Declutter and Organize Holiday Decorations Now

Declutter and Organize Holiday Decorations Now

I appeared on the Fox 32 Good Day Chicago Christmas Special on Christmas morning and shared tips to declutter and organize holiday decorations after the holidays. In case you missed it, I wanted to give you all the details here. Read to the end and find the link to download my tips. After the holidays is a perfect time to get organized. Start now – declutter and organize holiday decorations before storing them away! Holiday decorations hold special meaning. Preserve these memories by creating order for these treasures to enjoy now and for future generations. Before packing away your decorations, here’s a simple idea to make decorating easier next year. Take photos of the decorations you have set up. Next year, use your photos as a guide for decorating and save yourself time and energy! Declutter and Organize Holiday Decorations Declutter and organize holiday decorations using these simple tips. If you want to put this off till next year when taking out your decorations, think again! Time is always in short supply before the holidays, right? You’ll save time, energy, and frustration by tackling this project now. Your future self will thank you! Tip #1 – Declutter Declutter decorations you no longer use, want, or cherish. This clutter just gets in the way. Decorations you can declutter include: Decorations you no longer enjoy Decorations you avoid using year after year Anything broken, worn out, or beyond repair if you know you won’t fix Emotional attachments make this hard. Consider donating items that can be used. Ask family members to choose any they’d like to own. But toss anything that is broken or...
2016 Save Your Photos Open House

2016 Save Your Photos Open House

2016 Save Your Photos Open House and Scanning Event Plan to join me at this FREE 2016 Save Your Photos Open House and Scanning Event. Learn tips on how to organize, back up, preserve, and restore your printed and digital photos. Registration is open now at SaveYourPhotosStCharles2016. BONUS – Bring 50 photos to this event and your photos will be scanned for FREE! Original photos will be returned to you by the end of the event. Photos must be clean, flat and no larger than 8″x10″. A link to download your photos will be emailed to you within 2 weeks. Free scanning limited to the first 25 people to attend or as time permits. Open House and Scanning Event Saturday, September 17, 2016 Drop in between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. St. Charles Public Library (Huntley Room) 1 S 6th Ave, St Charles IL 60174 REGISTER TODAY! CLASSES ON THE HALF HOUR 1:00 ABCs of Photo Organizing – Laurie Neumann 1:30 Backup Solutions for Your Photos – Carolyn Burnham 2:00 Preserving and Restoring Photos – Patrick McGleam 2:30 ABCs of Photo Organizing – Laurie Neumann 3:00 Backup Solutions for Your Photos – Carolyn Burnham 3:30 Preserving and Restoring Photos – Patrick McGleam Brought to you by: Carolyn Burnham – Burnham Creative Group Laurie Neumann – The Innovative Organizer, LLC Patrick McGleam – McGleam Studios Quality Photo Restoration For more tips and inspiration, take the pledge to save your photos at www.saveyourphotos.org. Registration requested but not required During Save Your Photos month, over 75 events are scheduled in 5 countries and online. Find one near you here: Event...
Save Your Photos Month

Save Your Photos Month

September is Save Your Photos Month! Join me and take the pledge to Save Your Photos. I’ve taken the pledge and am committed to spending some extra time working on preserving my family’s photos.Just go to SaveYourPhotos.org click on the blue TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW button. Read on to find out why.   Why take the Save Your Photos Pledge? September is Save Your Photos month. By taking the pledge, you’ll receive daily emails for 30 days in September with actionable tips to help you get your photos organized. Even if September has already started, you can still receive all of the tips. There’s no better way to get started! Save Your Photos Month is an international initiative for those who appreciate that every life is a story worth preserving and sharing. Save Your Photos month was created to help people safeguard their treasured photos BEFORE a disaster strikes. A fire, flood, tornado, computer failure, theft, or lost or broken phone can wipe out years of memories. Don’t let this happen to you or your family. Start today by taking the pledge to Save Your Photos! Are you ready to get started? To get 30 Days of Photo Organizing Tips emailed to you, sign up here. Need more resources? For all of September, I’ll share these tips on The Innovative Organizer Facebook page. Also, check out our new Facebook page: Save Your Photos-Chicagoland. You’ll find more tips, articles from other photo organizers, and information about events happening around the Chicago area. I am co-hosting a Save Your Photos Open House and Scanning event in St. Charles on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Interested? Click here to...
How To Get Relief From Clutter

How To Get Relief From Clutter

Are you afraid to let go of things? Fear can really hold you back from letting go of your clutter. Click the play button below to listen as I discuss how to get relief from clutter during an interview on the Organize Mindfully podcast. In this 30 minute audio, you will learn how my RELIEF process can help you declutter and organize any space in your home or office. I briefly touch on one of the most important things that gets put off, family photos and movies. I love getting these treasures back into peoples’ lives! I also share my favorite internet resource, app, book recommendations, and the best advice I ever received. Like what you hear? Get more resources by requesting my free report, Tips for a More Organized and Productive Year. Click here to receive your...

How to Clean Out Closets and Make Money Too

Do your kids outgrow their clothes before they wear them out? Looking for a way to clean out closets and make money too? Not a fan of garage sales, I’ve discovered an easy way to sell kids’ outgrown clothes online. I’d like to share how to sell your unneeded items on Swap.com. If you haven’t heard of Swap.com, it is the largest online consignment store for kids’ items. They also consign toys, maternity, and women’s clothing. Swap.com makes it easy to sell or swap your items. It’s far easier than holding a garage sale and you’re likely to sell your items for more money. Because they have strict acceptance criteria, items sold on Swap.com are in great condition. Money earned selling your items can be used to purchase other items or deposited into a PayPal account. If you prefer, you can swap your items for other items. I donate most of my teenage son and daughter’s outgrown clothes. Recently, we had some outgrown clothes that were in great condition so I decided to use Swap.com. Using Swap.com’s simple process, I shipped the clothes to Swap.com. The clothes were photographed and listed on Swap.com. All I had to do was set the sales price. Swap.com’s sales fee is just $1 plus 20% of the selling price. And it is so easy to do! My niece had several bags of her daughter’s outgrown clothes and a number of infant toys. She had tried garage sales and other online sales sites without much success. What she was able to sell did not sell for much money at all. Then I introduced my niece to Swap.com. After helping...

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