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How to Manage Medications From Start to Finish

By |2021-06-14T19:17:54-05:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , , , |

No matter what your age, at some point in your life you will take medications in some form. Over the counter and prescription medications both fall into this category. Like anything else, they have a lifecycle; from the need, to the purchase, to storage, to use, to refill, to proper disposal. This article focuses on how to manage medications from start to finish as described in the title. Need This is the first step in the lifecycle to manage medications. Your body is signaling that you have an issue that needs attention. It may be something as simple as a [...]

Adapting to A Lifestyle Change

By |2021-06-02T10:30:49-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , , , |

A lifestyle change means new behaviors that could result in new routines. It can be in various aspects of your life such as your health, your professional life, or manner of income, moving, a relationship, getting organized, going to college, a new baby, retirement, etc. In each of the situations mentioned above, the lifestyle change will mean a change, or changes that will occur. To adapt, prepare yourself mentally by expecting some things, or possibly many aspects of your life to change, especially existing routines.  Because, with behavioral changes comes a change to existing routines, or eliminating one routine and [...]

How to Organize Jewelry

By |2021-05-21T15:29:32-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

Just like any other organizing project, there are a variety of ways to organize jewelry. Reviewing the organizing process is the first step. The steps are shown below to refresh your memory and how it specifically pertains to jewelry. Put like items together – This is the beginning of the organizing process.  Group your pieces into categories of like items that make sense to you. Examples of categories may be – rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, watches, pins, etc. Eliminate excess – Look at the pieces in each category of like items.  Make a decision for each item as to whether [...]

6 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

By |2021-05-10T17:47:10-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

The phrase work smarter not harder could have a different meaning for everyone.  After researching this phrase, I discovered the term originated in the 1930’s by Allen F. Morgenstern.  As an industrial engineer, he created a work simplification program to increase productivity using less effort. There are differing opinions on this idea, some agree, while others don’t. These opinions come from the perspective of each person. My perspective, or opinion, leans the way of agreement in the phrase, work smarter not harder. Allow me to explain. In the past I wrote an article titled ‘Why I Say Professional Organizers Are [...]

Using a Process to Put Down Mulch

By |2021-04-29T14:35:52-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Every year I contemplate whether I should put down mulch in my garden beds. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but when I do, it’s a big job. And spring is typically when you start to see landscape companies spreading mulch in the yards of homes and businesses in the community. This may not seem like a topic related to organizing or productivity, but it does relate to using a process which does optimize productivity.  The process I use to put down mulch may be different than yours, but a process is used all the same. Whether you hire it [...]

Self-Care is Critical to Our Well-Being

By |2021-04-24T13:36:47-05:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: Health Benefits, Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Self-care has always been critical to our well-being, even pre-pandemic. A quick internet search on this subject will yield many articles with tips and advice to create a regimen of your very own to implement. It’s important to pay attention to your physical and mental needs to stay healthy and happy. Reducing stress may be the most important part of any self-care regimen. Chronic stress can take its toll on your body both physically and mentally, so it’s important to have coping mechanisms in place to deal with stressful situations as they arise. Being proactive in creating a self-care regimen [...]

How to Plan Meals Without Wasting Food

By |2021-04-20T14:38:00-05:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , , |

Planning and cooking healthy meals that your family loves without wasting food can be a challenge.  Having a hectic schedule makes it even more challenging, even if you’re single. The tendency to order a pizza delivered, or drive through a fast-food restaurant can become commonplace. This tendency allows for sustenance in a pinch but long-term can cause health issues because you’re not eating healthy. The biggest health issue is weight gain which can sneak up on you if you’re not careful.  It’s really ok to order in on occasion, but don’t make it a habit. Planning, and even cooking meals [...]

Determining Why You Can’t Get Things Done

By |2021-04-13T10:05:34-05:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever asked the question, why can’t I get things done? I’m sure many people have wondered about that at some point in their lives, I know I have.  We are living in a fast-paced world and have so much to do all the time that it’s challenging to keep up with everything. That’s not to say that it’s impossible.  Keeping your sanity as you get things done is another very important issue. At the end of the day, you want to feel like you’ve been productive, but if you’re so worn out, both physically and mentally, chances are [...]

Organizing User’s Manuals

By |2021-04-03T13:39:07-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

When you purchase items such as vehicles, appliances, garden equipment or any type of electronics, they come with user’s manuals. Some come in paper form, while others can be accessed online.  These manuals are very important to understand the operation and maintenance associated with the purchased product. Quick and easy access is a must when you need information about the item.  There are different schools of thought on how to organize user’s manuals. As with anything in life, what works for one doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone.  Think about the different options listed here, and decide which [...]

Planning a Successful Organizing Project

By |2021-03-25T16:16:15-05:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

There are numerous reasons why someone would want to get organized.  Maybe they can’t find things they are looking for such as their car keys and it causes them to be late for work, a lot.  Maybe they buy duplicates or triplicates because they don’t know how many of one item they own. When they realize what the real issue is, they decide it’s time to work on an organizing project. There are several things to consider when planning a successful organizing project. A person can become overwhelmed if their project encompasses many areas, or a whole house transformation.  I [...]

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