How long does it take for you to find a brush or makeup? Is your blush mixed in with your eyeshadows? Are your lipsticks mixed in with your facial cleanser? Do you waste time searching for items? Maybe it's time to organize your makeup.

Follow these 5 simple steps to get organized.

1. If you have been following my blogs, you know the first step is to always take EVERYTHING out of the area you are organizing. Get all your makeup, brushes and cleansers and  bring them over to a table.
2. Start itemizing and categorizing. Put all your brushes together. Itemize your blushes, eyeshadows, lipsticks, and cleansers. Keep eveything in categories on the table.
3. Throw out any old makeup or brushes .
4. Look at what you have and now purchase containers to match what you have. Measure your drawers and try to maximize and make the most of your space. The biggest mistake people make is purchasing containers before they actually know what they have. Now that you can see everything you own, make a list of containers you would like to purchase that will best fit your products.
5. Once you have purchased your containers and have put the makeup and brushes in them, sit back and know you will be able to find everything quickly and won't waste time searching for items.

Re-visit and re-organize your make-up every 6 months. A great reminder would be to do it when the seasons change.

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It is winter in Rhode Island and many people are escaping to warmer climates.  Time to take out the summer clothes and start packing. Packing can be stress free for you and
your family if you prepare and plan ahead. Start planning about 2 weeks before you go on your trip.

Here are 8 tips to help with the process.

1. Start a couple of weeks before by making a list and categorizing the list. Make a list for each family member. Have categories like toiletries, bathing suits, underwear, clothes, socks, shoes, outfits, hair and makeup products, accessories, etc. Keep passports, tickets, and any information
about the trip with your list in one designated spot in your home. 
2. Next to each category write in what you need to pack, for  instance, under toiletries write everything you need to pack from your toothbrush to hand wipes. Next category may be bathing suits, jot down how many bathing suits you need to bring and which ones, and then continue with the list. Plan ALL of your outfits. List everything, because that item that you think you will remember and don't write down is the item you are going to forget to pack.

3. Make a separate list of all the toiletries, magazines, etc.  you need to buy and purchase them a week ahead.

4. Once the packing list is complete, keep the list handy so you can jot down any items you may have forgotten.

5. A few days before, not the night before, refer to your list and pull everything from your list, except the items you use on a daily basis. 

6. Keep toiletries, magazines, phone chargers, and anything important in your carry-on bag. As I get samples of products throughout the year I keep them in a spot in my closet. When it is time for a trip, I grab the samples and bring them along with my trial size products. They take up less room and usually use them entirely while on the trip. You will have more room on the way home for other things you may have purchased when you were on your trip.

7. A couple of nights before fold everything so it is as small as possible. Utilize space between your shoes, roll small items and put into your shoes or in the spaces between your shoes. Utilize EVERY inch of the suitcase. 
 8. The night before be sure everything is packed except what you need that morning to get ready. After using those items, store them into your carry-on. Put all information you need for your trip with your luggage.

File your packing list and use it as a guide for future trips. Follow these tips or tweak them to make them work for you.  The morning of the trip you won't be rushing around trying to find things you forgot to pack. You can relax that morning knowing you are all prepared for you trip! 


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Where do you keep your take-out menus? Are they in random drawers, cabinets or thrown in random spots in the house? How about when you are at work and nobody in the office can find that take-out menu for the food you are craving. Do you always forget after the fact that you had a coupon to use? 

Follow these simple tips on how to create a binder to hold all of your take-out menus and you will never go crazy again searching for those menus and coupons.

I'm sure you will make the person who calls in the lunch orders at work very happy if you apply these tips at the office, too!

1.    Take a look around your home/office and gather all the take out menus and coupons that correspond with those menus.
2.    Count how many menus you have.
3.    Go to your local office supply store and purchase:
        *Binder big enough to hold all your menus.
        *Clear plastic inserts to slide your menus into.
        *Folders to hook in the binders or coupon holders to insert in the binder.
        *3-hole punch if you don't already have one.
        *Tabs to label the categories of menus.
4.    Once you get all the supplies, decide how you want to organize the menus. Do you want to organize by type of restaurant, food, proximity to house, restaurants that deliver, etc. Remember, the system has to work for you and your household.
5.    Place the menus into the clear plastic holders flat so you can read the menus.
6.    If you have coupons to a particular restaurant, put a folder or coupon holder behind the menu. When you flip to see the restaurants, the coupons will be with the restaurant. You will never forget you have coupon again.
7.    Once your menus and coupons are all in place you can set up your tabs.
8.  Finishing touches. Label the outside cover and side of binder.
9.   File with your cookbooks or find a spot that will be easy to grab when you are
deciding to call for take out.

You can make your binder as pretty or as generic as you like. The key is to having everything in one spot to grab when you need it. You'll never have 10 menus to the same restaurant again. No more running around the house or at the office trying to find where your favorite menu is hiding. 

Bon Appetit! Mangia!

Organize! Energize!


I was on a drawer organizer kick this past week. For those of you who follow me on Social Media know what I am talking about. If you are thinking about moving forward with getting organized, organizing a drawer is the best way to ease into the process.

Do you waste time searching through your drawers looking for items? Do you rifle through your junk drawer looking for a paper clip? How long does it take you to find your favorite hair accessory or necklace?

Drawer organizers are very inexpensive and you can even make your own from recycled items. It's that simple. Once you have drawer organizers in place you will breathe a sigh of relief that you have your items at your fingertips when you need them and you won't be wasting precious time.

Don't purchase or make your drawer organizers until you actually know what you have in your drawers.
Here are 5 tips to organize your drawers:
1.    Empty out your drawers. Take EVERYTHING out of them.
2.    Figure out what you are going to keep in the drawers. You may find out that you really don't need certain items in that drawer.
3.    Place all like items together and in categories.
4.    Now that you have everything in categories and itemized, you can figure out what type of organizer you need.
5.    Purchase or make an organizer that will fit what you have. This will allow you to maximize space and make the most out of your drawer.

Keep this in mind. Working with your hands for even a few minutes helps to clear the mind.

Again start small with organizing your drawers and then you will be ready to move onto bigger areas! Have fun during the process and think about how much more free time, more energy, and less stress you are going to have once you are organized.

Organize! Energize!