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For some of you, gift Christmas exchanges may have already started.  If you were one of the lucky ones you may have received something that needed to be assembled with instructions you might need to keep (love an Allen key challenge). Or maybe your gift had a warranty or manual?  You will have not only the wrapping and boxes to deal with (read more about that in our post Mt Giftwrap), you will also have some paperwork to file. Don't let your instruction manuals or warranties get lost in the wrappings this Christmas. You will get something new (Santa told me you have been good) so use this simple guide to ensure you have paperwork to reference when you need it!

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Happy National Organising Week (NOW)!

NOW (pun or rather acronym intended) is the perfect time to reconsider how you use your space, time and stuff.

One of our favourite ways to help families get and stay organised are our action stations. A while ago I stumbled on the blog post of a compatriot organiser Lisa of Organized 365 in the USA, it was all about The Sunday Basket Straight away I related to the concepts Lisa was describing, finding it similar to our family filing action stations. It got me thinking about the way we have described our action stations and how to use them to you in the past.  

Do all those end of financial year sales (EOFYS) jingles on TV make your blood run cold because it reminds you of all the paperwork you have to get through to prepare for your tax return? Well switch that jingle playing in your head to one of my favourite 80’s bands Roxette and come along for the ‘joyride’ as I introduce you to our DRESS for success FileOsophy.

As you may recall February is one of two clusters of birthdays that our family has each year.  In the February cluster we have Jacob (who will tell anyone that will listen) is first, followed by Gabi then myself.  So we have LOTS going on in the lead up to these special days not to mention all the other things going on in our busy lives. Historically, I always used a diary – a small handbag sized diary with a week to view – and I am sure at some stage I had one of those old school birthday books full of messy entries. Back in the late 90’s whilst working a full time desk job I started to rely heavily on my office outlook calendar but found weekends and personal items being forgotten so I was using both the old diary AND outlook – hello double up and confusion. BI (Before iPhone) I had a mobile with a calendar with reminder functions so I started using that, but still I relied on the old paper one because I never managed to get everything updated into the phone. Then smart phones changed everything…

 
20131227 Mount Giftwrap We are home, hot and dusty from our Merry Mudgee Christmas; I hope that Santa was kind to you all. Did anyone get great gifts?  I would love to hear about your favourites!  If you remember our last post I love hearing this stuff so I can note down ideas for future gifts. How was the mess? Are you covered in Mt Giftwrap?  This post has a few simple ideas of how to deal with all the extra rubbish we seem to accumulate over the holidays.

Yes you read that right it says 2014!I can hear you all thinking “wait a minute Christmas 2014?! It’s not even Christmas 2013!  Don’t worry we are not crazy, just helpfully organised.I wanted to share my personal favourite tip to an organised hassle free way to shop for Christmas gifts.

20131213-Fairytales-School-Holiday-Sanity-Savers-titleimage With most schools closing for the holidays this week we thought we would share not 5 but 10 School Holiday Sanity Saving ideas from Pinterest because we need all the help we can get with the kids sometimes!!! There are hundreds nee thousands of pins on this subject, these are just some of our favourites.