How to Let Go

Sometimes when you are sorting through your belongings and papers you come across things that have an obvious solution: a broken lampshade that is past its useful life and should be tossed, the first communion dress that is kept as a memento and the pair of jeans that no longer fit but can be used by someone else. These decisions feel like no brainers, questions with easy and direct answers.

What happens when you encounter an item you need to think twice about? People hold onto things for many reasons. The item may be valuable, it might have emotional meaning, it could be useful in some way or you feel compelled to keep it because it might come in handy down the road. Occasionally you may find a gift that has remained in hiding because it never really found its place in your home. read more

Quick Ideas for Organizing Kids Clothing

Organizing and maintaing kids clothing does not have to be nightmare.  Taking some thoughtful time to consider the child and the space can help set the stage.  Finding easy solutions so that they can help maintain their space will give them a sense of accomplishment but also cut down on the frustration of trying to find clothes in the morning.

I know that in my home it is not realistic to ask my Girls to fold their things in a way that will lie nicely in a drawer and not look cluttered or messy.  Instead, I’ve set their dressers up so that they are easy to maintain with minimal folding involved.  They are able to put away and find their clothing on their own and that save me time and frustration. read more

Turn Downsizing into a Family Event

My grandmother has the right idea.  She is currently cleaning out her attic and determining what she wants to keep and what she would like to offer to family before it goes to the yard sale.

After collecting a category of items (games, books, holiday decorations), she sends in invitation to her family to attend a dinner and pick what items they each want. This is an opportunity to not only reduce her load, but an excuse to get the family together outside of the holidays..

Encouraging our elders to spend the time when they can to lighten their load will only make the rest of the family’s jobs easier down the line.  Way to be Grandma! read more

Moving Checklist: Change of Address

When we were preparing to move this past summer, a friend gave me a checklist of all the places I needed to be sure to change our address.  It was extremely helpful and I wanted to share it.

Note: Be sure to change the address for your spouse/partner as well as for yourself.

Local Venues

  • Post Office – www.usps.gov
  • Voter Registration at City Clerk’s Office in Town Hall
  • Library
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles

Utility Companies – even after you disconnect service so they can send you any credit refunds

  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Cell phone
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Water

Financial Institutions

  • Banks – both online banks and traditional brick/mortar banks
  • Brokerage Firms
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Loans – student loans, mortgages
  • Charities – where you’ve given in the past year (so they know where to send your tax-deductible receipts)

Human Resources Departments

  • Current Employers
  • Previous Employers within the past year (so they know where to send your W-2 or other income tax papers)

Insurance Companies

  • Car Insurance
  • Home/Rental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance

Health Care Providers

  • Primary Care Physician
  • Dentist
  • Eye Doctor
  • Specialists
  • Pharmacies

Memberships

  • Wholesale Clubs
  • Professional Associations
  • Local Attractions/Museums
  • Social Clubs

Rewards Programs read more

Helping Kids Organize

My daughter’s birthday is just around the corner and as we all know, a birthday means a sudden accumulation of toys. Kids can become overwhelmed if they have too many choices and so my girls are learning that as we bring in more toys, we then need to look at donating or editing others.

If there is a toy or book that they no longer play with, but seem reluctant to release, we hold it in our basement for a couple of months. This makes the process much easier because they know it is still in the house and we can always reevaluate our choices. read more