How to Conduct a Calendar Review – Rashelle Isip

By on Oct 2, 2013 in General Tips, Guest Bloggers, Organizing

Are you interested in making the most of 2014?

An easy way to plan your future is to take some time to learn from your past.

In this post I’ll show you how to review your calendar from 2013 and start your planning to make 2014 a great one!

Before we get started, make sure you have your calendar from 2013 in hand as well as way to take notes, be it pen and paper or your smartphone or computer.

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Looking Backwards:

Take a moment to go through your calendar for the past year. What do you see?

  • What types of patterns do you see when it comes to your daily, weekly and monthly schedule?
  • Were there any particularly busy weeks or months?
  • What major projects or tasks did you accomplish at home or at work?
  • Did you give yourself enough downtime throughout the year?

Looking Forwards:

Consider how you can use the above information above to better plan for the New Year:

  • Were you happy with the patterns of your schedule on a daily, weekly and monthly basis? What would you keep? What would you change?
  • Were busy weeks or months preventable or were they just unavoidable? What might you do in 2014 to hopefully lessen the impact of these busy times?
  • Having completed projects and tasks, what new items are you looking forward towards creating in the New Year? If you didn’t complete a project or task, will you resolve to finish it, edit it or gently let it go from your life?
  • Were you unhappy with the amount of rest or break time you gave yourself over the past year? If not, you might want to start planning out your holidays/vacations for the next year.
A version of this post originally appeared on www.TheOrderExpert.com on December 26th, 2011.

How about you?

What have you learned from this past calendar year? How will you do things differently in 2014?

Leave a comment below!

Rashelle Isip is an organizing, time management and productivity consultant and blogger who loves who loves bringing order and balance into people’s lives. She is founder of The Order Expert, www.theorderexpert.com, a blog featuring organizing, time management and productivity tips, tricks and inspiration. For more information on Rashelle’s coaching and consulting services for individuals and small businesses, please visit www.rashelleisip.com. You can also follow Rashelle on Twitter @theorderexpert, on FacebookPinterest, and Google+.

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Pinspiration: 12 Tips for Present Wrapping and Organization for Christmas

By on Oct 2, 2013 in General Tips, Guest Bloggers, Organizing

Christmas will be here before you know it. I put together this post to help your holiday be less stressful and less messy! Having an organized holiday always makes it a more-fun holiday! Here are some of my favorite wrapping ideas and storage tips I found on Pinterest. 🙂

See also: 17 Christmas Decor Ideas and Tips

All of these photos have been found via Pinterest. Each link will link directly to the Pinterest pin in which it was found.

5 Wrapping Storage and Organization Ideas:

1. A small, simple, but cute wrapping storage solution.

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2. Hanging on the inside of a closet door.

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3. Keep wrapping paper in a trash bin for easy access.

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4. Wrapping toilet paper rolls around wrapping paper to keep it rolled up.

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5. Hanging from wire racks.

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4 Wrapping Ideas:

1. Natural and authentic!

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2. Simple gift wrapping with stamped names.

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3. Adorable pom-pom wrapping paper!

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4. Snowman presents! How cute would it be to have one snowman per kid!

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3 Extra Wrapping Ideas and Tips:

1. How-To make a small bow using a fork!

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2. Adorable Christmas tree gift tags.

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3. Super cute and easy snowman gift tags.

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Pinspiration: 6 Tips for Kitchen Organization

By on Oct 2, 2013 in General Tips, Guest Bloggers, Organizing

With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought what better way to prepare for a day of cooking and feasting than some tips and tricks for around your kitchen! Let’s have an organized kitchen this holiday season! 🙂

All of these photos have been found via Pinterest. Each link will link directly to the Pinterest pin in which it was found.

Organized Pantry:

1. Wall-Mount Kitchen Roll Organizer. Great for keeping aluminum foil, wax paper, ect inside the pantry!

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2. Or you can attach a magazine file to your cupboard door as a DIY project!

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3. Use clear plastic containers and glass jars as storage to help you find exactly what you’re looking for – right when you peek into your pantry!

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Organized Fridge:

4. Store pre-made healthy lunches to take to work inside mason jars. Mason jars keep lettuce fresher for longer, too!

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Other Great Ideas:

5. Have a bunch of shopping bags? Here’s a tutorial about wrapping up grocery bags so they come out one by one!

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6. Store your cupcake liners in a clear spaghetti container. It looks so cute to have all of the cupcake liners on display!

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Quick Ways to Save Money on a Move – Jenny Young

By on Oct 2, 2013 in General Tips, Guest Bloggers, Organizing

You’re getting ready to make a move. Maybe you’re heading across town, or perhaps across the state, or even the country. Regardless of your destination, there are going to be a lot of expenses along the way. Luckily, there are several ways to trim some of those expenses, or cut them out entirely and make the move that much easier.

Quick Ways to Save Money on a Move yardsale23 Jenny Young Guest Post Project DoneHave a yard sale. Why not get rid of some of the clutter and have a little extra money in your pocket before a move? This is perfect when you’re moving long distances and all of your belongings aren’t going to fit in your new place. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or inclination to have a sale, list your goods on Craigslist.

Of course, it’s a good idea to start this process as soon as possible so you clear out your clutter before you make the move (the great thing about Craigslist, by the way, is you can continue to get rid of things over the course of the move). Have stuff you have left over? Consider donating it. That way you’ll do someone a kind favor, enjoy a tax benefit, and you’ll have less clutter!

Reuse & Recycle. Have boxes laying around? Use those—and as many as possible—before getting more hunting for more. Then, when you need more boxes, hold off on purchasing anything until you’ve asked friends and family for their extra boxes. If they don’t have any, or don’t have nearly enough, there are still plenty of places you can get boxes cheap or free.

Check large dumpsters designated for recycling. These are often loaded with cardboard boxes. To supplement that supply, head to the nearest supermarket or liquor store (really!) and ask if they’ll part with a few boxes. The same goes for packing material. Assess what you already have (bubble wrap, packing & newspaper, towels or cloth) before borrowing or buying more.

Develop a Moving Strategy. Ok, so you’re nearly ready to depart. How are you going to actually move your stuff? You have three primary choices.  You can:

1.) Hire a moving company
2.)  Enlist your friends and/or family
or 3.) Do it all yourself (which may require renting a truck)

No matter what you do, you’re going to incur some sort of expense. The most financially efficient way would be to enlist your friends and family, but you’re still going to have to compensate them in some way (if you don’t, they might not help you).

If you do need to hire a moving company or rent a truck, it pays to shop around and do a little research. Get quotes in writing and look up the company online both through a basic web search (if they have a spotted past, it will show up quickly), look at sites like Angie’s List and Yelp, and check with your local Better Business Bureau.

For more information on saving money while moving, be sure to check out these tips, along with a more in-depth look at some of the suggestions covered above!

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Jenny Young is a freelance writer working with Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.

When not writing about storage units and decluttering, she’s usually beautifying her home with organization projects.

 

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