Organize Your Vehicle

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Tanya

So many of us now use our vehicles for more than an occasional drive. We transport our children to school, games, clubs; we travel for our own work; and, we take vacations in our vehicles.

One way to make all of these activities less stressful is to be prepared for many needs that may arise. Here are a few things I keep in my glove compartment and/or console that make my travels more productive:

  • Paper and pen – for taking down mileage or quick notes (not while driving!)
  • Scissors – to cut off tags from new purchases or strings off clothes
  • Lint roller – perfect to get those hairs and fuzz off your clothes
  • Wipes and napkins – to clean up spilled drinks and wipe hands off after pumping gas
  • Extra pair of sunglasses – someone always needs these, especially the driver
  • Umbrella – don’t get caught without one!
  • Trash bag – keep one in your car (front and back) to make it easy for everyone to use
  • Bag – to collect all those things you really need to take into the house
  • Crate for trunk – store first aid kit, shopping bags, items to return to town, dry cleaning…

Make it a habit to keep these items accessible to reduce your stress while traveling! Just another idea to help you with

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ICE – In Case of Emergency

Posted on February 15, 2012 by Tanya

Now that most everyone has a mobile phone and we are more mobile, it is imperative that you take precautions. One simple thing you can do is to record your “ICE” number. In this case, ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. Record the number of your emergency contact like this: ICE – John Roberts. This way, if you are in an accident, emergency personnel can quickly find who to contact on your behalf. Most EMTs know to look for the “ICE” contact in your phone.

Keep all the important numbers in your phone to reduce your stress, too. Here are some suggestions: physician, insurance provider, home and auto insurance agent, credit card contacts, locksmith, towing company, trusted friends as well as family. Your ability to find these contacts quickly will provide you with great peace of mind just when you need it most!

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Calendar Organization — Paper or Digital?

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Tanya

We all need a calendar of some sort to keep our lives organized. Whether it is doctor’s appointments, scheduled holidays or meetings, we need a way to manage the information. Many of us have moved from paper calendars to digital calendars. Others cannot seem to let go of the paper form, and perhaps with good reason.

Paper calendars are tangible; we can feel them, see them and they cannot just delete information as a computer might do. Also, they are great for using stickers as reminders or appointment “cards”; you can paper clip other papers to the calendar and many include places for notes, addresses and even pockets to put papers, pens, and clips. These paper calendars can be quite functional and if you are a visual person, being able to see the day, week or month at a glance may be just what you need.

Paper calendar and bright tape to organize your weeks & months. From the Take Two They’re Small blog.

Digital calendars are fabulous, too! They are easy to integrate into your smart phone and will remind you of upcoming events. If you are one who uses webinars or has conference calls, digital calendars are great for linking back to the original email invitation where the link and information is stored. Also, from these email invitations, you can directly add the appointment to your calendar with just a few clicks.

Chalkboard Wall Calendar from Martha Stewart

Chalkboard Wall Calendar from Martha Stewart (click image for source)

Regardless of what system seems to work best for you, find one that fits your life, your style and you will use. If paper is still more comfortable, don’t try to go digital. Do what works for you and you will use. Otherwise, there is no purpose in keeping any calendar at all.

Any calendar will help you with getting your ducks in a row.

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Organizing Your Mail — Snail and Digital

Posted on February 11, 2012 by Tanya

Here is a simple way to make sure you handle your mail as it comes in. In other words, this is how you can stay organized with all that paper that comes into your house every day.

Snail Mail

  • Keep a plastic grocery bag on a door handle where it is easy to fill with recyclables
  • As you come in the house immediately put all junk mail in the recycle bag
  • Open all bills and recycle the envelopes and any inserts
  • Shred any inserts with personal information
  • Put only the bill with the envelope in one stack
  • Put a return address label and stamp on each envelope
  • Write the due date on the envelope next to the stamp


Digital Mail

  • As emails come in, immediately delete any junk emails or chain emails
  • If you know you don’t want to receive any, go ahead and unsubscribe
  • Create mail box folders to store emails you want to keep for reference later
  • Create folders for incoming mail so it is automatically “filed”
  • Answer any emails you can do so quickly and delete from your In box


These processes are easy to do and a must if you are going to get and remain organized. The habit of sorting this way will come in time; soon you will realize how much simpler your bill paying becomes and how much cleaner your counter becomes.

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