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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Organize Your Online Music

Spending too much time changing songs on your Ipod or cd's just to hear one musical genre? How about picking one song you like and have an website find similar music for you? Now thats was I call organized listening! Check out the website to stream music to your PC. The best part about Pandora...its free!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Organizing For A Dinner Party

Have you ever scrambled at the last minute preparing your home for a dinner party? Make sure your table is picture perfect with these simple tips for getting your table ready.
Set your table the night before from the napkins, silver ware, place cards, dishes to the serving pieces and utensils. Add a note to each serving piece with the food going into the dish. You will know exactly what pieces your will be using and gives any helpers easy direction.
If you have a small space, clear out and organize a kitchen cabinet for after dinner items like dessert dishes, serving utensils, coffee cups, tea and sugar. This will make your transition to dessert and coffee much easier. Everything is in one place and you can counter tops will stay clear.
Finally clean out and organize the refrigerator so that at least one shelf is designated for the party. Its easier to see and access everything and if guests brings something that needs to be chilled there is open space.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Organizing Coupons

Still clipping and organizing those coupons but never use before they expire? Check out where you can download coupons directly to your store savings card or to your mobile phone. Redeem coupons at the checkout with your card or show mobile coupons to the cashier. No more clipping coupons and keeping track of all those little pieces of paper!

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Monday, January 11, 2010
Organized Floor Cleaning

Are your hardwood floors high maintenance?
Our hardwood floors need to be cleaned constantly because they show every piece of lint and dust. I needed a quicker way to clean those hardwood floors and the mop and bucket was too time consuming.
As an organizer its important that any new tool I purchase meet my requirements if its going to take up space in my home. It would have to solve the problem by being faster, have a place to live and get the job done. I am happy to say after a lot of research I bought a Swiffer Wet Jet and it is amazing! It comes with disposable cleaning pads that attach to the bottom of the mop and a solution that sprays from the mops nozzles. It have been able to cut my cleaning time in half, my floors look great and no more mop and bucket. Out goes the mop and in its place my new Swiffer.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010
Organize And Send Pictures With Iphone

Dont have time to organize photos, print and send to friends and family? Check out the new app from iphone called Postage. It allows you to take pictures from your iphone and send as a postcard!

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Thursday, January 07, 2010
Organizing for Birthdays 2010

Need a little help organizing your birthday wishes this year. Enter birthdays in your email account and set reminders to repeat each year so you never miss a birthday. Have the reminder sent to your email or text message to your phone. Another birthday reminder is birthday alarms. This service allows you to email your friends, they fill in the correct day and an email reminder is sent to you. You can also use the service to send greeting cards. No more running to the local card shop for "belated birthday wishes" because you forgot a birthday again!

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Organizing Cosmetics

Not sure when to toss some of your cosmetics? Your not going to find expiration dates on most products so its up to you to keep track of when to let it go. Cosmetics have 2 phases of life, "Shelf life" when it has to be sold in stores and "open date" which is the day you open the product. Mascara is the quickest to expire at 3 months and eyeliners and lipstick just a year. "All natural" products have shorter shelf lives due to little or no preservatives and natural ingredients. Something to think about next time you are loading up on new products. Make sure you actually need the product and that you will be able to use before it expires.
Keep your cosmetics organized by sticking a label on your products the day you open or write the "toss" date in your calender so you will know when to let go.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Organizing Magazine Subscriptions

Overwhelmed by your magazine subscription renewal? It can be difficult to figure out when they expire and when to renew. Heres the fast and easy way to figure out the expiration date. Check your current magazines address label on the front cover. The label should also include a date next to your name. This date is your subscription expiration date. Hopefully this helps you keep your magazine subscriptions organized!

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Saturday, January 02, 2010
Organizing Holiday Decorations...After The Holiday

Are your holiday decorations looking a little dusty and out of place? Tree and wreaths dried out with needles everywhere? Holiday serving pieces stuck in limbo on the dining room table? This is your visual cue that the festivities are coming to an end and maybe its time to start putting away the holiday decorations.
Everyone has their own preference for taking down holiday decorations. The day after Christmas, after New Years, January 6th and even longer.
Whichever date you choose be sure to prepare yourself for the 2010 holidays and decide which items will get packed away for next year and which items get donated.

This year I started organizing and putting away decorations in stages between Christmas and New Years. Dishes, serving pieces and holiday containers were put away after the cookies were eaten and the parties were over. Next I removed and washed all the linens but left the other decorations and tree up until the 1st. This made the the final packing day much easier.
At the beginning of the holiday I had 4 bins full of decorations and after the holidays I had two. I gained 1 small pre lit Christmas tree but managed to cut down 2 entire bins of decorations. 2010 decorating is going to be even easier than 2009!

How do you manage your holiday decorations?

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Friday, January 01, 2010
Getting Oganized With Style 2010

Happy New Year everyone, its January 1, 2010 and I'm excited to start the new year off by organizing! It is one of the top 10 U.S. resolutions every year.
Is there something you can do this year to get a little more organized?
Do you think there is room for improvement in your life? Do you want to make 2010 the year you organize your home, work and personal life? Let's make some changes by getting rid of some things and simplify as much as we possibly can to get organized in 2010!


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