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Christmas Shopping Quick and Simple

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
December 1st, 2014

Free Shopping Made Easy Planner

Is the holiday season approaching a little too quickly for you? No time to shop or no one to watch the kids for repeated trips to the mall?

For the absolute most time-efficient shopping, complete all of your shopping on one day. Yes, that is right, one entire day! Don’t say you can’t do it. Think about how multiple trips to the mall and stores, wastes time. If you make 5 trips to the mall, that adds up to 5 times the drive to and from, 5 times getting ready, 5 times stopping for lunch and 5 times walking through the same stores. That equals hours of wasted time and extra money spent on lunch and gas.

If you have non-school age children, the hardest part will be finding someone to watch your children for the day or until your spouse arrives home. Consider swapping a day of babysitting with a neighbor, friend, or relative or ask your spouse to take a personal or vacation day.

Before you go, plan your trip. If you can, ask family members for their Christmas wish list. Then, use our free shopping made easy planner. Next, preview sales flyers and coupons. Additionally, if you plan on making any purchases online, do so ahead of time to verify availability.

Put on comfortable clothes and shoes and be at the first store when the doors open. As you shop throughout the day, you should find that you like this new shopping method. If you spot three different sweaters in three different stores that all look nice for your nephew, they will all be fresh in your mind so you can easily make a decision that day. You won’t have to try to remember for day or weeks which store had the nicer or less expensive sweater. Take food and drink breaks as needed and don’t forget to rest your feet. Stay hydrated.

Shop until your holiday shopping is complete. You may not be returning home until 11:00 PM at night, if so, ask the security guard to escort you to your car or take advantage of valet parking that some malls offer. You should arrive home with a car full of gifts and children nestled, asleep in their beds. Take this opportunity to sort through which bags get tucked away and which bags can be left out for others to curiously peer through the next morning.

You’ll go to bed with tired feet, but a smile on your face. You’ll be able to add one enormous check mark on your “to do list.” It will be an amazing feeling knowing that you didn’t have an ounce of shopping done the day before and now it is complete! It only took one day of your valuable time, not multiple days. Afterwards, if you find some extra days to shop, go for the fun and excitement of the season.

If you try this method, please let us know how it worked for you!  Don’t forget to use our Shopping Made Easy Planner.

Happy shopping!

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Get Organized after Christmas on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
January 6th, 2011

Image Courtesy BrotherUSA.com

Today on WFMZ-TV’s morning news show Diane shared with viewers tips and tricks on how to regain control after the holidays. She showed how labeling your cords and cables can save you time and stress. The Simply Stylish PT-1090 Label Maker has a special cable labeling feature to make labeling quick and simple.

Diane demonstrated how to keep cords at bay or tucked against a wall or desk buy using Command cord clips by 3M. Command allows you to place the clips where you need without the worry of damaging walls or other surfaces.

Diane showed how to eliminate the cords required to recharge your electronic devices.  Powermat simplifies charging by allowing you to charge over a thousand devices with one Powemat.

Are you struggling to remove price stickers off or have you accidentally put a postage stamp or label in the wrong place? Diane showed viewers how Un-du can quickly solve your dilemma. Un-du is a temporary adhesive neutralizer for non-water based adhesive. Water based adhesives are the type you moisten to stick such as an envelope.

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If you live in close proximity to Allentown, Pennsylvania consider attending our free SOAR (Socialize, Organize, Accessorize, and Revitalize) Event on Sunday January 9, 2011 and helps us celebrate “GO Month” (Get Organized Month). This event is free to the public, but we highly recommend registering. Click, for more information.

Wishing you a happy GO Month,

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Christmas Decorating Made Easy

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
December 7th, 2009

The trick to easy holiday decorating is having Command™ Hooks on hand. 3M’s Command™ line allows you to put hooks where you never thought possible since you don’t have to worry about being left with a nail hole afterward.

These hooks can be put on smooth and semi-smooth surfaces such as walls with paint or wallpaper; glass, windows, mirrors, wood, and metal. The small clear hooks are ideal for hanging strings of Christmas lights on fireplace mantles, mirrors, windows and doors. The large hooks are ideal for hanging Christmas wreaths or other decorations on windows, walls, and doors. The possibilities with these hooks are endless since there is no surface damage left behind.

Each Command™ hook comes with a double sided adhesive strip. You place the strip on the hook, then remove the adhesive backing from the other side, press the hook firmly against the surface. Then clip your string lights under the small clear Command™ hooks or hang your wreath on a larger hook.

Removing the hook is just as easy. To remove, pull straight down on the adhesive strip. As you pull down drag your knuckles along the wall or surface to insure that you are pulling straight down. As you pull down the strip stretches and the adhesive releases. It really couldn’t be any easier. It just takes seconds to attach or remove Command™ hooks.

Add Command™ hooks to your shopping list to make decorating and organizing a breeze. 3M often offers a coupon for Command™ at commandcoupon.com. Be sure to check their website.

You can find Command™ products at a variety of stores such as grocery, hardware, craft, and office.

I wish you quick and simple Christmas decorating!

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End Cord, Cable, and Christmas Tree Lights Clutter

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
December 7th, 2009

Do you find your Christmas tree lights in a tangle mess each year? Or do you struggle with how to store your Christmas lights? Then consider using the Stor’em storage system – an innovative way to end the cluttered tangled mess of Christmas tree lights. This powered innovative system solves your storage needs and ends the clutter for cords, cables, and lights.

Not only is this system innovative but the spools are made in the USA of 100% recycled material. You can rest assured that the spools are of recycled material as the color of the spools is not guaranteed.

If you would like to skip the powered device that drives the winding mechanism of this system (a cordless screwdriver) you may opt to use your own cordless screwdriver (if under 130 rpm) and purchase just the spools. To learn more or purchase, go to http://www.nolightmess.com/

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Tricks & Tips to Simplify the Holidays

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
December 7th, 2009

Today on the WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show Diane provided tricks and tips to simplify the holidays. Viewers learned how to save time, stress, and money during this holiday season.

Diane showed how to send out Christmas cards thru Internet that arrive in the postal mail without ever having to leave your home – you can send one for free. She also provided viewers a free shopping planner and a method to complete all your Christmas shopping in one day. For those overwhelmed with tasks to complete for the holidays, you may want to print out Diane’s communication board for family tasks.

Viewers learned an easy way to organize sales receipts and order postage stamps by mail. They also learned that the products they purchased this holiday season may have an automatic extended warranty included at no extra charge.

Diane demonstrated products to simplify storing Christmas tree lights and hooks to hang decorations from brick walls and fireplaces and hooks that go on walls, mantles, and windows without damaging the surface. If watering your Christmas tree is a struggle each year, be sure to see the product Diane found to make watering your tree simple.

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Hanging Wreath on Brick

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
December 7th, 2009

If you are wondering how to hang a wreath or Christmas decoration on your brick fireplace or wall this Christmas season, then you need the Brick Clip. The Brick Clip is spring loaded clip that grabs around the edges of the brick just above and below it where the mortar is.

The Brick Clip Each clip supports 25 lbs. The clip goes on and off the brick very easily. There are no holes or tools needed.  There is no damage to the brick.

To purchase or learn more about the Brick Clip please call our store at 610.782.0636 or visit brickclip.com

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