Organization

Pack Your Bags

So, we arrived in Seoul a couple days ago.  (For all my blog followers:  We’ll be living in Seoul for the next couple years due to Derrick’s job.)  The flight was brutal (6-hour delay–when you’re traveling with two toddlers, that feels like a lifetime!).  We’ve been living in hotels for the past two weeks (thankfully, we’re moving into our apartment tomorrow!) and these eBags packing cubes are fantastic.  

Up until this past trip, my usual method of packing has been rolling up all of our clothes and putting them into clear trash bags.  The reason I’ve done it this way is because I have a theory–the more TSA/luggage handlers can see (at arm’s length), the less likely they are to touch/manhandle your things (goodness knows where their disgusting gloves have been!).  And, being the germaphobe that I am, I refuse to use the dressers in hotels–we keep everything in our suitcases (with the exception of our toiletries).  The problem with this is that every time we grab something out of the suitcases, things get unrolled and jumbled up.  If you’re on a 2-day trip, that’s not a big deal.  But any longer than that (and if you’re a family of four), the disorganization becomes ridiculous. 

Well, color-coded packing cubes to the rescue.  With the four of us, each person was assigned a color.  And with the see-through mesh, it makes it easy to see the contents of each cube.  These things were a godsend–they helped keep us well-organized and, hopefully, will help you, too! 

Shoeboxed

receipts

It’s that time of year, again.  Tax season is now upon us.  And I have the lovely task of gathering, organizing, and cataloging all of our receipts from last year.  Up until this point, I’ve always done my own taxes (same with my husband).  Now that we’re married, our tax situation just got a wee bit complicated.  “No shoeboxes,” so said the accountant.  Thankfully, I have a subscription called Shoeboxed.  This app allows me to take photos of receipts via my phone and/or mail them in via pre-paid envelopes.  The program keeps track of all your receipts and allows you to export them so that you may send and/or print them out at any time.  No more paper (yay!).  With that said, don’t make the same mistake I did and procrastinate on taking the snapshots and have a build-up of receipts waiting to be scanned and/or mailed out (it defeats the purpose of having the app, doesn’t it?).  Still, I can’t image my life without Shoeboxed.  If you’re in business (sales, independent contractor, business owner, etc.), incur deductible expenses throughout the year, and/or contribute to several non-profit and/or charitable organizations, you need this.  Plus, if you sign up via the above links, you receive a 10% discount.  Every little bit helps, right?  A wise man once said, “If you count the nickels and dimes, the dollars take care of themselves.”