Monday, March 24, 2014

Doctor Who? Organizing in a Moment's Time.

Do you have time to get organized?  If you have 15 minutes, then YES you do! 

I constantly hear the reason for people being disorganized is that there isn’t any time to get it all done.  Here’s a little secret friends – it doesn’t have to get done all at one time. 

For today’s organizing moment, let’s look at the medicine cabinet.  If you have small children, this may be something you can do nearby while they splash in the tub.  Use commercial breaks between shows in the evening.  Sort through while you’re waiting for the shower water to warm up or the mirror to defog.

Why is it important to organize the medicine cabinet?
Ingesting some expired meds can be toxic.
If medication is organized you can clearly see what is out of stock.
Medication mix ups are common and can have serious repercussions. 

Remove any expired or outgrown medications.  (Locally, our sheriff’s department will take old medications off your hands.) 
Keep track of your first aid supplies too!
There are a couple of different ways to think about organizing what’s left—
1. Situate medications by the person (or pet) who takes them so that each family member can find their own. 
2. Separate medications by type: cold/allergy, pain relief, tummy troubles. 
Containerize using small baskets, drawer dividers, or whatever your space will accommodate and…
Label. Label. Label!

And done! 


I’d love to hear from you.  How old was the oldest medicine you found? What was it? A client and I once found decades old Mercurochrome in her “bug out” stash.  We both got a good chuckle out of that.

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Organizing and the Polar Vortex

I can tell you that this Florida girl has been very cold this January due to the Polar Vortex our country is experiencing.  Yes, I realize, it’s Florida… and winter… and there’s no snow to shovel or ice on the roads - but let me tell you, friends, it’s COLD. Polar cold!  So what is the perfect cold weather activity?  Well, I can only curl up on the couch with coffee and Netflix for so long before I get a little antsy.  But I never get tired of organizing!  Turn up the heat, put on your hoodie and tackle your own organizing projects for National Get Organized Month!

This little guy is ready to get organized. Are you?



What’s on your to-do list?  Organizing files/paperwork? Preparing for tax time? Tackling closets and sorting out seasonal clothes? Getting ready for consignment sales?  Creating efficiency in your kitchen? All of the above?  
Yep. I can help you with that.  I’ll even bring my own hoodie. 


See you at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show Feb 28 and March 1!

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (and your season simplified!) and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014! 

It's National Get Organized Month.  
A time for resolutions and new beginnings.  
What are your organizing plans for this year?

       2014

Are you ready to GO?

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (and your season simplified!) and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Quick List: Wrapping

 

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In case you’re in the mood for more than brown paper packages tied up with strings:

Wrapping Paper

Gift Bags

Tissue

Tape

Ribbon/Bows

Scissors

Pen/Marker

Labels/Gift Tags

Flat surface

Gifts!!!

(We’re getting ready to wrap!  Gather your materials and stay tuned!!)

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Simplify the Gift Wrapping

Veni. Vidi. Visa.

We came.
We saw.
We did a little shopping.

How do you get all the gifts wrapped and keep it simple? Set up a gift wrap central if you have the space(and for some of these ideas, they will work in just about any space). Whether it is your dining table, spare bedroom, rolling cart, closet, under bed box, folding camp table, open floor space, Big Orange 5 Gal bucket- get all of your wrap, bags, tissue, ribbons and bows into one space. This will make it easier to wrap gifts quickly, say --- during nap time or Sesame Street? My personal choice is thick under the bed type bins that house my gift wrap and ribbons. I am able to balance them across adjacent dining chairs as I carefully wrap all the gifts upon my dining table.  I keep extra supplies (like scissors and scotch tape) in the gift wrap bin year round.  The best tip I can offer you is to make your gift wrap central PORTABLE. 

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After gifts are wrapped you will need a place to stash them. Those needing hand delivery (like teacher gifts) can go into a box/bin in the car – if you have chocolates in there and it is going to be some time before they are delivered, you may need to find a cool dry storage place out of the way in the air conditioning – linen closet or laundry room… or maybe just in the corner BEHIND the tree. Just keep those “gifts on the go” separate from all of the other under the tree gifts… just don’t forget where you have hidden them. If you are likely to forget where you stashed them, make a note in your phone/agenda/planner.

What’s a good way to keep nosy present peekers from spying on their gifts?  Don’t tag them. 

#1 Choose one wrap for each person.  For example, all of Little Tommy’s gifts are in Silver themed paper and all of Little Sara’s gifts are in Red themed paper.  I have used this method for separating “gifts to go” and “gifts that stay” also.  No gift left behind!!!
#2 Choose one tag type or each person and leave the tag blank.  For example, all of little Tommy’s gift tags are Snowmen and all of Little Sara’s gift tags are Santa.
Make a note of what wrap or tag theme you are using for each person in a special private spot (like your planner) if you have a tendency to have memory lapses (like I do!).  It’s not as much fun to peek at someone else’s gifts as it is to spy your own.

