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Plastic Grocery Bags Are Not Good For Long-Term Storage

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

Currently, the big question on my mind is, why do so many people use plastic grocery bags for storage? I see this in my client’s homes as well as family member’s homes, even my own.  Not by me of course, but others. I’m calling them grocery bags but the reality is that all stores where you purchase products use them. Maybe grocery stores were the first ones to start using them, who knows, I certainly can’t remember that far back. I see them in refrigerators, freezers, drawers, closets, garages; everywhere humans store things. Instead of storing packages of meat in [...]

What is a Body Double?

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Motivation, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

You may be familiar with the term, ‘stunt double’, specifically in the movie industry. Stunt doubles are trained to perform stunts that are typically dangerous in nature, in the place of an actor.  But what is a body double you ask? You may not be familiar with the term ‘body double’. This term has a very different meaning than a stunt double.  It’s used in the organizing industry, most notably for those with Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), but not exclusively. In a nutshell, a body double is another person that sits with you, or occupies the same area while you work [...]

A House is Just a Place to Put All Your Stuff…Isn’t it?

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Apparently, it is according to George Carlin.  What an awesome comedian! George thinks about things we encounter in our daily lives and puts a hilarious spin on them.  He talks about stuff in a very comical way but he is so on point with his message.  Our stuff is our things, items, belongings, whatever term you use to describe your stuff. Looking at this bit at a higher level is how we store our things.  When he describes taking off in a plane and looking down at all the piles of stuff with covers on them, he means our houses. [...]

Space Planning

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Space planning comes into play in various life scenarios. Some of the most common life scenarios include - moving to a new home, remodeling, a new baby, someone moving in or out, inheriting items, new furniture and holiday decorating.  These scenarios dictate the need to consider the available space you currently have, or the space that will become available. This will enable you to create, or adjust your spaces to encourage peaceful surroundings.  Actually, we should always be consciously aware of our homes in terms of space, or our surroundings since we spend so much time there.  Too much clutter, [...]

Give Yourself a Break

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

You have my permission to give yourself a break this holiday season.  Maybe if you have permission from a fellow human that has been there, and there are many of us, you will give yourself a break.  That means if everything does not work out as planned, nothing will happen. The sky will not fall, the world will not end.  Ok, there are some prophets that may disagree, but that is a philosophical discussion for another time and place.   The holiday season is upon us and there is so much to do. It’s time for the hustle and bustle [...]

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 [...]