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It Takes An “Organized” Community to Sponsor A Spelling Bee

I had the opportunity to serve on the CNAP (Crossings Nashville Action Partnership) committee that was organized to help them sponsor the 2014 Middle Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee.  This was a major undertaking in a short period of time for a relatively small community organization in Antioch, TN. However, as I reflect a week later (the Spelling Bee was held on March 15), I know that with the committed,  “fabulous” group of 30+ volunteers that served on the committee, anything was possible.

As an organizer of people’s homes, time and businesses, it was encouraging to watch and be part of a community organizing effort. Our Committee Chair and President of CNAP, Alma Sanford, is an amazing organizer who had a lot on her plate, but nothing fell off.  Alma presented her vast “to do list” and each member of the group decided what we needed to do.  For 13 weeks, the group came together to plan how we could help make one Middle Tennessee student very happy,  after their hard work to get to the Regional Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to Ben Kulas  (and his family) who will represent Middle Tennessee in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Please go to the CNAP website –  http://www.cnapnashville.org/ – to enjoy the photos from the event and see the fruit of our labor. To find out more about the Scripps Spelling Bee, go to  http://www.spellingbee.com/.

Thanks to the “caring, committed” community of Antioch, TN and the “education-focused” organization of CNAP,  I have an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! And lots of great new friends!

EP’s Quick Organizing Tip

Contain school paper clutter.

Choose a sturdy container such as a plastic organizing bin.  Place folders in the bin labeled “art” and “classwork.” Teach your child to file the papers away when they bring them home. This system should contain papers from the school year for several years. At the end of each year, you and your child can review all the papers and decide which to keep or discard. Or perhaps, you can pass some of them along to grandmothers.

School papers unorganized

School papers unorganized

School papers organized

School papers organized

What To Do With Miscellaneous Stuff When Decluttering Your Home

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I’m decluttering a client’s home,  often we find old or unused medications. You’ve been told not to flush down them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. What exactly do you do with them? I was at the Vehicle Registration office and was happy to see a Medicine Disposal Kiosk.

We use to be able to get rid of the old TVs at the local charitable thrift stores, but not anymore. Some of us have recycling services at our homes or in a central location in our neighborhoods, however, you are limited as to the items you can recycle. So what do you do with other stuff like old electronics, mattresses, hard drives from computers, etc..  After an Internet search, I found this Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Public Works Department “Nashville Area Recycling Service Providers” pdf:

http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/pw/docs/recycle/Recycling_Service_Providers.pdf

 Nashville area residents, check it out! Most likely, other cities will offer a similar publication.  Just go to your  ‘ .gov ‘ website and conduct a search for recycling service providers.

Hopefully, this will be a resource you’ll be able to utilize often, and you’ll probably never have to wonder what to do with some of that stuff that’s in your closet, garage or junk room anymore.

If you got other resources or tips on how to get rid of miscellaneous stuff, please drop me a comment.

Pretty and Practical Organizing Products

Big Lots fabulous find

Found at Big Lots

Everything A $ Store Find

Everythings A $ Store Find

Shopping for items to organize a client’s space is one business task I enjoy more than the bookkeeping. When a client hires me, I’ll request that they do not purchase any organizing or storage products before we start the job. The reason is that most often, what you need is already in your home. It may take a creative mind to see how to reuse an item for organizing, such as repurposing a small bookshelf into a storage unit to hold towels and toiletries in a small bathroom. However, after the clutter is cleared, you may have to purchase some things. It’s important to include organizing and storage products in your budget when you plan to organize your space.

 

When I saw these cute storage bins at Big Lots, I thought one could be put in an entry closet to hold hats, gloves, scarves and other items you would store in an entry closet. Or,  perhaps you have a small child and one could be used as a dresser to hold underwear items. It’s hard to find a dresser for $29.99 and it can be repurposed as the child grows.  I went to the Everything’s A Dollar Store to stock up on things that I may need at a spur of the moment, such as sympathy cards and cheap batteries.  I found they had many shelves stocked with organizing items. These little silver and black bins could hold hair bands in the bathroom or paper clips in the home office. The best thing is that the items I saw were very practical and only $1.00!

When I attended a workshop last year, I met Teauna Upshaw, Independent Director for Thirty One Gifts in Nashville, TN. She recently sent me a .pdf that had organizing products to create a wonderful home office space. I wanted to redesign my office immediately!  Their products are a little bit more than Big Lots or the Everything’s A Dollar Store but if you have the budget, I’m sure you’ll find something you like so I’m sharing the .pdf and their website:

January Customer Special 2013 .pdf: ThirtyOne catalog January Customer Special 2013

Teauna’s website:  www.mythirtyone.com/43484 .

When you’re shopping, take a look around to see if you can find pretty and practical organzing and storage products and let me know what you find. I could use a little help with my shopping task.

“Yes, Virginia, there is an Organizing Santa Claus.”

Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, when you’re shopping for gifts for Christmas, you probably question, what do you get the person who has everything – I mean everything because they never get rid of anything! Why not become an Organizing Santa Claus and give the gift of organizing and you will probably hear the recipient sing “The Twelve Days of Organizing.” Never heard of that song? Here are the lyrics, song to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Enjoy!

On the 1st day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Organized files on my PC

On the 2nd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 3rd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 4th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 5th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 6th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 7th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 8th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 9th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 10th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 11th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 12th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Twelve storage drawers,  Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC.

Written by Delores Holland, November 2012

 

The Holiday Organizer!

At this time of the year, going into the fall season, several of my passions collide–organizing, cardmaking, thrift store finds to decorate for the holidays, and shopping for Christmas gifts. I found this  99 cents Holiday Organizer in a thrift store that started me on my merry little way of organizing my holiday tasks. Although it isn’t quite functional for my needs, as designers say, “It had good bones.” It is small enough to fit into my purse, has pockets and an address book. So, with the help of a great website I am sharing with you here, Christmasplanner.com, I re-created my great little find into what works for me.

I didn’t have to completely reinvent the wheel.  It’s only partially handmade. It’s not perfect, but it works for me!

Before: It had pockets labeled ‘Receipts’. The next page had the headings   – Name, Year,  Wish List and Purchased. 

Before:  The address book pages had columns for 5 Years, Sent and Received check boxes.

After:  I made simple changes to the pockets by re-labeling most of them.   I’ll put my handmade Christmas cards in some pockets and Coupons in one pocket so I won’t have to search for my coupons while shopping. I kept one pocket labeled, Receipts, so I can keep up with my budget. On the website above, I found a Christmas Gift Planner Sheet that I liked. I reduced it and pasted it to the ‘Name/Year’ page. It has a little more detail.

 

After: I changed the Years from past years to 2012 through 2016.

 

 

 

 

Viola!  A Holiday Planner I can use for several years made in just a few minutes.  By the way, here’s the link to the Christmas Gift Planner template (in pdf format) I found on the website:

http://www.christmasplanner.com/money-saving-christmas-gift-planner.

I would be delighted if you’d share how you plan and organize your holidays.  Happy holiday planning!