6 Organizing Essentials for Summer Travels

6 Organizing Essentials for Summer Travels

Summer Travels.

While it may seem idyllic and carefree to throw some clothes and toiletries in a bag and head out the door, the truth is a bit of organizing and planning could make your travels safer, smarter, and more relaxing.

6 Organizing Essentials for Summer Travels

Since you probably have some seriously fun summer adventures planned, you’ll want to make sure you have the right organizing essentials to take with you:

1. Travel Cubes. I love using these to maximize space in my suitcase and to keep my items organized. You can buy them in different sizes and colors from Amazon and The Container Store.

2. Pack-It Folder. My husband never travels without this folder! It keeps his work shirts organized and wrinkle-free. You can purchase these for shirts and pants in a variety of sizes from Amazon and The Container Store.

3. RFID Blocking Travel Organizer. Protect your travel documents and your credit cards from identity theft with this RFID blocking travel organizer. Having traveled with friends who’ve had their cards compromised while on vacation, I know first-hand how important keeping those things safe can be! You can find a style to fit you on Amazon or from The Container Store.

4. eTools Organizer. Traveling with electronics is a must. But keeping all those cords, earbuds and plugs can be a hassle. Not with an eTool Organizer! Check out the GRID-IT! Organizers from Amazon and The Container Store to make eTool traveling easy.

5. Suitcase Checklist. Nothing is more frustrating than returning home from a trip only to discover you forgot or lost something along the way. Not anymore! Use my custom suitcase checklist to make sure everything you brought with you gets packed before you head home (or use it to help you pack!).

Bonus Tip! Not sure how to properly pack to maximize suitcase space?  Check out this video from The Container Store that shows you how to pack for 10 days in a carry-on suitcase:

6. A good book. A good book is a travel necessity. And reading one about organizing and/or decluttering while you’re on holiday can motivate you to restore order once you return home!

Wherever your travels may take you this summer, I hope these organizing resources make your adventures more enjoyable and orderly.

Do you have any must-have travel organizers you love?

Which of these organizing essentials will you take with you on your summer travels?

Leave a comment and let me know!

Do I Really Have to Label Everything?

Do I really have to label everything?

If you’ve ever read or listened to anything about basic organizing principles, then you know that labeling is a main component of the organizing process.

However, when I tell people this they’re quick to respond,  “Do I really have to label everything?”  While labeling as much as you can is not a set rule, it does have its benefits.  Find out what those benefits are, five different types of labels you can use, and the one label you MUST have to find true organizing success in my latest video:

Do I really have to label everything?

Resources mentioned in the video:

While you don’t “have to” label everything to be organized, hopefully, you’ll have found enough encouragement and insights here that you’ll “want to” label from now on!

Would you consider yourself to be a labeler? Why or why not?

Which labels appeal to you and motivate you to want to label?

Leave a comment and let me know!

Looking for more label ideas? Check out my Pinterest board, For the Love of Labels to inspire you even more.




Are you interested or committed to the organizing process?

Organizing spectrum

If there were an organizing spectrum to measure your level of interest and commitment to the organizing process, how would you rate yourself?

Your answer would probably depend on your level of desire to have an organized life.  If you don’t mind the mess and the clutter around you, you might say you are just “Interested”.  But if order and neatness are a priority to you, you might label yourself as “Committed”.

But what if you’re in-between? How can you know what the difference between Interested and Committed really is?

Interested vs. Committed

Although the two words seem to be both positive and similar in tone, they are really quite different.

According to the dictionary, Interest is defined as the state of wanting to learn or know more about something or someone; Committed is described as feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job; wholeheartedly dedicated.

While those definitions help differentiate the two terms,  what we really want to know is – what do they each look like in a person’s life?

Here is a breakdown of what those who are just “Interested” in the organizing process may exemplify:

  • They make excuses: “I’m too busy to get organized right now” or “I’m not naturally organized so there’s no hope or point in me trying”.
  • The like the idea of being organized, but they are not necessarily willing to do the work that it requires.
  • They give up being organized if it gets too hard or if the system they set up didn’t work the first time.
  • They organize only when it’s convenient or comfortable, rather than on a regular basis.
  • They are ruled by their feelings (“I don’t feel like decluttering today”) and are, therefore, inconsistent with their organizing efforts.
  • They know they need to get organized, but they continue to battle with the decision in their head or talk the issue to death rather than take action.

