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Gifting Experiences

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Gifting experiences instead of giving material gifts makes sense for so many reasons.  The most important reason is that experiences = memories.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Experiences create memories, and the feelings from those memories, like the memory itself, will last a lifetime. The holiday season is upon us which signals the start of ads for holiday gift buying.  Black Friday kicks off the sales with Cyber Monday close behind.  Everyone is looking [...]

Creating a Caregiver Binder

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Eldercare, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Creating a caregiver binder is essential for a lot of reasons.  The number one reason is for peace of mind for the caregiver and the care recipient.  This binder is a portable compilation of resources to have at your fingertips to assist in your role as caregiver. A caregiver binder should include as much information as required for the care recipient’s needs. It should be portable to accompany the caregiver and care recipient when they visit healthcare providers.  Most doctors will ask about medications you’re taking to ensure they have the most up-to-date list.  If they make changes, you can [...]

Organizing Cables – How to Avoid The Spaghetti Effect

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Do you have a box of cables that you don’t know what they are or what they belong to?  Do the cords around your tv or entertainment center look like a mass of spaghetti? Do you have cables attached to power strips that are not attached to any device? Maybe they are attached to devices but you can’t figure out which device goes to which plug? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a cable organization dilemma!  First let me say that you are not alone.  So many of my client’s homes have this same [...]

Why Create a Home Inventory?

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

The main reason to create a home inventory as you may have suspected, is for insurance purposes. Whether you rent or own your home, purchasing insurance to cover a loss to your property is just a good idea. Setting up a household can be expensive.  From the big-ticket items like furniture and major appliances, to clothes, home goods and home décor, all of this can cost a pretty penny! If you were to add up what you paid for all the big stuff, for instance, you could double that amount and you may get some idea of what it would [...]

Hockey Storage Tips to Keep Families at Ease

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Do you or your kids play hockey?  If so, is hockey storage an issue? I’m guessing that you have a lot of equipment - sticks, skates, pads, helmets, jerseys, pucks, etc.  I’m also guessing that storing all this gear and keeping it organized can be challenging for many reasons. The biggest challenge for hockey storage may be location, location, location!  You may have gear stashed all over the house, creating clutter and possibly damaging that expensive equipment. You need a significant amount of space that is out of the way, yet close to vehicles for quick loading and unloading.  The [...]

Time to Retire – What Do I Do With My Time?

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , , , , , , |

Planning to retire? Maybe you’re not quite there yet but you’ve been planning the financial component for quite a while.  What about your time?  Have you considered what you will do in terms of your time? Certainly, finances are an essential piece to every retirement plan, but planning should not end there.  Consider this – you have been working a 9 to 5 job for 40 or more years, getting up at the same time, going through the same, or similar routine day in and day out. You may have had time off over the years from vacations, illness or [...]

A Strategy For Paper Piles

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever seen someone’s desk, either at work or in their home, that has paper piles covering the surface?  Perhaps your desk looks this way.  These people are known to the organizing world as pilers.  It’s a very common organizing style, or dare I say, lack of organizing style. When asked, pilers will tell you that they can find what they need when they need it. If this style works for them, great, although I’m not sure how they can find a particular document in all those piles.  Maybe it’s some sort of brain radar that has yet to [...]

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 [...]