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Are You Prepared for Identity Theft?

A friend was recently robbed of his wallet, keys, and cell phone.

That would be disconcerting enough for anyone, but it created even more problems than you might imagine. It also put him at risk for identity theft.

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An Org4life-approved use of a storage unit

If I’m in a storage unit, it’s usually to downsize it, or to help a client move out and un-rent it. Often as not, they don’t even remember what all they’ve been paying to store. There are a few situations, though, where a storage unit is the perfect solution. This time I not only recommended it, but I helped rent it and pack it up!

 

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10 Ways to Trick your Family into Being Organized

family organizedAre you the organized one in your family? Does it seem pointless to try to stay organized, with your family making messes right behind you as you go around the house tidying up? Here are some sneaky ways to get them onboard with your organizing systems:

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Are You Organized for Tax Time?

Organized for Tax TimeWhether you do your own taxes, or have them done by someone else, it’s hard to prepare for tax time if your paperwork is a mess!

It will take only a few minutes to gather up the pertinent documents if you have good year-round paper management habits. Here’s what I mean:

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Organizing to De-Stress Your Holidays (all of them)

De-Stress Your HolidaysWhat are “holidays” and why are they so stressful? A holiday is any special occasion, all year round, which involves extra preparations; extra time, money and energy; and extra people, families in particular. Examples include birthdays, weddings, religious holidays, and secular holidays.

Holiday stress results when you have unrealistic expectations of yourself and others. Sometimes it’s the family getting together that contributes to the stress, and sometimes it’s the fact that you’re not getting together, or can’t, whatever the reason may be.

If you can relate to this definition, keep reading for some tips that will help you reduce holiday stress in four major areas of your life.

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15 Ways to Make Chores Fun!

make chores funWho enjoys doing chores? No one, that’s who. But what if I told you there were ways to make chores fun? Or, at least, more fun than they seem now.

Chores include house work, meal prep, yard work, paying bills, running errands, grocery shopping, tidying up, cleaning, repairs, scheduling, and planning. Exercise — body maintenance — is a chore for many of us. I’m sure there are others. Let me know in the comments what YOU consider a chore, OK?

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It’s All About the Labels (not the label makers)

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Use of labels in the organizing process. Black Sharpie on white bags.

I was sorting clothing with a client. Rather, she was sorting and I was managing the rapidly growing piles. We used white kitchen trash bags to contain categories, clearly labeled by me with a black Sharpie, such as: Keep; Donate; Repair; Try On; Wash. We talked about how, in this case, the labeled bags doubled as a To-Do List. Then she observed, “It’s really all about the labels, isn’t it?” Yes. Yes, it is.

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Organizing a Creative Mess

organizing a creative messDo you have a creative mess? Do you feel inspired by it…or overwhelmed?

I have helped clients organize their quilting and sewing rooms; scrapbooking, jewelry making, painting, and glass art studios; and elementary school art classrooms. Their respective supplies and equipment all had different storage requirements, but the clients all had these things in common:

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Spring Cleaning…Outdoors!

Irises -- Spring Cleaning OutdoorsI was just pondering why I don’t write spring cleaning tips. And I came up with 3 reasons: 1) I’m an organizer, not a housecleaner. 2) I don’t really believe in spring cleaning. Gasp! What? Well, with only a few exceptions, such as drapes and ceiling fans, there is nothing in my house that I would want to go a whole year without cleaning. I prefer doing a little bit at a time, all year long, to avoid any one cleaning project becoming a big nasty job. Also, I think it’s important to consider: How clean does your house really need to be? (Have you found your sweet spot between clean, tidy, and organized?) Finally, 3) When spring comes, my attention shifts to outdoors!

Now, spring cleaning outdoors is something I can get excited about!

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Organizing to De-Stress a Move

Moving boxesCongratulations! You’re moving! Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, moving for a change of scenery, a change in family, or a change in career, this is an exciting, scary, fun, stressful time!

The more organized you are, the less stressful it will be. Here are some ways to be more organized during a move: (more…)