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Reward Being Organized!

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The Academy Awards have come and gone but one thing they've taught us is that awards can really motivate and provide incentive.

When you're planning on clearing out your closet, or the basement also plan on some sort of award (or reward) system that appropriately recognizes the time you've put in (the larger the project or task, the bigger the reward). Use the reward to keep you focused and accomplish the job.

Examples of rewards could be a manicure/pedicure, massage, yoga lessons, a healthy treat at the coffee house, or even a new pair of shoes. If you and your family are planning this winter to organize a spring garage sale, establish a reward goal with them for what you'll do with proceeds from the sale. A family dinner out, movie night and a weekend camping trip are a great way to reward your family for working together.

Tweet your thoughts and challenges to @johntrosko or visit John Trosko’s blog OrganizingLA! If U’ve got questions, he’s got answers — and if U wanna more about reward tips OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

Organizing Check Off Lists Put Moms in Motion This Holiday!

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With the holidays here moms will no doubt inherit more chores, shopping, wrapping, hosting, decorating and seasonal entertaining in addition to regular daily household tasks. That’s why it’s essential to get organized and make use of list-making for the holidays. Lists help to:

• Save time by using the lists year after year;
• Save money and not go over budget;
• Decrease overwhelm by breaking larger tasks into smaller ones;
• Allow you to share the lists with family and see how they’d like to contribute;
• Make you s-l-o-w down and articulate your plans;
• Lessen the fear that you will forget something.

Re-usable lists are most effective for short-term deadline driven events like a holiday dinner. Samples of check off lists could include:

• Holiday menu list;
• Shopping lists for food and beverage;
• Party guest list (names, numbers, emails);
• What is needed to prepare your guest bedroom;
• Cleaning, home maintenance and repair tasks;
• Décor and tabletop ideas;
• List of potluck participants and their dishes;
• Store shopping sales and items to purchase (Black Friday deals).

Save your lists for next season and build on them–imagine how much time you’ll save next year by just altering the prior year’s lists. Congratulate yourself for mastering the muck, and relax knowing you’ll spend more time enjoying family and friends this holiday season (if that’s what you want!)

Tweet your thoughts and challenges to @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA! If U’ve got questions, he’s got answers — and if U wanna more about holiday resifting OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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6 Tips For Organizing Holiday Re-Gifting

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At one time or another we’ve all received holiday gifts given to us with good intentions yet didn’t really work for our taste. Unwanted gifts clutter up the house or office while we figure out what to do with the gift. Guilt and fear paralyze us into keeping gifts we don’t want or need.

Re-gifting is becoming a perfectly acceptable social practice. In a recent survey, when asked if it is okay to receive a re-gifted item, 83% of survey respondents said yes. So if you are now considering re-gifting this holiday season, use these 6 tips as guidelines when re-gifting:

1. Gift packaging and contents must be in excellent condition;

2. Remove old tape remnants and re-wrap the gift in new wrapping paper;

3. Only give the gift to someone who will appreciate and use it;

4. Make sure all the pieces (puzzles, toys) are intact and unbroken;

5. Never re-gift unsold garage sale merchandise; fruit cakes, gift cards with partially used balances
and nothing monogrammed.

6. Keep track of who gave you the gift; don’t mistake giving it back to them!

Re-gifting is a great way to declutter your space and get organized, to be environmentally conscious by recycling and reusing and helps to keep your budget down. So go ahead and celebrate this season and re-gift, re-gift, re-gift! Santa approves.

Tweet your thoughts and challenges to @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA! If U’ve got questions, he’s got answers — and if U wanna more about holiday resifting OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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Organize Your Holiday Menus & Save Time!!

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The holidays revolve around family, friends, food and fun. But let's face it, organizing, shopping and preparing a holiday feast is enough to turn someone into a big crab when you're supposed to be enjoying yourself. If you serve a traditional holiday dinner time after time why not turn the shopping and menu into a science and document favorite family holiday dinners? Make a list on your computer or smart phone and name the file "Holiday Meals." Update the document and print it out next year. You can even make a list of menu items to organize ahead of time or delegate to extra help to lighten the load.

Remember too, you can spend a lot of time preparing an extravagant meal, or something bare-bones. The idea is to find a happy place when something simpler would do—the choice is yours. But nobody wants to be eating leftovers for an eternity!

What is your favorite short-cut or time saving tip for holiday meal planning, shopping or cooking?

Tweet your thoughts and challenges to @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA! If U’ve got questions, he’s got answers — and if U wanna more about holiday menus OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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Avoid Food & Drink Disasters During Holiday Entertaining

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Food and drink spills during holiday parties are inevitable but it’s important to remove them quickly without embarrassment and without stopping the merriment. Be organized by creating a “grab-and-go spill kit” ahead of time, containing all the essentials to wipe, scrape, blot and soak mishaps and mischief. Store your kit away from the kitchen; a family member or helpful guest can be on stain removal patrol without having to interrupt cooking or hunt under the sink.

Stain-removal caddy kit – the basics:

· Large plastic supply caddy with handle

· Spray bottle filled with water

· Mini glass bottle of club soda

· Household salt (to soak up excess wine and oils)

· Butter knife (for wax and gum removal)

· Toothbrush (for dry stains)

· White flour sacks (for stain blotting)

· A multi-purpose stain fighting product you prefer (OxyClean, Vinegar, Stain Stick, etc.)

· A brush and dustpan (for broken dishes or glass)

A great stain removal resource to turn to would be the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) website which lists every kind of stain and how to get rid of them!

What is your favorite stain removal tip for holiday parties? Tweet your thoughts and challenges to @johntrosko or visit John Trosko's blog OrganizingLA! If U’ve got questions, he’s got answers — and if U wanna more about spot removal OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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EXCLUSIVE: Making Room For The New Toys Before Christmas

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Q & A with Perezitos.com correspondent and organizing expert John Trosko!

Perezcious reader Catherine asks:

My toy storage and playroom have become a disorganized disaster. Christmas is coming. More toys are surely on their way to make it worse. Do you have any toy organizing advice for managing the mountain?

John suggests "rotating toys." He says:

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Tips To Get Your Office Organized!

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With many of us spending 40 or more hours a week at work, their office is almost a second home and nobody wants a messy home (unless you've appeared on A&E's Hoarders)!

Consider using the holiday downtime this year at work to tidy up, as professional organizer and FitPerez contributor John Trosko explains:

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