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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 [...]

Making Decisions

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Focus, Planning, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes making decisions is easy, other times not so much.  We all make decisions all the time, every day throughout the day.  We don’t think twice about many of them since they are part of our daily routines.  We usually make these types of decisions quickly because they are not complex and may be repetitious.  The brains working memory only holds about 7 items.  More than that is processed into long-term memory which requires conscious effort. There are always choices or options to consider in order to make decisions. A decision ‘is the act or process of deciding’ according to [...]

How Do You Remember Everything?

By | December 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.  [...]

Hiring Services to Meet Your Needs

By | July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , |

  Hiring services is not an easy task.  It can be frustrating to get the right company to meet your needs.  The question is, what are your needs, or requirements?  Needs, or requirements is the first thing to consider. Sometimes we don’t know what we need in terms of hiring services.  For those services that are new to us but we know we need the service, perhaps a little research is in order.  Recommendations from family and friends is a good place to start.  They can provide good recommendations as well as companies they’ve had bad experiences with, so you [...]

How to Set up a Portable Office

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Paper Management, Planning, Productivity, Storage|Tags: , , , |

    A portable office can mean different things to different people.  To some it means working out of their car, to others it can mean the ability to work in various rooms around their home, or bringing work home from the office.  Actually, anything that can be moved from one place to another makes it portable. There can be a variety of reasons why we have a need for a portable office.  Some may have no spare room or space for a home office.  Others may not like to work in the space where they set up their home [...]

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Mom Can’t Live Alone Anymore

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Eldercare, Planning, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

There may come a day when mom can’t live alone anymore.  There are many different scenarios that could result in a senior loved one unable to live alone.  It’s typically poor health, either mentally or physically that indicates the need for mom to find a new home. Family members are often blindsided if mom’s health has been good, then a sudden illness or injury leaves her unable to care for herself so she can no longer live alone.  Sometimes health declines steadily but mom won’t mention it because she doesn’t want to become a burden, or she knows she doesn’t [...]

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2 Valuable Lessons Learned From My Remodeling Project

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling, Kitchen, Planning|Tags: , , |

My kitchen is done, yay!  I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result, however, I want to share some lessons learned with you, and some before & after pictures. This is the last in the series of posts describing my journey to a new kitchen.  If you missed the last post, Preparing For My Kitchen Remodel, click on this link. Whenever you work on a project, whether it’s big or small, whether you do the job yourself, or you hire others, there will be challenges.  You don’t know what you don’t know; this statement was used in previous posts [...]

Let’s Discuss Priorities

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Planning, Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

  Priorities are things that are more important than other things, and need to be dealt with first.  That is the definition as shown in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As I think about priorities, I understand that they are different for everyone.  Your perception of yours may be viewed differently than the way someone else may view them.  Someone else may feel that one of your priorities is more important than another.  Perception plays a big part in determining what is more important than something else.  This comes into play when you work for someone else.  They may want you to [...]

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Preparing For My Kitchen Remodel

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

As mentioned at the end of my last post, Planning My Kitchen Remodel, the next topic in this series is preparing for the first step, demolition. Where will it all go? Everything has to be removed from the room, or in my case, rooms.  I likened it to moving from one house to another, only on a smaller scale.  Everything in the space needs to be packed up and moved somewhere else.  If you have a large home, this may not be an issue.  In my case, my home is not real big so I had to get creative in [...]

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Planning My Kitchen Remodel

By | May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling, Planning|Tags: , , |

  As mentioned at the end of my first article, Spring Into Home Remodeling Projects, the next article would be about planning, so here it is. Timing I chose spring because Midwest winters can be harsh & I wanted to use the garage as a staging area but need the garage for our cars. A staging area is needed to store furnishings while the floor is being laid, and to store delivered materials prior to the project start date.  Oh yes I forgot to mention that the family room next to the kitchen needs new flooring, so it will be [...]

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