A: Assess your needs B: Budget your time C: Choose ASSESS YOUR NEEDS – What organizing task would give you the biggest results? Prioritize. BUDGET YOUR TIME – Professional Organizers recommend that you determine how much time it would take to work on an organizing project, and then double it. CHOOSE – Now choose one project (and only one) to start with it. Break it down into smaller projects then stick to that project. Keep track of your time and equally important, keep track of the results. Did it result in saving money? Did doing this make you feel lighter, calmer, less stressed? Did you end up saving you time because you knew where everything was? –
Choose to do at least one thing each day: Go thru your children’s closets – donate anything in good condition that does not fit anymore; wash anything that is soiled; repair items, as needed. Now, do the same with all of the items in drawers. Shoes – you know the drill! NOTE: Donate shoes in any condition to Souls 4 Soles (I am collecting shoes in conjunction with the San Diego Chapter of the National Assoc. of Professional Organizers). Storage containers – let’s go to the kitchen and make sure that every plastic container, thermal drink cup, etc. has a lid. If not, re-purpose (use for smaller items, school supplies, makeup, etc.) or recycle it.
Here some ideas for organizing your pantry: TIP: Use clear containers and bins to hold items that are small like spices, fiber bars, or vitamin bottles. That way you can easily see what is inside, and catch spills. TIP: Store items in plastic or glass rather than fabric or metal containers.This will make clean up much easier. TIP: Utilize tiered shelves in order to maximize vertical space. This is a great way to see items that are in the back of your pantry. TIP: Keep a few extra chip clips in the pantry. Keeping containers and bags sealed will ensure their freshness.
Here are 4 easy steps: (1) Discard all spoiled and expired items. Keep a shopping list handy so that you can write down those items you want to replace. (2) Remove all items from the pantry, place them on the countertop or table grouping like items together. Take stock of how much of particular items you have so that you don’t buy more than you need. (3) Clean all surfaces and make sure to dry them thoroughly. Place an open box of baking soda towards the back of a central shelf to absorb any unwanted odors. (4) Replace all items as follows: Most frequently used items within easy reach. Items that will expire soon should be in front of those with later dates. Keep like items together so that you know when the supply is low. Keep an extra box of sealable bags and twist ties in the cupboard to enclose open items.
Where and how you store your medical history is a personal decision. Consider access, privacy, and emergency preparedness when you weigh the benefits of relying on a hard copy and or electronic file. Do you have a personal safe or rent a safe deposit box? Does your emergency contact have a current copy? Your personal physician? First step, compile and organize the information. Second step, copy and store the information in ways that suit your needs. Have someone review it for accuracy and completeness.
Whether it is for you or a loved one it is important to organize your medical history, have it readily accessible, and stored safely. The advantages of this are that over time we cannot rely solely upon memory. An organized medical history may include past and present information about: Medications, vitamins, supplements Dates and results of examinations, vaccinations Dates of surgical procedures A list of medical providers, drug stores and their contact information