How many times have you gone to the supermarket unprepared, spent more money than you intended and bought items you already had? If this relates to you, then read on. Here are 10 tips on getting organized for your trip to the supermarket.

1.    Plan your meals for the week on Saturday or Sunday and write down a healthy meal plan.
2.    Make a list for the market from your meal plan.
3.    Go through the closet & refrigerator and cross off anything on the list that you already have.
4.    Your food closet and refrigerator should be organized.This will avoid buying duplicates.
5.   Gather your coupons based on your list. (Keep coupons organized in a coupon holder).
6.   Once you are at the supermarket, you should not veer from the list.
7.   Go to the supermarket only once a week. 
8.   Stick to the list and the healthy meal plan and you may even lose weight!
9.   Never go to the market hungry!
10. Start a list for the following week. Keep it handy in the kitchen or office. Something may come to mind that you need or you just used the last of something, jot it on the list.

By being organized in the kitchen and planning ahead for the market, you are saving yourself time and money and who wouldn't like a little extra cash or more time in their day! 

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A few people have asked me, "What is it that you do?" Well, here is a list of everything that I can organize. If you don't see it listed, please ask, I may have left it out.

There are so many people I can help:
1.    Senior citizens that are downsizing.
2.    General organization in your home: closets, garages, basements, cabinets, home offices.
3.    When a loved one passes away, I can help you sort, toss, donate, pack, organize.
4.    Transitions- are you moving out of a parent's home, are you moving to a new home, renovating, are you having a baby?
5.    Are you selling your house and you are disorganized and can't show the house until you get organized?
6.    Paper management. Do you have stacks of mail? Are you always late paying your bills because you can't find them?
7.    Filing systems. Do you have one in place? If not, you should.
8.    Businesses: Can you see the top of your desk? Is there a filing system in place? Do you know where everything is in your office and if not, why?
9.    If you don't have time to organize and really don't want to be bothered with maintaining it, I can arrive once a month and maintain your organization.
10.  Time management.

If you have any questions, please call me 401-323-1165 or send me an email
kristin@organizinginri.com. I would love to talk to you!
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I hope you are enjoying my blogs so far!

This story is a perfect example of why you need to get organized! You will save money!! Who doesn't want to save money, or at least have extra money to shop?

Believe it or not, I have one drawer in my house that is not organized. It is this drawer below, and it is in my kitchen.
I looked at this drawer Sunday and wondered why I had never organized this drawer. I had a plan to organize it Sunday. I took measurements to make sure the drawer dividers that I was going to buy would fit. I basically knew what was in the drawer and what type of divider I would need to buy.

We went to Bed, Bath and Beyond. I had a bunch of 20% coupons and used them to buy bamboo dividers. We measured them at the store and picked sizes we knew would fit in the drawer.

We then went to Crate and Barrel because we had a gift certificate. We bought some great stuff! Then we proceeded to go over to the wall of utensils! We were picking out all kinds of utensils that we knew we didn't have, or so we thought. I saw an egg separator and I said "oooh we don't have an egg separator" . So we purchased it for $4.00, but what happens next is very important.

We arrived home and I was so excited to start organizing the drawer!! I took everything out of the drawer! What did I find while emptying the drawer? An egg separator. Really? Who needs 2 egg separators? Just the fact that I bought something that I already had made me a little upset. Could I return it? Yes, but it was only $4.00 and would I go out of my way to bring it back? Probably not.

If you have disorganized areas in your home, you probably have duplicate items in your home and are wasting money. How many times have you done this? This was only a $4.00 purchase, but if you continually do this because you really don't know what you actually have, how much money are you throwing away due to disorganization?

Here is the bamboo divider and the after pic!
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I was employed as an assistant practice manager and the practice manager's office was behind a glass wall situated across from my cubicle. On occasion she would yell to me and ask me if I knew where certain things were in her office. It was a Monday morning in December and she called to me from her office to ask me where a binder was that is usually in her office. I did not get up, I spoke to her from my cubicle and told her the binder is where it always is kept. She had shelves on the wall and all her binders were on the wall. This particular binder was on the wall with the rest of the binders. I assumed she knew where the binder was because it was where the other binders were kept. She continued to look for this binder and I continued to go about my work at my desk. About 10 minutes went by and she still couldn't find the binder. I got up, went into her office, went over to the shelves and saw the binder. It was clearly labeled. I said, "the binder is right here on the shelf where it is supposed to be". Well, I was mortified at the events that took place next. I was screamed at loud enough for my co-workers to hear, patients in the waiting room to hear and anybody that was on the other end of the phone at the time. You could hear a pin drop after she finished yelling at me. I was so embarrased.  
I didn't understand how I could get screamed at for somebody else's disorganization.

