Posts Tagged "car"

Post Labor Day Organizing Solutions

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Easy Organizing, Room-by-Room, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments

Everyone’s getting ready for the last celebration of the summer this week with the long Labor Day weekend. Perhaps you’re packing the car for a road trip or continuing a staycation or, better yet, completely vegging out and doing nothing!

Well, if you decide it’s a weekend to regroup and feel accomplished, here are some solutions that you can easily implement to organize those petty chores that must be done at some point…(click on bold to link to full blog entry on each task)

GO in Your Garage With the weather beginning to cool off, it’s a great time to get the garage in order.

Car Organization 101 Remember, your car is your home away from home! Check out these cool containers to keep your home on wheels organized.

Taming the Laundry: Five Simple Steps Who enjoys doing laundy, really?! Certainly, top-of-the-line machines can help, but you still need to sort and fold. Check out these simple steps for a new spin on laundry.

Five No-cost Strategies to Gaining Control of Your Home Who says you need to spend lots and lots of money on organizing products? Containing items comes AFTER you determine what you’re keeping. Use these strategies to eliminate clutter. Use shopping for containers as a reward for your decluttering efforts!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Five Simple Solutions to Car Organization for Busy Moms

Posted by on Oct 15, 2008 in Easy Organizing, Room-by-Room, Sanity Savers | 0 comments

Five Simple Solutions to Car Organization for Busy Moms

According to a survey of women, 62 percent say their car is like another living space. For moms on the go, we know that to a certain extent, this is true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up my children from school and they are immediately requesting a snack. Warehouses like Costco and Sam’s allow you to buy snacks in bulk. 
Consider a container in the trunk for snacks and water bottles for those days when kids MUST have a snack immediately after stepping foot into the car. Here are 5 simple solutions to eliminate trash, store papers, and contain stuff:

1. Trash containers that are accessible (and emptied on a regular basis) can help reduce dirt build up and the need to vaccuum more than necessary. Try this one from Target that even holds water bottles. Hang on the passenger seat head rest facing the back seat so you can easily reach over and drop trash in the bag. Backseat riders will also easily be able to access it too! 

2. Paper Organizer: Try using a labeled container that can live in the door pocket of your car that holds: Coupons/Gift Certificates, Receipts, Bank Deposit slips, and other paper items that you need to have on hand AND would be helpful if they were organized so you could easily put your hands on them.

3. Trunk containers are a great way to contain items such as first aid kits/jumper cables and more. Consider adding flash lights, a small tarp to place in the back if you’re transporting items that may leak on the floor, bungie cords in the event you need to strap something to the top of the car. Also, consider a divided container that holds groceries and shopping bags to keep them from spilling over while driving. Something that most people also have to maintain are items that need to be Returned. For example, a platter that someone brought to a recent party or an item that needs to be returned to the store. Use a canvas type container to transport these items from the house to the trunk and use on of the compartments in the “trunk organizer” to hold this bag.


4. 
Kids paraphenalia: Create a storage space for the kids wherethey can contain their stuff. This covered container works well to hold items such as water bottles, electronic games, crayons and paper, and more. This particular model comes in blue and red (click on the picture for more information). Incorporate a “no stuff on the floor” rule and teach them how to sort through and organize what’s in their container so they can keep “their space” neat and tidy.

5. Driver Organizer: Here’s a way to contain your water bottle, phone, sun glasses, miscellaneous papers and more. Best of all, it’s easily removed when you have a front seat passenger. Avoid stuffing the container with items that could be kept elsewhere. For example, owners manual and tire pressure gauge can be kept in the glove box since these items are used less frequently. Designate one compartment for a specific use to avoid being unclear as to what is kept in that particular place.

