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Get your kids ready for those trips to their Grandparents’ house during summer vacation!

A Square Utility Tote can help grandparents cope with toys and projects that will be temporarily filling up their home. This solution will also help prevent “where’s my toy?” syndrome because your kids will have a central location to keep their games and toys during their visit.

This will also help keep their Grandparents’ home from looking like hurricane-grandkids demolished it.

While backpacks like the Upperclassman Backpack are great suitcases for younger children, teens & preteens might prefer something with a little more space like the Retro Metro Weekender or City Weekender Tote.

Send along a Storage Tote to act as their travel hamper – keeping dirty clothes away from the clean ones even far from home.

For the youngest summer visitors, unpacking into unfamiliar closets and chest of drawers can be a hassle. Send your little ones to Grandma’s already unpacked! Just pack their clothes in the Oversized Storage Organizer. When they get to Grandma’s house, they just slide it under the bed. Now Grandma won’t have to dig through a backpack to find socks the next morning!

 

In case of swimming, include an Expand-A-Tote Day Extender  with all your kids’ swimming needs like deflated intertubes and floaties, nose plugs, waterproof sun block, etc.

 Add in the All-In-One Organizer with important things that need to travel with your kids or items that their Grandparents might not have for them: medication & instructions, waterproof sun block, kiddies’ Band-Aids, Insect repellent, and anything else you can think to add. Keeping these items in a single tote can keep things running smoothly at Grandma’s house – and save Grandma a lot frustration later.

These products make the trip easier for everyone and let them focus on the time they spend together – not trying to sort out whose sock that is and where are the pool toys. Isn’t that what you really want when your kids stay with their grandparents – for your kids and your parents to play together and connect?

 

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Book Club Companion

Discussion is the heart of the book club, and the majority of time should be devoted to discussion; so don’t waste time struggling with noisy plastic bags or damage your book trying to stuff it into your purse.  Thirty-One offers some great solutions for book lovers!

A Book Club Companion

Combining the All-In-One Organizer with the Fold-And-Go Organizer, creates a simple, elegant solution to meet your book club needs.

The All-In-One Organizer is 8″ high, 12″ wide, and 6.5″ deep with a mesh pocket on each 6.5″side, and it had two sturdy handles.  As a Book Club Companion, it holds:

  • A Good Book (or your ereader/iPad)
  • Reusable Coffee/Tea Cup or Water Bottle
  • Reading Group Guide (if any)
  • A Binder for Any Handouts from/for Book Club
  • Container of Cookies or Snacks to Share
  • The Fold-And-Go Organizer
    • A Notepad for Your Notes (if your book club uses notes)
    • Your Bookmark (or spare marks for referring to passages)
    •  A Pen and/or Pencil

The Fold-And-Go Organizer is 5.5″wide and 8.5″ high. It has a 50 sheet Notepad, interior pockets – one with a hook-and-loop closure and the other with an elastic top opening – and an elastic band closure.

Bundling your book club supplies into this mobile companion gives you an organized solution that leaves you a free hand to carry in a dish for a potluck meeting or shake hands with new members while offering the flexibility to travel to someone’s home, a meeting at the library or even a coffee shop! It also keeps your book club supplies neatly together to make getting ready for a meeting a snap!

Also, the All-In-One Organizer can be personalized! “Book Worm” “Book Club” “Heavy Reader” or “Keep Reading” are a few suggestions, but it’s completely up to you!

Don’t Forget the kids!

Libraries across the nation will soon start their summer reading programs for children, why not get a head start on keeping your kids’ reading organized!

Get an All-In-One Organizer to keep up with their library books.  Use the Fold-And-Go Organizer to keep the library’s hand outs (rules, etc) handy! Add the Hang-Up Home Organizer!  It’s 42″ high and 22.5″wide with2 clear note card sleeves, 2 large clear pockets (that can fit a standard sheet of paper), 4 pockets with clear ID slots. It holds 3 markers and includes 1 dry-erase marker! You can display your children’s progress on the reading list or on the library’s reading charts in the clear pockets! You can even make  reading wish lists!

