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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!

Need to organize your papers? NBC4’s Shred-it Day is May 3th!

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Papers piling up?  The next NBC4 Shred-it Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at The Ohio Expo Center in the parking lots closest to Crew Stadium.  Perfect timing to get all of your old tax documents out of the file to make room for the new. Since the first NBC4 Shred-it Day, 2,128 tons of personal documents have been shredded and recycled and $96,170 has been raised for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

NBC4 Fall Shred-It Day Set For Oct. 5th!

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NBC4 (WCMH-TV) and Shred-It will partner for a 10th year to provide free document destruction to the public.  NBC4 Shred-It Day is Saturday, October 5th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. located at the Schottenstein Center’s Buckeye Parking Lots.  There is a maximum of five boxes that can easily be picked up by an average person.  Boxes must be closed, taped shut or have lids.  No bags accepted.  This event is for private consumers only, no businesses.  For more information, a list of what will be accepted and some frequently asked questions, please visit NBC4i.com. This is the perfect way to clear your clutter and safely get rid of sensitive papers.

Papers piling up? Remember tomorrow is NBC4’s Shred-it Day!

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Tomorrow is the next NBC4 Shred-it Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lots at the Schottenstein Center.  Perfect timing to get all of your old tax documents out of the file to make room for the new.

Need to organize your papers? NBC4’s Shred it Day is May 5th!

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Papers piling up?  The next NBC4 Shred-it Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the parking lots at the Schottenstein Center.  Perfect timing to get all of your old tax documents out of the file to make room for the new.

Organize your papers in Columbus.

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Have documents to shred?  Be sure to take advantage of NBC4 Shred-It Day set for May 7  from 8-2.

Columbus Professional Organizer: Getting organized for taxes

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April 15th will be here before we know it.  Birdie Brennan, a Columbus Professional Organizer, can help you get ready in time.