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Clever Travel Tips Continued

Clever Travel Tips Continued

While you’re probably not preparing for Hogwarts you don’t have to be a sad muggle when you travel. 

Although we’ll both agree floo powder would make life much easier. Travelling can still be fun and enjoyable. Continue reading

Top 10 Tips For Downsizing and Ditching the Drama

Top 10 Tips For Downsizing and Ditching the Drama

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Use these easy downsizing tips to reduce clutter and make moving to a smaller home easier

 

Modern living has tons of perks. We’ve moved past sliced bread and indoor plumbing straight to watching tv on our phones in our indoor plumbing rooms. It’s enough to get carried away!

 

In fact, most of us have let stuff creep in and take over our lives. Enter the newest trend, smaller living. Some folks, (Hipsters and Millennials) have taken it to tiny homes. The rest of us poor slobs (who aren’t crazy or have kids) have simply stepped down in square footage.

 

Thus discovering, this isn’t nearly as easy as they made it look on TV.

In fact, it’s really hard.

Fraught with emotions and overwhelming.

 

Here’s a list of ten organizing ninja’s secrets to help you downsize:

 

  1. Prep your space.

    Grab a big box for giveaways and put it at your side. Have another container or bag ready for trash. Making it easier for you to make decisions by limiting your walking around.

  2. Use behind the door organizers.

    Put them in your closets. Just because they say, “behind the door” doesn’t mean that’s all they can be used for.

  3. Use 3m hooks to hang those organizers when there’s no door to hang them from.
  4. Grab someone who understands to make time fly.

    Never underestimate the power of doing it together!

  5. One room at a time.

    Set a goal and take a break when you’ve met it. Unpacking and downsizing is emotional. Give yourself breathing room to deal with the emotions.

  6. Get help making all those decisions.

    I don’t know about you but I find while I can do my own nails, getting someone else to do them makes it a delightful experience instead of a messy chore. Add to the mix that you’ve moved, it’s better to have help, trust me.

  7. Don’t be afraid of donating big items.

    I know you remember what you paid for that couch, lamp, tv but it’s just stuff getting in the way now, let it go.

  8. You know what you like, stick with it.

    In the Bathroom this means stocking up on the brand you like and not needing to try everything new under the sun. Freedom people, freedom.

  9. Speaking of bathroom items, ditch the old stuff.

    Seriously. I know your grandma is putting slivers of soap into a jar to make a new bar but you’re allowed to throw it away. This is not the great depression.

  10. Allow for empty spaces.

    They are not judging you for not filling them up with stuff. They are rest notes that allow you to delight in what you do have. It’s okay to not fill the top shelf in your kitchen cabinets. It’s okay to leave under the sink mostly empty. Space is a good thing. See them as restful.

 

And Congratulations on your big change!

Welcome to more freedom!

More time for what’s important. (Netflix and Chill, right?).

 

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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

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Top Travel Safety Tips for How to Keep your Kids Out of Harm’s Way

Top Travel Safety Tips for

How to Keep your Kids Out of Harm’s Way

Keep your children safe with these travel safety tips

The holidays are a time when many of us travel. And everyone has a better trip when they feel and stay safe. People also tend to get excited or distracted when going to visit relatives or on vacation. So it’s important when traveling with your kids to follow these travel safety tips.

We think these general safety tips, airport security tips, health tips, and others are an excellent way to stay safe when taking a trip.

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The following are important general safety tips to follow no matter how you are getting to your destination:

  • Put an ID necklace or tag on your child for when traveling in airports, train stations, etc. Be sure to include your contact information and an alternate contact’s information. Do not put your child’s name in a visible place as this can be used to lure your child away from you. Their name should be on the inside or back side of the ID.
  • Bring a photo of your child in case you get separated. Make sure it is a physical copy in case your phone isn’t accessible or you are incapacitated.
  • Older children should know how to contact you and where to go if you get separated. Always, have a meeting place or plan.
  • Know what your child is wearing. Intentionally dress your kids in bright clothes. If possible wear the same bright-colored or patterned shirts yourself. This strategy makes you easy to spot.  And it helps people figure out which adult is the child’s parent and locate them if they find your child.
  • Finally, wear comfortable shoes. If a little one takes off running, you need to be able to move quickly.

When traveling by auto keep these travel safety tips in mind:

  • Check seat belts and car seats before leaving for comfort and visibility. If seat belts need more padding or an adjusting clip, do so before the day of the trip.
  • Make sure car seats leave enough visibility to see out windows easily. Make sure car seats are appropriate for your child’s age and safely secured.
  • An upcoming trip is an excellent time to double-check if you need to update your car seat. Also stop by the fire station to check that your seats are installed correctly.

travel safety tipsTips for airport security

  • Check with airlines about carry-on restrictions including size, weight, and contents. Do so ahead of time.
  • Leave extra time to go through security.  Stressed out parents lead to distressed kids. You and your child should wear slip-on shoes.
  • Prepare to remove your child from their stroller or carrier before going through security.
  • Make passing through security an educational experience. Explain how x-rays work and if possible let them see the screens nearby.  Explain what will happen to little kids to reduce fear. Laugh and make it a fun time to reduce anxiety. Kids look to their parents to see if they should be afraid of a new experience.
  • Make sure kids know not to joke about “a bomb in the bag” or any other suspicious activity. Even a joke from a child can delay the whole family in getting through security.
  • Bring non-liquid snacks. You can usually buy beverages once you have passed through security.
  • Inform security if your child has special needs or devices. If your child is disabled, let them know what your child is capable of (standing, walking, etc.) and what they are not able to do. Stay with them to help reduce fears.
  • To fly with breast milk or juice over 3 ounces, you must declare these items before screening. Separate these items from other liquids and store in a zip-top bag. These items may be subject to extra testing.

Health Tips

  • The day before make sure your children get extra rest, fluids, and healthy meals.
  • Install car sunscreens – even for older kids.
  • Open front windows in cars can be irritating to backseat passengers. So can too much sun. Even older children can benefit from sunglasses and a car sunscreen.
  • When flying time breastfeeding or bottles with taking off or landing. This strategy will help relieve ear popping.
  • Always use sunscreen – even for non-beach or pool trips! The sun can penetrate clothing and car windows, so if you will be out for awhile protect your kids.

travel safety tipsAdditional Travel Safety Tips

  • Bring a night light for overnight stays.
  • A carrier to put on your back or front for an infant is often easier than a stroller.
  • Find kid-friendly restaurants along your route with mykidsplate.com
  • Bungee cord car seats, backpacks, etc. to rolling luggage if possible.
  • Pack kid backpacks with their favorite toy, ID, snacks, and other necessities. Have them help you pack.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. You can change when you get to your destination if needed. Drawstring or loose elastic pants, stretchy, loose tops or tank tops, a sweater (for cooler air conditioned cars and planes) slip-on shoes, and comfy socks are best. Get silly socks for the car gift bag. It adds a layer of fun! Silly sunglasses, hats, etc. are also fun.
  • It is possible to rent baby items when away from home. Playpens, strollers and more are available from such places as Baby’s Away and other rental sites.
  • Use lists!

As you can see, there are a lot of travel safety tips to follow when traveling with your children.

Bookmark this article so you can easily find it before your next trip.

Following our general safety tips, airport security tips, health tips, and others are a great way to stay safe when traveling. Plus they help keep you organized. 😉

Have a great trip and stay safe!


suzanna-thumbSuzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.