How to Organize a Yard Sale

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One great way to combat the clutter in your house – and make some extra cash in the process – is to hold a yard sale. Yard sales require proper planning in order to be successful. Thus we offer you this advice on how to organize one. Decide on your yard sale location The most common place to have your yard sale is of course in your yard. But there are other areas where you can have one, and you may want to consider them in order to get more traffic if your home is a little off the beaten…

How to Organize Volunteers

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Reader-Submitted Volunteer Organization Tips One of the best ways to attract volunteers, keep them interested, and organize around an event is to have a Web site. Nowadays, it’s easy to design a basic site and put it on the Web for free with services like Google’s. Once you’ve gotten bigger and have a flow of donations, you can put up a bigger, fancier interactive site if you want, but start small. Explain your organization on the site and tell readers how they can get involved. Hand out business cards with the site address on them to everyone you know and…

How to Organize Your Time

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Reader-Submitted Time Organization Tips I used to get myself into these messes where I couldn’t get things done because of a “ack of time.” I finally figured out the reason. I kept underestimating the time I thought I needed to get things done. So, come the end of the day, I was so far behind that I was missing appointments and having to put things off. Nowadays, whenever I estimate the time to do something, I always double it. I might even triple it if I suspect I could run into some problems. Now I’m not falling behind any more….

How to Organize A Neighborhood Cleanup

Reader-Submitted Neighborhood Cleanup Tips The most important ingredient to organizing a neighborhood cleanup is the neighbors! Most of us are guilty of only knowing our neighbors on either side of us, past that folks might as well be in another country. Never fear – this is not as hard as it sounds and you don’t have to go door-to-door to introduce yourself! First, realize that your next door neighbor probably knows the neighbor on the other side of them so once you contact your neighbor they can pass on the information to the neighbors they know and so on. A…

How to Organize Your Life

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Most people need some kind of help getting organized. Something I have discovered over the years is that the biggest favor you can do for yourself is organize the little things first, then try to tackle the really tough stuff. Once the little things are in order, the rest of life will generally fall into place much easier. Life Organization Tips One area that seems to defeat even the most organized person is meal planning. The busier the individual or family, the harder it is to plan healthy, delicious meals, and the harder it is to find time to prepare…

How to Organize A High School Scrapbook

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Reader-Submitted Scrapbook Organization Tips My sister keeps separate multi-year scrapbooks just for band and sports and the clubs her kids are involved in. Get all the memories out once the school year’s over and arrange them with some text and news clippings to tell the ‘Story of the Year’. Our mom made us do this every Sunday afternoon: Use a jumbo 3-ring binder and put ineverything you want to keep from the week before. Most things done in school will fit in a 3-ring, and for the pictures and little things there are all sorts of clear plastic holders made…

How to Organize Pictures

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Reader-Submitted Picture Organization Tips older photo albums are not, and can cause your precious pictures fade and yellow. Buy and use only acid-free albums and sleeves! There are many companies that will take all of your old photos and put them onto a photo CD for you to peruse, copy, print, and edit at your leisure. The process doesn’t harm your originals and gives you a storage medium that will preserve them forever. I like to arrange all of my albums by either the event that the pictures were taken at (a wedding album for example), or by the person/people…

How to Organize Your Finances

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Reader-Submitted Tips for Organizing Your Money If you can fit all of your stuff in a big binder, great, do it. If you need a small hanging-file box to hold it all, that’s fine too. My point is, just make sure you keep everything in one place. There’s nothing worse than having stuff spread out everywhere from your car to your office when tax time rolls around and you’re franticly searching for that single slip of paper that you need. To keep track of car maintenance, gas, and expensable things while on the road, use a cheapo mini-day planner with…

How to Organize Coupons

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Reader-Submitted Coupon-Organization Tips I quit clipping and saving those coupons out of the Sunday supplements. I found I was spending two hours clipping and sorting to save about $10 per week, which meant my time was worth only $5 an hour. And that didn’t even factor in the $1.50 for the Sunday paper! But back when I did save them, I had something of a system. I clipped out only the coupons I knew I might use, and I put them in recycled envelopes that my junk mail came in. I labeled each envelope with the month in which the…

How to Organize Recipes

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Random Tips for Organizing Recipes This tip is pretty basic, but it’s helped me to organize all of my recipes by meal type. You know, soups, breads, desserts, meats, etc.. I just use a regular three-ring binder and those plastic document holder thingies. This lets me transfer the recipe from a book, magazine, printout, or napkin without having to re-write it. I just throw it into the plastic sleeve and I’m done! When I find a new recipe I want to try, I put it into the very front of my recipe book, that way when I go to look…