If your library doesn’t offer a reading program, you can always make one to share with your kids. Why not read a book together this summer? Choose a book, pick a time (after dinner works well), and sit down together without phones, the TV, or video games and take turns reading out loud.

Strengthen their literacy skills, help them be more conformable speaking to groups, and foster their imagination all while spending time together!

And if their schools have summer reading lists, you can display those too! Having a reminder out were you can see it can help your children stay organized and save all of you from having an unread book hanging over their heads in the last weeks of summer vacation!

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Divide & Conquer Clutter!

Divide & Conquer Clutter!

Don’t wait for Spring to start cleaning out closets and reorganizing your home.  Who wants to stay inside on a beautiful Saturday in April or May? Why not use the dreary days of winter to get organized so you can go spend the pretty days out enjoying yourself?

Start Small

You can’t reorganize your home overnight and trying to do it all at once or just tackling a complicated or large space can make you want to throw up your hands and say: “I quit!” A house isn’t built in a day — what would make you think you could clean it in one? Focus on small goals.

Pick a small room or area for your first project – like your linen closet. Do you have wobbling towers of towels, washcloths just waiting to spill over and unfold, or stubborn fitted sheets that never look good folded? Try stacking them in Short Utility Bins or Square Utility Totes for shorter shelves. Thirty-One’s colorful prints will make your closet attractive while the totes or bins keep your closet in order! Plus, laundry’s a snap! When you’re about to fold a load of towels or sheets, stop by the linen closet and take one of the emptier bins or totes with you!  You can fold the clean items neatly and put them up without any hassle!

Stay Enthusiastic with Short Bursts of work!

It’s easy to look at a cluttered garage or paper-piled home office and feel overwhelmed by how much needs to be done.  Don’t get discouraged by those complicated tasks! Break a big job up into a series of simple tasks.

Start by setting up your task list!

All-at-one, you might spend hours getting your home office in order, but not if you break it up into a series of smaller tasks! You can work for just a few minutes each day, getting organized little-by-little, and you’ll feel accomplished when you complete each task!  To make a long task list more palpable, try to keep your tasks small enough that each should take 15 minutes or less.  

I’ll use organizing your home office as an example.

Sit down at your office desk or table.  Set a Collapsible Cube at your feet and start neatly stacking papers in it. Don’t worry about sorting them now — other than keeping your current bills separated and easy to find. Also, don’t open any of the drawers yet — we’re just clearing off the surface.

Now use a Little Carry All Caddy to collect all the office supplies off the desk: Pens, pencils, sticky notes, note pads, envelopes, staplers, tape, etc.

What’s left on your desk? Leaving in place essentials like your computer, phone, and lamp, look at everything else that’s on the surface. If you’ve got decorative items, make sure none of them are in your way. A potted plant can brighten your workspace, but if you constantly have to reach around or over it to get to supplies or file papers, consider moving it somewhere close-by but out of your way.

Next, look at your work area. If your desk has drawers, decide what you want to put in them (hanging files, supplies, extra printer paper, etc) Don’t be overly concerned about what’s in the drawers now. You’re re-organizing; not just rehashing your old routine!

Finally, set out the Fold-And-Go Organizer and list the tasks you’ve just set up to do later:

 

 

 

 

Your Home Office Organizing Task list

1.  Empty One Drawer  (Only One at a Time)

  1. Put Any Papers in the Collapsible Cube
  2. Put Any Office Supplies in the Littles Carry All Caddy (if it’s full, use a Short Utility Bin)
  3. Whatever isn’t paper or an office supply into an All-In-One Organizer
  4. Wipe out the drawer.
  5. Sort what goes back in the drawer. Only put it in if it belongs in that drawer.
  6. Repeat for each drawer.

