on this spice rack.

Organize spices alphabetically on this spice rack.

Need a spice but can never seem to find it?  Spice containers like cinnamon, dill seed, thyme, and so on, are often small and can easily get lost in your cupboards.  Purchase a plastic, multi-tiered expandable shelf.  This will give your cupboard a new dimension, along with the ability to more easily see the spices in the back.

Another way to organize your spices even more is to arrange them in alphabetical order.  This makes your baking and cooking go a little quicker – you aren’t having to dig through all your jars and containers.  When you use the multi-tiered shelf, it doesn’t matter that a larger container is in front of a smaller container.