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Holiday Organizing Tip #3 - Edit the Master Calendar

Holiday Organizing Tip #3 - Edit the Master Calendar

The holidays can be extremely busy times. When making your master family Holiday calendar, consider which events are “Must attends” like your daughter’s band concert, which are “Would be nice to attend” like the town Christmas parade and which are “I would rather have a root canal than attend” like your neighbor’s annual open house. If there are events that you can edit out of your schedule with gentle excuses, you will make the holidays more about spending time with the people you love doing things you love to do.

 

Shopping apps are not one size fits all

Shopping apps are not one size fits all

Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY

Want to score huge deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well you're not alone, and you can bet that whatever stores you're planning on hitting will be filled with like-minded shoppers. It's a war zone out there, and if you want to emerge victorious you'll need to use the ultimate bargain-finding secret weapon: your beloved smartphone and a suite of powerful apps that will leave your bank account healthy and your Christmas list conquered.

SHOPPING APPS ARE NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL

My Favorite Things (For Organizing): Pinterest

My Favorite Things (For Organizing): Pinterest

In November I am sharing a few of my favorite things with you. I hope they become your favorites too!

I love Pinterest. I have to admit that I was hesitant to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon but now I’m as addicted as the next person. I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel and Pinterest let’s me explore everyone else's best ideas. From inspiring quotes to delicious dinners to glorious closets, Pinterest lets me see the world from the comfort of my computer. You can see my Pinterest boards at www.pinterest.com/awillis506 . What’s the best thing you’ve discovered on Pinterest?

 

My Favorite Things (for Organizing): Label Maker

My Favorite Things (for Organizing): Label Maker

In November I am sharing a few of my favorite things with you. I hope they become your favorites too!

I love my label maker. There, I’ve admitted it (that's the first step, right?). My Brother P-Touch label maker makes me happy. I use it to label file folders in the office, flour and sugar canisters in the pantry and containers in my craft closet. I’ve been known to label baggies with camera cords and checkbooks for different accounts. Label makers are relatively cheap and make a big difference in the space where I live. How about you? What is your favorite thing to label? And what is the most unique thing you’ve ever labeled? Once my daughter used my label maker to print “I love you” and she stuck in on my check book. Awww…..

 

Organizing Fall Fling Day 28: Excuses

Organizing Fall Fling Day 28: Excuses

Fling those excuses. I’m waiting for the right time to reorganize my closet. I can’t do my taxes because I hate doing my taxes. Take the project, break it down into small do-able steps and then schedule those steps on your calendar. Take it one step at a time and get through it! If you need help, ask for it.

Organizing Fall Fling Day 27: DVDs

Organizing Fall Fling Day 27: DVDs

Gather all of your DVDs into one spot. Fling any that you don’t love or that you really don’t want watch again. If you’ve bought the movies recently, you may be eligible for a digital copy that will allow you to get rid of the disk and case, or at least keep them in an out of the way place like a high closet shelf.  Libraries love to get DVDs to add to their collection or to sell in their used book sales. So fling away!

 

Organizing Fall Fling: Day 21 - Camera Roll

Organizing Fall Fling: Day 21 - Camera Roll

Take a look at the photos on your phone and delete the bad pictures. You know they aren’t all keepers but they are clogging up the memory on your phone.  Then fling those pictures off of your phone and onto your computer or at the very least into the cloud (iCloud, Dropbox) Not sure how to do this? Google your kind of phone and “download photos.”

This should give you step by step instructions.