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Thank you so much for helping me today you really are brilliant at this!

– Nell

2018 Tip of the Year

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2018 Tip of the Year

Every January 1st comes the big pressure for New Year resolutions. Everyone starts a new slate and wants to change and do things that have been put on the back burner for the last year and maybe even for the last decade. I think that is too much to ask of anyone especially after surviving the stressful holiday season. All we can expect as human beings is to balance our everyday lives and try to do better and not strive for perfection. One tip which could help everyone is to read your mail everyday!!!! Make decisions and take action!!!

How long could this take? 5-10 minutes, right? Don’t you receive a lot of junk mail? If it says “presorted standard” on upper corner – it’s not really for you, it’s for whoever will read it. LET IT GO! Stand by the garbage and TOSS IT or if it is recyclable put it in  the bin to go out with recycling.
If it is important or personal stuff or bills, put it where it goes to be paid or keep it in your important slot, envelope, file, in-bin, or how ever your brain is wired to remember to go back to it before your bill is late etc.
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If you still receive print newspapers or magazines, cap off the read time at 3 months and then recycle and be done with it because it will begin to cloud your peaceful surroundings.

There are too many other things that we need to make decisions about everyday other than mail. Remember that simply “less is more.” It’s a proven fact that clean and less cluttered surfaces definitely give us a more peaceful feeling in our home living environments.

Why not make February 1st your realistic deadline for starting this new normal.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

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Lessons and Tips From IRMA

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I have asked my clients this question many times: “If a hurricane comes tomorrow what would you take?”

I believe this helps the client to begin to access and think about what really matters in life.

What is most important to us? What is absolutely sentimental and a part of us? Many of us have accumulated so much and it sometimes consumes us.

I had to ask myself the above questions when preparing for Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Yes, there are evacuation lists and hurricane preparedness lists, but what is my list for life? I left my house with the mindset that I may only come back to a shell of a house based on the category 5 storm heading for Miami. My house is a two story and my upstairs is wood and not mad of concrete block. I do have impact glass windows and a 25 kw generator on a slab in the yard since Hurricane Wilma left us without power for over 2 weeks in 2005, but I live in an evacuation zone near the coast. We evacuated.

The storm went west affecting others so horribly, but kept my house standing with debris, discoloration and really only a big mess to clean up. I could unpack what I brought and begin to get back to somewhat normal. The psychological component continues. I am not sure why. I do know not much matters as far as stuff. Being safe and having what you need is all that matters.

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep CleanIn my opinion, these are the most important things:

  • Be safe
  • Sentimental Jewelry
  • Keep trees trimmed during hurricane season to avoid bigger problems in case they topple
    • Bring, photograph or digitize all important documents and or put on an external hard drive too:
      Passports, Birth Certificates, Marriage license, Medical information, Deed to home, Insurances-home, health, flood, life and car.
  • Pictures, albums, framed or boxed (I will be scanning older photos as well as backing them up and perhaps making photo books, videos etc after Irma)
  • Checkbooks, credit cards, purse, pistol, pillow, phone, laptop, chargers
  • Diplomas, Transcripts, Pertinent Business information if home based business
  • Pets/rabies info-get sedatives to take edge off
  • Record and fill all medications, set up a first aid kit
  • Take a video of your house, cars and yard. Pictures of your art, especially children’s art
  • If going or staying, don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. Have water, gas, run down food inventory, but have shelf ready items. Have flash lights, battery operated candles, and battery operated fans. Fill gallons of water and freeze them to keep food safe longer if needed.
    Keep your sense of humor and positive attitude if at home or on the road and throughout. It’s beyond our control and you can’t fool with Mother Nature!

Be safe and organized!  My thoughts, prayers and healing wishes to all affected by Harvey, Irma and Maria this season.

End of Summer Reality

End of Summer Reality

I was reminded lately of the quote that Ben Franklin said so long ago: “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Who knew that what was important in the 1700s is still so relevant today!

This idea of having a designated space for the things you need every day and if possible, for most things, is terrific for children, college students, and adults.

If the space is labeled or everyone in the home, dorm or apartment has communicated about the placement, it makes evenings and hectic mornings better for all.

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Stay in touch with the kids and adults and be sure to make eye contact for better retention of information. Make a routine of catching up on any details for school, work or life in general on Wednesdays or Thursdays to make sure your week is finished so all deadlines can be met. My daughter recently wrote a blog post for her job, which correlates to getting ready for back to school and fall life.

The end of summer can be full of mixed feelings as we approach Labor Day. I always associated the beginning of the carefree lifestyle with Memorial Day and the need to return to structure and more routines to be by Labor Day.

Let’s take a minute to say it’s been fun basking in the summertime and let’s look forward to what comes now.

  • Renewed energy and attitude to balance after vacation
  • Cooler weather
  • Going to sleep earlier – more shut eye
  • Eating dinners as the sun sets sooner
  • Return of fall sports i.e. football etc
  • Return to the new season of arts and new tv series
  • Holidays
  • Connections and new opportunities

Wishing you the best as you transition and embrace Ben’s words!

Tip of the Month!

Medicine/vitamins in the bathroom or kitchen?

For families and most people, the kitchen is a better option. There is less chance of forgetting to take supplements etc, more of a chance of having the space to keep many categories together, up higher away from children, easy to get in case of emergency and less humidity.

 

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