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Make Time Management Your New Years Goal

Having a New Years Resolution makes you and anyone you share your resolution with groan. Setting goals instead of resolutions will make it possible for you to succeed. In this post, Bonnie Joy Dewkett, the Joyful Organizer, shares ten tips on how to better manage your time. If ten tips overwhelms you, break it down and adopt one new tip each month as we work our way through 2014. By the end of the year, you’ll feel more in control of not only your time, but your life.

By Bonnie Joy Dewkett

If you are a busy mom or the president of a company, managing your time is a critical skill that you need to master in order to be as successful as you want to be.

Here are some easy to implement tips that you can adopt in your daily life.

1.  Keep a time journal.  You don’t have to write things down every minute of every day.  However, it is important to really know how long you spend doing things.  It is also important to compare how long you think things take versus how large a piece of your day they actually consume.

2.  Say no to one thing.  Really evaluate what is important to you and only take on new tasks that meet your life and business goals.

3.  Don’t be afraid to walk away from things.  If a project hasn’t been profitable, or isn’t turing out how you had imagined, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, realize that the time you have invested is gone and that you have learned valuable lessons.  Then, walk away with your head held high!

4.  Plan your day.  Instead of simply doing what comes up during the course of the day, plan ahead and know what you need and want to accomplish.

5.  Make time for you.  There is no shame in scheduling time for self care, working out and spending time with friends.

Clock6.  Pick a priority and stick with it.  This may mean you do your hardest tasks first.  It may mean you do the most profitable things first.  However, you need to set some guidelines and then prioritize your tasks that way.

7.  Clean up at the end of the day.  Take ten to fifteen minutes at the end of your day to clean up your office, kitchen or emails.  Doing so gives you time to decompress from the day and allows you to come back to a clean work space the next day!

8.  If you have tasks on your list that have been sitting there for ages…there is probably a reason that you haven’t done them.  Many times we put off things we don’t know how to begin.  Stop and think about the smaller tasks that need to be completed in order to accomplish the larger task.  Then, schedule these smaller tasks on your schedule.  Keep appointments with yourself just like you would keep an appointment with your boss or doctor.

9.  Limit the number of distractions you allow.  While you can’t stop urgent matters from coming up or keep the kids from getting sick, you can schedule time each day to close the office door, stop answering the phone or turn off the internet.

10.  If there are tasks you can afford to outsource or tasks you should be delegating, do it!  Take the time necessary to train those around you to help you.  So often, people are thrilled to have more responsibility!

Time management is about learning what works for you.  It is a constantly changing process.  Being a good time manager is about paying attention to how you spend your time and realizing that it is up to you to take control of it.  Know that it is your most precious resource, and focusing on the here and now, instead of the future, can really help you accomplish more.

Bonnie Joy Dewkett is a Certified Professional Organizer® and Director of Communications for the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers. She also has her own professional organizing business, The Joyful Organizer®.

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Take Care of Holiday Shopping Quickly and Easily with Us This Year

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As you’re making your gift list, we’re wondering who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice? Show some serious love to both by giving them a gift that just keeps on giving.

From November 21 through Cyber Monday on December 2, we have a great sale just for you and everyone else on your list.

Two Medium
Regular price: $91.90
SALE price: $84.00

Two Large
Regular price: $99.90
SALE price: $92.00

One Medium and One Large
Regular price: $95.90
SALE price: $88.00

To get these great prices, just enter the code TWOFER. Hurry, this sale runs through Cyber Monday on December 2. Don’t need two? Then how about FREE SHIPPING on one? Enter code THANKSSHIP at checkout.

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Looking for a great way to support small businesses such as Purse Perfector? Then, Saturday, November 30, might be your shopping day this year.

There’s no need to rush away from your Thanksgiving meal to get a good deal, and we think Black Friday is a day to relax. Our friends at American Express can help make this a reality for you, as well. On Saturday, November 30, you can support local and small businesses while checking some names off your gift list.

The best part? Register your American Express card starting November 24, and you can qualify to get a one-time $10 statement credit when you spend $10 or more at a qualifying small business (including Purse Perfector).

Shop small this year. You’ll have no regrets.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey 2002
Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey. Photo taken by Lyn 2002.

 

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Traveling the World: Mexico

traveling-the-world-seriesThis post is part 4 of our new blog series, Traveling the World, which highlights some of the amazing places I’ve gone with my Purse Perfector purse organizer to keep me organized along the way. Travel has always been a passion for me, and in fact, traveling abroad inspired me to invent the Purse Perfector. According to the interior of the purse, I could change the configuration of the Purse Perfector to accommodate a backpack, a small bag, a briefcase, or the rolling tote I take on board planes. In this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos I shot in Mexico.

the famous Talavera Pottery factory and shop in Puebla, Mexico.

