Category Archives: Residential

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.

 

The Holiday Organizer!

At this time of the year, going into the fall season, several of my passions collide–organizing, cardmaking, thrift store finds to decorate for the holidays, and shopping for Christmas gifts. I found this  99 cents Holiday Organizer in a thrift store that started me on my merry little way of organizing my holiday tasks. Although it isn’t quite functional for my needs, as designers say, “It had good bones.” It is small enough to fit into my purse, has pockets and an address book. So, with the help of a great website I am sharing with you here, Christmasplanner.com, I re-created my great little find into what works for me.

I didn’t have to completely reinvent the wheel.  It’s only partially handmade. It’s not perfect, but it works for me!

Before: It had pockets labeled ‘Receipts’. The next page had the headings   – Name, Year,  Wish List and Purchased. 

Before:  The address book pages had columns for 5 Years, Sent and Received check boxes.

After:  I made simple changes to the pockets by re-labeling most of them.   I’ll put my handmade Christmas cards in some pockets and Coupons in one pocket so I won’t have to search for my coupons while shopping. I kept one pocket labeled, Receipts, so I can keep up with my budget. On the website above, I found a Christmas Gift Planner Sheet that I liked. I reduced it and pasted it to the ‘Name/Year’ page. It has a little more detail.

 

After: I changed the Years from past years to 2012 through 2016.

 

 

 

 

Viola!  A Holiday Planner I can use for several years made in just a few minutes.  By the way, here’s the link to the Christmas Gift Planner template (in pdf format) I found on the website:

http://www.christmasplanner.com/money-saving-christmas-gift-planner.

I would be delighted if you’d share how you plan and organize your holidays.  Happy holiday planning!

Marrying Organizing Styles

As the saying goes, “opposites attract.” It’s the wedding season and many couples combine households with little thought of how many things they each have to bring into one space.  They have the wedding gifts to deal with also.

One person’s organizing style may be that throwing their dirty clothes across a chair is the ideal solution than dropping them on the floor. The other person, of course, uses a practical hamper that sorts clothing by color.  One person thinks an exposed shelving unit in the kitchen to show off all the pretty dishes is fantastic while the other person wants them behind closed doors so that they don’t have to be neat all the time. 

If you are ‘opposites’ and haven’t had a conversation on your organizing style, contact me for a consultation. If you’ve had a conversation on how to purge your households and ‘organizing’ is a dirty word, contact me for a consultation. I’ll help you get through the beginning of your marriage peaceably.

Your lifestyles renewed for joining together!

What’s on sale in June?!

As I was browsing the morning articles on the Internet, one entitled “What’s on sale in June?” caught my eye, so I clicked on the link to read it. The article was tagged ‘frugal’ which is an adjective that I sometimes use to describe myself. Some of the items on sale listed by the writer were sporting equipment, grills and accessories, fruits and veggies and summer clothes.  Being a professional organizer, I started thinking about how we would run out to get some of these great summer bargains just to add more stuff in our homes.

In January, things that are on sale are usually associated with revival, new beginnings, and resolutions such as organizing products, weight lost help products and fresh white sheets. I’d like for you to think about having a June resolution. If you plan on shopping for summer sale items, resolve to get rid of some of the clutter already in your home. Summer is a great time for decluttering. You’ll have lots of space outside to sort your items (if you have a yard or porch).  In my previous blog, I gave  you organizing tips to have a garage sale. You’ll make some money to buy that new grill!

We spend more time in our homes in the winter, and looking at a lot of clutter can add to the feeling of “winter blues.” Taking the time to declutter your home this summer can help your mental health this winter. I’m offering a sale through June 30!

15% off my regular rate for clutter busting for new customers.

Contact me to renew your lifestyle before the winter blues set in.

In case you missed the “What’s on sale in June?” article, here’s the link: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/frugal/on-sale-june.aspx.

An Easy Way to Make Extra Money – Have a Garage Sale!

From spring to fall, as you’re driving along, you see the signs on the side of the road daily – Yard Sale, Garage Sale! You say to yourself, “I’m going to have a garage sale and get rid of some of my clutter.” Then you think of how daunting it is to really go through all of your stuff and having to sort, price and display everything.

Start thinking of The Big Picture – you make some extra money and your home becomes more liveable!

Some Quick Tips on How Organize A Garage or Yard Sale

At least three weeks before:

Find out what is your community’s ordinance is on having garage or yard sales.

Set a date and time. Try to avoid holiday weekends.

Decide what items they no longer use or need.

At least two weeks before:

Discard what is broken and cannot be repaired. Repair what can be repaired for a better price.

Start cleaning up items or laundering clothing.

Place ads on free online community boards.

Contact a charitable organization to pick up items that don’t sale so you don’t put anything back into your home or storage. The Stuff Stop –http://thestuffstop.com/  – is a free nationwide community resource website that provides information to match up your unwanted stuff with local charities, ministries and companies that connect it with people in need.

At least one week before:

Sort like items.

Hang clothing on hangers sorted by size.

Get your display tables and clothing racks together.

Start pricing items. You can purchase price stickers from retail stores or you can make your own. Make sure your price stickers can be easily removed from an item.

Collect shopping bags to have on hand for customers.

Put your signs out on main streets near your home – as large as you’re allowed and colorful with hints of items you’re selling.

Inform your neighbors so that they are aware you will have additional traffic.

The day of:

Get up early to set up so customers are not waiting for you.

Place a sign in your yard to direct customers.

Have lots of change and small bills on hand.

Have an extension cord on hand.

Free bottles of water would be an added benefit for customers.

After the sale, to reiterate, give away what doesn’t sale – do not take it back into your home or storage area.  Then, count your money and enjoy your less cluttered home.

Have you had a garage sale to declutter your home?  Let me know how you felt afterwards?

How You Can Organize Your Life and Save the Earth!

Earth Day this year is Sunday, April 22. Many of us will celebrate in some way either by attending events, or the promise of doing something to become more eco-friendly.  Whether you recycle, downcycle or upcycle, your efforts will be rewarding. Not sure what’s the difference in these terminology, check out this blog:

http://www.naturallysavvy.com/naturally-green-faq/what-is-upcycling

There’s probably not much use for a cassette holder these days. If you or someone else has finally transferred the tapes to digital, don’t discard the cassette holder. Here’s an upcycling idea for a new use – an earring tree!

Make an effort to organize eco-friendly.  Save money and save the Earth!

Contact me for more ideas or information.