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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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Tis the Season to Relax

Give yourself a break before you have a holiday meltdown.

You need a break!

For the holiday, you’ve probably planned at least one major event planned – a big dinner, a Christmas party, or family gathering. Enjoy your holiday celebrations by putting aside your to do lists and giving yourself a little Me-Time!

The Big Spa Kit

Keep a Spa in your Closet!

Keep your beauty treatments organized, easy to get to, and easy to put away!  With the Organizing Utility Tote Thirty-One makes it easy to keep your home spa supplies out of the way of your everyday routine without making you dig out a dozen different boxes, caddies, and small storage bins!

What to put in your Organizing Utility Tote for the Big Spa?

• Folded Robe On Top with Slippers in the pockets

Side Pocket 1 — Hair clips, ties, bandana, or headband

Side Pocket 2 — Tea Candles & Matches or Lighter

Side Pocket 3Manicure Kit, Toe Spacers, Nail Conditioner/Strengthener, Pedicure Stone

Side Pocket 4 — Beauty mask, Eye creams/supplies

Side Pocekt 5 — CDs of Mood Music

• Inside
–  Littles Carry-All Caddy
Waxing Kit – Applicators, Epilating Strips/roll, Wood Spatula or Spoon,   Wax & Warmer
Mini Organizer
Outer Pockets – Lotions, Essential Oils, & Other bottles
Inside – Herbal Heating Pad/Pack
– Large Lotion, Body Cream, and other Bottles or canisters
– Loofah Sponge or other exfoliating washcloth
– Herbal Hot Pack or Heating Pad

 

Spa on the Go!

15 minutes to Feel Fantastic!

If you’re travelling over the holidays, pack something to help you unwind – make your own travelspa! Pack a MiniOrganizer with your spa supplies, and find 15 minutes to refresh yourself and get in a great mood for the coming celebrations. Fix yourself a cup of an herbal tea like chamomile or lemongrass, grab a chair you can take into the bathroom (preferably one with a back) and sneak off to a bathroom your 15 minutes. Light a candle and turn off the light to let give your eyes a break from the twinkling tree lights and decorations.  Put your body lotion or cream near/on a radiator or heating vent to warm it. Soak a washcloth with warm water and lay it over your face. Sit down and let yourself just relax in the quiet, dark room. Once the washcloth cools, gently pat your face dry and apply your warmed lotion or cream in slow circles, massaging your face and neck as you rub in the lotion.  Now, put your head down on your folded arms on the vanity, close your eyes, and let go of your holiday stress.

Suggestions to put in your MiniOrganizer for a travelspa

• body lotion or cream
• shower cap
• soft face scrub
• candle & lighter
• bath salts
• herbal tea
• exfoliating scrub
• even a folded robe or hot pad!


Shopping Spa

Decompress During your Day After Christmas Shopping!

After a few hours of deal hunting, mall navigating, and line-waiting, you trudge back to your car weary and ready to just go home!  Be ready for that shopper’s-low with a Thermal Tote! That’s right – they’re not just for taking your lunches in style! When you’re getting ready for your shopping trip, wrap a hand warmer (not activated) in a thin hand towel and put it in your Thermal Tote! Once you park at the store you’ll be shopping in, activate the hand warmer (follow the directions – usually you open an air tight wrapper or flex a metal disk inside it) and wrap it back in the hand towel.  Most hand warmers can keep steady heat for as long as 10 hours!

When you get back to your car, get out your warm hand towel and put it over your face. Sit there for a bit, just letting that warmth soak into your skin! Once you’ve relaxed a little, wrap the (hopefully) still warm hand warmer in the towel and drape it over the back of your neck or wrap it around a sore knee.  Now you’re refreshed for your drive home through holiday traffic!

There’s plenty of room in a Thermal Tote to take several thin-towel-wrapped hand warmers! These are great for kids when they just in the car on cold days!  For toddlers and other children child’s too young for you to be comfortable letting them hold a hand warmer without supervision, you can activate two or three hand warmers and spread them out in a small, folded up fleece blanket inside your Thermal Tote. The silver thermal lining will help the hand warmers keep the blanket toasty warm, and nothing hurries up naptime like a warm blanket on a cold day!

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Thirty-One on the Today Show!

This morning, Friday December 16th, Thirty-One CEO & Founder – Cindy Monroe – was on NBC’s Today show!

Find out why by watching the clip here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45697024#45697024

Several SEDs and I were all in the crowd – you can pick us out by looking for the pink Santa hats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so proud of what Thirty-One has accomplished this year, and I’m glad to be a part of such a caring and giving company!

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Caroling Care Packages!

Go Sing! Give more than just the gift of song! Use these Thirty-One Ideas for great take-a-longs!

 

Christmas Kindness Care Package

If you like to give gifts to the home your carol to, stock up on the Little Carry-All Caddy! This small tote is the perfect gift bag! Fill it with holiday treats, colorful tissue paper, or just a box of tissues! Try some of these combinations:

 

Caffeine Caddy
For coffee-lovers and busy neighbors!

Littles Carry-All Caddy in Winter Wonderland

• Teal Tissue Paper

• Several Instant Coffee Singles Packets or a bag of coffee/espresso

• A handful of holiday chocolates

 

 

Season Sensation

• Littles Carry-All Caddy in Pin Dots

• Red & Green Tissue Paper

• Candy Canes + Peppermints!

• Tinsel

• A Holiday Potpourri Packet or Seasonal Teas

 

Winter Goodybag

• Littles Carry-All Caddy in Windsor Argyle

• Box of Hot Cocoa

• Seasonal Mug

• Silver or Gray Tissue Paper

• Wrap with Ribbon or Gift Scarf

 

Christmas Traditions

Littles Carry-All Caddy in Black Parisian Pop

• Deep or Bright Red Tissue Paper

• An Orange & Apple
• Wrapped Sugar Cookies or Gingerbread Men

• Candy Canes

 

Adding a Christmas Card signed by your carolers is a nice touch to any caroling gift!

Don’t forget to Take Care of your Carolers!

Cocoa on the Go-Go!
Keep your carolers warm & toasty!

Carry a Thermal Tote full of tightly closed travel cups of cocoa or put a thermos & a supply of Styrofoam cups in the All-In-One Organizer to pour-&-sip as you go! (Take a long a plastic bag to put your used cups in!)

Tea or Cider can also help carolers shake off the shivers!

 

Caroling Kit
Get your carolers ready with this ingenious little kit!

Little Carry-All Caddy in Windsor Argyle

• Flashlight / headlamp

• Hand warmers

• Caroling book/pages

• Travel Mug/Cup

• Candle with Spatterguard

 

Candle Caddy!
If you’re going to carry candles for your caroling, consider this creative caddy!

Mini Organizer in Black Parisian Pop

• Spare Candles & Spatter guards (protect those hands!)

• Lighter/matches

• Mini-First Aid Kit & Travel or Kitchen Extinguisher (for emergencies)

About Town Blanket (in case one of your carolers gets a chill!)

 

Carol with Care!
Be safe and stay warm while you spread holiday cheer!

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