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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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How to Schedule Tasks to Accomplish Goals

By | January 24th, 2016|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , |

Planning is typically a hot topic at the beginning of the new year.  Some make New Year’s resolutions on a whim, perhaps at a party.  Others create goals and make a plan to accomplish those goals.  Another scenario is to tweak an existing plan that may not be working so well. Part of the planning process should include scheduling tasks associated with your goals.  Having a plan is great, but if you don’t actually schedule the time to complete the tasks, those tasks may just fall by the wayside, and you may end up not meeting your goals. Things can [...]

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5 Tips to Keep Your Sanity For the Holidays

By | November 30th, 2015|Categories: Holiday Organization, Planning, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   The holidays sometimes seem to creep up on us before we know it.  We have so much to do on a regular basis that we don’t always realize a holiday is quickly approaching.  I know that has happened to me more than once. Keeping our sanity during these times can be a challenge! So much to do and so little time! Things like figuring out gifts for everyone on our lists, cleaning, decorating, cooking, etc.  We want our holidays to be memorable and that can cause us to put more on ourselves [...]

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6 Self-care Tips to Prevent Burnout

By | November 11th, 2015|Categories: Planning, Reduce Stress, Time Management|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of marcolm / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   When we think of the term ‘burnout’, we typically think of it in terms of our jobs.  That makes sense since we spend so much of our lives earning a living.  Our jobs can demand a lot of us in terms of productivity, creativity and time, just to name a few.  Typically these demands come from others, although we have a hand in putting more on ourselves to excel in our careers. Burnout can also occur in our personal lives. There are factors in our lives that can contribute to burnout, such as [...]

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Organizing After a Death

By | September 16th, 2015|Categories: estate planning, Grief, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   When a loved one passes away there are many things to do.  So many things in fact, that it can quickly become overwhelming.  Whether it’s sudden or after a long illness, you will experience grief and probably aren’t thinking straight. My aunt passed away recently and this article provides insight from my personal experience.  This subject is not a topic that most want to think about but it is necessary and I hope it will be helpful.  One thing I would like to mention that helped me, is that when I was planning [...]

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Go Green During Spring Cleaning

By | April 26th, 2015|Categories: Planning, Recycle, Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Spring cleaning is a process that can take quite a while.  It’s not typically done in a weekend.  There are many rooms and spaces to consider, along with the yard and perhaps a vehicle or two.  As we clean, we declutter and clear our homes of items we no longer need, want or love.  Some of the items to discard are still in good shape while others are not.  The items that still have life in them could be donated to a charity so that someone could reuse them.  Non-working items such as, [...]

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