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Monday, December 28, 2015


posted by Taxcell at  13:41 || under Home Organizing
Can anyone guess the number 1 question asked of Organizers right now? 
"How do I organize all this Christmas decor?"

So here are my few words of encouragement for dealing with Christmas clutter and decor.

1.  Before de-frocking the house, go through the decor you chose not to use this year.  If you didn't use it, donate it!  Dont' fret over it - if you chose not to use it, its' most likely because it doesn't immediately bring you joy.  Let someone else be blessed with them!

2.  Check your containers; get rid of cardboard boxes (they draw mice and roaches), use or purchase boxes of same size so they stack easily, make sure lids fit tightly. 

3.  If your decor will be stored in attics, garages or outdoor storage, put cedar bars/balls in each container. DO NOT USE MOTH BALLS!  You'll never get that smell out!

4.  Now, sort the current decor into ...
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015


posted by Taxcell at  14:06 || under Home Organizing

I have used Grip Stic for years and they beat everything at keeping bags closed and food fresh!

Quick and Simple and SECURE!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


posted by Taxcell at  0:05 || under Home Organizing
If you've ever built a custom home you know that organizing is required; paper work, ideas, questions, pictures, decisions and decisons and decisions!!
I am just starting and already I'm realizing that I am not as prepared as I could be.
So, I thought it'd be good to share some of my insights and then ask for YOURS!!
My Build Accordian Folder Contents:
1.  Notebook for every meeting!  Notes for quick reference
2.  receipts for purchases
3.  pictures of items I like; appliances, finishes etc
4.  flash drive with more ideas to share with the Builder
5.  swatches of paint and stain colors
6.  copies of legal docs (copies!)
I'd love to know what YOU did when you built a home! SHARE, PLEASE!!
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Saturday, July 28, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  17:22 || under Home Organizing
Recently I helped a friend deal with a pile of old photo's in frames.  She was stressed about getting rid of them but didn't have room to store them either.  I simply suggested removing the pictures, donating the frames, and then scanning the pictures.  She had never even thought of removing the pictures! She'd seen them as a "package deal".  It's amazing how a little change in perspective can help with something as simple as photo's. 
I love my little red photo scanner by Pandigital!  You simply run photo's through and they're saved on an XD card.  I plug that card into my computer and all my photo's are transferred - and it's so much fun!  I just spent a day scanning all my parents boxes of photo's and now we can actually enjoy them.
OK, you can't get it in red anymore, but here's a picture of mine and a link to the ...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  3:32 || under Home Organizing
Mom needed her pantry "tweeked" today; just needed a little more room and a little change in how things were stored. 
We did simple things like:
1. Clear pull out drawers for Keurig coffee K-cups, tea bags, pasta bags/boxes, small snacks
2. moved the bottles (that fall over on those wire shelves) into open (non-lidded) containers on lower shelves for easy access
3. purged  - yes, purge those outdated and unwanted items (don't tell her I told you but the oldest item we found was from 1986 - the year my 25 year old son was born!)
4. re-zone - move items to places more appropriate than the pantry (candles, vases, batteries, etc)

Your pantry may need 'tweeking" once every couple of months depending on how many people use it, but if you keep up on it you'll only spend 1/2 an hour or so.  So go ahead - get to tweeking!
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Monday, April 2, 2012


posted by Taxcell at  20:26 || under Home Organizing

What's Behind There?

Spring Cleaning is a great time to ask yourself this question.
There are places in our homes and offices that truly need to be seen; behind thesmall file cabinet,behind the refrigerator, behind the bed and dresser.These are common placesthat wefail tolook behind so it's the perfectplace for "bunnies"(not the Easter kind) to hide. And you'd be amazed at who the bunniesinvite to join them in the recesses of their dark, private corner; lost receipts, lost papers,single socks looking for a date (or even a mate), pens, sticky notes, utensils and even money.

For me, the best plan of attack is to schedule my "What's Behind There?" searches. I don't want to do a whole day search, I just want to choose one or two hiding places per session. I know that as a "naturally disorganized but functionally organized" person I can't add a ...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  20:15 || under Home Organizing

Tax benefits of a home-based business

If you need to find more deductions for your taxes this year, a home based business may be your answer. Ask your accountant how your liability would be positively affected by having a home-based business.
I've added 2 businesses under the umbrella of Officially Organized.  Both help with the struggles of organizing in homes and offices.  Both provide me with additional tax benefits as businesses I run from home. 

Feel free to ask me about SendOutCards and Clever Container!
    • write off mileage
    • write off meals
    • write off office supplies
    • write off advertising and postage (100% of what you send with SOC is deductible if you are a distributor!)
    • write off travel
    • write off computer supplies

Call me today if you want more info on being an Entrepeneur with an At-Home business 

Tracy Axcell

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  13:51 || under Home Organizing

Purge Those Decorations!

Decorate then donate
Do you hate throwing away the broken gingerbread house from your son's kindergarten class?
Does the thought of dragging out those boxes of decor cause your heart to race?
This year let's donate!
After you've decorated, don't put those half full boxes back in the attic; donate the leftover items. If it is a struggle to let go, try taking a picture of it. Or the child who created the now broken gingerbread house if THEY want it. If not, then feel free to recycle it.
Now that you have reduced the amount of decorations, get ready to put everything away in an organized way. Buy clear tubs with RED/GREEN lids. Get a couple with dividers for ornaments. Now you ...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  15:54 || under Home Organizing

Backpacks and school papers are everywhere!

"Drop Zones" solve the problem.

Every student needs somewhere to drop their backpacks, school suppliesand personal itemswhen they come home from school. Whether you're dealing with a first grader or college student, you need to create a place for them to drop all that stuff they bring home - a"drop zone".
How do you create a drop zone? You need to look for a space near the door that they come in from.
Ex: If they come in through the laundry roomthen set a rectangle basket near or in the laundry room. Make sure it's big enough for a backpack to sit in as well as the extra items. You don't want a vaste, bottomless pit, so keep it to no more than 6 inches deep.
If there is something you need ...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011


posted by Taxcell at  13:06 || under Home Organizing
Organizing Tips for a Clutter-free Kids Room

1. Make cleaning up a game. Ask each child to bring you something specific Ex: "bring me 1 yellow item and 2 red items”. Or "bring me 2 soft toys” etc. Then you place the item where it belongs. If they are younger children it makes it much less frustrating for both of you!

2. Use lower dresser drawers for small toys. Ex: books, coloring books/crayons, dolls. It makes it easier for younger children to play with and then put away toys.
3. Keep a "special box” for those times when company comes to visit and the children need to play quietly. Change the contents 4 times a year (seasonally) to make it more exciting each time it's used.
4. Rotate toys. Keep 3 or 4 boxes (small, 14 x 14) for toys. ...

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