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Remember 18 Years Ago Today

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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I Wish I Could Be Lazy

Its a new month. We are entering a new season. The laziness of summer is over. Actually I’m never lazy. My summer was jammed packed. I should be a bit more lazy. I wish I could be a lazy. I’ve had to learn to work less and take more time for me. SELF care!

This labor day weekend has been a mix of labor and non labor. On Saturday, I worked all morning, took the whole afternoon off and spent it with family and then went back to work in the evening. It worked for me . As I wake up on Sunday, I don’t feel overworked or tired and I got stuff done AND relaxed!

I am a Professional Organizer and it has come in handy for MY life. I have systems in place that allow me to do all the things I do for work and creative AND be able to just be in my garden for hours. I invite everyone to find ways to make their lives run smoother. I don’t believe in true balance but I do believe in balancing.

It may take some time to organize your time and find your groove. There is no one size fits all. You have to find what’s best for you! This month I will blog about different ways to find your way to time managing YOUR life!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: Downsizing Tips For Seniors

Friends, Elderly, Old, Man, Woman, Couple

While it is not inevitable, many seniors will downsize their living situations as they enter their 60s, 70s, and beyond. For these individuals, the options are usually either to buy a new, smaller home or to move into an assisted living center. If you find yourself facing this decision, you may be intimidated by the process. The good news is that it does not have to be overwhelming, and the following advice can help you along the way.

Which Is Best: Assisted Living or Aging in Place?

If you know that a move is necessary but have yet to decide where the next chapter of your life will take you, you will first need to consider your health. If you have trouble with activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.), then an assisted living facility may be your best bet. While each facility is different, most provide basic assistance for seniors with a mind for independence. In the Los Angeles area, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,500 to $17,860 per month depending on the level of care and amenities.

When you do not yet need assistance but realize that you are not as capable of cleaning a large home, ascending stairs, and navigating narrow hallways, downsizing to a smaller house is a sensible option. Talk to your realtor about finding a home that incorporates elements of universal design. Universal design means the home is laid out in a way that accommodates people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Look for features such as a stepless entry and a single-story floor plan. Cost-wise, buying a smaller home may be more of an initial upfront investment compared to assisted living, and you will be responsible for your mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, and other personal expenses. However, this allows for the most independence.

 

Prepping for a Big Move to a Small Space

Now that you’ve made your decision, you’re going to need to start handpicking furniture and other personal items that will make the transition with you. If you’re moving into a single-family home, space will be your only real constraint. However, instead of just throwing things to the curb, put no-longer-needed furniture and household goods to good use by donating them to a local charity. Updater.com explains that this comes prepackaged with both tax benefits and the knowledge that you’ve kept unnecessary items out of the landfill.

Moving into an assisted living apartment may require you to pick and choose more carefully. There are many items that are frowned upon or downright prohibited in a senior living community. Call your community representative if you are unsure of their policies.

 

Navigating the Emotions

There is no way around the fact that moving, for whatever reason, is an emotional experience. It is also one that is deeply personal. If possible, give yourself plenty of time to pack and say goodbye to your home, neighbors, and community. Remind yourself that you are moving with a purpose. This might be for more opportunities to socialize or to move into a home without stairs to minimize your risk of falling. When your upcoming move comes on the heels of losing a spouse or longtime partner, the process may be even more emotionally challenging. Don’t be afraid to talk to your family and friends if you need a listening ear.

It’s time to enjoy your retirement. But remember, know what you can — and can’t — take with you, and be prepared for an emotional experience. The journey may not always be pleasant, but the end result will be a safer and more comfortable you.

 

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Posted by on August 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The Myth of Using THAT Box Later

DON’T save the box that your appliances and electronics come in!

YOU will NOT use it later!

You will not pack it back up in the box when you move 100 years later.

It will not bring more value to your items if you decide to sell it later. (Unboxed, new looking items do that.)

Chances are the appliance will ware out and then you won’t need the box.

You can cut off any important info ON the box and put in a file or ziplock bag labelled what it’s for.

Keeping the boxes takes up valuable real estate for something else or for space!

I will make only ONE exception- IF you have the room, break down the box so that you can slide it somewhere to store it. WHen you breakdown the box, less space is used. BUT that’s only if you have the space. If not then this becomes a problem too. I still think you won’t use it!

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Tool Box Tuesday: Ricardo’s Organized At Work!

My brother in law Ricardo has been in the mechanic business for over 30 years. He has worked for many companies and car dealerships and is a master at what he does.

I have featured a part of his work space a few years ago. He explained to me that being a mechanic is not too dissimiliar to being a surgeon. You need lots of tools and you need to be able to find and grab them at a moments notice.

 

He is very organized and I stoped by his shop and tooks lotts of pictures of his new Mac Tools Tool Box! I was very impressed and wanted to share with all of you! Enjoy! 

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Sort Out Saturday: REALLY Try This!!!

I am inviting each and every one of you reading this blog post to do this one thing!

Go to your closet and pick two things you haven’t worn in over 6 months and wear them the next day! 

Of course make sure they are weather appropriate lol I’m not saying wear a winter coat in hot summer.

Just do that!!

If you are bold, do that everyday this week…..

 

Lets rotate those clothes and use them. Also it lets you know what you have in your closet!

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Big Brother 21: It’s That Time Again!

 

It’s kinda tradition for me to have a few posts about the show Big Brother that is on CBS. Yes this is an organizing blog but it’s my blog so there! LOL

Big Brother 21 has begun and a few things stand out to me!

It has been on long enough to where contestants can actually say, I’ve been watching since I was a kid! One guy said he watched with his  mom since he was “single digit”! That makes me feel old and also THE SHOW HAS BEEN ON THAT LONG!

I am really questioning how they pick the houseguests. I am not seeing a lot of diversity and I’m not talking color. They have black, asian, south asian on there. I am talking about the locations of the contestants. Several sets are from the same states!

This is a camp theme which I like. Julie is still saying Julie Chen Moonves. And the first twist does not disappoint the “expect the unexpected”theme.

I will watch and hope this season is entertaining and that the houseguests dont say “Blood on my hands”

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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