As you may or may not know, I am a member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals). We strongly believe in leveraging our unique position as The Organizing Authority® to give back to our community regardless of our specialty (Residential Organizing, Workplace Organizing and Productivity). In keeping with NAPO’s commitment to social responsibility, the NAPOCares Committee promotes community outreach programs and initiatives to spread NAPO members' unique knowledge of organizing and productivity.
As Chair of the NAPOCares Committee, I’m thrilled to announce that this year NAPOCares kicked off its
It can’t happen to me...
I can’t help but wonder how many individuals affected by the wrath of Hurricane Harvey thought those words before it hit. As I publish this blog, many parts of TX remain under feet of floodwater even though the rain is over; dozens have been killed and that number continues to rise. In addition, CNN reported that that the entire city of Beaumont, TX (population 118,000) has no running water. Although many thought it couldn’t happen to them, it did.
How ironic that September is National Preparedness Month. And while it may be too late for many citizens of TX to go back in time and prepare for this unexpected disaster, it’s not too late for you. Anything can happen that you have no control over (fire, power outage, active shooter, tornado, extreme heat, extreme cold, storm, etc.). If any of these happened, are you prepared? If not, I want to share some general emergency preparedness information with you that you should take action on immediately. According to ready.gov, one of the first things you should do is to develop an emergency plan:
Next month is Emergency Preparedness month. One of the key thing’s that FEMA recommends we do to prepare is to develop a Family Emergency Communication Plan. Our go-to modes of communications (cell phone, computer, etc.) can be unreliable during an emergency/disaster. However planning in advance will ensure that everyone in your family will know how to reach one another and where to meet should this happen. FEMA outlines the process in 3 easy steps:
Last month, I stressed the importance of putting together an Emergency Supply Kit. To make the process easier, I provided a link to FEMA's Emergency Supplies Checklist. One of the things on that checklist is “important family documents” however the checklist did not elaborate on what to include, most likely to keep the list simple and not overwhelming.
This month, I’d like to elaborate on that for you… not only on what documents it may contain but also format options. FYI, most of these documents will be copies; original deeds, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. should be stored in a safety deposit box or fire safe as a back up.
Contents you may want to include:
Summer is just beginning. For many, it’s a time of the year when things slow down. The weather is warmer, the days and longer so it feels like there’s a bit more time for R&R.
Now don’t get angry with me but let’s fast forward a few months to September which is National Preparedness Month. Are you prepared should you experience an emergency? You many think it could never happen to you, but it could. Let’s use the example of a fire. God forbid, what if there was a fire in your residence and you lost everything. Are you prepared? If not, why not use the lazy days of summer to prepare for such an emergency?
This month’s blog is dedicated to preparing an Emergency Supply Kit. Hopefully this is something you’ll never, ever need but is best to have just in case.
Are you overwhelmed by paper junk mail and want to make it stop? If so, you’re not alone. Junk mail is a huge waste of our natural resources.
Earlier this year, Worcester Envelope Company shared some fascinating junk mail statistics:
Did you know that the third full week in April (April 16-22, 2017) is National Organize Your Files Week. And I’m also willing to bet that you have some files at work and/or home that need organization and possibly purging?
What makes it even more special is the fact that Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22 of the same week. So you’re probably asking yourself “what’s the connection?”. The connection is this… you can complete just 1 activity yet cross 2 things off your To Do list. The activity offers individuals the opportunity to empty file drawers AND fill recycling bins both at work and at home. THIS is how you can lose 10+ pounds in a week! :)
Did you know that March is National Procrastination Month? Or did you know it and just put off doing anything about it?
According to Miriam Webster, to procrastinate is to put something off intentionally and habitually. The definition is so simple and to the point yet procrastination causes us much stress and anxiety in our daily lives. Many of us spend more time making up reasons/excuses to procrastinate the completion of a task/project than it would probably take to complete that same dreaded task/project. So the first question is why do we do it? And the second, possibly more challenging question is… how can we overcome it?
They say we procrastinate for a number of reasons. Here are just a couple of the popular culprits:
Did you know that the 2nd Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day? As a result, I want to pass along 5 things you should do to honor this day AND your computer! If you’re anything like me, everything is stored in there (important documents, memorabilia, photos, contacts, etc.) so let’s show it the respect it deserves!
Before we start, I want you to think about a few things…
• are you aggravated because your computer is running slowly?
• what would happen if your computer died right now? Did you do a backup yesterday?
• how many hours do you waste every day, week, month and year looking for files on your computer because they’re not properly labelled?
The good news is that you don’t have to do all 5 steps in one day. Just estimate how long you think each of steps will take you and schedule time on your calendar to get them done. Believe me…the time investment will be well worth it!
Here are my suggestions...
NAPOCares needs your help! As a Professional Home/Office Organizer, I belong to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). I’m also on their Social Responsibility Committee called NAPOCares!
Starting 09/01/16, the NAPOCares Committee kicked off a two (2) month Social Media campaign whose goal is to raise awareness about giving back to the community by donating the items people no longer want/need once they have decluttered/re-organized.
We're in need of folks to help us spread the word about this Fall Donation Drive called #NAPOCaresChallenge which takes place between 09/01/16 and 10/31/16!
What can you do between 9/01/16 and 10/31/16? It's as easy as 1-2-3!