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Seasonal Clothing Storage

By | March 25th, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Where do you store your seasonal clothing? The ideal situation is to store clothing from all seasons together, but not everyone can do that.  If you have a huge closet with plenty of storage, it may not be an issue. For those of us that don’t have big closets and no so much storage, we have to get creative when we switch our wardrobe twice a year. Spring is here and it’s time to make a wardrobe switch.  Warmer weather means we can put away the warm sweaters, wool pants and bulky coats.  Short sleeves, jackets, and other lightweight pieces [...]

Tax Preparation – DIY or Hire An Accountant

By | February 12th, 2020|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

After the first of every year, we head into the dreaded tax season. The time to gather documents for tax preparation. Documents and notices pertaining to our income and associated accounts start to filter into our mailboxes – email inbox or physical mailbox. In anticipation of the yearly event, creating a folder to store all these documents in the same place is essential for ease of access for tax preparation. For those with filing systems setup to work for you, this is a no-brainer. When a required document arrives in your mailbox, it goes right into the folder. For those [...]

Is Your Fitness Equipment Used as Storage?

By | February 5th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Many new year’s resolutions include getting in shape, or physically fit. For home work out routines, it makes sense to purchase fitness equipment.  Asking for a stationary bike, treadmill or all-in-one home gyms are common Christmas gift requests. Maybe it wasn’t a gift request or a new year’s resolution.  You may have inherited a piece of fitness equipment. Maybe a family member wanted to downsize, so they asked if you wanted their elliptical trainer. You thought, yea I want to get in shape and this may provide the motivation to get me going. Your intentions are good going into this [...]

Tips to Help You Help Your Parents Downsize

By | January 29th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

There are different reasons why your parents downsize their belongings. They may want, or need to move to a smaller home. They may have difficulty navigating through all their things, or maybe they just want to free up space to stay in the home they have lived in for so many years. Depending on their age, physical and mental condition, they may not be able to do it themselves. They know they need to do it, but are not able or willing to do it themselves.  Some don’t ask for help even when they need it.  Others may ask their [...]

Important Papers – What to Keep & For How Long

By | January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

As a professional organizer I’m frequently asked about how long to keep important papers. There is no catch-all answer to this question.  The IRS states - The length of time you should keep a document depends on the action, expense, or event which the document records. There is a different answer for each document.  Some need to be kept forever and others have a life cycle. Going back to the basics for a moment, important papers are documents that include your personal information.  They are considered legal documents. Some documents contain your social security number, others contain account numbers and other [...]

Storing Stuff Where You Use It

By | January 15th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Storing stuff where you use it just makes sense. Did you ever spend a lot of time looking for something that isn’t where it should be? Maybe you didn’t find a home for it when you brought it into your house. Or maybe someone didn’t put it back where it belongs. In the organizing industry we create zones. These are typically work zones for specific tasks. This is especially important in kitchens and offices, or office areas.  By storing stuff where you use it, you are creating zones. In the kitchen there are various zones. Each zone has most, if [...]

Organizing Printed Photos

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

People of a certain age, older adults, have a lot of printed photos. In the past, there were actual cameras we used with film cartridges that you had to take in for developing.  Those actions led to a mass quantity of physical photos. It’s not unusual to find boxes of loose photos, negatives and those little cardboard slides for projectors in my client’s homes. Back in the day there weren’t as many options for storage and to display printed photos as there are today. We also didn’t understand how to preserve our treasured memories so we could enjoy them for [...]

How The Evernote App Increases Productivity

By | November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

The Evernote app is one of those apps to organize your life that consequently increases productivity.  With the invention of the smart phone, which has internet connectivity, the apps came next.  Apps are basically software applications that you install on your smart phone. They have an app for everything that you can think of.  It seems that all these apps were created to help us with our fast paced, on-the-go lifestyles.  We keep our phones close to stay connected but they can be useful tools as well. Just go into the ‘app’ on your smart phone to search for a [...]

Pros & Cons Of An Interim Living Solution For Retirement

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Retirement|Tags: , , , , |

My friends Cindy & Joe (not their real names), that are in their mid-60’s recently retired. They lived in a beautiful, 3k+ square foot, 3 level home on a lake with their dog.  Both of them love the outdoors.  They didn’t plan on retiring that soon, but their situation sort of pushed them into it. They wanted to get out from under the costly, and physical maintenance of owning such a large home so they put in on the market. At this point, they weren’t sure where they wanted to live in retirement. Another thing I need to mention, is [...]

3 Reasons to Start Downsizing Sooner Than Later

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Home Remodeling|Tags: , , , , |

At some point everyone needs to do some downsizing of their belongings. This post is about starting the downsizing process sooner than later. Purging and de-cluttering are also terms that have the same result, to reduce the number of the things we own. We accumulate many items throughout the course of a lifetime. Things wear out, or we grow out of them, or our tastes change and we get more things, maybe different things. What we do with the things we are no longer using may be different for each of us.  A lot of times we stash them away [...]