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Keeping Spirits up With The Tradition of Baking Cookies For The Holidays

By |2020-12-15T10:04:59-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Holidays, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

I think baking cookies is a tradition for most, if not all of the year-end holidays. This has been a difficult year to be sure, and traditions are important to keep up with to lift our spirits. And what better way to make your spirits bright than baking cookies with family or friends. This is an activity that will surely take your mind off of your troubles, even if it’s only for a short time.  If it’s not been a tradition for you in the past, maybe this is the year to start a new one. Every year for many, [...]

Create a Plan For Running Errands to Save Time & Money

By |2020-11-20T12:51:57-06:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Running errands is something we all have to do on a regular basis. It may not be your favorite task, it certainly isn’t mine, but it is necessary. A little planning on the front end can save time in your busy schedule as well as keeping more money in your pocket in terms of fuel consumption at the least. Due to innovations in technology, a lot of our tasks can be done online via electronic device. Shopping online saves time by finding the specific item you’re looking for without in-person store shopping. Purchases can be delivered to your home, which [...]

I Had to Buy a New Cell Phone

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Everyone is so dependent on their cell phone these days for many things. The main reason was, is, and always will be for communication.  You can make a call, text, send an email, interact on social media, video chat, and look up information on the internet all from a cell phone. They are actually mini computer devices, so you can do practically anything on a cell phone that you can do on any other computer device. Yes, it does need to be a smart phone but that’s what most everyone is going for when they get a cell phone. They [...]

Overthinking Can be The Demise of Your Productivity

By |2020-11-17T13:41:19-06:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

When you create a plan, are you overthinking the steps needed to reach the end goal?  Does your research go on forever? Does your plan need to be perfect before you take action? Are the tasks so complicated that you just don’t want to perform them? If any of the above questions resonate with you, you may need to rethink your planning process.  Perfectionism and procrastination are the enemies of productivity. There is no such thing as perfect and good enough gets the job done.  Think about what motivates you - listening to music, a reward as you complete a [...]

Teaching Your Kids About Life After Graduation

By |2020-11-17T13:41:20-06:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Have you thought about preparing your children for life after graduation?  Living in the real world that is.  I’m not a parent but I do remember what it was like after I got out of school, sort of.  My memory isn’t that good these days but not all of it has completely faded away. After graduating from high school, not everyone goes on to college. Many do but many others get a job if they don’t already have one.  They may stay at home until they save enough to get their first apartment, perhaps with a roommate or two. At [...]

Organizing Your Finances

By |2020-11-17T13:41:21-06:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Similar to your things needing to be in proportion to your living spaces, you want your finances to be in proportion to your expenses.  This also means living within your means.  Your means being your income. When your expenses outweigh your income, your finances become out of balance and that’s where debt comes into play. If you don’t keep on top of it you suffer the consequences, which usually means an overwhelming amount of debt, and no savings or investing capacity. Ideally, we want the income side of the scale to be significantly higher than the expenses side of the [...]

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

By |2020-11-17T13:41:23-06:00January 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. [...]

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Space Planning

By |2020-11-17T13:41:23-06:00December 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, [...]

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Why Create a Home Inventory?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:24-06:00October 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 [...]

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How Do You Remember Everything?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:28-06:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

All of us have so much to remember these days, it’s a wonder we actually get anything done on time, or at all!  Changing work schedules, doctor’s appointments, medication schedules, paying bills, kids sports, ‘me time’, passwords, the list goes on… We suffer the consequences of not remembering something in some way.  If we miss a payment, there could be a late fee.  If we miss a dose of medication, our health could suffer.  Forgetting login credentials can take more time to get things done online. Neglecting ‘me time’ can cause undue stress which can again lead to health issues.  [...]

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