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My Whole Life Needs Organization

Posted by on Aug 5, 2008 in Easy Organizing | 0 comments

Dear Stacey,

Organized? What’s that? I’m disorganized from one end of my life to the other. From business, to car-office, home-office, home living space, nursery and space in my brain! I’m suddenly faced with getting everything done and quickly! I don’t even know where to begin! And on top of all of that I’m exhausted! Any and all advice is appreciated! — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

First off, sit down, close your eyes, and take a deep breathe. There’s nothing worse than feeling scattered and overwhelmed while attempting to get a grasp on where to begin. Once you’ve gained a sense of calm, take out a piece of paper and pen. Begin by jotting down all the things you need to get done. For example, calls that you need to make, notes or emails you need to write, preparation for an upcoming event (when it comes to “projects,” such as preparing for an event, don’t attempt to write the details yet, just the overall topic), organize the house, etc.

Once you’ve got your main list, you can begin to break down each “Project” on separate sheets of paper. This process may feel a little overwhelming, but the idea is to take all the “stuff” that’s running around your head and put it on paper. Believe me, once it’s on paper and you’re not having to carry it around with you, you’ll begin to feel a little relief. Also, you can begin to see what needs to be addressed first. Anything with a deadline or timeframe attached to it should be addressed first. For example, paying bills or phone calls to sign up for a cooking class. Whatever it is, put an asterik next to those items and attempt to accomplish those first.

For the other “Projects,” begin by setting a personal deadline. Organizing is a process, so if that’s on your list, commit to spending just a couple of hours a week (or more if you’ve got it) to get started. Small steps will get you big results. The key is to get moving. Here are some related links to help you in other areas:

Car Organization
This Used to be a Family Room
Kitchen Organization Made Easier
Kids Papers: Where to Put Them

Let me know how you do!

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Organizing Summertime Travel

Posted by on Jul 2, 2008 in Easy Organizing | 1 comment

Organizing Summertime Travel

By now, most of us are into the summertime fun mode. Here are some organizational tips to help you effectively pack, what to pack for a long car trip, and mapping out your excursion.

Plan ahead This is critical. Any successful endeavour involves making a plan. A little extra thought on the front end will likely save you frustration later.

Airline travel Pack your toiletries in small containers. Remember, The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) will take your cosmetic bottles if they contain more than 3 oz. Now you can buy packages of travel-size bottles to ensure you take what you need but in the limited amounts. Remember to label the bottles with a sharpie or labelmaker so you don’t forget what’s contained.

Getting through an airport can be a huge production, especially with the security measures required today. Make your airport experience a good one by limiting your carry on items. Use a baby carrier and a backpack to limit how much you need to carry with your hands. A stroller is great, especially if it has a place to store items below. You will, however, keep in mind that you’ll need to remove baby from the stroller when you go through security. Some Airlines will allow you to travel with a child on your lap for no extra charge (but you must let them know you have a traveler). If your taking a child on your “lap” check out these tips for ease of travel:
  • Gate check the car seat – You want to do this so that in the event there’s an empty seat, the flight attendance can easily retrieve the car seat prior to take off and your baby or toddler will have his own seat.
  • Wait to board the plane until last call – Many times airlines will call passengers with children first, but then you are confined to the airline seat until EVERYONE else has boarded the plane. You especially want to wait if you’ve got a very active toddler and want to limit his time in the seat.
  • Based on availability, some airlines will even allow you to purchase a seat at half price for a babies and toddlers. Check with your airline on what the age requirement is.
Car Travel
Although gas prices are completely out of control, some may still opt to take a roadtrip this summer. For car travel with a new baby or kids, consider taking turns with your spouse by sitting in the back seat. Reason for this is that if you’re driving and baby needs attention, instead of stopping the car or climbing over the front seats, one of you will be right next to baby. You’ll make better time reaching your destination too. Assemble a car travel bag filled with snacks, books and toys to entertain baby, as well as yourself (when baby is napping), a pillow for you and possibly a blanket, lotion, and wipes. Remember to wear comfortable clothing. Remove your shoes and enjoy the ride.

