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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Things For Seniors to Consider to Stay at Home as They Age

By |2020-11-17T13:41:22-06:00April 4th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

These are the times when so many older adults prefer to stay at home as they age.  According to AARP, ‘nearly 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age’. Many have lived in their homes for decades.  They have raised families there, made friends there and established roots in their communities.  They know the lay of the land in their surroundings.  They are comfortable with the neighborhood. I’ve often heard the term, getting older is not for sissies. You may have aches and pains, your vision may be declining, you don’t have as much energy [...]

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9 Safety Tips For Seniors to Age in Place

By |2020-11-17T13:41:36-06:00November 2nd, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Organization & Safety, Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , |

To age in place is becoming a term used frequently in the senior population. According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as ‘aging in place’. Everyone is different, and has specific needs to be considered for their living spaces. We also want to keep our independent lifestyles, and do as much for ourselves as possible. That can happen when our home is setup based on our specific needs. As a professional organizer that specializes in rightsizing for seniors, I’m often [...]

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September is National Preparedness Month

By |2020-11-17T13:41:37-06:00September 7th, 2014|Categories: Emergency Preparedness, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

Since September is National Preparedness Month, and hurricane season is in full swing, I decided to tweak a previous newsletter article that discussed weather emergencies for this month. In 2004, this month was designated to review our state of preparedness and make adjustments accordingly. These adjustments are not only for our home & family, but for our businesses and communities as a whole. This means being prepared for a range of emergencies such as home fires, and natural disasters to terrorist attacks. Staying informed of current events is critical to be prepared for these types of emergencies. Cell phones, computers and the [...]

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Winter Weather Tips

By |2020-11-17T13:41:52-06:00December 15th, 2010|Categories: Emergency Preparedness, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

  Winter weather has officially arrived! The temperatures have been dropping rapidly. Some of us have already seen significant snowfalls, and you know what that means, treacherous driving conditions, and shoveling snow. Once again it’s time to shift into winter weather survival mode. That is, unless you can spend the winter months in a warm tropical place, but I digress. If not, there are two areas that need to be considered related to winter weather - your home, and your vehicle. There are many online posts to help you winterize your home to save energy and money.  Here is one [...]

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