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Staying Positive During Difficult Times

By | April 8th, 2020|Categories: Change, Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , |

Staying positive is not always easy to do, especially during difficult times. These days can definitely be considered difficult times for everyone all around the globe. This pandemic is touching so many lives in so many ways. Unfortunately for most, in negative ways. Our new normal is evolving on a daily basis.  No one really knows how our lives will change in the long-term, or short-term for that matter. The uncertainty of what the future holds is causing stress and anxiety for everyone. Staying positive is becoming quite a challenge. We are bombarded with information related to the corona virus [...]

Stay Connected, It’s Essential

By | April 1st, 2020|Categories: Health Benefits, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

These are trying times to be sure.  With the directive to stay at home to stop the spread, it’s essential for us humans to stay connected without physical contact.  This is not easy to do since our overall well-being relies on human touch. Even on those occasions that some have to leave their homes, we’re instructed to stay six feet away from others.  At least we can see other people even though there is no physical contact. These measures are important to flatten the curve.  Those most impacted are the elderly, probably the most vulnerable of our population. People are [...]

Seasonal Clothing Storage

By | March 25th, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Where do you store your seasonal clothing? The ideal situation is to store clothing from all seasons together, but not everyone can do that.  If you have a huge closet with plenty of storage, it may not be an issue. For those of us that don’t have big closets and no so much storage, we have to get creative when we switch our wardrobe twice a year. Spring is here and it’s time to make a wardrobe switch.  Warmer weather means we can put away the warm sweaters, wool pants and bulky coats.  Short sleeves, jackets, and other lightweight pieces [...]

Being Productive While Staying at Home

By | March 18th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, a lot of us are considering how best to use our time wisely while staying at home.  There are many posts from my professional organizer colleagues on this subject. And who better to provide ideas for productivity than professional organizers! There are those that have employers that allow them to work from home. That’s great because they aren’t losing pay and have tasks, and maybe virtual meetings to attend to.  They can easily find ways to be productive while staying at home. Others that don’t have the option of working from home, [...]

How to Create a Simple Home Inventory

By | March 11th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

There are many reasons why someone would want to create a home inventory.  You can read more about that in one of my past blog posts, ‘Why Create a Home Inventory?’. There are many resources on the internet to guide you through the process of creating a home inventory.  With the creation of the smart phone, so many people and companies have developed apps for just about anything you can think of.  With that said, go to your app store and search on home inventory and you will find a lot of them, free and paid. The free apps have [...]

One Size Fits All

By | February 28th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , |

There is really no such thing as one size fits all in any aspect of life.  You probably see this term most often with articles of clothing.  Ok, maybe in that way it could be true, although I’m skeptical.  Since everyone is unique, how could this work? According to Wikipedia – “One size fits all” is a description for a product that would fit in all instances. The term has been extended to mean one style or procedure would fit in all related applications. It’s true that the meaning of this term is typically related to products, according to Wikipedia, [...]

Why I Say Professional Organizers Are Lazy

By | February 19th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

Why do I say that professional organizers are lazy? Because I am one so I know! What I mean by this statement, is that we know what it means to be organized. We also understand the challenges it presents when we are not, not to mention the stress it can cause. Professional organizers want solutions in place to make our lives easier, hence the lazy comment. The solutions we create for ourselves and our clients, allow a flow into our busy lives as if we are on auto-pilot.  We want our clients lives to be easy and relatively stress-free like [...]

Tax Preparation – DIY or Hire An Accountant

By | February 12th, 2020|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

After the first of every year, we head into the dreaded tax season. The time to gather documents for tax preparation. Documents and notices pertaining to our income and associated accounts start to filter into our mailboxes – email inbox or physical mailbox. In anticipation of the yearly event, creating a folder to store all these documents in the same place is essential for ease of access for tax preparation. For those with filing systems setup to work for you, this is a no-brainer. When a required document arrives in your mailbox, it goes right into the folder. For those [...]

Is Your Fitness Equipment Used as Storage?

By | February 5th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Many new year’s resolutions include getting in shape, or physically fit. For home work out routines, it makes sense to purchase fitness equipment.  Asking for a stationary bike, treadmill or all-in-one home gyms are common Christmas gift requests. Maybe it wasn’t a gift request or a new year’s resolution.  You may have inherited a piece of fitness equipment. Maybe a family member wanted to downsize, so they asked if you wanted their elliptical trainer. You thought, yea I want to get in shape and this may provide the motivation to get me going. Your intentions are good going into this [...]

Tips to Help You Help Your Parents Downsize

By | January 29th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

There are different reasons why your parents downsize their belongings. They may want, or need to move to a smaller home. They may have difficulty navigating through all their things, or maybe they just want to free up space to stay in the home they have lived in for so many years. Depending on their age, physical and mental condition, they may not be able to do it themselves. They know they need to do it, but are not able or willing to do it themselves.  Some don’t ask for help even when they need it.  Others may ask their [...]