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Thursday, December 1, 2011

WINTER TIPS FOR THE OFFICE

posted by Taxcell at  4:20 || under Office Organizing
 
 
WINTER TIPS FOR THE OFFICE
 
1. Holiday Scents and Flavors just like your home, your office can promote more favorable image during the winter months. All you need is a wonderful scent to greet your clients. Try using the Russian Tea idea from the "Home Tips”. If you don't have a kitchen, bring a crock pot to keep the tea hot. Also, have a nice plate of cookies out for clients as they walk in. A candy dish filled with red/green wrapped candy is a great welcome also.
 
2. Change of music - Remember to change to festive music for the holidays. Data suggests that employees work more effectively, stay calmer and happier when they hear background music that brings back childhood memories of Holiday celebrations.
 

3. New Year plans - Everyone needs help re-focusing when they return to work after the Holidays. Pass out new calendars ...


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Monday, November 7, 2011

HOLIDAY CONTROLLED SHOPPING

posted by Taxcell at  13:23 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 

Make a List

CheckIt Twice

Then Shop Online
 
Most Americans spend 3 times what theyplanned when they shopwithout a plan and a list. As a naturally disorganized but functionally organized person, I struggle with emotional purchases. In order to battle the desire to buy, I've found that it's easier if I keep a list of gift ideas throughout the year.
 

If you want to control shopping this year, make a list of everyone you for whom youwant to purchase a gift. Brainstorm ideas of what theymight like. Then, calculate how much you can reasonably spend.

Now try to find the best deal online. It will take much less time as well as saving you money because you won't be tempted by all the "deals" in the stores.
 
I have shopped this way in recent years and it is the reason why I enjoy ...

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Friday, October 7, 2011

MEMORY MAKING MOMENTS

posted by Taxcell at  13:38 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 
Don't waste memory making moments
 
I was "busy" working on my laptop when my hubby asked me to come join him on the porch. I resisted at first. Then my own words echoed in my head, "don't waste memory making moments!" So, I turned off the laptop and joined him. Within a few moments I noticed a beautiful butterfly floating around us. He settled on our Lilac bush. Awww, memory making moment in the making! We oowed and awwed at how strangly beautiful it was. I grabbed my camera and got a great shot of him.
 
When my schedule begins to overwhelm me, I take a deep breath and re-focus on the world around me. Too often, as a naturally disorganized business owner/wife/mom, I get caught up ...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

FALL TIPS FOR THE OFFICE

posted by Taxcell at  14:17 || under Office Organizing
 
 
Fall Tips for the Office
 

1. Drop the Ball! Choose not to "juggle” so many jobs each day. Look at your schedule. Is there anything on your "to-do” list that can be accomplished by your assistant or another person in the office? Drop that Ball! Let another person, who isn't juggling, accomplish those things that you are tired of juggling.

 
2. Make a daily appointment with yourself! Block out a 15-minute chunk of time on your schedule for personal time. (Be brave and set one in the morning and one in the afternoon!) Use these minutes for you. If you need to close your eyes and rest, do it! No guilt. If you want to read e-mails, read away! No guilt. If you want to call your spouse or children and share some moments, do it! No guilt. Setting appointments with yourself gives you the ...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

SCHOOL "DROP ZONES"

posted by Taxcell at  8:54 || 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

TIPS FOR CLUTTER FREE KIDS ROOMS

posted by Taxcell at  6:06 || 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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Sunday, May 8, 2011

TIPS FOR CLUTTER FREE KITCHEN

posted by Taxcell at  9:07 || under Home Organizing
 
 
Organizing Tips for a Clutter-free Kitchen
 

1. Separate your kitchen into 3 sections: baking, cooking and Serving. You'll have upper cabinet(s), lower cabinet(s) and drawer(s) for each section.

Baking: Upper cabinets: baking spices, sugar, flour, shortening, etc. Lower cabinets: mixing bowls, baking dishes etc. Drawers: measuring cups/spoons, rubber spatulas, wooden spoons etc.

Cooking: Upper cabinets: canned goods, cooking spices, spray oil, etc. Lower cabinets: pot and pans, casserole dishes, etc. Drawers: spatulas, larger utensils, etc.

Serving: Upper cabinets: dinner plates, bowls, cups/saucers etc. Lower cabinets: serving dishes etc. Drawers: silverware

 
2. Use refrigerator drawers to store pop cans, boxed juice drinks and sports drinks. They don't turn green and hairy when forgotten for weeks!
 
3. Purchase drawer dividers/organizers in extra drawers. Label the inner sections: batteries, rubber bands, coins, small nails, etc. You can use address labels cut smaller. Place larger ...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

SCANSNAP REVIEW

posted by Taxcell at  14:33 || under Office Organizing
 
 
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Review
 

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 provides super fast and easy document scanning with "one-touch" operation. The scanner itself is sleek and compact, taking up very little physical space. Considering its benefits and reliable performance, the Fujitsu ScanSnap is an affordable device for any office.

The ScanSnap immediately helps you realize these great benefits:

  • De-clutter your office of hard-copy documents
  • Free up valuable physical space by getting rid of large bulky file cabinets and other physical paper storage products
  • Safely archive, protect and back-up all your documents electronically
  • Enables you to find any document quickly, and lets you share it immediately with others
  • Saves you time and effort in managing and archiving all your documents
  • Simple, easy and intuitive to use with one-touch button to scan
  • Compact, takes up little space on your desk
  • Compatible with new Windows 7
  • Fast scanner (20 ppm)
  • ...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

TAG TEAM CLEANING

posted by Taxcell at  8:09 || under Home Organizing
 
 
Tag Teaming the Spring Cleaning
 
When my kids were young, I used to do my spring cleaningas a "tag team".  My friends and I would schedule spring cleaning at one of our homes each week. We all gathered there, kids in tow, and cleaned together. 
 
It was amazing how much more fun and quick it was to get through the entire house. The kids got to play and we moms got the benefit of extra hands and support to do the tasks we dreaded.
 
Do you know, I loved cleaning on those days!
 
Who's on your "tag team"? Don't have one? Create one today. I am confident your friends will love the idea!
 
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Monday, February 14, 2011

HELP DURING A DISASTER

posted by Taxcell at  10:39 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 

February 28, 2011

Helping during a disaster


Having lived through a devastating earthquake as well as the affects of a Volcano and even a small Flood I feel like I at least have an emotional handle on the issues that arise after a natural disaster. And, can you believe I now live in Tornado Alley and have never actually seen a tornado?
 
My recommendations:
 

1. Realize they aren't thinking very rationally. They can hyper-focus on what may seem silly (a Christmas décor, a childhood doll etc).

You'll need to very gently help them think of the bigger picture and the immediate, ex: furniture removal, restoration services can pack up and restore damaged items and provide a list for insurance, itemizing (if possible) the missing/damaged beyond repair items.
 
2. Speak quietly and choose gentle, soothing words. Believe it or not, the ...

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