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Simplify the Pictures AND Simplify the Cards

It’s the first week of December!  Would you like to be able to Simplify the Seasonal Portraits? Schedule the Christmas portraits and Address the Christmas Card Envelopes early. Early, as in, the first week of December (aka NOW!). It is ok if you “cheat” and have photo cards made which come with envelopes so that you don’t have to buy actual Christmas cards -- in that case, just make a list of card recipients.  You can go one step further and make labels if you're super savvy.  (Note:  If you are planning to write a Christmas Letter, or using specialty photo cards, keep that in mind for addressing envelopes.  You will not need card shaped envelopes.  You will need letter sized envelopes.  Wallet-sized photos will still fit nicely into letter sized envelopes.) 
I have actually found an online service that allows me to upload my own pictures to create original cards; upload my contacts; and send them all with a few clicks right from my computer!  It works great for me because there is less running around to the post office and to shops, and there are always enough cards to go around.

If you are a Christmas letter writer, get started!  December is upon us! 

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If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Simplify the Shopping 2013

Now let’s talk about Christmas shopping!!!!!!!! Could shopping possibly be a part of a Simplified Season? You betcha!!! And who doesn’t love shopping? I don’t mean the “sharpen your elbows, Black Friday, 3am” kind of shopping. Although if anyone can turn shopping into a contact sport those ladies sure can! If you are out there this weekend, have a great time!!!

My favorite thing about Christmas shopping is finding that PERFECT gift. The gift that you know that the receiver will open and love.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  It can be handmade. It can be extravagant.  It depends on your giving style AND the style of the one you are giving to.  Gifts should be a blessings.

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FIRST - Make a list of everyone for whom you will need to buy gifts.  Include family, friends, neighbors, clients, your child's favorite playmate, service people (school teachers, nursery workers, massage therapist, babysitters, hair dresser, the staff members at an office you frequent regularly, postal worker, barista, whoever!).  Even if the gift is "just" a plate of cookies, jot the person down.  Great!  So, my stress free friend, just by making the list of recipients, you may even get some gift ideas.  Hooray for you!  With just a little advanced planning, you are well on your way to a stress free Christmas Celebration. Do you HAVE to give gifts to all these people? NO!  They are just some ideas of people in your life you may want to show appreciation to during this time of year.

SECOND-Think about that list of people you just made. Do you have to buy gifts for people whom you hardly know? Whether it is a brother-in-law or a boss, this can be a daunting task. What are their hobbies, and favorite sports teams?  How do they spend their time? 

There are several sites which offer GIFT FINDERS to help you narrow down a personality, generate ideas for a gift, even purchase the gift (amazon.com and gifts.com – just to name two).

Are you a parent or a grandparent (or an aunt) looking for toys for the tot in your life?  Try the search features on Amazon, Target, or ToysRUs websites for age appropriate toy ideas.

Still no luck finding the gift you seek?  Get a gift card.  Make it personal.  Think about the recipient's tastes on this one.  For example, if the recipient is a luddite, a gift card for an electronic or computer store is probably not the best idea; however a restaurant gift card for that uncle who enjoys fine dining - a gift card to you aunt’s favorite boutique - some movie passes for the college student – a Netflix subscription and a box of microwave popcorn for the new parents - and a bookstore gift card for the reader whose favorite author will be releasing a book past your holiday celebration deadline – all great ideas. Simple pairings make them personal by adding on some simple and inexpensive “tags” - a bag coffee candy (or bag of Starbucks truffles) with a Starbucks card, a bookmark with a book store card, a box of movie candy with the movie card. Now you’re thinking outside of the gift card envelope!!

One more shot… and it’s a good one! 

Think about giving “clutter free” gifts. Instead of just giving one more generic bath set -- know the giftee. Find out if they have a favorite brand or scent and go with that. Novel concept?  You betcha!  Have I stepped on any toes yet?  Probably.  Sorry, we’re simplifying!!!  

Think about giving gifts of FOOD.  If you know a person enjoys something in particular.  What a great way to make someone’s holiday breakfast more simple than an easy muffin mix!

Experiential gifts are also a great way to keep the clutter at bay.  For a child: Seasonal Zoo, Water Park, or Theme Park passes really go a long way.  Whether it’s a date for your spouse, or a special day out with your favorite kiddo, even a round of mini golf or a night of pizza and ice cream are a great gift to give.  They cost little, other than time.  They don’t add to the clutter in your home.  They help you create happy memories with someone you love and WANT to spend time with. 

As a family, we love to be generous and give to others, especially during the holidays. We try to Simplify our Season by only purchasing a few gifts for our child. There are things that we would rather spend DOING with him than GIFTING (plastic toys) to him. We usually choose a small gift and a large gift.  I also use this time to set up traditions. He gets an ornament every year and Christmas/winter themed pajamas. Those are more things that I want him to have than things he would choose, so I do not consider them gifts. We have Christmas pictures taken or I spend time with him taking shots at a special place. We usually chose a charity to give to - adopting an angel from the angel tree or filling a shoe box for Samaritan’s Purse.

I have a friend who gives their children each three gifts as a reminder of the three gifts of the magi.

When you are shopping, keep in mind that you are going to stay the course and have a Simplified Season.  Keep your list updated and keep it handy while you shop.  That’s right! Take it with you.  You’re making a list and checking it twice here!  That’s how it is going to stay simplified.

One final note on shopping. Let’s not forget about on-line shopping to save time and gas money. This is especially great if you can find FREE SHIPPING options. Some sites (like Wal-Mart) will even let you ship to the store nearest you for free.  Happy Cyber Deals, my friends!

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.