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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

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If you don’t believe that you can be taught organizing skills, think again. My oldest daughter was recently preparing for a trip out of town. She began planning (organizing) for the trip about 2 weeks ahead of time by starting a list of things she needed to bring or do before the trip. She had learned these organizing skills by living with me. Some of the skills were taught and some of them she just observed me doing. As a professional organizer, I got such a kick out of her list that I just had to share her outline.

  • Things I need to do before I go. This included such things as laundry, buy film, get passport.
  • Things I need to pack. This included clothes, jewelry, make-up, etc.
  • Things I shouldn’t pack. These were the items that she would be wearing or needed to use the day of her flight. She would pack them after she got ready in the morning.

As she prepared for her trip, she would scratch off whatever items she had already taken care of. I found the list hanging in the bathroom the day before her trip with most everything crossed off. By taking the time to plan out what she needed to take in advance, her stress was reduced, she had peace of mind that she had packed everything she needed and she was able to begin her vacation in a relaxed frame of mind. Try it next time you are going on vacation. Let me know how it goes.

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