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The Key to Being Organized

Many times, people over-complicate the task of organization. They try to make some elaborate plan for their organizing efforts, and then find themselves overwhelmed by the complications they created.

Meanwhile, the real key to organization could not possibly be any simpler: know where to put your things. As the old saying goes, a place for everything and everything in its place. Once you have specific places for everything, the process of organization becomes a breeze. All you have to do is take everything to its appropriate place, and you are done.

There are a number of things you can use to assist you in organizing your things. Plastic bins of all shapes and sizes are readily available at department stores, and even many smaller stores. These are often the most convenient way to store and organize things, as they can be labeled and stacked, making your items easy to find as well as taking up as little space as possible. Along these lines, there are also a number of different kinds of ‘space organizers’ available, which are generally something to the order of plastic chest of drawers. These methods are effective, and inexpensive.

Be sure to make the best use possible of the space available to you. Stackable containers, as mentioned, work well. Similarly, using wall-mounted shelving units can greatly increase the amount of space you can use for organizing your things. Also, do not be afraid to separate things you do not use and either put them into storage or just get rid of them. In many cases, a cluttered area can be made much more manageable simply by taking away the extra, unneeded items. Once you have an area organized, take care not to let it fall back into disorganization. A few minutes of tidying regularly can keep you from having to repeat all your work.

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

Organizing Your Glove Compartment

Glove compartments hold many of a driver’s most important items. It often holds a variety of paperwork such as their vehicle registration and proof of insurance, as well as any number of other important documents such as their car owner’s manual. Other items for emergencies, such as a flashlight, maps or a first-aid kit, may also find their home in the glove compartment. All these things are important, but they are not worth much if you can never find them in the first place.

Glove compartments are normally quite small, and the sheer number of things that go into them make it very easy for them to become cluttered and disorganized. This may lead to many problems, such as misplacing an important document or even simply spending a great deal of time looking through the clutter to find whatever it is you need. Your can easily solve these problems by taking a few simple steps to organize your glove compartment. This organization may seem unimportant at first, but its true value will become very clear the next time you have to find your registration for a traffic cop or you need your flashlight to change a tire in the dark.

The first thing you will need is a way to keep your important documents in order. You can best accomplish this with an expanding file that can easily hold all of your documents and still retract to fit into the glove compartment. Be sure to write clear labels on the file to allow you to find what you need quickly. Once your documents are in place, the rest of your items should be easy to organize. Simply make sure any emergency supplies can be reached easily and quickly when you need them, and you are done.

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

It’s Never Too Early for Holiday Shopping!

If you’re a last-minute shopper during the holiday season, you’ve no doubt fallen victim to sky-high prices of gift items. During the holidays, it’s a well-known fact that department stores and shop owners hike up their prices to take advantage of the high demand.

If you want to avoid spending huge amounts of money on items that aren’t that expensive in the first place, consider shopping off-season, particularly just after the holidays. During this time, prices go back to normal; many even go on sale, because the demand has passed and marketers still want to rake in profit. If you buy off-season, you can take advantage of all-time low prices and save a lot of money for your budget.

The apparent downside of this is you’ll be shopping for holiday gifts as early as January. If it’s unthinkable for you to do your holiday shopping in January, then you don’t have to shop for that sole reason. You can purchase items that can double as birthday gifts for friends and family, and you can even buy essential items you can use yourself.

However, if you think about it, shopping for holiday gifts in January and in the other early months of the year is actually convenient for both your time and budget. As long as you don’t plan on giving food items, you can start your holiday shopping as early as you would like. You don’t have to jostle with other last-minute shoppers. You don’t have to feel time-pressured. And the best thing is you also don’t have to feel the pain of having a sizable chunk cut off from your budget. You can just store the items in your closest and bring them out when the next holiday comes. You can simply sit back and enjoy wrapping the gifts while everyone else is stressfully running about in shops.

Gwyn

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