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What Emergency Preparedness Means Today

By | September 16th, 2020|Categories: Emergency Preparedness|Tags: , , , , |

In the past I wrote a couple of articles about emergency preparedness - Being Prepared Is Not Just For Boy Scouts Anymore &  September is National Preparedness Month. Both of these articles, which are basically the same, were written to encourage the development of a documented plan to stay safe in the event of a natural disaster. These types of naturally occurring events are specific to the region of the country in which you live. As these articles suggest, a plan and supplies are the main requirements for emergency preparedness. Everyone in your home needs to understand the plan and [...]

Creating a Staging Area to Downsize For a Move

By | September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

So just what exactly is a staging area? Here is the definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary – ‘an area in which participants in a new especially military operation or mission are assembled and readied’. Of course, downsizing for a move is not a military operation, however, some similarities can be drawn. A staging area is a designated area, and the participants are actually items that are stored until they can be removed from a home.   The first step in the downsizing process is to designate space for a staging area. As mentioned above, this area is where [...]

How Cardboard Boxes Easily Become Clutter

By | August 27th, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Cardboard boxes are great tools for temporary storage. Notice how I used the word ‘temporary’? They are not designed for long-term storage for obvious reasons. At some point over time, their stability comes into question due to the environment in which they live. Cardboard boxes have other temporary uses as well.  They work great for moving your things from one home to another, or when you are downsizing to take donations of home goods to a local charity. Most don’t really like to buy cardboard boxes for the temporary uses as described above. That’s understandable, so when the need arises, [...]

4 Reasons Why Attic Storage is Not a Good Idea

By | August 19th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

There are many companies that provide attic storage solutions.  Most of what I’ve seen in these solutions look like good ideas in terms of storage and organization. Installing these solutions, and then accessing the items, may make you rethink the solution. As with anything in life, there are pros and cons with attic storage.  In my experience, there are not many pros that I could find if I decided to actually make a list. Most of my clients that use attic storage, put items up there and then forgot about them.  Many years later, when they’re in their golden years [...]

Navigating The Waters of Estate Sale Companies

By | August 12th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

Estate sale companies are not used solely when someone passes away to clear out a home. The name is actually a misnomer since many people use them as a resource when they move.  Most everyone that I know downsizes, or reduces the amount of their belongings when they move to a new home. A lot of times when people downsize to move to a smaller home, they have excess that they feel could be sold instead of donating to a charity.  However, they may not know how to, or want to do all the work associated with conducting a sale. [...]

The Benefits I Noticed Practicing Meditation

By | August 5th, 2020|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , , |

Quite awhile ago I added meditation to my stress therapy regime.  Life is full of ups and downs that can produce an overwhelming amount of stress.  We all need to learn how to manage our stress. How you handle stress can have a significant effect on your physical, as well as emotional and mental well-being. It’s well known that meditation can reduce stress, but there are additional benefits to be had from practicing meditation regularly. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggests that there are medical benefits as well.  Some conditions have symptoms that may be managed by regularly practicing [...]

Creating Gaps in Our Schedules

By | July 29th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

There are a lot of people that use a schedule to get things done. For those of us that use them, we all have, or should be creating gaps in our schedules. In this context, they are little, or sometimes big snippets of time between appointments, tasks or projects. If you already have them in place, that’s a good thing.  Creating gaps in our schedules is a good time management practice.  It’s also good for productivity, and to keep from becoming overwhelmed and stressed out. A gap in between appointments or tasks, allows us to regroup and breathe before moving [...]

Using Visual Cues as Reminders

By | July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Using visual cues as reminders to do things is a great productivity hack.  On a related note, it’s a great way to create a routine, and also to reach a goal. We all have a lot of things to do on a daily basis and remembering to do them can be challenging. However, when we get into the habit of performing repetitive tasks such as in a routine, after some time, the routine becomes habit and we don’t even think about the actions involved. In the case of creating a routine, visual cues come in handy as a reminder to [...]

It’s All About Repetition

By | July 1st, 2020|Categories: Change, Routines|Tags: , , , |

The definition of repetition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated”. Repetition is key for so many situations, but probably the most important is learning.  When we learn something new, we repeat what we’ve learned to remember how to do it again.  We practice the action repeatedly so our brain solidifies the data to store for retrieval when we need it. About seven months ago, I adopted a young standard poodle from a local rescue named Star. The rescue was unsure of how her previous owners treated her, but she’s seems [...]

4 Strategies to Lessen A Perfectionist Mindset

By | June 25th, 2020|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

Someone once told me that I’m a perfectionist. That didn’t resonate with me because I don’t believe that’s true.  In my mind everything that I do doesn’t have to be perfect, good enough works for me, although I do strive for excellence in the things that I do. Does that make me a perfectionist? No, it doesn’t. I don’t work at something to the point of perfection so that it causes me distress. There are however, people that do this very thing which causes unhealthy issues for them. The actual definition of a perfectionist, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is [...]