Time Management

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!

Organizing Your Way to a Stress Free Life

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Watch as Birdie Brennan of Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers shares some of her secrets with WBNS-10TV News on how organizing can reduce the stress of everyday life.

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!

September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day!

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This Saturday, September 6th is National Fight Procrastination Day.  So that means today is the perfect day to take a baby step and do something you’ve been putting off. There are tons of reasons people procrastinate.  Figuring why can help you overcome it but for today use Nike’s motto and just do it.

Comment below and tell me how you’ve fought procrastination!

Make your Life Happier by Getting Organized!

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It is our activities and adventures that we remember and make us feel good, not our possessions. Our belongings create chores and responsibilities. The more we have, the more we have to take care of. I know from working with clients that suffer from too much clutter that physical clutter also creates mental clutter. Think of it this way; it is hard to tackle a big project when your workspace is already full of stuff. The same applies; it is hard to be creative, happy or calm when your head is full of stuff!

Bottom line to create a space that is comfortable, warm and welcoming you need to have only those items that you love and use. The rest is clutter! That means the well meaning, tacky gifts that you have received and the inherited picture that you have moved a hundred times because you just don’t like it. You have permission to let those items go to a good home that will love them! Take advantage of donating, selling, and even discarding. Sometimes you have to use the path of least resistance to make the process easier for you.

Once you have those things you love and use, you need to give them a specific “home”. That makes maintaining easy. You don’t have to make a decision every time you put something away. You know where it belongs! Decisions are hard, so make them once and you’re done! It also saves you time and money when you know what you have and where it is! The average person spends an hour a day looking for misplaced items. When you can’t find it or give up looking, you spend time and money purchasing a new one. Once you are organized, take comfort in the fact if you have a crazy, busy week and don’t have time to maintain. Once life calms down, it is easy and quick to whip back in shape!

Don’t wait for the perfect time to start. Start today with scheduling short, consistent timeframes. A timer can be your friend! If you are working for sixty minutes, set the timer for forty five. Those last few minutes at the end of each session is the time to deal with all of the displaced items. Make sure to stop at the end of the session so you look forward to your next time.

Now, be happy in your comfortable, warm and welcoming space and enjoy the process!

Katie Holmes; Does she Organize or Not?

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She does not organize! Don’t be like Katie Holmes!

“I’m definitely a messy person… I know where everything is but I just can’t organize. I don’t make lists and find scripts on the laundry machine, and under my bed, or in the bathroom, kitchen.”

-Actress Katie Holmes

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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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