Getting more organized tops
many a resolution list. Move from resolution to success story with some
organizing inspiration from Pinterest.
Many common household items can do double-duty as storage. Clever organizers
use everything from a cheese grater to vintage cups and saucers for
jewelry storage. How about a DIY drying rack for your laundry room? See how
this repurposed ladder does
the trick. Or declutter a bathroom or kitchen counter with this shoe rack. Put
your best (organizational) foot forward!
Face: Tame makeup clutter with these ingenious storage
solutions. A magnetic board teamed with beauty products bearing small magnets equals
storage magic in this clever DIY. Or think vertical and hang your tools on a wall in
attractive canisters. We also like this smart idea for sorting makeup
Space: Think you lack the space for effective organizing? Look
up: your ceiling is the fifth wall in any room, task yours with storage duty
with these handy organizers. Other resourceful ideas for finding space where you least expect it, include
using peg board to turn empty walls into spaces chock full of storage options. Finally, use the
space under window eaves for fun places like a book nook, dreamy shoe storage,
or this adorable perch for a pooch.
Fun Space: We think organizing is fun and after you see
these fabulous and funky organizing ideas, we think you'll love it as much as
we do. Banish boring shelves with some of these spectacular
shelving ideas. How fabulous is this bookshelf man? We also love organizing with color: the links here, here and here show how every family member can be assigned a color for effective
organizing meets pretty palette. Even boring papers can be transformed when
rainbow hued. See ideas here and here.
You multitask like nobody's
business, juggling work, home and family demands all week long. Now, with 2013
in swing, it's time to add New Year's resolutions to the mix.
Keep all your balls in the
air, and all your resolutions on track, by plotting your progress in the new Ampad® Versa™ Crossover Notebook,
offers a crossover design that
takes the best of a notebook, binder and dividers and puts it all in one. Want
to log your exercise time? Keep track of healthy recipes? Capture inspirational
articles on quitting smoking? Get more organized? Whatever your New Year's
goals may be, Ampad® Versa&trade can help you keep track of all the moving parts.
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New Year is a fresh start, so why dive into it with an outdated notebook? Now,
Ampad® Versa™ lets you manage multiple projects or subdivide one large project into
smaller sections. Plus, the highlighting flags make finding and organizing
notes easier than ever. And you can reorder and reorganize your notes, again
reimagines the notebook; use it for your own 2013 reinvention.
sticking to resolutions are an inescapable part of the January landscape.
But while experts are
everywhere offering tips and tricks for remaining committed to resolutions, few
pundits take a "no resolutions" approach to ringing in the New Year. In the
spirit of "there's two sides to every story," we take a look at the notion of
skipping resolutions altogether. Hey, you still got the champagne!
Make New Year's Resolutions: They're Not Good for Your Health: If you're thinking
about adopting a healthier lifestyle, eliminating resolutions may be the first
step, according to this article: Don't
Make New Year's Resolutions: They're Not Good for Your Health. The article posits
that sticking to resolutions can create stress, rack up unnecessary expenses
and can cause depression when resolutions are unmet. Rather, the article
promotes the notion that the healthiest, happiest, fittest people are those
that develop successful patterns in their lives--lives which
involve achievement and close relationships. By building on successes, whatever
they may be, and by maintaining committed relationships, health and wellness
naturally flow as part of their "active, achieving, and dependable lives." So
socialize with the healthy and happy - wellness is contagious!
New Year's Resolutions Don't Work - Here's Why: Did you ever stop to think that goal setting
is akin to declaring that your life isn't good enough, that happiness is always
around the corner and is missing and absent from your life right now? The
article New Year's Resolutions Don't Work -
Here's Why, makes the case that when we constantly
resolve to make changes, that when we look ahead to a goal, rather than
focusing on, and enjoying the present, that we miss the chance to focus on the
happiness and success that is currently in hand. Food for thought, no?
Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work: This
article suggests that many resolutions are made with pie-eyed optimism that
generally doesn't translate into success. But rather than truly eschewing the
notion of New Year's goal setting, the author does in fact make the case for
something quite similar: planning. The article advocates making time for an annual
(or better yet, quarterly) planning session(s) to lay out goals and concrete
strategies for moving the ball forward. Read on for more about why taking
stocking of your life or business, and planning for growth or change should be
a part of your 2013: Why New Year's Resolutions Don't
Did you notice how
your office looked more festive and welcoming around the holidays? The seasonal
décor, baskets of treats and smiling faces gave your workplace an extra glow.
