If you are traveling with jewelry, I haven't seen a better inexpensive solution how to keep it from getting tangled or lost.  Don't you love it?  I found this at http://www.diyncrafts.com/14948/organization/85-insanely-clever-organizing-and-storage-ideas-for-your-entire-home/2
 
 
I just read some great uses for WD-40 around the house on MoneyTalksNews.com
See if some of these might help you when you are organizing in your home.  I love the one about removing permanent marker from dry-erase boards.  Getting that to work will mean one less new dry-erase board I will need to buy~
  • Remove stickers, decals, price tags and tape. It also works on adhesive residue they might leave behind.
  • Remove scuff marks. This includes shoe scuff marks on floors and the interior of car doors, as well as chair-back scuff marks on running boards on walls.
  • Remove dried toothpaste stains.
  • Dissolve glues. Examples from WD-40’s website include removing glue from carpet, leather and other surfaces; removing hair-extension glue from hair; and removing glue stains from jeans.
  • Remove coffee stains. Examples from the website include cups, tables, counters and floor tiles. Just be sure to wipe up all fluid from floors so no one slips.
  • Remove chewing gum. The website mentions gum on hair, shoes, carpet, concrete and lunch trays.
  • Remove permanent marker from dry-erase boards.
  • Remove crayoncolored pencil and modeling clay. Crayola specifically recommends WD-40, among other products, for various surfaces.
  • Separate stuck Lego building bricks.
  • Clean grass stains, paint and dog poop off shoes.
  • Dislodge salt-impregnated ice from boot soles.
 
 
Here's a list of things you can get rid of NOW.  Take a look then get going around the house with a trash bag in one hand and a donation bag in the other!

  1. The other side of a pair of lost earrings
  2. Scraps of wrapping paper
  3. Cards people have given you with no sentimental value
  4. Receipts you don't need
  5. Ticket stubs
  6. Socks with holes
  7. Old t-shirts
  8. Dried flowers
  9. Magazines  (I bring these to Doctors offices and leave them)
  10. CDs
  11. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  12. Hair accessories you don't use
  13. Shoes that don't fit or that you don't wear
  14. Extra photo prints
  15. Little knick-knacks you really don't like or are just taking up space
  16. Kitchen things you don't use
  17. Cooking utensils you have two of
  18. Tired bras
  19. Scarves you never wear
  20. Clothes that don't fit
  21. Gifts you don't like
  22. Old towels
  23. Old makeup
  24. Old toiletries
  25. Surplus unused hangers
  26. Expired or sample-sized toiletries
  27. Extra buttons for which you no longer have the garmet
  28. Expired sauces
  29. Toys your pets don't play with
  30. Expired medication
  31. Dried-up nail polish
  32. Bills you don't need to keep
  33. Expired coupons
  34. Old paperwork
  35. DVDs you don't watch (nursing homes may use these for their residents)
  36. Snacks your pets don't eat
  37. Damaged clothing you can't mend
  38. Stained clothing you can't clean
  39. Old school formal dresses
  40. Scratched non-stick cookware
  41. Old underwear or swimwear that's losing its stretch
  42. Outdated electronics
  43. Rusty jewelry
  44. Stockings with runs
  45. Pens that don't work
  46. Clothing you've outgrown
  47. Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps
  48. Cables and wires you don't use
  49. Worn-out sheets and bedding
  50. Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products.  When one is super low,  I just open the new bottle and pour it in!
  51. Worn-out bath mats
  52. Broken electronics
  53. Purses you never use
  54. Flatware, plates, and glasses that don't match the rest of your collection, plus dingy children's plates you no longer use
  55. Old pillows
  56. Worn-out shoes
  57. Wedding invites
  58. Save-the-dates
  59. Wedding favours you don't use
  60. Old wallets that you don't use
  61. Broken kitchen equipment
  62. Spare furniture parts you don't need
  63. Furniture manuals
  64. All those excess boxes
  65. Unused vases
  66. Extra tupperware you don't need or any that don't have tops
  67. Old mail
  68. Junk mail
  69. Travel brochures
  70. Bobby pins
  71. Old crayons or art supplies, plus markers that have run out of ink
  72. Random containers and jars
  73. Unused stationery, stickers, and sticky notes you would never use
  74. Ripped denim
  75. Old artwork or old children's artwork
  76. Used and ripped envelopes
  77. Broken or old iPhone cases
  78. Old unused batteries with no charge in them
  79. Extra and unused coffee mugs
  80. Old spices
  81. Address labels for your old house
  82. Wrinkled ribbon and bows for gift wrap
  83. Cards or gifts from your ex
  84. Frequent shopper cards you never use and those you have entered into your phone already
  85. Matchboxes
  86. Old extra shopping bags
  87. Old calendars
  88. Old folders
  89. Magnets
  90. Clothes that are outdated or from old jobs/ schools
  91. Broken Christmas decorations
  92. Christmas lights that don't work
  93. Frayed towels
  94. Expired food  (don't donate expired foods.  They will just ditch it, as food banks are required to check the dates)
  95. Computer cords, TV cords, etc. that you don't use
  96. Old and outdated software
  97. CDs for old computer programs
  98. Old cell phones--or go online to sell these or trade them in
  99. Hand-me-downs that you're guilt-tripped into keeping
  100. Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear
  101. Old fortune cookie fortunes
  102. Old bank statements
  103. Old planners
  104. Delete email subscriptions from sites
  105. Delete emails you don't need
  106. Delete unwanted music from your iTunes
  107. Delete unwanted apps from your mobile phone and tablets
  108. Games that are missing pieces
  109. Old schoolbooks you'll never use again
  110. Papers you have backed up on the computer
  111. Books you've already read and don't want to display
  112. Old manuals to electronics
  113. Mobile phone accessories you don't use anymore
 
