Organized Holidays

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As we are approaching the season of holidays and the weather is still relatively warm, it is easy to think we have more time than we actually do between now and the end of the year.
It is a great time to look at the calendar and consider all the cherished and necessary activities we would like to do to get the most out of the holidays. Are you hosting a holiday party? Traveling out of town? Baking holiday cookies? Volunteering at a local food pantry? Plotting these activities on a calendar now will provide a realistic overview of your holiday timeline, so that you can accomplish your seasonal goals in a paced and enjoyable way. This type of planning is key to managing tasks and devoting your time to the people and traditions who help make the season meaningful.
Here are 8 holiday hacks—from now until the end of the year to help keep your holiday household fluid and festive:
1. Stage your holidays. Find and sort through your holiday décor. Set aside the items that you want to use in one convenient place so they are available when ready to use or display. Donate any unwanted items.
2. Plan your giving. Set your budget, make your holiday list, plan a shopping/donation schedule.
3. Stock your pantry. If cooking and/or baking is a big part of your holidays, have the recipes needed handy. Look through your pantry; do you have what you need?
4. Retire any tired traditions. Which activities bring you and your family the most joy? Give those your full attention…and retire the rest! It may even require saying “no” to conflicting activities.
5. Update your list of contacts. Do you send gifts or holiday cards in the mail or via email? Review and update addresses in your favorite contact portfolio.
6. Book your travel. Whether you are ringing in the New Year in the big city, going to Grandma’s, or heading back home, the time is now to reserve flights, hotels, and rental cars! Don’t forget to review your perks programs to see how many points you can take advantage of this year.
7. Be ready for the weather. This may include preparing our vehicles for cold-weather care, packing some supplies in our travel vehicle, and reviewing coats/gloves/hats for condition. In addition, we may fireplaces and furnaces that require maintenance.
8. Find an app or paperless note taking program on your favorite device where you can keep your holiday lists. Be sure to purge these when the season is over.
Enjoying the holidays really is about being available to enjoy the everyday moments with cherished family and friends. The small things you do today will help you stay mindful and in the moment when it really matters. Enjoy your organized holidays; happy planning!

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Watch Birdie Brennan of Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers talk with NBC 4 Columbus’ Mikaela Hunt about some of her favorite organizing products! Some are new and some are old stand by’s with a new twist!

New Year, New Twists on Great Organizing Products

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It is January and we all tend to reflect on the past year and then more importantly our New Year’s goals.  Simplifying and getting organized usually tops the list!

First, how do you know where to start? Start small! Break down projects or areas to small doable tasks.  Write those tasks down in your schedule. It’s always good to start in an area that will make a big difference; an area that bugs you or an area that you use every day.

Here are a few simple steps to help make that first organizing session a success.

If you don’t love it or use it, it’s clutter!

Toss the trash and group the donates together and clear everything that doesn’t belong.

Give what’s left a home close to where you use it and the more you use it, the more convenient it has to be.  Give it a great container that has a little room to grow.

Here are a few great containers or organizing products that I love to use.  (The first few are favorites with a new twist!)

All Access Organizers- When I go into client’s home and see a stack of bins, I usually see a pile around the stack. Let’s face it, it is hard to put something away in the bottom bin and when it’s hard you don’t do it. Hence, the start of a pile. Not anymore with All Access Organizers, you can easily open a front panel and no more piles!

Bento Bins- These are decorative bins that you can use anywhere in your home. The twist is the built-in dividers that flip out from the corners when you need them. Brilliant!

I love Over the Door Shoe Holders in every room! They hold gloves, hats, toiletries, office supplies, Barbie’s and shoes! The twist is bigger pockets. Using the usually wasted space on the back of the door to hold those larger items is a great way to gain space.

Another win is a behind the door jewelry organizer. Who doesn’t need a full length mirror and what women doesn’t need to check the finishing touches like your jewelry? Now you can combine both; a mirror that opens to store a ton of jewelry. I love the double duty!

Another fashion statement (and necessity) we have this season is boots. There are boot shapers to take care them but they can be hard on the budget. I love this cheap and easy idea. Use the summer swim noodles and a serrated knife. Cut the noodles to the desired length, insert them in your boots and you have a cheap and easy way of take care of the boots that you depend on to take care of your feet.

Being organized is all about being able to find what you need when you need it. That is made easy with FileThis. This tech solution fetches your statements and puts them where you want them on your computer. I know it’s January but April 15th will be here before we know it. With FileThis, there is no more hunting for statements. They are all in one place and organized!

Here’s wishing you’re a happy, healthy and organized 2015!

Today is Take Back Your Time Day!

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Remember to enjoy yourself!  Take Back Your Time Day is designed to get you to stop all the work and hustle and bustle and schedule yourself some time off.  The date of Take Back Your Time Day, was set 9 weeks before the end of the year and done so to emphasize how Americans work an average of 9 weeks a year more that Europeans.   NINE WHOLE WEEKS!?

So, today, schedule a long lunch or leave work early and remember to enjoy life!

Celebrate Earth Day, Tuesday April 22!

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Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers always recycles and donates everything we can. We think if you don’t love it or use it, then you shouldn’t have it.  Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment. So use less and recycle or donate everything you can!  Happy Earth Day!

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Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers talks with Gail Hogan about New Years’ Resolutions and how to set goals in order to keep them!

Remember, Today is National Clean off your Desk Day!

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National Clean off your Desk Day is always the second Monday of January.  Hopefully you marked your calendars last year and were prepared! Even if your didn’t, it is not too late. Make stacks, put like items together and clean off your desk!  It will make you feel less stressed and seem like you have less work if you actually see your desk instead of papers lying around.

National Clean off your Desk Day- Jan. 13th!!

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National Clean off your Desk Day is always the second Monday of January.  Mark your calendars now and set a reminder!  Maybe you can start doing little things now to help clean off your desk and get organized with out missing a beat!

Happy Holidays from Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers!

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Wishing you very happy holidays! With all the hustle and bustle, remember to take care of yourself. In between parties and get togethers, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy food. Enjoy the simple pleasures of family and friends.

Peace and love from all of us at Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers.

To Make Sure your Holidays are Joyous; Plan, Plan, Plan!

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Everything that comes with the holidays can be stressful! When you have a plan, your holidays can be filled with joy. It is time to make that plan. Make a list of everything you want to do this holiday season. Check it twice. Be realistic; don’t over commit, delegate what you can and make sure those activities on your plan are ones that make you and your family smile!

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