Sunday, June 22, 2014

Adversity and Opportunity: Action Required!

My daughter-in-law Amy and I purchased coffee from a Honolulu coffee shop during our vacation there in May, 2014.  She noticed that their sugar packets had quotes on the back of them, so we stood there and read them while waiting on my coffee.  Three of my favorite sugar packet quotes are: 
                “Strength is not the absence of weakness but how we wrestle with our weaknesses.”
                “Success is when we turn our stumbling blocks into building blocks.”
                “Time is an orchard; every moment is ripe with opportunity.” 

Inspiring thoughts from Noah benShea for rough patches and opportunities most all of us surely experience on our journey through life.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Scattered Possessions: Piles



I belong to a Mastermind group, and one member said she thought of me when she read this tagline on the side of a ScanMyFiles truck while sitting in traffic: reducing piles, producing smiles.

I love this tagline!  It totally fits my company, Scattered Possessions (Professional Organizer) too, because we help individuals and families decrease and organize piles of:  clothing, collectables, cookware, and more.  Outcome?  Both clients and organizers are happy as well.      




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Make a Difference: Properly Dispose of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs



Do you know how to properly dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medications?  A recent client had some drugs that needed to be disposed of, and the FDA.gov site provided the following guidelines:  
Guidelines for Drug Disposal
1.  Read the specific disposal instructions which accompany the drug
2.  Some drugs need to be disposed of by flushing.  
3.  Disposing of drugs other than by flushing: 
       a.  National Take-Back Initiative, April 26, 2014, 10 am to 2 pm; collection site research link provides the nearest city and place to turn in your medication. 
     b.  “Call your city or county government's household trash and recycling service (see blue pages in phone book) to see if a take-back program is available in your community.” 
     c.  Check with your local police department for drug take-back information. 
     d.  Talk to your pharmacist can provide you with disposal information and dispose of some medications for you.   
4.  “If no disposal instructions [are provided] and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps:
     a.  Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or kitty litter...”
     b.  Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
     c.  Then protect your identity by removing your personal health information.
     d.  Use this method to dispose of over-the-counter medication as well.
Proper disposal of drugs help prevent harm to others, pets, and our environment.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Letting Go of: Memorabilia

Some life event occurs which prompts you to downsize your possessions in order to live more simply.  You decide to start with your adult son’s childhood-through-college items since he moved out several years ago.  Most of the items you’ve held onto have sentimental value to you. 

1.  I purchased 5 Sterilite 25-quart containers to sort his items into.
2.  I gathered up all of his possessions...left behind when he moved out...from the attic, closets, and shelves.
3.  I decided on his 5 categories and sorted the items into the 5 tubs:  stuffed animals, and baby quilts fashioned by family members;  special toys and children’s books; other books; school-related papers such as certificates of achievement and report cards, etc.; and photos and his baby book. 
4.  The filled containers stacked neatly into one corner of a spare closet until I delivered them to my son a few months ago when he and his small family moved into a larger town home.
5.  My minimalist son quickly decided what to keep for his young son and himself; the rest became a donation. 


Perhaps the moral of this story is to check with your children first as it seems they have a much easier time of letting go of mementos that we held onto for years and years for sentimental or other reasons.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Do You Have: Too Much Stuff?

Do you have a large quantity of items in your office or home that you do not use or need anymore?  I think about this when I work with my organizing clients (and my family) who have accumulated an abundance of objects. 

Before bringing any more stuff into your home...think about what you’re going to do with that item when you no longer need or want it.  Will it be recyclable or useful to someone else? 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Reduce: Your Files and Filing Time

December found me slogging through our 4-drawer file cabinet after discovering our files had not been purged of unneeded, unnecessary, and useless documents for...5 years.  Somehow this task slipped off my to-do list when I immersed myself in my second career as a Professional Organizer. 

·      I tackled this tedious task by first sorting every document, filed or not yet filed, into a recycle, shred, or keep stack guided by these references:  U. S. Government’s How Long to Keep Documents and Real Simple’s Deciding Which Financial Records to Keep.

·      Then, I reduced 120 files to 38 labeled hanging file folders with documents placed in chronological order.  I used colored hanging file folders to distinguish documents by type.  Bills paid monthly were placed in the front of the file cabinet; those paid once a year reside at the back of the cabinet.  For example, red folders were used for credit cards, yellow folders for utility bills, blue for house-related documents, orange for vehicle insurance, etc., then house insurance at the back in a turquoise file.



Now, it’s quick and easy to file and find needed papers because the bill payer (my husband) inserts the paid bill or current document at the front of the appropriate colored file folder.   I'm happy to say our files are in order and tax preparation ought to be easier too.