Wendy A. Miller is the founder and CEO of Little Miss Efficiency, an Organising Consulting Company for Businesses, Homes and Seniors. Her passion for efficiency and organisation has improved clients' work flow, productivity, time management, and employee engagement.
Wendy has an MBA in business and is the author of her own organising column called “The Efficiency Corner”. She has been featured on the Las Vegas KLAV radio show called “Business Icons” and hosts her own KLAV radio show called “The Efficiency Corner”. Her membership credentials include: the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Faithful Organizers (FO), International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), among others.
With 18 years in the corporate realm, Miller managed and organized CEO's of Fortune 500 companies, CFO's of dot.com conglomerates, and the most challenging of executive personalities.
Miller resides in Henderson, Nevada and lives with her husband Scott, and three pets; Tootsie, Bootsie, and Buddie. Their family originates from Chicago, Illinois.
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June is that happy time of year when kids are out of school and summer vacation plans are under way. I adore going on vacations, but I have a confession. I have a secret fascination with anything miniature and travel-size. I bet I’m one of the few women in America who has a labeled-storage bin full of travel-size containers. They’re just so cute and practical! Now I realize not everyone is willing to dedicate a sizeable but permanent home to travel-sizes like me. But I do have some organizing suggestions for all the ladies’ who travel this summer.
My husband and I travel somewhere exotic annually for our anniversary. When you travel like that, you need certain items. We do lots of weekend trips in the car. And when you travel like that, you need certain things too. When I visit my sister in Chicago….you get my point. Chances are with your trips, you need to bring certain items. And you probably remember the precious things you forgot the last trip too. Microsoft Word is perfect for your own personal travel check list that you can customize and check off as you pack. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sample travel list you can customize yourself! Save it on your computer so it can be modified easily. every year after trips.
Visit Doc Before You Depart
Now if you are organized, you can plan this really well to be dual-purposed. Not only can you schedule your B-12 and flu shots (before getting on that travel vehicle with all the nasty, recycled air,)but, you can get samples of your medications and prescriptions too. I especially like to do this with my dermatologist. Instead of taking huge tubes of my daily SPF, I take a palm- sized tube that is just enough for the trip. I can then throw it away at the end of the trip, making my luggage even lighter (and leave room for souvenirs.) Quite often your doctor offices will have medication and prescription samples available to you if you ask.
Be a Bag Lady
Lose Your Shoe Love…Temporarily
A long time ago, in my other life as an executive assistant, I took my first company-paid business trip. Even as organized as I was then, I overpacked. Ever-worrying about the perfect outfit, I packed shoes for every occasion. Needless to say, I did the frantic shuffle at the airport check-in when my bag was 20 pounds overweight. I learned then on, that shoe-packing must be kept to a bare minimum during travel. Pack one to two pairs of shoes… max! Make the pair you wear slip ons for ease at security check ins.
Travel by its very nature is stressful. Why add to it? Whether its business or pleasure this year, do your travel organized. Pack ahead of time by following one or more of my suggestions so you can make the most of your vacation. Happy and organized travels to you this summer!
I was mortified last year when my inlaws traveled to visit us, and whipped out regular-sized toilietries in their guest room. Oh my gosh, do you really need that value-sized jumbo shampoo for three days? Do they not know that luggage has a limit of 50 pounds? Toilitries and lotions can easily add up in weight. So don’t procrasitinate and pack silly. Plan ahead and pack travel–size containers of pertinent toilities (see sample picture.) Many travel-size containers can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond, with their own pre-done labels for items like moisturizer, night cream, and lotions. You can also label containers with a general label maker. Your luggage will thank you for the lighter consideration!
I never leave for a trip, without my trusty toilitry organizer bag. Organize.com and Travel Smith are two good online stores for toilitries organizers. There is nothing worse than having your toilitries all mixed up, when you are in a foreign bathroom. Make your daily routine on the road easier with a hanging toilitrey bag. Plus, many are spill proof to protect your clothes from any accidental spills during flights. These organizers generally run between $20 and $75, but are well worth the investment (see one of my favorite examples here from Organize.com.) I think the more pockets and zippers the better! The organizer must hang so it can conveniently be put on the back of the hotel/cruise bathroom door, of course.