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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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Strategies for the Season!

Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Your Christmas Planner!

You’ve got a lot of things to keep up with for Christmas! Wish Lists, Christmas card lists, Get-togethers with guest lists & menus,  Gift Lists, Secret Santas, Grocery Lists, other Shopping Lists, Schedule of Events from school holidays to grandparent visits to church plays to day-after sales, Receipts & Gift Receipts, Stocking Stuffers, Decorations to put up, a Tree to Trim… whew!

Take control of your Christmas chaos! Use the Hang-up Home Organizer from Thirty-One to get your holidays in order!

Here’s how:

 1. Hang Up your Calendar!
There’s a calendar bar to hold your December calendar!

Note all the events for next month that you know right now – use a pencil because dates can change and parties can cancel, but ink lasts forever!

2. Keep your Christmas Card List Up to Date!
Beside your calendar is a clear sleeve large enough for a regular page (8.5×11).

Make a Christmas card list and slide it into the sleeve. As you send cards out, you can easily check them off with a dry erase marker! And if you get a card from someone who hasn’t sent you a card before, you can easily reciprocate and add them to your list for next year!

3. Note cards Get You Ready Now!
Below the calendar and 1st clear sleeve are two note card pockets.

You’ll visit friends, you’ll have people over, and your family will have other commitments this holiday season (church plays, caroling, food drives, secret Santa’s). For every event there will be details you need to know: dates, times, things to bring/buy, car pools, Santa rules, deadlines — so for every event make a note card! Keep them in chronological order and update them as details change.  When it’s time to get ready for that event, you can grab its note card and have everything that’s need-to-know right at your fingertips!

4.Tomorrow Matters!
To the right of the note card pockets is another clear sleeve – this one is for a regular page (8.5×11) turned on its side (landscape). 

Keep a blank sheet of paper in here and use the sleeve’s clear surface to make an agenda for the next day or hang a notebook here for keeping up with your holiday plan!

5.Write it Down!
Beside the landscape clear sleeve are three marker/pen slots. 

Use them for a pencil, a pen, and a dry erase marker. Don’t forget important details because you forgot to write them down!

6. Four Pockets of Possibility!
Below the note card pockets, clear sleeve and pen slots there are four pockets with clear ID slots.

This versatile part of the organizer can be tailored to work with your holiday needs. Fill them with lists, flyers (if you have them), invitations, and your notes! Try one of these category combinations:

Busy Family

Family Events

School/Work

Church

Shopping List

Travelling

Gifts / Shopping

Travel Plans

While We’re Gone…

When We Get Back

On the Go

Our Parties

Parties Elsewhere

Other Events

Day-After Sales

These are just suggestions! Use them, mix & match, or makeup your own!

Staying organized through the hectic holidays will help you forget the stress and enjoy celebrating the season with your family and friends!

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