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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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