Tips To Organize Your Summer Travel

June has arrived and this week on River City Live we featured how to get organized for upcoming summer travel.

The key to organized travel is to get organized before your trip is planned. When you return from a trip make a list of what you need to replenish and ask yourself what you were missing so you are prepared the next time you travel.

Click the link below to learn more simple tips that will get you organized and have you ready for all your upcoming travels.

http://www.news4jax.com/river-city-live/summer-organizing-tips-with-chris-stone-1496764821200 

TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL

Keep Like Items Together

This concept also applies to travel items. If you mix makeup with hair care products you may have a mess when you arrive. Keep hair products, makeup, lotions and sunscreens in their own separate bags. You will be glad you did when you arrive at your destination.

Garment Rack

I’m constantly singing the praises of owning a garment rack. They are multifunctional and fold flat for storage under a bed. You can add inexpensive garment organizers and organize your clothes and accessories for everyday of your trip. It really helps prevent over packing.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

A hanging toiletry bag is a space saver. It can be hung in your closet when not in use and when you arrive at your destination hang in the bathroom so you can gain more counter space. Fill your toiletry bag with travel sizes or samples of your favorite things. Almost every department store, Sephora, grocery store and beauty salons carry travel sizes. Pick up items you love and need (you see I clarified that) so you will be ready for your next trip. Another time saving solution is to purchase a multi pack of toothbrushes so you always have one ready to pack. The benefits to doing all of this in advance means no last minute trips to the store to pick up forgotten items.

Clear Bags

Clear travel bags are perfect for beauty products, sunscreen and makeup. They save time when you are getting ready or heading to the beach. I also use labeled ziplock bags for medications and vitamins but put those items in a carry on in case your luggage is lost. Bring extra bags for wet bathing suits for items that may spill in your suitcase.

Jewelry Case

Keeping jewelry organized while you travel can be tricky unless you have the right accessories. There are so many options available but what ever you choose make sure there is a place to keep necklaces tangle free. One of my favorites organizers is from Closet Too.

Make copies of your Passport, Drivers License and Credit Cards

Make copies of important information and leave them with a relative or friend. You want to be prepared in case they are lost or stolen.

The easiest way to get your travel items organized like I mentioned above is to get ready before your trip is planned. If you wait until the last minute you overbuy, over pack and your frantically going from place to place picking up what you forgot.

By following these simple organizing tips you will be able to relax, and enjoy the trip ahead.

Chatting About Clearing The Clutter

So excited to sit at the table with the ladies from The Chat. Today we talked about how to begin to clear the clutter and get organized.

Stay tuned for another segment in June!

Click the link below to begin to free yourself from clutter.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/entertainment/television/programs/the-chat/the-chat-thursday-may-18-christine-stone/440895789

Ask the Organizer: Where Do I Begin?

I’m often asked questions or tips on howto get organized. This week’s question is one of the most asked “where do I begin”.

The thought of tackling the clutter is so overwhelming that it brings some of my clients to tears. 

Ask yourself these questions.

Do you look forward to coming home at the end of the day the way it looks right now?

Do you avoid having people come to your home because you are embarrassed?

Do you think if I just had a bigger house things wouldn’t feel so cluttered?

Are you using an extra room as a storage area for your clutter?

Are your counters covered with stacks of papers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to get motivated and start enjoying your new uncluttered organized home.

The only way to start is to start! No more excuses on why you can’t.

Living in clutter is not only stressful but it is emotionally unhealthy for those in your family especially children.

Children often don’t say anything to their parents because they have become use to living that way and cannot see change until it happens. I’m often told by many children and spouses when I’m done how happy they are now that the clutter is gone and how much they are enjoying the new organized space. Just the facial expressions from where we started and when I’m done are so amazing to see.

Start small but start somewhere. 

Tackle one room at a time

Schedule a donation pick up or drop off a bag once a week until you get a handle on the clutter. It really does make a difference!

Keep like things together. Go through your home and start grouping like things. Example: Keep office supplies in one area including bills and paperwork. Kitchen counters are not for stacks of paper and bills to be paid they are for cooking and serving food.

Hire a professional or get the help of an organized friend. Its okay to ask for help especially if you don’t feel you can tackle the project yourself. 

New seasons are a time for change and there is no better time than the present to begin the clearing the clutter, it will be life changing.

If you have an organizing question or just need motivation to begin the clutter clearing process leave a comment below.