Get Prepared for the 2009 Holiday Season – Tip 3

December 6th, 2009

On December 8, 2005 I was fortunate enough to be featured in the Home Section of The Washington Post. The article highlighted my tips for an organized celebration. Four years later as I re-read my tips, I am happy to say that my tips are still relevant. So here are my tips on being prepared for the holidays.

Stock up on the basics the sooner the better, before lines get longer and parking lots fill up.

  • Batteries – Consider what batteries are necessary all of your needs.  Think of which size is needed for everything from the games the children are receiving and the digital camera to the flashlights, mp3 player, remote controls and hearing aids.  Consider using rechargeable batteries whenever possible.  Reminder to charge them before the holidays.  (BTW-  do not store batteries in the fridge.  According to Energizer, To maximize performance and shelf life, store batteries at normal room temperatures with moderate humidity levels.)
  • Food storage – Pick up inexpensive food storage containers (like Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, Ziploc or Gladware) for freezing and sharing leftovers.  By having inexpensive containers on hand you won’t have to worry about someone taking home your good Rubbermaid or Tupperware.  Also – grab zip top bags in multiple sizes while at the store.  They come in very handy when sending home leftovers and take up little space.
    • Decor storage– Get wreath, ornament and artificial tree storage now!  They tend to sell out quickly.  This year especially, stores can’t afford to get stuck with seasonal items so they are keeping a lower than normal inventory.  (Don’t want to spend money on these uni-taskers or trying to preserve the environment?  Stop by the local liquor store and pick-up liquor or wine bottle boxes.  The dividers help protect your ornaments and the stores are happy to share the boxes.  Another option – Did you receive a gift of fruit?  Hang on to the shipping box, they usually come with padding which helps protect your decor.)

    • Last Minute Gifts– Have you ever been in a situation when some unexpected fives you a present?  Be ready to reciprocate with a unisex and consumable gift.  Think scented candles, a bottle of wine, fancy maple syrup, gourmet olive oil or vinegar, or a gift card to Starbucks.  I buy generic wrap in one solid color (white or silver) and have ribbons in many colors.   I customize the gift wrap for specific holidays, gender or individual by using a different color ribbons.  I buy clear cellophane wrap for odd shaped gifts.  Attach a blank tag and keep a pen nearby for quick inscribing.

    I hope this preparation helps you have a more enjoyable holiday season!

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    What’s New in the Organizing World? – Part II

    June 9th, 2009

    So I had hoped to post Part II a little sooner but they products and services are still worth mentioning.   Last Monday,  I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers, Washington, DC (NAPO-WDC) meeting.  The meeting topic was “What’s New?”.

    The “What’s New?” meeting shared products and services the “show & tell” format.  Manufacturer’s donated samples(s) to share their latest & greatest product or service.  The samples were given away to chapter members as door prizes.

    Here is the Part II run-down of the products and services shared.

    time-timerTime Timer – Don’t we all wish we could create more time. What if we think about how are we actually spending the 24 hours we have in a day? Like most other things, when you measure time or set limits, you are likely to accomplish more. The Time Timer can help solve time perception problems at all ages and time telling ability levels. The graphic face gives you a visual understanding of time elapsing. Set the timer for the desired amount of time. When the Time Timer‘s colored portion disappears, you are out of time and an audible alarm sounds. (1) 8″ Time Timer and (1) 3″ Time Timer was given away at the meeting = up to $65 value combined.
    Time Timer

    recipenest2Recipe Relish – The first new thing I have seen in ‘cook books’.  What amateur cook has not pulled a recipe from a magazine or printed one from the internet?  We end up with recipes of all shapes and sizes, some single sided, others two sided.  The Recipe Nest enables you to keep all of those recipes in an organized manner.  It has been designed to not only be a recipe storage device, but it’s built-in easel holds the recipe you are cooking/baking wipes clean.  When you are done, tuck the recipe back inside in the appropriate category and the Recipe Nest neatly stacks on your bookshelf.  The Recipe Nest comes in colors to match any kitchen.   Recipe Relish donated (1) Recipe Nest as a door prize = $38.95 value.

    Family Facts- I met Family Facts creator Pam Socolow shortly after starting my organizing business Put It Away!.  Turns out Pam is a cousin of a close friend.  I became aquainted with Family Facts when the product line was just in it’s early stages.  The Family Life Organizer & Planner’s popularity spawned an entire line different organizing binders.  They include Family Facts On The Go, Family Facts Pregnancy Planner and Family Facts Wall Calendar.   The Family Facts line provides tools to help you manage your personal information and achieve harmony and balance.  Pam kindly donated (1) Family Facts Wall Calendar, (1)Family Facts On The Go & (1) Family Facts Peace of Mind Organizer = combined value of close to $48.

    Have you had experience with any of these products?  We would love to hear your comments below.

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