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Decoration Round Up!

For Simple, Organized Clean up: Choose Thirty-One!

Now 2011 is gone, and 2012 is here. You’ve made you resolutions – maybe to be more organized for the New Year – and before you looms a discouraging, messy task: de-decorating.  It’s time to take down your Christmas tree and garlands and wreaths and lights.  Maybe your New Year’s Eve party banners are still hanging, maybe you’ve got one of those lawns with the elaborate Christmas scenes.  No matter how much or how little you put up for the holidays – now it’s time to take the decorations down.  Why not start 2012 organized?

Sort Before your Store!
“This year, I’ll organize my Christmas decorations when I put them up.”

Did you have to untangle lights and garlands and tinsel this year? Save yourself the hassle: organize your decorations as you put them away.  Take a Large Utility Tote and take down all the decorations in one area – do the kitchen, foyer, living room, dining room, etc separately.  Now, empty your Large Utility Tote into an Oversized Storage Bag. These great storage solutions zip closed, have a clear PVC window for holding a label, and fit into larger plastic storage bins to keep your decorations neatly sorted and together over the long year to come!

 

Ornament Organization Preparedness Suggestion (Oops!)

Let the kids help out!  Give them each a Littles Carry-All Caddy and have them take a specific kind or color ornament off the tree. This speeds up your clean up and keeps your ornament sorted! Be mindful of your ornaments though – for example, if you have a toddler and dozens of fragile, heirloom ornaments, maybe you should find another way he can help out. Later, sitting down with a Littles Carry-All Caddy full of ornaments as you carefully pack them back into their boxes or containers is a lot easier than taking one or two off the tree and trying to juggle them and the containers as you take them down – plus, this method can cut down on your post-holiday “oops!” moments when an ornament slips through your fingers or is accidentally knocked off the tree as its neighbor is removed.

Taming the Reindeer

If you have outdoors decorations, don’t lug them inside handful at a time or spent hours out in the cold trying to sort them into the various storage bins you have for them.  Take a Square Utility Tote outside with you, round up one or two items and take them into your garage to do your storage organizing out of the wind and weather.

If you’ve got a lot of decorations outside, consider using multiple Large Utility Totes & Tall Utility Bins.  Fill each tote or bin, take it back to the foyer or garage, and then get another. Once you’ve filled up all your totes, go inside, have a little cocoa to warm up, and start sorting what you’ve brought in.  This can break up your un-decorating and make a huge un-do-able job more like a series of small, manageable tasks. This method is especially helpful if your early January is busy as you can set a goal of filling and sorting one tote or bin every night after work or  add to ‘Filling & a Tote with Outside Christmas Decorations’ to your kids’ after-school chores.  If you have decorations that require adults or adult supervision to take down – like lights on your roof or up in tall trees – be sure to tackle those first as a family.

Be careful and safe when you’re climbing ladders or step-ladders outside or in!

 

Wrapping & Gift Storage

You might remember my Wrapping Station article before Christmas. Don’t just empty your wrapping supplies into a storage bin and forget them! You’ll have birthdays and anniversaries this year!  Refit your wrapping station with birthday, anniversary, and generic wrapping paper and put it away in a utility or storage closet.

Another of your resolutions might have been to buy gifts early this year.  Maybe you even found a few during the After-Christmas sales.  Have you ever hidden gifts thinking: “I’ll get my Christmas shopping done early! Of course I’ll remember putting them here!” And then find the gifts long after they were appropriate for their recipient? (Like buying a princess doll for your little girl and finding it in a storage bin the same year she gets her driver’s license.) Don’t do it this year! 

Use an Oversized Storage Bag to keep up with friends’ and more distant relatives’ gifts. You can easily label these long, wide bags and they have handles on the side. You can slide them high in your closet, but if your kids find it, they’ll know it’s presents for grandpa or Mrs. Baker down the street – your Santa Secret remains safe!

For hiding your kids gifts, you’ve got to be more subtle.  Big items – like bicycles and play sets – are difficult to hide for a long time, but for medium and small gifts, again the Oversized Storage Bag works great!  You can slide it under your bed or on your top pantry shelf with a misleading label like “Cook Book Literature” or “Miscellaneous Pot Lids.”

Here’s the secret to NOT MISPLACING the gifts your buy early! Right now, right this minute open your calendar (physical or electronic). Now write yourself a note for the beginning of November – “The Christmas Gifts I bought early are in the Thirty-One Bag in the top of my closet” – or wherever you store them.  Whatever storage you use for your gifts, write yourself a note and put it up inside the lid, “Update Location on Calendar” as a remind that if you move it, you need update the note in your calendar to know where it is come November.  Also, tag gifts as you get them – even if you don’t wrap them, put a label on them with the name and event like “Sarah’s Birthday” or “Jack – Christmas.”

Don’t forget to keep a list! No one wants to forget birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and Christmas presents! Put a list in your calendar of gifts to get – when you buy one of those gifts, put a check by it or write “In Box.”

 Start you New Year off right by getting organized and staying organized all year!

 

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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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Thermal Resolutions! & Fundraising!

Give, Receive, and Look Great Doing it!

January is right around the corner! That means your New Year’s Resolutions are looming ahead!  Why not use the Thermal Tote or Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote from Thirty-One to help you keep a resolution this year?

Daily Diet Reminder!

Stay on top of your resolutions by giving yourself a daily reminder! 

