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Making Decisions

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Focus, Planning, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes making decisions is easy, other times not so much.  We all make decisions all the time, every day throughout the day.  We don’t think twice about many of them since they are part of our daily routines.  We usually make these types of decisions quickly because they are not complex and may be repetitious.  The brains working memory only holds about 7 items.  More than that is processed into long-term memory which requires conscious effort. There are always choices or options to consider in order to make decisions. A decision ‘is the act or process of deciding’ according to [...]

Service Call – The 4 Hour Window

By | July 25th, 2018|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Service providers generally give you a range of time to expect them on the date you schedule service.  Some provide a 4 hour window, others more or less depending on the provider.  As you schedule the service call have your calendar at hand to make the appointment work with your schedule. You may have to move things around or take time off from work to find a date and time that works for both parties. Some service providers have requirements attached to the appointment. For example, they will call you prior to their arrival and if you don’t answer the [...]

Using a Wall Calendar

By | July 11th, 2018|Categories: Seniors, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

One thing that all my older clients have in common, is that they use a wall calendar as their schedule.  The kind that have big squares for each date so they have room to jot down multiple appointments.  The kind they can get at the dollar store, or that so many charities send to them when they make a donation. Nothing wrong with that, I use one myself. It’s old school but efficient. Some seniors are adapting to digital technology and use a computer, smart phones, or at least a cell phone.  Those that use smart phones may not use [...]

Storage Unit – To Rent or Not to Rent

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

In the U.S., 65% of self-storage renters have a garage in their home, 47% have an attic, and 33 percent have a basement. This suggests that Americans have more things than their homes allow them. ~Brute Storage There are a lot of situations where people have a need to rent a storage unit.  Some of those situations are temporary, or transitional, while others may be to put a band-aid on a much larger issue. The statistic above says a lot about Americans and their love of things. Renting a storage unit doesn’t always mean there isn’t a need, however, a [...]

Swedish Death Cleaning is More About Decluttering Than Cleaning

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

Swedish Death Cleaning, what is it?  I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately and did some investigating, this is what I learned. A woman named Margareta Magnusson wrote a book called, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. She wrote this book after she had to deal with the possessions of her parents and her husband after they passed away. The Swedish culture has a practice called döstädning - dö translates to death & städning translates to cleaning.  The idea is not so much about cleaning as it [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 5 – Evaluate

By | May 30th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Peace|Tags: , , , , |

Several years ago, I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the fifth and last in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first [...]

Shredding Documents

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Paper Management|Tags: , , , |

Shredding documents that are no longer needed and contain personal information, has become a part of the spring cleaning ritual.  It makes sense, as mid-April is the deadline for filing income taxes.  We accumulate copious amounts of paper year-round, and after filing our income taxes is a great time to purge the excess. Shredding Service - Free Typically, banks and credit unions hold free document shredding events after the tax deadline, some just before. These free events typically occur in April and May. They understand the importance of minimizing the amount of paper in our homes and our businesses. These [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 4 – Containment; Storage Containers

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the fourth in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first three steps [...]

Options to Store Spices

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , |

Spices & herbs are an integral part of the cooking experience. Whether you are baking a delicious dessert, or cooking a yummy meal for your family, chances are that you are using spices in some fashion.  Some prefer fresh spices & herbs to those that use dried, perhaps due to convenience. Using fresh spices & herbs requires a larger quantity than the dried version, according to Martha Stewart.  There is also information in Martha Stewart’s post on how to store fresh cut herbs.  While using fresh spices & herbs may be more desirable than using dried, it is less convenient [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 3 – Assign Homes

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the third in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first two steps [...]