Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Moving - Purge and De-Clutter First

It's almost summer.  School will be out soon. This is the time that a lot of people decide to move.

If you know that you will be moving - start making some plans. When else are you going to be able to go through your entire house and make some big, cleansing decisions????

Moving is not fun. Planning for a move is not fun. De-cluttering for a move is not fun.

But by being pro-active and doing a little bit of work (and decision making) each day - the day of your 'big packing' will be much easier.

If you know that you will be moving you should immediately start the de-cluttering, purging process. It will make your move much easier. And much lighter. Which in turn will be much less expensive. Because most moving companies charge by truck weight.

I have done many move unpacks for clients that have just moved into town and I am always amazed at the things they decide to move. Old, worn out things. Things that should have been left behind. Because when you are moving it might be the only time that you really think about how often you have actually used the item.

If you know that you are moving ahead of time start going through your house and get rid of things that you have never used, aren't using, things that are old or worn out. Now is the time. Not after you move. If your washer and dryer are 15 years old why move them? It will be cheaper to buy new, more efficient appliances once you move and you will also save money by not paying to move them. 

Go through your clothes and get rid of everything that you have not worn in a long time or is out of style. You may not have ever gone through your closet before this but now is the time. Why move things that you will not wear? If you are moving to a warmer climate and won't need those 25 sweaters...donate them. That goes for the snow ski's that you won't need in Miami. Or the treadmill that you have never used.

Get rid of everything that you can before your move. It will feel good! Really it will. You will wonder why you didn't do it sooner. And be sure to keep track of everything that you donate so that you can take a tax deduction.

Moving is a stressful endeavor. Try to make it less so by purging before you even think about packing.  

Remember - "if in doubt - throw it out".  Now is not the time to say "but I might use it (need it) someday".  The reality is - you won't. 

Why pay to move stuff that you will never use - and will probably end up throwing out once you get  to your new home.

Plan ahead - purge as much as you can and start fresh in your new home. A lot of times it will actually save you money. 
Remember: Less Clutter = Less Stress .... in your Home, your Business and your Life

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Schools Out For The Summer - Almost

School is about to end for most schools. Kids will be cleaning out their lockers and bringing home - well, lots of stuff! Maybe even stuff that you didn't know that you were missing - like Tupperware!

They will also be bringing home lots of papers and other things that they have cleared out of their lockers, maybe even some clothes. If they are like most kids they will probably just dump it all in the hallway where they came in. And drive you nuts in the process.

So before you get too far into the summer take some time to organize the mess. And if you can, make the kids help. It is their mess after all!

First, throw out all of the garbage.

Second, take back your Tupperware, dishes, silverware...

Third, grab those clothes and throw them in the laundry. After they are clean, decide if they still fit or might still fit by the start of the next school year. Otherwise, into the "donate pile" they go.

Fourth, go through their papers and decide which ones you want to keep (things such as Art work or other papers you really want to keep). You might want to dispose of the other papers when the kids are not around. If you have a folder/box or notebook for each child you can put anything you want to save into their file (by grade).

Fifth, any extra school supplies that can be used for the next year can be put away in a bag and you will have a head start on shopping for the next school year. Be sure to keep a list of what you already have so that you don't buy duplicate when you get the rest of their school supplies.

Sixth, check the condition of their backpack and lunch box and toss it or put it away for next year (after a thorough cleaning of course!).

The mess is now gone and you can get on with our summer!

Have a great summer!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Organizing Your Life - for Others

Dealing with our eventual death is not something that anyone really wants to think about. But it is really important and something that everyone needs to do.

Being organized and leaving your family in a position where they know what you want and where all of your important documents are - is a gift. At a time when everyone is emotionally devastated - not  having to worry about trying to find things - is one less thing they have to worry about.

Losing someone always makes people think about their own life and always makes people uneasy.

So - do what needs to be done - for your family - and get your life and your important papers organized.

Do you have a will?

Do you have a "living will" ? 

Do you have a "power of attorney"?

Where is it kept?  Who knows about it?

Does someone have the contact information for your lawyer and doctors?  What about your insurance company and any insurance policies?

Does someone know where you bank and your bank account numbers?

What about a list of people to call - to be notified?  Having a list - with phone numbers - makes it easier for someone to let people know what's going on.

Keeping a record of all of the above information in one place is essential.  It might take a little bit of time to get all of the information in one place - but your family will be very appreciative in a very stressful time.

Another important thing to consider is your online presence. If you bank online - or pay bills online - do you have a list of passwords so that someone can close all of the accounts - or continue to pay your bills - such as mortgage payments, utility bills - until such time that you no longer need them.

Do yourself and your family a huge favor - organize your life. It will make things easier on everyone.

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