The Tidy Traveller

Organization covers many realms, and travel is no exception. Before you venture out into the world, you must arrange your suitcase. This seems simple enough, but there are tricks to maximize efficient use of this space. Here are some quick tips for organizing your suitcase:

1. Plan your outfit for each day. Also, you don’t need a new pair of pants every day – usually one pair can be worn for at least two days. By planning in advance what you’re going to wear, you won’t end up overpacking.

2. Roll it up! Rolling your clothes is the most space-saving method and it also minimizes wrinkles.

3. Compartmentalize. Think of a junk drawer and how everything just gets jostled around, turning into a chaotic mess. You don’t want that to happen to your suitcase, so use slim, smaller pouches/bags to compartmentalize your items. Group like items together. When you’re at the airport, you’ll be able to easily grab your toiletries for inspection.

4. If you’re packing extra pairs of shoes, arrange them in the way that retail stores do – putting opposite ends of the shoes together – this will save space. Also, put them in a grocery bag to avoid getting other things dirty.

5. Identify. A lot of people have black suitcases and this can make it hard to find yours. Tag your bag with some sort of colourful identifier so that it catches your eye quicker. I once tied a bright purple fuzzy elastic band on the handle of mine.

These are just some simple and quick tips for getting yourself ready for travel. I hope they were helpful.

Happy organizing!

 

 

Liebster Award

A classmate of mine, Kassandra Kitz, nominated me for this award and I’d like to thank her! Check out her blog where she shares her inspirations, life’s tidbits, travels, and everything in-between.

 

Here are the official rules:

1) Thank the rockin’ blogger that nominated you.

2) Answer the 11 questions you were given.

3) Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 500 followers.

4) Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5) Tag your nominees and post a comment in their blog so they know they’ve been nominated.

 

Here we go folks!

1. What is one quality that you would like to be remembered for?

This is a tough question, but I’d say, my acceptance of others.

2. What’s your favourite food?

Sushi!

3. If you were to win the lottery, what would you spend your money on?

Buying everyone in my family a house (or paying off their mortgages).

4. What’s your favourite sport to watch and why?

I don’t watch sports.

5. Which actor/actress do you wish to be with?

I’ve never actually thought about this… hard to say!

6. Can you build an awesome house of cards?

Nope

7. What’s your favourite quote?

“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkein

8. If you were a super hero, what power would you have?

Invisibility

9. Where would your dream holiday be?

Japan

10. Do you have a favourite cheesy pop song?

Nope

11. What is your best talent? (Can you juggle? Solve a rubix cube?)

Swimming – front crawl

 

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Your questions:

1. Do you drive? If so, what kind of vehicle is it?

2. What is your favourite hobby?

3. What is your favourite quote?

4. Do you have pets? If so, what kind and how many?

5. What is your favourite thing to do on your day(s) off?

6. If you could only speak once to one person today, what would you say and to whom would it be to?

7. What is your favourite movie of all time?

8. Would you ever go vegetarian or vegan? Why or why not?

9. Do you believe in recycling? Why or why not?

10. What is your dream job?

11. Would you ever donate a kidney?

READY. SET. GO.

Enter at Your Own Risk? (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from part two…

7. Manage your mail. The entryway is often where we put incoming mail, but sometimes it just sits there and starts to turn into a messy stack. Sort through your mail daily and keep up with it. Recycle junk mail immediately and file important paperwork soon after you open it. Additionally, get a storage device for your mail (see examples in the pictures below).

8. Maximize your entryway closet space. Go vertical with a double-hang or purchase cascading hangers to free up space (both are pictured below, respectively).

Don’t have a front hall closet? There are still solutions! Installing hooks will work wonders. You can also get a small table or cubby with storage space.

9. Get a charging station for your gadgets. Recharge your phone, ipod, etc. in a designated spot in the entryway. You won’t forget your phone again when you leave the house and it will remind you to plug-in when you get home. A charging station also keeps cords neatly tucked away.

Happy organizing!

Enter at Your Own Risk? (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from part one…

4. Get shoe storage. Whether it be a rack, cubbies, or a hanging system, invest in some sort of shoe organization device. Pick what works best with your entryway. If you have a small entryway closet, don’t hang your shoes, as you will need this precious space for coats. Also, if you have the space for it, get a bench! This is helpful for putting your shoes on and if you have one with storage, you can keep certain things inside like more shoes, hats, scarves, etc.

5. Keep it seasonal. Store out-of-season items elsewhere. Some ideas for storing your out-of-season things are: under-the-bed storage, vacuum seal them, or store them in a spare bedroom closet.

6. Hang it up. Get hooks to keep things off of the floor and counters. Hang up purses, bags, backpacks, scarves, hats, helmets, etc.

Entryway organization will be continued in part three!

 

Enter at Your Own Risk? (Part 1 of 3)

The entryway: the beginning and the end of your home. It is a space that is greatly prone to disaster and disorganization because of the perceived – and instant – “drop-off zone.” Big or small, narrow or wide, the organizational functions of this area are often misused. It is convenient to free yourself of paraphernalia here – it is very easy to just throw and go – but there is a better way to go about it, and it is one that will leave you happier in the long run!

Messiness strains our minds and puts us in lousy moods. Should the first and last thing you see when you leave or enter your house be a chaotic composition of your things? By keeping a well-organized entryway, you are setting yourself up for a better mood as well as efficiency when leaving or entering your home. Below are some basic tips on how to create and maintain a tidy entryway.

1. The first step to entryway organization is the same as many other organizational tasks: Remove everything from the space! Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard. Also, this is a great time to clean!

2. Since most entryways are small, determine whether or not certain items would be better stored in another room. For example, do you really need your summer sandals sitting on the shoe rack during winter? Must you have that stack of magazines lying around? Reconsider everything and keep only what is meant for the purpose of this space: things that come in and out of the house on a regular basis.

3. Designate a key spot. Always put your keys in the same place so you know where they will be when you are in rush. No more hunting! Suggestion: put them on a hook or place them in a decorative bowl/tray.

Entryway organization will be continued in part two!