Wednesday, October 7, 2009

5 must-have organizing tools

There are some things in life I just can't do without. These 5 organizing tools are a must in my house and really help to keep us organized.

  1. Daily Planner:

Need I say more! You should always have someplace where you keep your entire entire schedule from work appointments to weekend plans. It is ideal if the item can fit in your purse and also hold all your families activities as well. Then you always know what you are doing at all times.

  1. Note Books & Pens:

I try to keep note books around me at all times, one next to my bed, one on the entrance hall table, one in my purse, one in the car, etc. It is easier to jot some notes down immediately without losing the thought than to have to try to remember it.

  1. Small Rectangular Storage Containers:

You can pack more stuff into a space if you use square or rectangular containers than if you use round ones. Use them in the kitchen for food and in the office for paperclips, staples, etc. You can even use them in the shed or garage for small tools, seeds, fertilizers, etc. Just make sure that if you don’t use clear containers, you take the time to accurately label the contents. (Labels are another organizing essential!)

  1. Ziploc Bags of all sizes:

Use Ziploc bags for sandwiches, freezing food, holding vegetables, for toiletries when traveling, for all your camera or MP3 player attachments, if you're going on a day trip and need to take some sun block and mosquito repellent, etc. The reason I like them so much is that they are clear, easily conformable to most sizes of contents, they are easy to label and they are disposable!

  1. Perpetual Calendar (Dutch Calendar):

These are calendars with the dates of the month by NOT the actual days of the week. Set it up once with all the birthdays, anniversaries and special events, and you use the same one, year in and year out. Just don’t forget to check it around the 27th of every month for upcoming birthdays and you are all prepared!

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