2. Sort Office Supplies from the Littles Carry All Caddy into the appropriate drawer

(If you don’t have any drawers for them, or like to keep supplies on your desk, use the Littles Carry All Caddy! You can fill it with pens or neatly standup your notepads with a few pens and pencils tucked in the mesh pocket on the front.)

3.  Clean Up Your File System

Whether you’re using a file cabinet & hanging files, an accordion folder, or ring binder with dividers:

  • Make sure that all labels are neat and easy to read.
  • Clean out any clutter or unnecessary papers.
  • Designate an “Inbox,” “To-Do,” or “Bills to Pay” tray or slot.
  • Try the Hang-Up Home Organizer as your “Inbox/To-Do List/Bill To Pay Tray.” It’s got space to hang your calendar, keep up with upcoming bills, flyers from your church or school, incoming mail, etc!

4.  Make your planning calendar handy & remind yourself to use it!

  • Use a physical calendar to track your family’s schedule (& your own!).
  • Keep it in reach of your “Bills to Pay” tray so you can easily mark off or add due dates!
  • The Hang-Up Home Organizer is great for that!

5.  Sort the papers out of the Collapsible Cube into your file system.

  • Be sure to have a recycle bin on hand for waste paper

 

How long did you spend clearing off your desk and making your task list? Probably not longer than 30 minutes!  You’re not done yet, but you do have a set plan of tasks ready to tackle.  Each of the 5 tasks on your list shouldn’t take you more than 15 or 20 minutes to complete, and if you finish one task a day, you’ll be finished in less than a week — without spending your entire day off or staying up past midnight to get everything sorted and put away!

Try this Divide & Conquer method for your next organizing project. With Thirty-One’s great organizing and storage products, you’ll be amazed by the results!

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New Year’s Party Survival

Entertain the easy way this year!

The New Year is just days away! Let Thirty-One help you get ready in style!

 

Fill an All-In-One Organizer with your party favors! This makes it easy for someone to pass the favors and keeps them looking neat the whole night! Or dangle a Littles Carry-All Caddy full of favors off your arm like a purse so you can pass them out as you greet your guests!

 

Party Games
Don’t let boredom send your guests to other parties!

Fill an Organizing Utility Tote or Storage Tote with supplies for your favorite party games to keep everyone having a great time!  For New Year’s Eve, try 2012 Fortune Telling — Create a list of funny fortunes (like you’d find in fortune cookies) and cut them out. Fold the slips and let guests draw their fortune from the Littles Carry-All Caddy.  As they draw, read the fortunes out loud, and enjoy the laughter!

 

Keep it Clean!
Don’t lug around a chunky trash can!

Cleaning up accidents and trouble spots as they happen will make your guests more comfortable than navigating around spills and trash.  Beside your good table, line a Tall Utility Bin with a heavy duty trash bag so you can have a trash bag that’s easy to find but still looks great!

 

 

 

Take it With You!
The Every Party Kit

Zip-Up Pencil Pouch in your purse or waits neatly in your car while you take your clutch inside!

  • Aspirin (or substitute)
  • Blister Block or Rub Relief (high heels are killers)
  • Spot Remover
  • Mints/Gum
  • Travel Tissues
  • Small Wine Bottle Opener
  • Feminine supplies
  • Sewing Kit (Seam tears, button pops, snags)
  • Travel Pack of Disposable Toilet Seat covers
  • Charmin-To-Go / Other travel paper
  • Tiny Hair Spray (spraying your hose can prevent rips & tears)
  • Hand sanitizer

 

Networking At the Party
You’re going to have a good time, but don’t be unprepared to make new contacts.

Five Pocket Clutch take a clutch that’s both cute and functional! Whether a social gathering of friends or a work party, you’re likely to meet a few new people.  Have your business cards at your fingertips and be able to keep their cards organized as you receive them.  Add a Wristlet Strap to keep the clutch dangling comfortably from your wrist instead of tucking it constantly under your arm or laying it on a table.

If you’re going out for New Year’s Eve this year, stay safe and have a great time!

Happy New Year!

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