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There is a Consequence to Every Action

By |2021-07-17T12:57:56-05:00July 21st, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

Every decision we make causes an action that results in a consequence. An inaction is also a decision, a decision not to act. A consequence is a result of the decision, or choice that you make depending on the situation or circumstance you are in at the time. We all make many decisions every day in the course of our lives. Some may be mundane, or not particularly life impacting, others can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. They all have one thing in common, they all have a consequence.  Some good, others not so good. So, what does [...]

Linen Closet Storage Best Practices

By |2021-07-05T12:41:36-05:00July 7th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not every home has a linen closet.  If your home has one, there are a couple of places where they may be located. Either in the bathroom, or they may be found in the hall outside the bathroom.  Typically, they are not just used to store linens.  Most likely, they are used to store towels, bed linens, personal care items and more. The location may determine what type of items you store in your linen closet. If it’s in the bathroom, consider the humidity that accumulates due to lack of air circulation, even with an exhaust fan, so you don’t [...]

Put it on The List of Needed Supplies

By |2021-06-29T14:40:48-05:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

Whenever I discover that I need something, I put it on the list. I wrote an article some years ago titled ‘How do you remember everything?’, it talks about lists in terms of to-do lists. This article is related to remembering, but in terms of needed supplies, not things to do. With everything going on in our busy lives, it’s nearly impossible to remember everything we need to do, much less everything we need to buy to keep us going on a daily basis. When you discover that you need something, a list in a central location where you can [...]

Don’t Buy Storage Products Until After Assessment

By |2021-06-21T17:42:22-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New clients always want to know what storage products to buy before we meet.  My recommendation is not to buy anything until after assessment of their needs.  Needs assessment in terms of acquiring additional storage comes later in the organizing process. During the first step of the organizing process, which is the sorting step where we put like items together, we will empty all sorts of storage products. They come in all forms, such as baskets, plastic or glass containers, boxes of every size and shape, shelves, bookcases, etc. All of these containers can be repurposed for organizing systems. I’ve [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Importance of Keeping Your Things Visible

By |2021-03-13T10:57:56-06:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Keeping your things visible doesn’t necessarily mean to store everything you own out in plain view, although that’s one way to do it if you have the space. It just means that you are able to see all of your belongings at a glance so you know what you own. How you organize your belongings factors into the visibility concept. If you aren’t keeping your things visible, how do you know where an item lives so you can find it? How do know where to put your things back where they belong? How do you know what items you even [...]

Using Labels is Organizing’s Method of Communication

By |2021-03-04T14:44:20-06:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

In the past I’ve talked about the importance of using labels in just about every post I’ve written about getting and staying organized.  As the title says, they are a method of communication in terms of organization. Using labels leaves no doubt where items live in your spaces, so you can put things back where they belong after use and avoid misplacing items.  This concept works for everyone regardless of age.  Be mindful of the age of the person to determine the type of label to use for a particular item. For older adults, they may need a label with [...]

How to Incorporate Organizing in to Your Daily Activities

By |2021-01-27T14:43:15-06:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Mindfullness|Tags: , , , , |

Yes, you too can get organized by incorporating this concept into your daily activities. I understand you have a lot going on and this may not be as easy as it sounds, but it really is that easy.  Adjusting your mindset may take a little getting use to, but it is possible. The key here is to be mindful in your daily activities. Notice when things are not where they belong and stop what you’re doing to put things back in their homes. It gets a little trickier if you don’t have homes for everything, but it is doable. When [...]

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