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A. Rey of Hope
|Posted on 16 January, 2014 at 12:19||comments (2)|
At a recent local area Home Show, a fellow organizer and I played an organizing game with some of the children who stopped by our booth with their parents. The object: to sort out a jumbled mess of office supplies and fit them into a compartmentalized tray. The kids had a timed minute to complete the task and then received a prize.
1. Promote organizing skills.
2. Make sure they have the necessary tools.
3. Give them a chance to do it on their own.
An infant needs help for everything, a toddler wants to start doing things on their own, a pre-teen's hormones make them see things differently. Each developmental stage our children go through is a also a developmental stage for us as parents. We are challenged to learn how much autonomy we should give at each stage. A good rule of thumb is: if there's no harm in trying on their own, let them try.
Organizing is a life skill that can support your child at every stage of their life for the rest of their life. Give them that gift.
|Posted on 11 January, 2014 at 22:29||comments (4288)|
Using my schedule in this way helps me make my Busy life, a Full one - and that is worth my time. Because, its not about the time, it's about the Times of my Life.
I'm looking forward to my lunch with Sue on January 23rd.
|Posted on 31 December, 2013 at 12:12||comments (1)|
|Posted on 25 October, 2013 at 12:04||comments (5)|
Gearing up for a Big Move?
The three P’s I am referring to are, in short: paper, pearls and pills. Whether you will have a one or two day cross-town move or a four to five day cross-country move, it will benefit you to have control of items that are critical and vital to you and your family.
Papers: The papers that you will want to keep in your possession are anything having to do with the move – moving company contract, rental agreements, etc., school registration requirements, identification for each family member. With the exception of ID, it is also ok to keep these items digitally. Try using Evernote to take a picture of each document. Evernote will store them by the date and location the picture was taken. Make sure you practice this in advance. When I first tried this, my pictures were not saved because I did not realize I had to make a selection to choose to save them.
Pearls: Whatever jewelry you may have of any value should be kept with you at all times or securely stored in a safe or safety deposit box. Moving time can be confusing; don’t leave your valuables to chance.
Pills: Yes, you plan to be at your new home tomorrow, but then the truck breaks down, your flight gets cancelled, there’s a family emergency in Florida and Aunt Alice needs you to get there right away. Sometimes unexpected things happen. It may not be easy to refill prescription while in transit. Be sure that you when you travel you bring a two-week supply of medications for each person.
Naturally, you can spend time post-move searching boxes for these essential three P’s. I suggest you save yourself the added stress. Make a list now and, when it’s time, start by setting these items aside. You’ll be happy that you did.
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|Posted on 30 July, 2013 at 23:11||comments (0)|
A new wave in sharing fast facts is the Info-graphic. Info-graphics combine information, statistics and pictures for quick, at-a-glance answers.
This Clutter info-graphic was created by Sparefoot and gives
15 Fantastic Reasons to
Clear Out Clutter at Home.
From earning more money when selling your home to improving your health and even bumping up your credit score - clearing out clutter pays off in more ways than you may think.
Check out this infographic and find out what professional organizers already know!
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|Posted on 24 May, 2013 at 0:00||comments (10)|
Paper invades your house on a daily basis. Mail, bills and statements, arts and crafts, magazines, school papers and sticky notes are inevitable, but they don't need to take up space or clutter your home. Organizing them and coming up with a system that works for you is key to keeping the clutter at bay.
Create a System That Works For You Before you begin organizing take some time to think about a system for filing that makes sense to you. Ideas for categorizing your paper work and documents: · Household Documents · Business Documents · Car · Insurance · Medical
Wrangle the Mail Controlling your mail is one of the easiest ways to avoid paper clutter. First, go through all of the mail you have laying around. Toss the junk and place all of your bills and important papers in an accordion file. To keep mail from stacking up, sort everything the minute you walk in the door. Immediately toss junk or anything that doesn't interest you. Also, go online and have your bills sent to your email box instead of your mail box. Most utilities, banks and credit card companies offer this option. Consider purchasing a scanner and getting all of your important documents and paper work in electronic form.
Manage the Magazines If you're a magazine subscriber, it's likely you have a stack or two of magazines cluttering your home. Try these steps to keep your collection of periodicals more manageable:
These tips also work well for newspapers.