Carry that good
feeling througout 2013 with this round up of advice for jazzing up even the dullest
10 Design Tips for Tiny Offices: A welcoming environment doesn't need to
be costly, as the tips from these ten small startups prove. Snacks and smiles
go a long way to warming up any atmosphere. Other ideas include punchy paint
colors and pets. Yes, Fido is a welcome guest in some offices; they see the
paws-itive benefits of interacting with furry friends!
9 Pieces of
Furniture That Make the Work Day More Fun: Put
a smile on even the grumpiest face
with fun furniture. From a swing set that
doubles as a conference table, to a green rug designed to mimic picnic grounds,
to a ping pong conference table, these designs will put some play in your day.
5 Rules for Office Feng Shui: A calm, clutter free workplace gives out a welcoming
vibe. This beginner primer for organizing your work environment promotes energy
we leave you with a mind-blowing design project from a German company that used
over 55,000 Lego bricks to
create a divider wall in their office kitchen. This year-long
project may not be in the cards for every workplace but it shows that when
creativity meets teamwork, magic can happen!
No excuses this
year: we have fantastic apps to keep your New Year's resolutions on track.
Add Exercise: Put your money where your mouth is and link
your fitness goals to a monetary incentive (or penalty) with the GymPact app. Users commit to a
number of workouts and tie each to a monetary sum, when you show up, it adds
up. Skip a workout and cough up. Users can even join in a group and challenge friends/family/coworkers.
Other helpful exercise tracking apps include MapMyRun's app and the Nike Training app. Or use the mobile
companion to the monster exercise hit p90X with this app. Get up and get going!
Smoking for Good: Dump
those cancer sticks once and for all with the iQuit app, which lets you track your decreasing
cigarette schedule and plot your progress on social media. The social element enlists
positive peer pressure: your social network can cheer successes and rally
support if you stumble.
Watch Your Money: Whip
your finances into shape with the Expenditure app, which tracks spending across categories
as well as one-time only expenses. The user-friendly interface shows where the
money is flowing. Or check out award-winning app Mint.com,which lets users track,
budget and manage money in both checking and savings accounts, as well as
credit card accounts, investments and retirement funds. Reminders also help
prevent late fees. You'll love the price tag: free!
Be More Organized: Ready
for a more organized 2013? Productivity app Evernote,lets
users create and save notes, pictures and voice memos and sync them across your
phone, computer and the Web. Never lose
track of a to-do list again. When you team Evernote with a time-management tool
such as OmniFocus, which
lets users track tasks by date, person, place or project, you're on your way to
an organized day. Still procrastinating? RescueTime, not
only tracks all
your time, it'll block you from visiting distracting websites when you work.
Get Up Earlier: No
time for resolutions? Wake up earlier
each day with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, http://bit.ly/Vw6Jzr an intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes
you in the lightest sleep phase of a set period so you wake up feeling rested
and relaxed. The app offers lots of customization such as 15 alarm
options, sleep cycle monitoring and wake-up options. Use your extra morning
hours to keep your resolutions on track.
Finally, if the
thought of tracking all your resolutions across various apps makes you overwhelmed,
this one-stop-shopping app is for you. Centralize all your goals in one spot
with the All
My New Year's Resolutions 2012 app. http://bit.ly/YoTDYf
Happy New Year!
'Twas the season for toys, toys, toys. Whether the eight
days of Hanukah, Santa, or gifts from generous grandparents, your toy box is likely
Make room for the newest additions by getting rid of
playthings that are no longer in use. Ideas for keeping toy chaos under control
Take a good look around your toy room or spare closets. Often we have brand new
toys or art kits that simply don't get opened or used. Many local charities run
toy drives this time of year: Goggle for drop-off spots and make another child
While many charities require donations to be new, others
accept gently used toys. SAFE (Stuffed
Animals for Emergencies) accepts gently used stuffed animals for children in
need. Look for a local chapter here. Another great place to donate items is Goodwill, a
nationwide organization providing assistance and job training for needy
families, funded in part by its network of retail outlets selling donated
Plan ahead to the spring for a toy yard sale. Find a spot in your attic or
garage to store toys in a clean, dry area. Enlist your children in identifying
items that are likely to move in a yard sale. A yard sale is a great way to
teach valuable lessons about money; it can also be a great bonding activity for
the whole family. Consider recruiting
friends and neighbors to join the fun; multi-family yard sales are often more
lucrative. For advice on throwing a great yard sale, read How Much for This Lamp? Tips from the Garage Sale
Repurposing: Saying good-bye to beloved toys can
be hard. Consider saving a few special keepsakes by giving them new life. Small
toys like Lego minifigures or a Barbie outfit can make excellent tree
ornaments. Or use wooden blocks to create decorative signs for your home or as
gifts. Other creative ideas for repurposing toys can be found in this wonderful
article, 10 Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Toys.
up your New Year with funky and fabulous organizing treats.
