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Organizing our Suitcase

Organizing our Suitcase Holiday time is here and travel home is on our minds. Homeland Security has just issued an order for travelers to organize the suitcase to make inspection easier. Apparently our suitcases have been a reflection of our lives and they are very disorganized. Here's my solution: Buy or make an underwear bag with a compartment for items by categories: socks, stockings. bras, panties. The one I have is cloth on one side and clear plastic on the other. Each compartment has a zipper. I usually leave this supplied and in my suitcase ready to go. Have small bottles for shampoo etc and put those in the plastic bag that is required. Again have a special travel pack of these necessities and replace liquids after every trip so this bag is ready and in the suitcase. Keep the zippered bags for electrical equipment and put the wires in each. The other option is to use ziplock sandwich bags for cords. Buy or make shoe bags. Try to reduce the shoes to slippers, walking and dressup shoes. For slippers I have a small simple pair that has it's own bag and is in the suitcase. I have a cloth bag with a string top for my dressy shoes and I wear my walking shoes when I travel. If you don't have a shoe bag just use a plastic bag. I like washable silk dresses that can be rolled. I put the dress on my bed, flatten it then fold the sleves inward and begin rolling from the top. I can put the dresses around all the hard objects already in the suitcase. I use the same procedure for sweaters, shirts, pants pajamas etc. Now my suitcase is layered with shoes and electrical equipment on the bottom and soft clothing on top. Everything is in it's own bag to make looking through the case easier for customs or security officers. You also have taken much of the hassle out of travel since your suitcase is always ready to go. Ccfld11/28/07

posted on: 11/28/2007 8:00:00 AM by Frances D'Amato
category: Clutter

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Frances L. D'Amato, M.A. M.Ed. is an Organizational Psychologist as well as a working artist. She founded the Tree Group in 1981 and has been helping Organizations reduce clutter and streamline systems for more efficient management. About ten years ago she expanded her focus to include individuals who work at home and then individuals who need help decluttering their homes. Frances works with the individual to discover the meaning of clutter and develops a process to allow people to let go and live in a more clutter and stress free environment.

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