Did you know that March is National Craft Month? If you’re like me, you like to do a variety of crafts… though finding/making the time to do them is a different story. However, I was recently contacted by a woman who was interested in my help for organizing her craft supplies. She, too, LOVES to craft. The good news, or the bad news in her case, is that she works at a big box craft store so she has amassed so many craft supplies that she readily admits could open her own chain of craft stores. In honor of this woman, all people who love to craft and yes, in honor of Craft Month,
How many times have you said to yourself:
Well, lucky for you and for all of us that February is National Time Management month. It’s a reminder that we need to take a step back and determine WHAT’S not working as it relates to our calendars/schedule and more importantly, WHY. Time Management is so far reaching that I could write a different blog post about it every day of the year. But I’ve decided to give you some of my favorite tips for managing my time and hopefully yours…
Did you know that January is GO Month? GO is an acronym for Get Organized. And GO Month is a month-long campaign promoted by the NAPO, the National Association of Productivity & Organizing professionals. GO Month promotes the benefits of working with an Organizing or Productivity professional.
According to an article in PRnewswire.com last year, here are some statistics about disorganization which I found fascinating and think you might as well:
When you’re trying to declutter your life, the holiday season can be challenging. It’s so easy for people to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of commercialism, shopping and sales. But use this holiday as an opportunity to take a step back. If you are truly trying to declutter your life of materialistic objects, this is the perfect time to tell loved ones what you want, or don’t want, for the holidays. More specifically, the holidays are is the perfect time to discuss green, eco-conscious gifting.
Here are some of my favorite tips to make it through the holidays unburdened with extra stuff…
I try to give thanks everyday for my loved ones, my life and the things that are important to me. Do I succeed 100% of the time? Absolutely not but on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate myself a 9. November, however, is the month that we are reminded to be grateful thanks to Thanksgiving. So I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about some of the things I’m grateful for.
I’m grateful for:
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.