I hope you all got off to a good start in 2011.

If you haven’t already heard, January is “Get Organized Month.”  New Years Resolutions aside, what better time to get organized for the year than NOW.  So, we’d like to pass along a quote which hopefully will encourage you to start: “Done is better than perfect”.  As long as you do something, anything, to get some area in your life organized, it’s better than doing nothing.

Even if you think you’re organized, there is always an area which can always use a little tweaking.


Choose a room, any room.  Then select a small area within that room (a closet, a cabinet, a tool box) .  Give yourself a half hour to go thru that small area, without interruption, and start purging.  First take everything out.  That’s right everything!  First throw away the broken, ripped, damaged items.  Then take those items that you don’t use or need and set them aside.  You can donate these items if they’re in good condition and get a write-off as well.  There are so many great charities and organizations that can make good use of the things that you no longer need or want.  Finally, start to put everything back by categorizing.  For example, if you chose to organize your tool box, separate the tools from the screws. Voila!  That’s it.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It just needs to be easily accessible and organized for your own use.


Holiday Travel Tips

  • If you’re traveling abroad, make sure a trusted friend or family member has a color copy of your passport and drivers license, as well as a copy of your travel arrangements and itinerary.
  • If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time (two weeks or more), make sure to notify the post office to hold your mail, and notify one of your neighbors so they can keep an eye out on your home.
  • If you’re going to be away from home for a long period, consider using timers on your interior lights to give the appearance that someone is still home.
  • Since so many bags look alike, consider putting a bit of colored tape or ribbon on the handle to quickly identify your bag at the luggage carousel.
  • Carry important papers with you.! Do not check anything that you don’t want to lose.