Slim Purse Organizers: Tame
purse clutter with one of these small, compact cases. The organizer makes
switching bags simple: just slip the case into your new bag, confident that all
your must-haves are on-hand.
Travel Bags: Fashionistas
will love these stylish bags for corralling small items while traveling. Not
shopping for a road warrior? The exercise nut in your life will find these equally
handy for gym bags.
iPad Organizer: Gift the tablet lover in your life the Grid-It organization system, which
uses a weave of rubberized elastic bands to hold digital devices, cords,
chargers and other items firmly in place. The neoprene casing also protects
your tablet from any knocks.
Minimergency Kits for Her: Good things come in small packages: this glittery little case has every
product you would ever need in a pinch. The must-haves include: hairspray,
clear nail polish, polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear
elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette,
pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss and adhesive bandages. Whew!
Mini Flashlight: Shine
a light with a handy, hand-crank flashlight. Perfect for power outages or
sneaky bedtime reading for tweens to the young at heart.
Charge It!: Keep the juice flowing to
your lifelines (aka iPhone, iPad and iPod) with this compact and stylish portable
battery. Each adds an extra three-hours to your Apple device.
Petite Ports: Take your digital files on the go with this cute cat shaped USB port. It's purrfect for the cat lover in your life.
Key Holder: Mount
this mod Magnetic Cloud Key Holder near
your front door and never lose your keys again.
Recipe Box with Divider Cards: Keep
kitchen inspiration close at hand with a recipe box that organizes your
culinary greatest hits.
Sticky Notes: Pretty
post-its keep your to-dos attractive!
When climbing the
corporate ladder, people often pause to take stock of their skills, resume, and
experience. When was the last time you paused and took stock of the people
Are You Good for Me?
A recent Inc.com
article with the eye-catching headline 9 People You Must Remove From Your Inner
Circle takes a look at
the personality types that are best weeded out of your life. Obvious gotta-go
types include backstabbers and schmoozers, who value surface connection over
deeper relationships. Less obvious sorts are "raving fans" - those individuals
who lavish excessive and unconditional praise on you at the expense of honest
and unvarnished truths.
So if certain
people are best to avoid at work (and in life) who are the people that you
should have in your corner?
quarterback will tell you, you need a team to move a ball forward. Very little
in life is accomplished entirely on one's own: so look to partner with the
right people. Not sure who should be on your roster? You can't go wrong with the
folks in this Forbes.com article, The 6 People You Need
In Your Corner, says
contributor Jessica Hagy. Create an inner circle that includes the following:
No sooner does the last slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie disappear, when
eggnog and holiday cookies dance onto the scene. If you're not careful, too
much holly jolly can wreak havoc on your waistline and your health.
This holiday season commit to five simple steps to keep the healthy in
Bottoms Up: Make water your
go-to beverage throughout the holiday season; when you quaff lots of water
along with holiday cocktails, you lessen the chance of overindulging and will
feel better the next day. Plus water bottles also make a fun, useful hostess
gift. For shopping ideas, click here and here.
Think Veggies: Hitting the veggie
platter helps you resist the siren song of baked brie and holiday chocolates. When
you fill up on crudités, you take the edge off your appetite, making it easier
to say no to temptation. If your party is potluck, offer to bring the veggies to
ensure a low-calorie, high fiber snack is on hand. For creative presentation
ideas, this article has you covered.
A Long Winter's Nap: Too many late
nights of holiday revelry or rushing around the mall can quickly take its toll.
Do yourself a favor and protect your shut-eye so you can truly enjoy the
season. Find it difficult to get your zzz's during the holiday hubbub? Better
your odds of a good night's sleep by relaxing for an hour before bed rather
than doing chores or working and by sticking to a regular sleep routine. And
use power naps to make up for lost slumber. For more tips on healthy holiday
sleep habits, read 6 Ways to Sleep Better During the Holidays.
Ice Skating Anyone?: Increase your
holiday stamina by devoting time to activities that recharge your batteries
such as exercise and mediation. When you can, incorporate exercise into your
holiday plans; instead of cocktails with friends, suggest an ice skating
outing. Or have your family take a hike instead of seeing the latest holiday
blockbuster. Schedule blocks of solo exercise each day as well. Even a brisk 20
minute walk daily will improve your mood, help with sleep and keep the pounds
and stress at bay.
