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Garage Organization Demystified

Does the thought of organizing your garage seem too daunting?  Do you wonder where to begin when you can’t even walk in there?  When was the last time you were able to park your car(s) in your garage? Let me help you get started--because sometimes that's the hardest part!  Here’s how:
Preparation Set aside an entire weekend – schedule on your calendarSchedule a donation service to pickup your donations after the weekendGather Materialsdrop-box or a bagster for your mountain of discards that can’t be donatedtent canopy to set up in your driveway or yard to keep you shaded or dry during the process3-4 folding tables to set up under the canopy for sortingboxes for sorting items you want to keep and labeled by categoryIdentify the different categories of things you want to keep in your garage; i.e. sports equipment, tools, gardening, household supplies, automotive, camping, holiday, etc.Set-up your staging areaKeep Area - sorting tables and boxes labeled by categoryDonate Area - place t…

Top Ten Travel Organizing Tips

Summertime often means travel time.  Already this year, I have traveled overseas three times and domestically three times.   I have learned a few packing and travel tricks and tips that I want to pass on to you so your travel can be less stressful.  Based on these tips, I have never checked a bag and I could lift my carry on bag into the overhead bin without help. If you are planning on traveling overseas consider getting global entry.  You will move through immigration and customs much faster and you will always get TSA-pre on your domestic flights.  Trust me you want to do this!Order your foreign currency where you bank.  You will get a much better foreign exchange rate here then your destination.Get a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.  These fees add up fast.Remember to take power converters for where you will be visiting.  Sometimes, those will fail--I blew up two flat irons! On my third overseas trip this year, I decided to buy a flat iron that works outsi…

Tax Time SolutionsForYou

It happens every year, whether we want it to or not… tax time.  Every day I receive something by email or snail mail reminding me… tax time is coming. 
Are you dreading the task of gathering up receipts to prepare your tax filing?  Do you have financial records that you don’t know what to do with? Do you have stacks of unopened bills? Do you stress out at tax time trying to find all your required documents? And, are you lacking a system for managing all this mess?
Here are a few solutions for you: Track your non-cash donations with ItsDeductible by Intuit. IRS approved.Scan your receipts with the GeniusScan App and attach the pdf to your Quicken or Quickbooks entry for easy retrieval should you be audited.Not sure whether to scan, shred or store that piece of paper? This quick infographic can help.Are you a geeky nerd like me and want to be on top of the tax rules? Then J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2015 is right up your alley.Hire a professional organizer to help you organize you…