I took this photo at the famous Talavera Pottery factory and shop in Puebla, Mexico.

Iron door outside of Puebla, Mexico.

I shot this image of an iron door outside of Puebla, Mexico.

The city of Puebla is the capital of the Mexican state of Puebla, and one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico, according to Wikipedia. Being a colonial era planned city, it is located southeast of Mexico City and west of Mexico’s main Atlantic port, Veracruz, on the main route between the two in Central Mexico.

The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means “where serpents change their skin,” in between of two of the main indigenous settlements at the time, Tlaxcala and Cholula. Due to its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city is also famous for mole poblano, chiles en nogada and Talavera pottery.

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Start Small for Big Organizing Results

By Bonnie Joy Dewkett

Getting started is tough.  It is tough to start any new venture; eating healthy, working out, learning a new language, and getting organized.

Start with a small area and you will soon find your motivation will skyrocket.  These small areas add up to make a big difference.

Here are some areas that you can tackle without a lot of time or effort:

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  2. Makeup bag
  3. Wallet
  4. Purse
  5. Glovebox
  6. Foyer
  7. Mail bin
  8. Magazine bin
  9. Game area
  10. DVD area
  11. Dining Room Table
  12. Tupperware area
  13. Junk drawer
  14. Sock drawer
  15. Accessories
  16. Craft area
  17. Wrapping paper
  18. Dog/cat supplies
  19. Linen closet
  20. Night table
  21. Laundry room
  22. Coffee table
  23. Fridge
  24. Freezer

Bonnie Joy Dewkett is a Certified Professional Organizer® and Director of Communications for the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers. She also has her own professional organizing business, The Joyful Organizer®.

 

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Galileo Sale

Galileo sale to save 20% on select purse organizers.

Before we get too far into Autumn and lovely cool evenings, it’s time to clean out your summer purses and store them for the season. Change your lipstick or gloss, add more hand sanitizer and a fresh packet of tissues.

And to help you manage all this beautifully, we’re having a special  sale – 20% off this select group of Purse Perfector purse organizers:

Large Black with Silver
Regular price: $59.95
SALE price: $47.96

Large Cobalt Blue
Regular price: $59.95
SALE price: $47.96

Large Forest Green with Silver
Regular price: $59.95
SALE price: $47.96

Medium Aqua
Regular price: $54.95
SALE price: $45.61

Simply enter this code at checkout on PursePerfector.com: GALILEO20

HURRY! This sale ends October 20.

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Traveling the World: Austria

traveling-the-world-seriesThis post is part 3 of our new blog series, Traveling the World, which highlights some of the amazing places I’ve gone with my Purse Perfector purse organizer to keep me organized along the way. Travel has always been a passion for me, and in fact, traveling abroad inspired me to invent the Purse Perfector. According to the interior of the purse, I could change the configuration of the Purse Perfector to accommodate a backpack, a small bag, a briefcase, or the rolling tote I take on board planes. In this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos I shot in Austria.

 

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Leopoldschron sunset 2008

The first two photos are taken at a conference center outside of Salzburg, which we have visited many times. The setting is called Leopoldschron and was the site used for the Baron’s terrace in “The Sound of Music.” Remember when the children fell out of their boat? That was filmed from this terrace, which was also used for the breakfast scene.

Sound of Music Barons' terrace 2009

A walk from Leopoldschron will take you though a field and up and down hills that will take you past the Maria’s convent and into beautiful Salzburg.

Vienna market 2004

The last photo is of Vienna’s farmers market that is a short walk from the Klimt Museum and the Opera. One of my first stops in most cities is the farmers market and this is quite large and one of my favorites.

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Traveling the World: Australia

traveling-the-world-seriesThis post is part 2 of our new blog series, Traveling the World, which highlights some of the amazing places I’ve gone with my Purse Perfector purse organizer to keep me organized along the way. Travel has always been a passion for me, and in fact, traveling abroad inspired me to invent the Purse Perfector. According to the interior of the purse, I could change the configuration of the Purse Perfector to accommodate a backpack, a small bag, a briefcase, or the rolling tote I take on board planes. In this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos I shot in Australia.

Australian Angel, Melbourne, Australia

While in Melbourne, we encountered a lovely little angel who touched down for a wander with her parents through one of Australia’s fabulous parks.