Sort Out School Work If you have kids, at least once a week a backpack is unloaded and you are presented with a mountain of graded worksheets, permission slips and school newsletters. Here's how to keep it organized:
Stick It to Sticky Notes While sticky notes can keep us more organized, they can also create clutter. Try a digital version of sticky notes on your computer or smart phone and be sure to throw away any real note as soon as you don't need it any more. Using these tactics, paper clutter in your home will be a thing of the past and you can focus your energy on more important things.
Paul Benjamin works for EZ Storage, a company providing self storage to the Philadelphia metro area for over 40 years.
|Posted on 14 March, 2013 at 10:49||comments (0)|
Step right up and see the show!
Do you ever use your steps as a temporary holding zone for items waiting to either head up or down? I do. There's just no denying that traveling up and down the steps, no matter how quickly you can do it, takes time. And extra time is something that most of us lack. Staying in one room until a job is complete and then making your trips to other parts of the house to deliver stray items is much more efficient.
Besides, if you have trouble with staying focused or completing projects, running up or down stairs frequently is an easy road to distraction. Staying on task in one area until the job or your allotted time is done, is a good plan for success.
Using the stairway as a landing spot for stray belongings however, only works when that landing spot is cleared. Regularly. Consistently.
Staying organized requires completion - not just of the first steps of a task but, of ALL the steps - this should always include putting things away when you're done.
For instance, you decide to clean and organize your bedroom. You may end up with a glass or mug from the kitchen, a towel from the bathroom, wrapping paper from the hall closet and tape from the junk drawer, all needing to return to a different room. Putting these items near or on the stairs to be delivered when you're done makes sense. Leaving them there as you run right past - again, and again and again, day after day - doesn't.
Piles of clutter on a stairway are an eyesore, an inconvenience and, most importantly a safety hazard. Allowing stuff to pile up on a stairway is a formula for a disaster that can only be found as funny if you're donning a clown's nose and shouting - Ta Da!
|Posted on 26 February, 2013 at 22:16||comments (1)|
I participate in a monthly call - a national gathering of Holistic Organizers who meet to learn and discuss ways in which we can and do incorporate holistic and spiritual practices into the lives of our daily careers and the work that we do with our clients. Tonight's topic, Yoga & Organizing, sounded like two separate things to me.
Here's what I learned.
I guess the basic goals are the same for both - form, peace, health - to name a few. And, although the paths are different, each can support the other.
So many yoga positions rely upon the practice of balance. Balancing our mind and body through yoga can reflect in or be reflected by the balanced or unbalanced environments we live in.
Breathing and grounding techniques practiced in yoga are known to boost brain function. In organizing, this helps with our decision making capabilities. How often do you wonder, 'Where do I start?' 'Should I keep this or let it go?' 'How should I set up this room?' It's hard to think when your mind is cluttered just as it is hard to function when your space is cluttered.
A short session of controlled yoga breathing and/or exercise helps to unite our bodies and spirits. If we can claim control of the health and well-being of our selves, we can take the next step and ask who is in control of our spaces? Do we have the authority to make decisions about the organization of our bedrooms, offices and other environments? If not, who does?
I think I will take a deep breath this week and treat myself to myself. I'll try a session or two of yoga.
|Posted on 18 February, 2013 at 19:59||comments (1)|
|Posted on 28 January, 2013 at 20:59||comments (3)|
Remember that saying, "Close, but no cigar"? In other words, you've played the game, but didn't quite win the prize.
How often do you come close....close enough....almost there.......but notquite? I got home today from babysitting for my niece and nephew in Maryland for the weekend. Soon after I came into my house, I brought my weekend travel bags upstairs, unpacked and put it all away.
Unpacking for a trip of any length is normally attended to pretty quickly in our house. Yet, I know this is not the case for many and I can understand why. It's so much easier to drop everything once you get home, walk away and leave it to think about another time.
Or is it? Is it really easier when you can't find your favorite pants and search the entire house before realizing that they're in the suitcase from your last trip? Is it easier to step around your travel bags every time you cross your bedroom? Is it easier to use toiletries out of your carry-on bag as if you were a tourist in your own home? Maybe. Maybe not.
Aside from travel bags, think about what other items in your home that you come "close" with without actually winning the cigar? Do you put your jacket or shoes down near the closet but not in it? Do you put your jewelry down on your dresser instead of in it's box or holder that's only inches away?
Go ahead, take that extra step and win the cigar this week!