Review: WRAP iT Gift Wrap Organizer

I was able to use the deluxe WRAP iT to condense my gift wrapping supplies down to a more manageable size. I thought this would be good timing considering that the holidays are approaching and organized gift wrap is one piece of the puzzle when it comes to enjoying the season.

The best and most awesome feature of the WRAP iT is that you can hang it in a closet. This means I can store my gift wrap on the main floor instead of in the basement and it’s now much more convenient. If you’re not interested in hanging it, it will also stand relatively upright or lay flat.

Here are the photos. Additional information is below:





after2The WRAP iT is constructed in a way that makes me confident it will last for a very long time, possibly decades, with normal use. I also like that it’s see through and the pockets on the outside are great. They held more than I thought they would.

As you can see, the WRAP iT didn’t hold everything I had. I think I could have crammed it in but that would have made it more difficult to get things out and use them. I still have room to put pens markers, scissors, and tape in the pockets but I left the bows and some of the tissue paper in the other container.

As far as I know, the only way to order any of the WRAP iT products is through their website.

So if you’re dreading the thought of an unmanageable pile of holiday gift wrap, bows, tissue paper, and bags gift yourself an early present of a WRAP iT and create some organization for yourself at the same time.


Book Review: Conditioning to the Core

Every area of your life is impacted when you work with feng shui or an organizing project. In addition to working with the energy of health in your home, it’s good to get some ‘real’ exercise too. Conditioning to the Core by Greg Brittenham and Daniel Taylor is recommended for serious athletes of all kinds and the trainers, coaches, body-workers and physical therapists who work with them. In addition, I used the book myself (even though I am not a serious athlete) and I liked the results of the stabilization exercises I used. I plan to keep using the books exercises over time. The four exercises I tried did not require any special equipment although many of the books hundreds of exercises do.
After three weeks of practicing my stabilization exercises 3x/week, I did notice that I felt more ‘stable’ when exercising with the Jillian Michaels DVD that I use (occasionally and often with the modifiers). This lead me to think about others who might find the book useful such as professional organizers, wait staff, trades people, and others who are on their feet or have the potential to injure themselves while working. There is a learning curve to the workout programs in this book so be prepared to put some time into it. Once you get it though, it’s pretty easy to use.
This book is divided into five sections.
Section one discusses the benefits of the exercises in the book which are designed to first stabilize, then strengthen, and then increase power to core muscles. It includes a discussion of each muscle that makes up the core muscles as defined in this book. The authors draw on their vast experience in training serious athletes and I’m sure they’ve read their fair amount of literature. This is, however, not designed to be a scholarly work as it does not give citations to back up their assertions.
Section Two is color coded as blue and has the stabilization exercises. Each exercise has photos and a step by step explanation of what to do. The exercises in all sections break down further into sub-sections depending on what part of the body they target.
Section Three color coded as red has the strength training exercises. The exercises from each section can be mixed and matched depending on the goals of the person using the book. With so many exercises available, it is easy to see how one could use this book for years without getting bored with the training.
Section Four is color coded in green and has the power training exercises.
Section Five has a test that you take to assess your core strength. After your assessment, you either begin with stabilization or strength exercises and gradually move to integrate power exercises into your routine. Section five also includes sport-specific suggestions.

Forget About Being Neat – For the Home

fi2014julpinWhen company is expected, a neat home is important to many of us. Neatness, however, is not the same as organized. As I’ve said before, an effective organizational system creates neatness as a byproduct. The main goal, however, is for your things and your space to support your life.

Here are two ways you can tell the difference between neat and organized.

  • If you can find something you need that you don’t use very often, you likely have a good organizing system. If, however, your space is spotless and you can’t find a flashlight (so you go buy another…even though you know you have six, ten, or twenty around here somewhere) then you are not organized even though your home looks neat.
  • If the things you use most often are available to you without any difficulties and they are in good working order then you have organization. If you take a grocery bag and clear your kitchen counter off to find your phone and then take the grocery bag to the basement you now have a neat kitchen counter but you lack organization.

Of course these are extreme examples to illustrate the point. Most of us cycle through different phases of organization and neatness each week and each month. In addition, organizing systems that have worked in one phase of life, may not work in the next phase of your life.

As you develop new systems for being organized, temporary chaos may ensue. This makes some people nervous but if you keep your focus on the big picture, you’ll have a space that is both neat and organized.

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