Confessions Of A Professional Organizer: Part 4

Most of you know I love to travel.

Sadly, like all of you, we are not permitted to travel internationally unless it’s essential until COVID-19 is under control or unless you are willing to go into 14 days of quarantine.

Many of us have been travelling within our own Province or State and we have been discovering beautiful places.

Where did you go these past few months?

When we do get back to traveling, my travel tote is right ready to go.

Check out this short video on Confessions Of A Professional Organizer: part 4, then read on for the top travel list.

Here’s a list of what I keep in my travel tote.

  • Passport
  • Nexus card
  • Currency from countries I have travelled to and will return to
  • Travel hairdryer
  • Refillable travel size containers
  • A luggage scale
  • International adaptors for my electronics
  • Travel size umbrella
  • Rain poncho
  • Disposable face cloths
  • Earbuds

I also have a small suitcase that I keep travel clothes in.

And my toiletry bag is always ready to.

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By |2021-01-26T00:08:54+00:00January 25th, 2021|Travel Organization|0 Comments

How to Plan a Successful Road Trip

Depending on where you live and what activities you like to do you might be able to take road trips throughout the year.

Road trips can be filled with adventure. It certainly gives you total freedom to come and go as you like.

You might see a beautiful place to stop for your lunch break or you might be in a place that does not offer what you are looking for so you push on.

Whatever your fancy, you’ll want to follow these guidelines for a successful road trip.

Watch this quick video and then read on for Getting It Togethers check list

Checklist for a successful road trip:

  • Find out the goals and wishes of everyone who is going on this road trip. Try to accommodate most of them. For example: Do you want to drive for at least 8 hours a day? Do you want to take your time and only see what you see and not worry about the rest? Do you want to hit every “In and Out” burger place in town?
  • Have a master list of the items you need for your road trip. Surfboard, skis, golf clubs, bike, certain clothing etc
  • Make sure your car is in good condition, oil has been check and spare tire in good working order
  • Take your driver’s license, passport if crossing borders, up to date car insurance and registration, roadside assistance card and maps. Google might not work in every small town.
  • First aid kit
  • A blanket, pillow for those spur of the moment naps or road side stops under a nice tree
  • Spare set of car keys that are not left in the car 🙂
  • A garbage bag for those coffee cups or car snacks
  • GPS
  • A couple of things to entertain the kids. Like maybe a favorite toy, book or movie
  • Portable cooler with water, drinks, snacks and ice packs
  • Hand wipes and TP
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and beach towel
  • Wear comfortable clothing and wrinkle free
  • Your favorite music
  • For safety I suggest you post on social media after your trip not before.
  • For peace of mind, have a friend or neighbour check on your place while you are away.

Most important to keep in mind, this is your vacation time, family time, so make it as stress free and fun as possible. Safe travels.

PS: For those of you who have enjoyed several successful road trips please leave your comments in the box below. Your tips and additions will be helpful to others. Thank You

By |2020-06-07T20:52:33+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Organizer, Time Management, Travel Organization|0 Comments

Collections VS. Clutter- are they the same or different and how to tell them apart

Did you start the collection or did someone start it for you?

Is the collection something that you love to look at?

Do you use the collection?

Did the collection happen by accident and then get completely out of control?

Check out this short video on Collections VS Clutter and then read on to find out the difference.

Collections and clutter are 2 different things.

Clutter is an untidy collection of things where as collections are several “like” items intended for display or investment.  A collection can be untidy if it is not stored, displayed or cared for properly.rl3

* Is this collection something you started? In the case of Mary. NO! Her parents thought it was a good idea for her to have an owl in her office. Then a friend and then another friend. Never once did my client buy herself an owl. She did not start the collection nor did she ever intend to have an owl collection. This is important to note.

* Do you like the collection? My client thought it was ok to have one or maybe 2 owls in her office however by the time I started working with her she was not happy with the takeover of owls. They were everywhere and it was looking too cluttered. This is where a collection starts to become a problem. Another client of my inherited a salt and pepper shaker collection. She had at least one hundred pairs and only used one!

* What to do with the collection? In the case of Mary she was ready for a change in her office. She had enjoyed the owls for many many years. We decided to keep her top 3 favorites. The one from her parents and 2 other neat looking ones. The rest we put in the hallway of the university with a sign that said “free”.

* What happened next? The interesting thing is that all the people walking past her office door thought she was leaving the campus. They did not understand why all of a sudden she wanted to get rid of the owls. It made them a little uncomfortable at first until they heard she was just going for a change.

All the “free’ owls were gone by the end of the day. They each got a new home in several other offices. Mary can go visit her owls any time she likes!

* How to stop a collection. If you no longer like the items you are collecting (or someone started collecting for you) or if they have taken over, it is time to put a stop to it. This can be a little delicate especially if family and friends have always bought you something to go with your collection. It is an easy gift giving idea for them and now what will they do? You will need to let EVERYONE know that you are no longer collecting XYZ. Instead you would prefer they give you consumable items or donate to a charity of their choice in your name. Let them know you are downsizing. This might even give them permission to start downsizing too.

Some collections can be sold on EBay, Craig’s List or at consignment stores. Some collections can be passed down to other family members. Unfortunately some collections end up in the land fill. Be careful what you start to collect. Be mindful of what type of collection you start for others. Is it something you will enjoy for years, does it have a purpose or value? Once it starts to take over, become a dust collector or not serve you any purpose it is time for it to go.

Check out these two pictures of collections nicely displayed and enjoyed by the owner.