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Your “Life Document” Checklist- Part 1

Well, we all made it through Thanksgiving with our families. If the adult children went to visit their “mature aged” parents, they probably noticed how they were living in their environment. Had they been cooking? Were clothes piled up because they couldn’t go up and down the stairs? Were there piles of clothes on the

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Setting Up a Home Office and School Work Space

Learning and working from home means putting a schedule together and having an organized space. Some families share a dining room or kitchen table as a multi workspace and then dining at the table. If you don’t have a spare bedroom or basement or sun room to create a focused area here are some ideas:

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5 Spaces to Organize First

1. Your entrance area – Do you come into your home through the garage? This is where your keys, shoes, coats and handbags are dropped? If you don’t have cubbies or a space to put items and not much room, then create space by using the back of the door. An over the door hanger

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10 Tips to Downsize and Declutter

1. Start early. It’s never too late to begin the process. Downsizing/decluttering takes time and energy. Focus on some of the more challenging areas that are time consuming such as going through files. Get two large trash bags and Label one with shred and the other with trash. Put in the shred bag, documents including

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When is the right time to downsize and move?

I get calls all the time from adult children and prospective residents to say they are contemplating a possible move and downsize, but don’t know where to move to and they don’t know what needs to be done. The resident sits on those thoughts, sometimes for months or a year. Then I get the phone

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Back to School

Wow, the summer flew by! Here is how to put order into the students routine: De-clutter the back pack if they are using last years. Get rid of old papers. Use spiral notebooks if it still has a lot of paper. Rip out old notes and continue using. Establish an area where all papers from

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Organizing a Traditional Office Space

When I say traditional, I mean it has a door and you have your own space. What is working for you? What is not working for you? If you are not using a headset for a landline or your cell phone, I highly recommend you get one. It saves on your neck. If you are

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Get Organized with Labels and Containers

I love using labels. It tells you where you have put items and where to return them. Here are some rooms you can use them in and how to use them. The Garage: 1. Guys who have work benches and love their screws, nails, nuts and bolts can use labels. Mason jars are clear and

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After Losing a Loved One – Concierge Services for the Family

Losing a loved one is very emotional. Most people don’t prepare for their death. Heart attack, sudden sickness, car accidents, and so many health issues that we don’t account for. In my previous blog, I discussed monthly about preparing your “Life Document “ folder for emergencies. The most difficult part of clearing out a home,

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Pros and Cons to Photo Cloud Storage

Apple iCloudPros: Free but limited storage and automatic photo uploading.Cons: The free storage limit is only 5GB.Quick take: For those who own Apple products, this service makes backing up your images super-convenient, but the 5GB of free storage doesn’t get you very far. You need to pay about $1 per month for 50GB, $3 per month for 200GB,

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Packing and Organizing Your Cabin/Lake Home

Do you have a cabin/lake home that you rent on a yearly basis? As summer is quickly approaching, you might be preparing the family cabin/lake home for rental. Here are some items that you can put in clear plastic totes, that clip on the side: Sheets and towels- You can put them in one container

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Organizing Your Jewelry

I am a highly visual person, so if my items are displayed, I will see it and wear it. Earrings: Depending on how much you have, many stores sell earring holder stands (Claire’s, Hobby Lobby, etc.) Place all hook style earrings on an earring tree stand. For the earrings you are missing, toss the one

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Organizing Your In Home Storage Closet

I have clients who buy additional toiletries, to have on hand. I suggest having shelving units, if possible, or shelves in your storage closet, whether it is in the basement, garage or lower level. Purchase clear totes that will fit on the shelves with matching lids. It is important to have lids to keep out

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Organizing Your Refrigerator

My husband loves snacks and purchasing premade items from the grocery store. It makes me crazy, with all the containers in the refrigerator. I can’t see what’s on each shelf. I do clean out my refrigerator every Sunday morning. I toss out old and expired leftovers, clean and wipe the shelves and clean out the

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What Should Be in a Life Document Binder?

On April 8th, we discussed and shared with you documenting your oral history with family and friends. This is a binder created with all documents that are of value in your life. It is all in one place. In the event something should happen to you, your POA or family will have the knowledge on

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