Other items you’ll want to have for car travel with baby: Music CDs, plenty of bottled water, zip lock baggies for dirty diapers (don’t want the aroma of a dirty diaper floating around the car), and a trash bag (hang it around the head rest of the back seat and toss when you stop to fill up the gas tank)
In the event you do forget something, it’s not the end of the world. If you’re staying at a resort, check with the concierge and enlist their help to get hold of what you need. Or call a local baby equipment rental company (Google “baby equipment rental” and the name of the city/state). Worst case scenario you take a quick trip to a super store and buy an extra.

Equipment Rental If you’re visiting a resort or renting a condo, see if it’s possible for the hotel to provide the equipment or have the concierge find a company that rents baby equipment. There are numerous companies that will take your order over the phone, deliver the equipment, and pick it up when you’re vacation has ended. Google “baby equipment rental” for a long list of companies offering these services.

Weigh the costs - literally and figuratively – of arranging equipment rental at your vacation spot. Car travel and air travel differ in that you are definitely limited to what you can bring if you’re traveling by plane. If at all possible, add a car seat to your car rental. Today, most, if not all, of the major car rental companies offer car seats at a nominal fee.

Grocery Delivery Service – If you’re taking a vacation and staying in accommodations that have a kitchen, consider ordering your groceries in advance. There are numerous companies in vacation-spot areas that provide this type of service. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce for a business in the area where you’ll be staying.

We’d love to hear about your summer travel adventures. Please send story and pics to mystory@gopack.org.
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5 Simple Solutions to Car Organization

Posted by on Apr 27, 2008 in Easy Organizing, Room-by-Room, Sanity Savers | 1 comment

5 Simple Solutions to Car Organization

According to a survey of women, 62 percent say their car is like another living space. For moms on the go, we know that to a certain extent, this is true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up my children from school and they are immediately requesting a snack. Warehouses like Costco and Sam’s allow you to buy snacks in bulk. Consider a container in the trunk for snacks and water bottles for those days when kids MUST have a snack immediately after stepping foot into the car. Here are 5 simple solutions to eliminate trash, store papers, and contain stuff:


1. Trash containers that are accessible (and emptied on a regular basis) can help reduce dirt build up and the need to vaccuum more than necessary. Try this one from Target that even holds water bottles. Hang on the passenger seat head rest facing the back seat so you can easily reach over and drop trash in the bag. Backseat riders will also easily be able to access it too!


2. Paper Organizer: Try using a labeled container that can live in the door pocket of your car that holds: Coupons/Gift Certificates, Receipts, Bank Deposit slips, and other paper items that you need to have on hand AND would be helpful if they were organized so you could easily put your hands on them.

3. Trunk containers are a great way to contain items such as first aid kits/jumper cables and more. Consider adding flash lights, a small tarp to place in the back if you’re transporting items that may leak on the floor, bungie cords in the event you need to strap something to the top of the car. Also, consider a divided container that holds groceries and shopping bags to keep them from spilling over while driving. Something that most people also have to maintain are items that need to be Returned. For example, a platter that someone brought to a recent party or an item that needs to be returned to the store. Use a canvas type container to transport these items from the house to the trunk and use on of the compartments in the “trunk organizer” to hold this bag.


4. Kids paraphenalia: Create a storage space for the kids where they can contain their stuff. This covered container works well to hold items such as water bottles, electronic games, crayons and paper, and more. This particular model comes in blue and red (click on the picture for more information). Incorporate a “no stuff on the floor” rule and teach them how to sort through and organize what’s in their container so they can keep “their space” neat and tidy.

5. Driver Organizer: Here’s a way to contain your water bottle, phone, sun glasses, miscellaneous papers and more. Best of all, it’s easily removed when you have a front seat passenger. Avoid stuffing the container with items that could be kept elsewhere. For example, owners manual and tire pressure gauge can be kept in the glove box since these items are used less frequently. Designate one compartment for a specific use to avoid being unclear as to what is kept in that particular place.

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