Getting organized! For many, that phrase is synonymous with "Buy Me!"
Savvy retailers know that "Get Organized Fever" breaks out at predictable intervals, and tailor ad campaigns to capitalize on the desire to create an organized home. Too often, professional organizers hear the cry, "But I can't afford to get organized!"
No doubt about it, there are many marvelous products on the market to help achieve better home and personal organization.
The tax man cometh ... and he'll be here soon! Do you know where your tax records are?
Chances are, they're swimming in a stack of paper ... somewhere.
Rafts of paper flood into the average home each day.
The mailbox discharges letters and bills and bank statements. Briefcases explode with professional journals, pay stubs and calendars. School backpacks unload children's artwork, meeting notices and sports schedules.
Armed with a menu plan and a shopping list, you've taken the first steps toward establishing a grocery budget and are paying less for food.
But for many of us, the process isn't a happy one.
Mornings aren't the same when a favorite coffee blend is replaced with a generic grind, while the family is getting mighty tired of downsized dinners. Sure, you're saving money--but are you getting the most food value for what you spend?
Cutting back on supermarket spending doesn't have to mean an endless diet of ramen noodles!
From time to time, I encounter a skeptical interviewer--a media person or freelance writer who is, shall we say, a bit antithetical to the idea of being organized. Maybe they're free spirits, or they have so much innate organizing ability that the message seems like overkill, but they tend to ask the same question:
Imagine a genie, a butler, a secret servant at your fingertips.
Someone who remembers everything: when your kindergartner got his last round of immunizations, the name and number of that other Mom in the soccer carpool, what your second cousin named her latest baby.
Every home manager needs this informational paragon, but no one has to scour deserted beaches for a jeweled bottle.
This secret servant is called a planner--and every home manager worth her gym socks needs to have one.
What is a planner? It's a collection of information, portable and accessible.
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