 
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Do you feel like you have tried everything to get your decluttering and organizing done with no success?  Have you read this blog and others over the last few years but still never get started with the hints suggested?  Maybe you don't want to do it, or maybe you feel like you just don't have all the time to do what is necessary, feeling totally overwhelmed.  So maybe it is time to call in a professional.  As a Professional Organizer, I work side by side with you, keeping you on track to determine what you want to keep, donate or ditch in a non-judgmental manner.  Please contact me if you want to discuss it further at 321-939-0775.  Outside of the Celebration or Orlando area?  Call and I can tell you how to find someone in your area.  The calm you will feel when it is completed will amaze you!  Give it a thought...

 
 
As the kids start the new school year, there are going to be plenty of dates to remember...winter break, soccer try-outs, back-to-school night and on and on.  Be sure as soon as you get the info you add it to your calendar!  I prefer to use the calendar in my phone for everything--family, personal, work, birthdays--but if you are more comfortable with a paper calendar, get one now for 2017.  Lots to look forward to in the coming months!
 
 
Dan Rockwell recently gave some guidance in his blog about how to handle an employee that is constantly surrounded with clutter.  Since I have worked independently for more than 35 years, I am lucky not to have to deal with this.  If you do, see if any of his guidelines might be of help.

  • Don’t make a rule for your entire office, when you’re concerned about one person. Conversations are better than rules.
  • Explain your value. Make it about you, not research on the negative impact of cluttered work-spaces. There’s no reason to make her feel like a loser, if she’s a great Assistant Manager. You might say, “I should have been more clear about uncluttered office spaces.”
  • Ask her to keep her office uncluttered. Be kind and direct.
  • Make the conversation about what’s best for you and her.
  • Protect her from creating an unrealistic picture of an uncluttered office in her head. Give her a clear illustration of your expectation. 
  • Offer support. A few months ago, I eliminated paper when I started writing coaching notes with OneNote on my Surface Pro. I love it.
  • Keep the conversation going. Once in awhile clutter will return. How will you maintain a positive tone when you bring this up in the future?
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