Those who are committed to the organizing process, however, show a different set of characteristics:

  • The refuse to make excuses.
  • They are willing to make the investment in terms of time, effort, or even money if necessary.
  • They are willing to sacrifice personal comfort to bring order into their lives.
  • They are committed to the process, trying to find the right system or process that works for them, even if it gets hard.
  • They make having an organized lifestyle a priority in their lives and schedules.
  • They are not ruled by their feelings, but rather committed to the habits and discipline of being organized.
  • They continue to be organized even when they’ve lost the “warm, fuzzy feeling” for the task.
  • They don’t debate the point, they just do it because they know that’s what they should or need to do.

So why does it matter?

Now that you know the difference between “Interested” and “Committed”, does it really matter?

Actually, it does! It’s important to know where you fall on the organizing spectrum because by knowing you can either relieve yourself of any undue stress, or you can push yourself to take it to the next level.

Not everyone feels the need to have an orderly lifestyle, and that’s okay.  If you are only slightly interested in getting organized, then don’t allow guilt or outside pressure to entice you to do something you aren’t ready for.  You will only end up frustrated and find yourself fighting the process.

However, if you know that you are committed to bringing order to your life, then you can better understand what it will take for that to happen and better prepare yourself for the journey ahead.  Commitment to any undertaking will have its peaks and valleys, but dedication to the process is what will help you find the success you are looking for.

While you may not have considered that there could even be such a thing as an organizing spectrum, knowing where you fall can make all the difference in your organizing efforts.

Where do you fall on the organizing spectrum?

How does knowing the difference between “Interested” and “Committed” help you?

Leave a comment and let me know!

The ABC’s of an Organized Life

The ABC's of an Organized Life

Another school year has come to an end, and for many students it’s time for the rite of passage known as graduation; that special milestone in one’s life when you officially transition into a new world.

That’s why there are always inspirational speakers at graduation ceremonies. It’s their job to offer those who are celebrating this important accomplishment one last “Hoorah!” before they head out.

While there have been many famous Commencement speeches that have stood the test of time, I discovered one that I thought was not only inspiring, but creative as well (don’t worry, it’s only 2 minutes long):

Which got me thinking about what I would say if I were asked to give a Commencement speech….

My Commencement Speech: The ABC’s of an Organized Life

While I don’t have all the answers to life (I’m still learning as I go along), I do have a few things to say about organizing that I think might offer some encouragement. I’d call my speech “The ABC’s of an Organized Life” and it would go something like this:

Accept where you are and start from there.

Be true to yourself and your organizing personality (yes, you have one!).

Comparison is the thief of joy, so don’t compare your organizing journey to anyone else’s.

Don’t despise small beginnings, efforts or progress. Everything great started small.

Effort is a key ingredient to your organizing journey; whatever it is you hope for, be prepared to work for.

Forge ahead even when you get uncomfortable or don’t think you can keep going.

Give yourself permission to let go.

Have the courage to set boundaries with your stuff (time, space, & quantity); they are meant to help you, not to harm you.

It’s not about what you’re losing, it’s about what you’re gaining.

Just because you ask for help getting organized doesn’t mean you’re weak or incapable; it just means you want some company and support for the journey.

Know that you can be organized; it’s a skill anyone can learn!

Live with joy, not clutter.

Make decisions. Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions (Barbara Hemphill).

Now is the best time to get started.

Organizing isn’t a one-time event, but a journey and a lifestyle.

Purge often and ruthlessly – it always makes you feel better!

Quit making excuses. You can have results or you can have excuses but you can’t have both.

Release what no longer serves you so you can make room for what does (Carrie Green).

Surround yourself with the things you love, not the things that weigh you down.

There’s blessing in subtraction.

Understand that Clutter is a thief. It only wants to rob you of your peace and joy.

View yourself in light of where you are and where you’re going. Life isn’t meant to be viewed through the rearview mirror.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re probably right! (Henry Ford)

Xcellence and completion are the goal, not perfection or perfectly organized.

Your identity is not found in your stuff but in who you are as a person.

Zealously pursue change. It’s usually the first step towards the life you want.

Although I may never be asked to address a group of graduates, I hope my words have inspired you for your organizing trek.  No matter where you may be on the organizing journey, each of these truths hold true.  What you choose to do with them now, is up to you.

Which of the ABC’s resonated with you most?

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