Indulge When You Can: Deprivation is
never any fun, especially around the holidays. Allow yourself to indulge in
those little treats that make the season special. After all, the holidays only
roll around once a year and treating yourself to small luxuries can help stave
off overindulgence later on. And many holiday treats - such as red wine and
dark chocolate - also have health benefits - as long as they are consumed in
moderation. So go ahead, enjoy, it's good for your health!
Holidays are best
celebrated with family and close friends but when loved ones are far-flung,
togetherness often means hosting house guests. If your home is doing double
duty as a hotel this holiday season, read our tips for creating a welcoming
atmosphere (and one that preserves your sanity!)
My Home is Your Home: Signal your open-arm welcome by creating
dedicated space for guests. Banish clutter from your guests' quarters, whether
it's a spare bedroom or another area of your home. Use attractive bags, bins
and trunks to temporarily capture odds and ends.
When quarters are
tight and you don't have a dedicated guest room, create space by supplying
luggage racks that help house overnight bags which lets them double as dressers.
Likewise, by simply supplying hangers on the back of a door, you create a spot
for guests to stash their stuff.
congestion by offering your guest canvas duffel outfitted with fresh towels and
travel toiletries that they can tote to and from the bathroom. For more ideas,
read Good Housekeeping's Easy
Organizing: Hosting Guests.
Making a List,
Checking it Twice: Think through your houseguests' needs before they
arrive with this handy checklist from the über-organized
folks at Real Simple. Suggested items to have handy include a spare house key,
maps and travel tips for your neighborhood, as well as must-have, yet
The Extra Mile: Leave it to the
ultimate hostess Martha Stewart to suggest special touches for visitors that bring
a five-star hotel vibe to even a simple sofa-bed. Tips from Martha include
leaving foil-wrapped chocolates and a carafe of chilled water bed side. Don't
have a carafe lying around? Use a short water glass inverted over a tall, slim
one. For more inventive Martha tips,
The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon
us. Get organized for the post-Thanksgiving-to-New Year hollidaze marathon with
these four fun holiday organizing helpers.
Keep track of Santa's arrival with one of these 25 creative advent calendars. Choose from DIY calendars or even one with whiskey! These calendars aren't limited to Christmas
celebrations: use them to countdown to New Year's Eve or the first day of
Hanukah. Or choose this Byers Choice, Menorah Calendar, to countdown to the festival of lights.
Does the whole "licking envelopes, buying stamps"
thing stop you from sending holiday cards? This year enlist your smartphone as
your holiday card elf and use it to create
cards and send them by text message, e-mail or snail mail. Yep, it's that easy.
Read Smartphone Apps Send Holiday
Greetings to learn how.
We all wish we could delegate an elf to hit the lines
at the shopping mall for us. But tech savvy shoppers know that holiday shopping
apps and websites can be almost as helpful. Read 5
Money-Saving Tools, Apps and Websites for Holiday Shopping to make gift-giving easy.
Time to Cook?
Make feeding the holiday hordes simple by outsourcing
some of the cooking to others. No, we're not talking potluck, we're talking catered
foods. National retailers such as Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca and Zabar's can deliver everything from apps to a stuffed turkey.
Budget shoppers can find deals on fully-catered meals
at Costco stores. Or
ask your local supermarket for their catering menu, most have one!
What organizing must-have keeps the jolly in
your holidays? Share
your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. As you work to recover and move forward, we've assembled a list of helpful tools to aid the process. Generator SafetyMany East Coast residents are relying on generators for electricity and heat as power outages continue. Be generator smart with these safety tips from the Long Island Power Authority. Food & Water SafetyOnce the storm's rains and winds subside, safety concerns start to focus on food and water supplies. For a complete primer, read these two articles: A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes and Water and Food Safety After Hurricane: Can you drink the water and eat the food? Advice from the FDA. Returning to a Damaged or Flooded HomeIf you needed to evaucate your home and are now returning to a damaged property, please read this check list of tips from the Red Cross before returning. Tips include bringing cameras to document damage for insurance claims and wearing protective clothing.Insurance ClaimsEducate yourself about how insurance claims work in order to get the best result. We've assembled several useful articles to get you up to speed:
Finally, we leave you with links to two of the best informational resources on disasters and their aftermaths: FEMA and the American Red Cross. Answers to many of your recovery questions can be answered here.We wish you the best of luck as you work to recover and rebuild. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.