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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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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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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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Get More Time In Your Life By Getting Organized

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It's not quite time for your New Year's resolution yet, but with an hour lost in time and winter quickly approaching, it's not a bad idea to start reorganizing your life!

John Trosko, a professional organizer and blogger, is here to offer some simple tips that can not only make your life a little easier, but save you precious time during your busy daily schedule!

Night arrives earlier this week. The change in time signals an hour of less sunlight. This means we’ll all want to find ways do more in less time and cram more into daylight. A great way to gain more time in your home, work and school is to look at your daily routines and find simple ways to improve them.

A routine is something you do the same way every day without ever really thinking about it, it’s just the way you tackle a chore (brush your teeth, make breakfast for the kids, walk the dog). This November, the next two weeks are important to the Thanksgiving holiday. I challenge you to take a look at your daily routines and unearth small subtle ways to improve or add to them. Follow these tips and you’ll squeeze out a bit more time each day. What could you accomplish if you had an extra hour in your day?

- Wash your breakfast dish before leaving for school or work (so you’ll return home to a clean sink);

- Always make your bed as soon as you get out of it;

- Adopt a weekly schedule of filling your gas tank. “I always get gas on Thursday so I am ready to GO for the weekend”;

- Plan for the morning the night before (choose your clothes, unpack and repack your gym or school bag, make lunch);

- Don’t walk the dog; exercise the dog….commit to a specified walk time or distance that is a work-out for the both of you;

- Pack a healthy snack in your work or school bag (so late-day temptation does not make you grab something you know you shouldn’t);

- Use a bowl or hook to hold your keys (so you’ll save a few minutes searching for them);

- Place a recycling receptacle inside the front door for junk mail (don’t let it come past the door);

- Wear shoes in the house (and not slippers) while doing chores (signaling it’s “work” time);

- Store your TV remove in an attractive canister or box or just switch to one Universal device;

- Do it now, or do it later? Tackle projects that will take 2-minutes or less and just do them!

A few simple tweaks to your daily routine can make a big difference. Remind yourself how good you feel when you are more in control. Effective routines mean more “you” time!

What are some of your small habits you’ve changed or tweaked to gain more time each day? Tweet your November super time savers to @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA.

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