Instead of taking a brown paper sack with your lunch in it — take a Thermal Tote in one of our eye-catching winter prints!  You can personalize it with a motivating message like “Good Diet!”, “Rock my Diet”, “Get Healthy!”, “Live Longer!”, “Eat Right!”, “Moderation” or your personal inspirations: “For My Kids!”, “For My Heart”, “To Feel Good”, or a goal like “In 8 by 2013”, “1 lb / week”, etc.   For your diet, write a clear statement of your goals – be realistic – and include a bullet list of your reasons. Fold this note and put it in the pocket on the side of your Thermal Tote!

Keep Out Temptation! Every morning, when you pack your lunch, there’s your monogrammed message – reminding you to put back the cookies and add a yogurt or fruit for your afternoon snack.

Keep On Track!  Every day at lunch, take out the note you wrote and add that day’s date to the back to remind yourself that you’re still on track! Write small – you’ve got 365 dates to write down!

Keep Your Perspective! If you do go ‘off diet,’ don’t give into that impulse to give up, put the pint of ice cream back in the freezer, and go back to the note in your tote.  Draw in one tiny frowny face L.  Now look at that tiny face compared to all the dates you’ve put down for keeping on track.  Doesn’t that mistake look tiny and unimportant in the face of all the work you’ve already done?

• Challenge and Reward Yourself! Staying motivated and enthusiastic about your diet is key to staying on your diet, and challenges & rewards can help you feel good about what you’ve accomplished.  Try positive challenges like “Go 1 solid week with no soda or sweet tea!” or “No Take Out in March!” For your rewards, avoid food-related prizes.  Rewarding yourself for a diet accomplishment with a sugary treat is counterproductive. Remember that truly successful diets change your eating habits along with your waistline!  Rewards should make you happy & proud of what you’ve done: “If I meet that challenge, I’ll … go see that movie in the theater, buy myself that purse or book, make the next Saturday a Me-Day,” or something else that you enjoy.

Exercise Escort!
Keep your resolutions close & your tote closer!

Get with your exercise escort – sharing your success can be the difference between a New Year’s Resolution and an all year achievement! Call or text each other reminders and motivation.  If you both keep your gym dates or your workout schedules for a full month, go out to celebrate together!

Be a Gym Buddy!  Make a deal with one of your girlfriends who is getting on the exercise wagon too — agree to keep going to the gym and keep each other coming to the gym.

Workout Dates  If you don’t want to join a gym – go for walks with a friend(escalating into jogging or running if you are both able), have workout dates at each others’ houses once a month,

Take that Class Together  Yoga, Pilates, martial arts, and other physically challenging classes are often available at your local community centers!

Don’t use those side pockets on your gym bag to carry your water to the gym! Hydrating is an important part of any exercise regiment, and Thirty-One’s Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote is perfect for the job!  Get in the habit of keeping your Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote handy and stocked with bottles of water, and you can avoid those tempting sugary drinksthat run down your running!

It’s not just for drinks!  Make an ice or gel pack cold pull double duty to keep your drinks cool and be ready for those sore muscles! You gym bag can’t do that!

 

Helping Others

Community groups, clubs, and organizations are always looking for volunteers, and usually keeping an eye out for new ways to raise money for their programs.  Why not offer to help by coordinating a fundraiser? The Thermal Tote & Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote make great fundraising products! They’re useful, stylish, and inexpensive (especially in January)!

Your Group Never Participated in a Fundraiser Before
If you have not done product fundraising before, ask your volunteers, church group, or supporters if fundraising by selling a product would be acceptable to them. If you serve youth groups or sports clubs, ask the parents if they are willing for their children fundraise by selling a product. If your potential fundraising sales force is not enthusiastic, your fundraiser will not be successful!

Be Unique!
Schools, church groups, sports clubs, social clubs, bands, and other local groups often sell popcorn, magazines, candles, fruit by the box, cookies, … etc in their fundraisers.  Nothing bogs down a fundraiser like discovering that another group sold the same product just last month!  Selling Thirty-One products – like the Thermal Tote & Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote – makes your fundraiser stand out!

Offer Quality!
Especially when children or teens are involved in the fundraiser, many of their first orders come from grandparents and other relatives. Who hasn’t bought a popcorn tin or fundraising ornament from the child of a friend or neighbor? All too often, you receive what you ordered and feel that your money would have been better spent as a direct donation rather than adding something else to the back of your closet.  Give your fundraising volunteers the confidence to share the products with people they care about by offering quality and style that they can actually USE! 

An Order Taking Program
Your customers select from the Thirty-One Products offered in a fundraiser flyer; volunteers record the order; all order forms are returned to your consultant; your consultant finalizes the order and ships the products to your fundraiser’s organizer; products are distributed to volunteers who deliver products to the customer. Funds are collected at the time of selection.

•  No Inventory of the Products to Buy & Stock  – No Up Front Costs!

•  No Guesswork on How Much Product to Order

•  Volunteers are each given a flyer to show customers exactly how much of each sale is going to your group!

•  Convenient format allows adults and children to participate in fundraising effort

 No Official Thirty-One Fundraiser

At this time, Thirty-One doesn’t offer a company-wide fundraising program, but individual consultants can have their own fundraising initiatives. Ask your consultant if they offer a fundraising program!

Have Fun
However you choose to use your Thermal Tote or Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote,  enjoy yourself in 2012!

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