Posted on Feb 24 2012 - 11:30am by Tim Eyre
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As parents with a playroom for our kids, my wife and I are happy, carefree beings walking on clouds. Right? Sure! Having a well-used playroom is good for the rest of the house, but what about keeping the playroom organized? I firmly believe in that old saying about a place for everything and everything in its place. Sure, the playroom is a fluid environment. Things...

The world of stuffed animals keeps getting more complex. In addition to the beloved teddy bear, kids today can cherish a stuffed animal of almost any type – from a blue-footed booby to a Pekingese! And don’t forget the cartoon and movie characters. It’s easy to get nervous as your child’s stuffed animal collection grows, and there’s good...

If you exceed an airline’s limits for weight, size or quantity of bags, you could end up paying sky-high fees. Skip the fees by planning ahead, allowing you to fly the friendly skies and still have funds to spend on fun stuff, like riding a bike down a volcano in Maui. Yes, you can do that. Baggage weight and size limits vary among airlines, and may differ depending on whether you’re flying first class, business class or economy. Policies may also differ between domestic and international flights. Check the luggage policies...

Posted on Feb 17 2012 - 10:44am by Joshua Zerkel
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Boosting your productivity (by my definition, getting more of the right things done), doesn’t have to be a big, complex, or lengthy process. Rather, you’re better off doing a few small things, one at a time, that all add up to a big result. Here’s a few easy ways to get started on the road towards major productivity gains: Get rid of what you don’t...

The prices of groceries are surging. This past September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that retail grocery prices had risen 6.3% from the previous year. Many are suggesting that the current trend will raise grocery prices another 4% or more. There hasn’t been inflation like this since the 1970s. (source: WSJ) If you keep in mind that each percentage...

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid stepping inside a drugstore or almost any store in the last two months, then the Valentine’s Day reminder may not have been pounded obtrusively into your head. While some of us tend to think of Valentine’s Day as a made-up holiday, it actually has extensive historical roots, and they may as well be thorny roots...

Growing up, when Valentine’s Day rolled around, everyone would pull out the red and pink construction paper, heart-shaped doilies, paste and markers. If you were really lucky, glitter would be involved. Somehow, over the years, giving out homemade heart-shaped Valentines turned to doling out store-bought manufactured creations with the obligatory candy attached. All you had to do was sign your name. Something happened to Valentines Day and many of us are trying to reclaim the craftiness, thought, and romanticism that started the...

Like most people, I don’t like moving. When it comes to relocating overseas, things get even more complicated, but with good planning, and a little soul searching, everything will end up in its proper place. You may not intend to stay overseas forever, so obviously there are many belongings that may be left behind. It’s not necessary to sell all those items you’re not taking with you. Self storage is a great solution for cherished family heirlooms and other things you want to keep, but that may not be so useful for your...

Today we wrap up our series with the most daunting task yet, organizing the home office. Finally, I headed for one of the biggest projects, the home office.  I found this to be the biggest challenge because I use almost everything on a daily basis, which makes items hard to “store,” especially with a small desk.  However, with my will for an organized home outweighing any other obstacle, I found a few simple steps. My first problem was thumb tacks, erasers, and staples  – these little guys were constantly...

One of the perennial items on many New Year’s Resolution lists is to get more organized. With the turn of each New Year, we SWEAR that this is the year that we’re finally going to make it happen – and who knows – hopefully this will be the year that you do. But before you take action, I want to put something important on your radar first. What I see more often than not when I work with a new client is that getting organized or increasing productivity isn’t really what they are after. It may seem like getting...