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Commit to a Weekly Discard Session

By |2022-09-13T14:43:39-05:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , , , |

In order to keep clutter from piling up, try this strategy – commit to a weekly discard session. The thought is to keep your belongings proportionate to your living spaces. Discarding can mean trash, recycle, or donate, which is a type of recycling. A weekly discard session doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. This strategy can be tailored to the amount of time you have available, being mindful that the amount of effort you put into this strategy determines the results. The idea is to choose a room, area or category each week and focus your available time on [...]

Stock Up To Save Time & Money

By |2022-08-26T16:39:26-05:00August 31st, 2022|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you stock up on products that you always use, you can save time and money. Time is saved when you can quickly replace the product you used up.  Stocking up when a product goes on sale saves you money by not having to pay full price. Stock up on products you always use so you have an ample supply of consumable, non-perishable items such as paper goods, cleaning products, personal care items, office supplies, etc. These items won’t expire, and you will continuously have a need for them. Be mindful of available storage for the amount of inventory you [...]

Tie up Loose Ends Before They Become Issues

By |2022-08-15T19:16:54-05:00August 17th, 2022|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Loose ends equate to unfinished tasks. No one likes having things hanging over their heads.  These loose ends can cause a lot of stress and may even lead to negative consequences.  That means a double dose of stress, which we could all do without. These unfinished tasks or loose ends can be a form of procrastination, or not. They may be waiting for something else to occur before they can be tied up, that’s when deferring a task comes into play. As mentioned in the article in the link, deferring a task may be required if that task has a [...]

Save Time With These Quick Easy Tips to Stay Organized

By |2022-08-09T13:30:41-05:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

A while ago, I wrote an article with strategies to maintain your organized spaces. While those strategies will save time in the long run, these tips take just minutes and will also save time now when you incorporate them into your daily routine.  And the more you perform these daily routines, the quicker they will become habits and you don’t even think about them as you’re doing them. Although we can’t stop, or pause time, we can manage the time we have by the way we perform organizing tasks. When we manage our time more effectively, it allows us to [...]

Tweak Existing Routines or Create New Ones After Major Life Disruptions

By |2022-07-29T12:02:16-05:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Routines|Tags: , , , , , |

We all have disruptions throughout our lives that can mess with our routines. However, major life disruptions are quite different and not only mess with our routines, but can eliminate existing routines, and/or cause us to create new ones. Major life disruptions may include, but are not limited to the following: death of a loved one, losing a job, accident, long-term illness, divorce, kids leaving home, etc. These major life disruptions mostly mean a loss of some kind and you will grieve that loss. These situations affect us in various ways - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Most are not thinking [...]

Getting Organized to Provide Essential Home Care

By |2022-06-20T12:58:15-05:00June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Organization & Safety|Tags: , , , |

It takes a team to provide home care for a loved one that is homebound. The circumstances for why this special care is needed, can indicate the level of care required.  This type of care can also be challenging in many ways. Providing essential home care requires organization for the caregivers and the care recipient. Initially I suggest that you determine what their specific needs are by doing a needs assessment, just like you would do to organize your home. After you get everything set up, and as you provide essential home care for your loved one, you will need [...]

Points to Consider For The Elderly to Safely Navigate Their Homes

By |2022-05-31T10:52:30-05:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Eldercare|Tags: , , , , |

Mobility becomes increasingly difficult as we age. The ability to navigate our living spaces safely is key to aging in place.  The same holds true if we move into senior living communities. The ability to easily get around our living spaces provides a level of independence that is important as we age. One way to think about this subject is to think about how we navigate our homes at a younger age, maybe in our early fifties.  This is the age I typically recommend to start downsizing your belongings. When you begin downsizing, you will notice how much more space [...]

When You Move, Don’t Forget to Update Accounts or Cancel Services

By |2022-05-20T11:41:24-05:00May 25th, 2022|Categories: Moving|Tags: , , , , |

When you move to a new home, there are many moving parts to keep track of.  An important aspect is to update accounts, and transfer or cancel services pertaining to your new home.  This can be an overwhelming task depending on how many different companies that you do business with. Not all of the services that you use at your previous home are relevant to your new home.  For example, if you are downsizing and moving from a house to a condo, you will likely need to cancel accounts with many of these companies, such as lawn care services. So [...]

Storage and Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

By |2022-05-09T10:02:33-05:00May 11th, 2022|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , |

Helping people downsize and/or organize their homes always includes managing household hazardous waste. This is something that most people don’t think about often, or maybe not at all. These common products used to maintain our homes, yards, and vehicles can cause damage to humans, pets, wildlife and the environment if not stored or disposed of properly. In and around St Louis, Missouri, we have 2 facilities where we can safely dispose of household hazardous waste. If you live elsewhere, I’m thinking there may be a facility near you. I encourage you to do some investigation to find one. If you’re [...]

Tangible Memories That Won’t Create Clutter

By |2022-04-22T12:06:06-05:00April 27th, 2022|Categories: Clutter, Grief|Tags: , , , , , |

Some of my friends have lost loved ones recently, including beloved pets. We discuss intangible as well as tangible memories of them. They speak of nuggets of memories and happy or funny stories they remember about them. They hold tight to those memories as they grieve. My friends and I honor the loss of their loved ones by gathering together to enjoy each other’s company, laugh and cry with them and lift a glass to their loved one. We also give them gifts in the form of tangible memories, something that won’t create clutter. Some time ago, I wrote a [...]

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