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We live near DisneyWorld so we get a LOT of guests.  Whether you are like us and have loads of guests, or just infrequently invite people to stay overnight, the goal is the same--to have them enjoy the time and feel at home.

In addition, I like  my home to stay organized while people are here, so I try to make their room conducive to that goal.  I have a luggage rack in the guest room and keep any extra supplies they may have forgotten such as a toothbrush, travel sized toiletries and even asprin and Advil in a basket in their bathroom.  Both the bedroom and their bath have a nightlight, and I also keep a glass of water by the bed.  I make sure there is a trashcan in the room and offer them a key so they can come and go as they wish.  We give them our WiFi password, and have phone chargers in their room, which always seems appreciated.  A selection of magazines have been a hit for when there is some down time.  Extra toilet paper and additional liquid soap are below the sink and it is many times wise to keep a toilet plunger there as it might be uncomfortable for the guest to request such an item when needed.  Fresh flowers upon arrival is a nice plus and keeping a fan in the closet for those times that it might be needed has the advantage of being available without having to disturb one of us.  In addition, I politely request that all their belongings be kept in their room and with the threat to small children that their things will otherwise be sold on eBay, that usually works.  Thus far, no postings on eBay!  What hints do you have to make guests feel welcome, while keeping your home in order at the same time?


 
 
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OK, you have just come back from a wonderful trip overseas and you have lots of leftover foreign currency in your pocket.  Now, what to do...  So you add it to the jar of foreign change from your LAST overseas trip and try to forget about it.  But, this simply adds to clutter which you don't need.  


Consider sending it to Change for Good, a program of UNICEF which they then use in their programs working to make children around the world healthier and happier.  You can read more at 
http://www.unicefusa.org/supporters/organizations/businesses/partners/aa/change-good
Support Change for Good by sending your leftover foreign monies to the following address:

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
ATTN: Change for Good Program
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038


As donations of foreign coins are processed in bulk by a third party vendor, so please note that the acknowledgment you receive for your donation will not specify the amount of your gift.


 
 
Getting rid of things you no longer need or use is one of the very best ways to stay organized.  Since the average cell phone user gets a new one every 18 months, there are a lot of phones out there sitting in homes not getting used.  

You can sell or donate your phone.  To sell, eBay or ecoATM.com are both good options.  Or, to give to a charity, consider our soldiers at http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com or another option is Hope Phones at http://hopephones.org/donate or google "donate used cell phones" for your favorite charity.  Be sure to give all the cords, earbuds and instruction booklet if you have those.  Your gift could mean a great deal to someone in need.  
 
 
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So you are set now with the summer clothes you aren't going to want for next year and know where you are donating them.  Now what do you do with all those hangers?  

The wire ones can be recycled back to the cleaners when you next go there, and some can be used to hang tablecloths, being certain to tag them as to which table they go with.  Others can be brought with your donated clothing to the shelters or wherever you give your clothes, as they never seem to have enough.  Call ahead to be sure they can use them!

 
 
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Keeping your life organized includes keeping your credit organized.  To know what is in your credit report, the Federal Government regulated that each of us is eligable for a free credit report once per year from each of the 3 major credit bureaus.  Those are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.  I get one from each bureau every 4 months, since most info is common to all 3. Or, you may order all 3 at once. When you get the report, there are instructions for correcting information if you find errors...which are common.  Call 1-877-322-8228 or go online to  https://www.annualcreditreport.com which is the only place to go for true free credit reports with no strings attached.  

 
 
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If you are like many of my clients, you have wayyyy to many bottles of nail polish.  Today is the day to go through them and get rid of those you find that are old and not usable (ditch) and those you no longer use (donate if still good--a nursing home can many times use these--call ahead to ask).  One easy task for today to make your life a bit more organized.  And, won't it be nice not to pick up that bottle of sticky old polish next time you go to do your nails?!!

 
 
Expired Meds don't belong in your medicine cabinet.  Every six months or so, go through all your prescription and over the counter meds, vitamins and minerals.  Be sure to dispose of properly.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, "A growing number of community-based drug "take-back" programs offer the best option. Otherwise, almost all medicines can be thrown in the household trash, but only after consumers take the precautionary steps..." such as taking off the entire label or fully scratch out identifying information and mixing the drugs with kitty litter or coffee grounds to make them unappealing.  Place this mixture into a sealable bag to prevent the drug from leaking from the garbage bag.  You can even take the label off the prescription items, stick it to a scratch piece of paper, or fold it over to stick it to itself and shred it!  You'll be making more room in your medicine cabinet and getting rid of those items that have expired and you wouldn't take anyway!
 
 
It is always good for glasses wearers to have a back up pair.  But more than one back up is a bit excessive.  Do you have some that you keep meaning to get rid of but haven’t done so?  Now is the time!  You can simply pack in a padded mailer and send off to New Eyes for the Needy where eyeglasses in good condition are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations.  Send to

New Eyes

549 Millburn Avenue

P.O. Box 332

Short Hills, NJ 07078

Make sure to include your name and address for them to send a receipt. 

Other places are also available to recycle your old glasses.  You can bring them to Costco’s vision department and the Lion’s Club.

 

Swimwear

10/02/2014

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It's the end of the summer and time to put away all your swimwear.  Be sure to purge thru and donate or ditch any you never wore all summer.  Don't take up storage space with things you don't need!

 
 
Old bridesmaid dresses taking up space in your closet?  You know the ones I mean--big huge bows on the back!  Time to get rid of any you KNOW you will never wear again!  Donate them and already your closet looks better.  See http://www.donationtown.org/news/donate-a-dress.html to find a place in your community to give.