Rose Maze, Mornington Peninsula, Australia 2010

One of the great delights of our Australia trip was finding a park in Mornington peninsula that had four separate mazes. The Rose Maze was about waist-high, but still offered a significant challenge in finding the center.

Window at Queen Victoria Shopping Mall 2010

 

Queen Victoria Shopping Mall, Sydney, Australia 2010

Sydney, Australia offers so many beautiful architectural wonders, but I was mesmerized by the stunning views inside the Queen Victoria Shopping Mall in the center of the pedestrian shopping area.

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Traveling the World: Argentina

traveling-the-world-seriesThis post is part 1 of our new blog series, Traveling the World, which highlights some of the amazing places I’ve gone with my Purse Perfector purse organizer to keep me organized along the way. Travel has always been a passion for me, and in fact, traveling abroad inspired me to invent the Purse Perfector. According to the interior of the purse, I could change the configuration of the Purse Perfector to accommodate a backpack, a small bag, a briefcase, or the rolling tote I take on board planes. In this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos I shot in Argentina.

Recoleta in Buenos Aires 2009

One of the statuaries above crypts and mausoleums in Recoleta, the famous cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Like New Orleans, the graves are set above ground.

Recoleta 2009

Recolata is where Eva Peron is interred and when I visited on International Women’s Day in 2009, there were large stacks of bouquets in front of Peron’s crypt.

I’ve been to Argentina three times and love shopping for leather belts and handbags at shops like Prune (many locations in malls and on the pedestrian shopping street, Florida) and Charles Calfun.

Estancia horseman outside Buenos Aires 2009

Estancia roof 2009

We visited a friends’ beautiful estancia (ranch) a little more than an hour outside Buenos Aires and were charmed by their striking roof and how early a boy becomes a skilled horseman.

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End-of-Summer Savings on Our Purse Organizers

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As August starts to slip away, we want to celebrate the blue skies and green grass hillsides of the remaining days of summer with a special sale on the Large Cobalt Blue and the Large Forest Green with Silver  purse organizers:  $49.95! Until August 31, enter GET4995 to get a Large Cobalt Blue or Large Forest Green with Silver Purse Perfector in your handbag. Order now.

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How to Give Your Home a Festive Look for Fall

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Fall is just around the corner. In order to impress your guests and create the perfect, festive, seasonal ambiance, follow these easy tips from expert Pam Beattie, owner of luxury furniture and vintage décor company, Venetian Décor.

Fall colors

First and foremost, you need to embrace the colors of the season and use these fall hues to create the perfect look for your home and, most importantly, your dining room table so your guests are absolutely stunned by your creativity.

Autumn-inspired tablescapes

Combine placements and centerpieces in colors like orange, plum, yellow and brown with shallow trays of gourds that create a stunning fall table scape. Further the look by seeking out festive dishware in fall-inspired hues and napkins in patterns such as gingham, plaid, or houndstooth.

Getting crafty with pumpkins

Decorate with pumpkins – spray paint pumpkins with silver, gold or black. Using a hot glue gun either wind rope packaging or bejewel (using beads and sequins) a pumpkin after spray-painting it. To give it an extra oomph, combine the two. With a glue gun, draw swirls around the pumpkin and add glitter over the glue. Then wind the rope around the pumpkin in swirling patterns.

Fall centerpieces

Create votive centerpieces, using smaller pumpkins and gourds of various shapes. Cut the top off, but only big enough for a small votive candle to fit in snugly. Place small votive candles in the holes and place on the table for a little mood lighting.

Here’s another option: Take small pumpkins and gourds and cut the top off. Clean out the insides and use an electric drill to carve small holes in various patterns to your liking, into the pumpkin. Then place a votive candle inside the pumpkin to enjoy the extra lighting and cozy ambiance.

Natural décor

Using a large, clear vase or hurricane lamp combine gourds, acorns, nuts and faux berries together. Secure a taper candle in the center for a lovely centerpiece. You can tie a ribbon around the vase to give it a little something extra.

Pam Beattie crafts timeless pieces that unite a blend of shabby chic, French, boho, eco-friendly and refined glamour in her hand-crafted, family heirloom preservation company, Venetian Décor. Venetian Décor gives new life to family heirlooms through its exquisite furniture, pillows, cosmetic and jewelry travel bags, eye masks, phones covers and personal accessories that are one-of-a-kind timeless pieces. Venetian Décor, the leader in eloquent heirloom restoration (furs, brooches, pendants, etc.), aims at putting a new twist on family history and old world charm.