The point of my story is, do you  know where everything is at your desk? How long does it take you to find a file, phone number, or paperwork? If I came into your office and asked you to find a certain item, would you be able to tell me where it is in under 10 seconds? If not, you may need to re-evaluate your workstation. Think of how many minutes or hours are wasted trying to find things. Isn't work stressful enough?

If any of you are like me, you cannot live without your calendar. I have a desk calendar that sits on my desk at home. It is the calendar that looks like a journal and I leave it open on my desk. I also have a daily planner calendar for work and I have the calendar on my phone. Here is how I stay organized using them.

My desk calendar is for me and my husband. Here is the information that goes into this calendar:
1.    Medical appointments with the appointment card filed in the date of the appointment.
2.    Invitations filed in the date of the party.
3.    Bills that need to be paid are filed in the date that they are due.
4.    Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. are written in the calendar.
5.    Special cards that are bought ahead of time are filed on the day they are to be mailed.
6.    My husband's work schedule is written in the calendar.
7.    Any other important dates are written in the calendar.

My to do list is made off of this calendar, so I know exactly what needs to be done for the week ahead. It has never let me down and I have never missed paying a bill and never have I missed or double booked an appointment.

My daily planner calendar is used for all my work appointments. I carry this with me when I leave the house. I also transfer the important appointments from my desk calendar into here so I don't overlap appointments.

Finally, my phone calendar. I transfer work appointments and personal appointments into my phone. I rely on this calendar when I quickly need to glance at my schedule. I can pull it out at a moment's notice so I don't leave anybody waiting or tell them I have to call them back because I am not prepared.

If you are not using a calendar, I highly suggest you start using one. You don't have to use 3, this is what works for me. Buy a calendar that works for you and one that you know you will use. A calendar is a great way to start getting organized if you don't know where to begin.

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Any area in the house can become cluttered, EVEN the food closet.  When you open your food closet, do you know exactly what is in there when you open it? Is the food categorized with like items together? Whether you have a big family and have to keep a lot of food on hand or you have a small family and only need certain items on hand, anyone can follow these steps to organize the kitchen closet.

1.    Take everything out of the food closet. (YES EVERYTHING) When is the last time you did that?
2.    As you take food out, check for expiration dates. Throw out any expired food.
3.    You are going to start putting food back in according to categories and you will probaby find that you have duplicate items, condense these items.
4.    Start with baking goods, i.e, flour, baking soda, baking powder, confectionary sugar, etc. Store these products in a bin so when you are baking, you can just pull the bin out of the closet. Or you can store them on a shelf out of the bin, but keep items together. Whatever works for you.
5.    The other shelves will be organized to your liking, but keep in mind to keep food in the same categories together. It will be much easier to grab and go instead of standing in front of the closet searching for something.
6.     Store pastas, rice, pancake mix, flour, sugar, etc.  in seal tight containers and label them. They stay fresher this way. My favorite containers are Lock & Lock containers. QVC sells them, they are great!

Remember, you have to have a process and a system and it has to work for you and your family. If you don't have a process and a system, the closet will always go back to being disorganized. Do what works for you so you can maintain organization!!

As you continue to get organized, you will save so much precious time. All the time you save by being organized really adds up and will leave you with time to spend on the things that matter to you the most! Are you motivated to organize that kitchen closet? If you answered no, then you need to schedule an appointment with us and we will get you motivated, organized and energized!!

Welcome to my blog! I am so excited to announce that I have officially launched my professional organizing business. Once a week I will be blogging about organizing, organizing tips, favorite products, favorite stores to shop. I would love to get feedback from everybody and if anybody wants me to blog on a certain topic, please let me know and I would be happy to blog about it! "Like" me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter, and Connect with me on LinkedIn! Thank you to everybody who supported me through this process of starting my business. Thank you to my wonderful husband, Dave!! Without his support, I would not have been able to follow my dream of starting my own business.