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FREEBIES! (A Professional Organizer’s Perspective)

By June 29, 2016 6 Comments

Want to know an organizing secret? Even professional organizers like some freebies!

What do the following things have in common?

1 deck of cards

1 package clip

1 magnetic clip

1 letter opener

1 key-chain tape measure

3 to-do lists

3 sticky note pads

1 small calendar

6 pens

1 small Frisbee

1 drink koozie

1 small candy bar

1 tote bag


All were items I picked up at a recent trade expo! Keep in mind that I didn’t just pick up everything that was setting out on the tables. I only chose the items I actually needed and would really use. I set a limit.

Here is what I did with the items after I came home.


1 deck of cards—put away with other games

1 package clip—used on a bag of chips

1 magnetic clip—used on side of fridge for grocery receipts

1 letter opener—put by my office mail station

1 key chain tape measure—added to my key chain collection

3 to-do lists—put in drawer by my desk

3 sticky note pads—put in drawer by my desk

1 small calendar—put in my purse

6 pens—added to my box of supplies for children’s holiday boxes

1 small Frisbee—put in my Grammy bag to share with my granddaughter

1 drink koozie—put in my car cup holder

1 small candy bar—ate it!

1 tote bag—added to my box of supplies for children’s holiday boxes


Often times at events like these we bring home more than we really will use, and these bags of stuff end up in the bottom of a closet taking up usable space. I think it is more fun to carefully choose a few items rather than just grab everything simply because it is free. Try it next time you go to an expo or trade show!


What is your favorite freebie?

Olive Wagar

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Alena says:

    My favorite freebies are sticky note pads and tote bags. The tote bag goes with the other bags I take to the grocery store and the sticky notes are used for reminders! Thanks Olive!

    • Olive says:

      Yes, those note pads are handy! Especially the colorful ones!! It is funny to say but the clerk at the Dollar General store usually says, “Oh yeah, you always bring your own bag!” Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Alena!

  • Shirley says:

    I’ve never been to alot of trade shows but i will keep your list in mind when i do go to the next one. Thanks for the tips.

  • Olive says:

    Sometimes you find freebies like this at the county fair, too! Just pick the best!! Hope you are having a good summer!!

  • Jill Annis says:

    My mantra for trade shows is usually “just say no” especially to brochures. I do find it hard to say no to free candy and post-its though.

    • Olive Wagar says:

      Good strategy, Jill! I actually like to read the brochures, so I must ask myself why I need the info and when would I use it! I can determine that with a quick glance. You can imagine my dilemma at state welcome centers!!!

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