Create Quick Kits for Everything

One of my favorite ideas was recently captured in this Pinterest pin about creating quick kits for all your activities and needs.

Source: bhg.com via Erin on Pinterest

I have little personal care kits in my briefcase & purse. I’ve helped clients create kits to entertain their kids in the car, to take care of their dog for weekend car trips, and many others.

Take a look and this might inspire you to create some quick kits to make your life easier.

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693. read more

File Organizing: Use Stickers to Identify File Homes

In the process of revamping a client’s filing system recently, I recommended using matching colored interior and exterior file folders to help identify different parts of her world: family, bills, home etc. (This system is described in detail by Erin Elizabeth Wells in this video.)

While color-coding a filing system is a great long-term organizational tool, it can also be expensive. This particular client already had a vast quantity of manila interior file folders, so she opted to use those instead of buying more. Then she purchased exterior hanging folders in five colors and some small colored stickers. read more

Creating a first aid kit for college

When packing a student to live away at college, don’t forget to assemble a comprehensive first aid kit.  Think beyond ibuprofen and Band-Aids when creating this kit for a dorm room. On campus the Health Services are often not available 24 hours a day and some things can be handled easily if the right supplies are on hand. Students need more than the typical pre-packed first aid kit that contains only one or two doses of medications and a few bandages. Also when stocking your own first aid kit, you can ensure the medications are your preferred brands and have a longer shelf life by checking the expiration dates. read more

Time Management: Start at the TOP of Your To Do List

There are lots of things you start at the top, for example:

  1. Ice cream cones
  2. Writing letters
  3. Washing windows

And when the To Do list just looks too daunting, that’s where I start – at the top.

It’s tempting to look at the To Do list like a buffet menu. Which would be good to do first? And which do I feel like doing next?

But when nothing on the To Do list seems appealing, I’ve found that simply starting at the top and working my way down is the best way to actually get things checked off. Otherwise I just keep looking at the list and debating where to start. read more

Moving to multiple destinations

Working with individuals who are downsizing for a move means I run into more and more people moving items to multiple destinations.  Recently I spoke to someone who needed to transport items to new homes in both Boston and California as well as a local storage unit.  The packing company had to know exactly what to pack and ship to each destination and we needed an easy system for accomplishing this goal.

We decided to use different colored masking tape and assign each location a color.  Every item in the house would get a strip of tape based upon where it needed to go.  Then the packers would know exactly which items to pack up for each house or the storage unit.  Brilliant. read more