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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!!

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Declutter And Organize Your Holiday Gift Cards

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You probably never thought about decluttering and organizing gift cards, but come this holiday season, you could very well be up to your ears in those small, yet valuable, plastic nuggets of joy.

Luckily, Perezitos.com correspondent and organizing expert John Trosko has some wonderful tips to help you keep them all organized. The last thing you want is to lose a gift card!

John says:

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Save Your Change To Save More Money

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No matter what shape the economy is in, everyone will ALWAYS be worried about their finances.

With your time and money in mind, professional organizer and FitPerez contributor John Trosko has a priceless idea for anyone looking to find a little extra holiday cash this year — save your change!

Yes, it's that easy! There is approximately $10 billion worth of spare change laying around America, so make sure you don't let your fair share go to waste, as John explains:

At any one time, approximately $10 billion worth of change is sitting idle in American homes through piggy banks, pickle jars, and unknowingly dropped in sofa cushions, junk drawers, under beds, stuck between car seats and in suit jackets.

Collect that lose change and forget about sorting, rolling and counting it all yourself. Save time this holiday season by having your local self-service coin collection machine automatically do the dirty work. The machines (aptly named Coinstar, CoinMax, Penny Arcade) are located inside local grocery and drug stores, credit unions, banks and selected Starbucks nationwide.

Bring them your bags or jars and simply pour the coins into the counter. Once processed, the machines issue a voucher to turn in at the retail register. While there's a fee (9.8%) if you insist on cash back, you'll save a lot of time not having to roll coins yourself.

Here’s a money saving tip: Save the counting fees entirely by opting for a gift card from national retail brands, an eCertificate for online purchases or you can even choose to donate your counted coins to charity.

What have you done with your spare change? Tweet your answersto @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA.

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EXCLUSIVE: Clutter-Free Gift Ideas For Mom!

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It's tempting to go out shopping and find as many bargains you can this Black Friday.

But Perezitos.com correspondent and organizing expert John Trosko has a better idea:

Gobble Down Black Friday Clutter-Free Gifts For Mom

According to the annual Black Friday shopping survey from The National Retail Federation, over 152 MILLON people are expected to shop in stores or online this coming weekend. Will you be one of them?

Before you head out into the frenzy to shop for gifts, consider giving thoughtful clutter-free gifts this year. Clutter-free gifts are gifts from the heart; offerings that are healthy, consumable, imaginative and not necessarily budget-busting. Think how you can gussy up the presentation of clutter-free gifts with bows, ribbons, nice boxes and wrapping paper.

· Neighbors, distant friends, business associates and colleagues –Try consumable gifts; homemade cookies, fruit or jam you canned personally, car wash coupons;
· Close friends and family – Consider gifting them with “experiences” and not stuff. A membership to the local museum, pottery, scrapbooking or horticulture club is thoughtful. Or a trial membership to Curves gym (if they won’t be offended) or a circus school program
· Kids – Theme park admission, circus tickets, science center membership, an arcade or family entertainment center gift card.

Window shopping quickly turns into impulse purchases. To avoid clutter avoid in-store shopping to get gift ideas and do not buy gifts for future gifting. Listen to gift-giving clues and make sure the item given is relevant to the person receiving it. Nobody likes a turkey (gift).

Keep it a happy, safe, and clutter-free holiday season!

For more tips or if you have any questions, follow John's Twitter at @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA.

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