In Life, There is the Beginning, the Middle and the End

We all want to live a great life and don’t want to think about it ending.  However, the end of our lives is the inevitable. Have you given any thought to the end of your life?  I often do in terms of wanting to be ready and assuring my family is not stressed with details during that time.

I’ve always found the American Red Cross to be one of the most comprehensive, preparedness organizations in the world. They  have a free 44-page guide, Touching the Future: Guide and Workbook for Estate Planning and Charitable Giving that I found very helpful. That’s a delicate title for preparing for end of life. It is a resource that includes a workbook to help you and your family organize and prepare a will and an estate plan.  Here’s the link to obtain the .pdf file you can save and edit on your computer, or they will send you a hard copy.

http://www.redcrosslegacy.org/willsbook

workbook

 

Pretty and Practical Organizing Products

Big Lots fabulous find

Found at Big Lots

Everything A $ Store Find

Everythings A $ Store Find

Shopping for items to organize a client’s space is one business task I enjoy more than the bookkeeping. When a client hires me, I’ll request that they do not purchase any organizing or storage products before we start the job. The reason is that most often, what you need is already in your home. It may take a creative mind to see how to reuse an item for organizing, such as repurposing a small bookshelf into a storage unit to hold towels and toiletries in a small bathroom. However, after the clutter is cleared, you may have to purchase some things. It’s important to include organizing and storage products in your budget when you plan to organize your space.

 

When I saw these cute storage bins at Big Lots, I thought one could be put in an entry closet to hold hats, gloves, scarves and other items you would store in an entry closet. Or,  perhaps you have a small child and one could be used as a dresser to hold underwear items. It’s hard to find a dresser for $29.99 and it can be repurposed as the child grows.  I went to the Everything’s A Dollar Store to stock up on things that I may need at a spur of the moment, such as sympathy cards and cheap batteries.  I found they had many shelves stocked with organizing items. These little silver and black bins could hold hair bands in the bathroom or paper clips in the home office. The best thing is that the items I saw were very practical and only $1.00!

When I attended a workshop last year, I met Teauna Upshaw, Independent Director for Thirty One Gifts in Nashville, TN. She recently sent me a .pdf that had organizing products to create a wonderful home office space. I wanted to redesign my office immediately!  Their products are a little bit more than Big Lots or the Everything’s A Dollar Store but if you have the budget, I’m sure you’ll find something you like so I’m sharing the .pdf and their website:

January Customer Special 2013 .pdf: ThirtyOne catalog January Customer Special 2013

Teauna’s website:  www.mythirtyone.com/43484 .

When you’re shopping, take a look around to see if you can find pretty and practical organzing and storage products and let me know what you find. I could use a little help with my shopping task.

A New Sweater for Christmas? – A Reason to Organize Your Closet!

I got a new sweater for Christmas and I’m not thinking about re-gifting it because I absolutely love it! However, I have several sweaters already. I’m a firm believer that when I bring one item into my home, I remove one item. The space I have designated in my closet only holds so many sweaters, so I have to make a decision as to which older sweater I’ll donate to someone.  The choice is easy because I have a sweater that is almost the same pattern as my new sweater.

Sweaters for web

The new year gives us a reason to organize, right?! Why not start with your closet? I’ve found a great Clothing Organizing Checklist from Real Simple Magazine to share with you.

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/clothes-closet-organizing-checklist-00000000002177/index.html

Reap the rewards of keeping an organized closet by …

Gaining time in the morning when you’re getting dressed,

Making your clothes, shoes and accessories last longer when they are properly stored, and

Saving money because you don’t buy duplicate items when you know what’s in your closet.

I’m starting the new year off to a good start by wearing my new sweater, donating my old sweater and keeping my closet less cluttered from too many sweaters. If you haven’t decided what to do with the gift cards you received, why don’t you use them to help you create the closet of your dreams, or at least one that is better organized!  Let me know if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to have an organized closet and how you plan to do it.

Happy New Year and Happy Closet Organizing!

“Yes, Virginia, there is an Organizing Santa Claus.”

Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, when you’re shopping for gifts for Christmas, you probably question, what do you get the person who has everything – I mean everything because they never get rid of anything! Why not become an Organizing Santa Claus and give the gift of organizing and you will probably hear the recipient sing “The Twelve Days of Organizing.” Never heard of that song? Here are the lyrics, song to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Enjoy!

On the 1st day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Organized files on my PC

On the 2nd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 3rd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 4th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 5th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 6th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 7th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 8th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 9th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 10th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 11th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 12th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Twelve storage drawers,  Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC.

Written by Delores Holland, November 2012

 

Celebrate National Food Day

Everyday of the year, there’s probably a celebration of some event. Some of these events are worthwhile because they remind us to find a cause and get involved in your own special way to improve ourselves or help our neighbors all around the world. Today is National Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy,  affordable, and sustainable food.

Here’s the link to Food Day 2012 :

http://www.foodday.org/about.

Whether or not we join the movement, we are into the season of celebrating food, as we will be eating our way through the upcoming holidays. We must remember those around the world who have less or nothing to eat.  For that reason, we shouldn’t waste our food and develop food safety precautions to keep what we have.

There will be lots of food being cooked. eaten and leftover in our homes during the holidays. Check out iVillage for some food expiration tips.

http://www.ivillage.com/food-expiration-dates/3-k-56888.

You should also go back and read my first blog, “The Animal House Series, Article 1 – What’s Hogging Your Closet?” for other links to food products expiration.

I’m going to celebrate this day because I’m fortunate enough to have food today!

Organizing Our Medical Information

October is National Organize Your Medical Information Month. The Internet will probably have lots of information and resources during the month. Although I couldn’t find any information from the American Medical Association on how to organize your medical records, I’m sure physicians will agree that since our medical information is an important aspect of our lives, we should take the time to get it organized and put in a place where everyone in our household will have access when necessary.

According to a blog article written by Audry Thomas for Smead, here is a list of medical information we should keep track of:

  1. Current medications – include the name of the drug(s) as well as the dosage. Also include the name and phone number of your pharmacy.
  2. Immunizations – Children, as well as young adults entering college, need to have up-to-date information on their shots. It’s recommend that adults get Tetanus shots every ten years so this is the perfect place to make note of this information.
  3. Allergies – include information on all drug and/or seasonal allergies.
  4. Health history – include information on past procedures/surgeries, illnesses, injuries or family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
  5.  Test/lab results.

http://www.smead.com/hot-topics/medical-records-management-1374.asp

Here are other resources I ran across on how to manage our medical information:

http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/managing_records/

Organizing a Child’s Medical Information:

http://www.partnersinpediatrics.info/doctor-download/99-organize-what-my-medical-info.html

You can purchase a Medical Organizer kit or make your own using a three-ring binder or an expandable file folder. You can, of course, conduct your own search on the Internet to find more resources.

Do yourself and your family a favor and take the time before the holidays to organize medical information for you and/or your family.