Organizing for your health and safety will provide you with greater peace of mind. First, consider having all of your information in one easily accessible place whether it is digital and/or paper. Second, be sure that your emergency contact and/or health care proxy has access to, and a copy of this information. Remember to always send them an updated version. Third, and very important in the process of organizing your records, update the information on a regular basis. When you change supplements, prescriptions, dosages, doctors, insurance plans, or receive a different diagnosis it’s time to update the information. TIP: bring your copy of your wellness records with you to every appointment and exam including your general physician, dentist, and specialist. This will help you answer the questions that they ask you, remind you to note any changes they recommend, and to track the dates of your last appointments or exams. Here are additional ideas for what to include in your organized records: Current diet, food restrictions Current exercise regimen including type, frequency, duration Allergies or sensitivities Sleep routine including the times that you go to sleep and awaken List of questions for your wellness provider The format is less important than the gathering and updating of the information. A 3-ring binder works as well as the right app as long as you establish and use your system! P.S.-this system will serve you will in the event of a disaster, when you move, and if you are traveling.
This month I’m sharing tips and resources to help you organize your family, home, and business in order to be safe and prepared for possible emergencies. Take a tour of your home and identify areas that: are overcrowded – prevent objects falling & people tripping are too dark – replace light bulbs, apply stick-on lights at entryways and in closets, keep a flashlight handy are potentially hazardous for children, seniors, pets – check the electrical outlets and cords, lock up medications & toxic substances, keep perishables in weather and rodent-proof containers, remove area rugs or furniture with sharp edges Here is an article that highlights additional safety organizing tips: http://www.pbs.org/hometime/house/safety/safediy.htm What is the 1 change that you will make today?
What types of natural disasters might you encounter in the area that you are living? Do you have a plan of action in the event that one occurs? Do you have the supplies that you might need at home and in your vehicle? There a number of online resources that can provide you with helpful checklists such as this one: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf Additional tips: Make multiple copies of the checklist(s) that you use. Distribute them to family members, roommates, coworkers, etc. Keep a laminated copy of the checklist in the container, backpack, and bags that hold these items. This will remind you of the contents during a stressful situation and save you precious time looking for what you need. Refer to the checklist at regular intervals to be sure that adequate supplies are on hand and that items are in good condition and have not expired.
Do you think that summer organizing is limited to cleaning out the garage? Well it’s also the best time to focus on disaster preparedness. No matter where you live you are going to want to use a checklist to ensure that you’ve addressed a variety of: types of disasters important documents and records valuables, including sentimental possessions. Here are some resources that you can refer to: FEMA: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan CDC: http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/ Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan You may also contact your local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) to find an Organizer who can get you started!
You know those ingredients that you bought last year for the holidays, and haven’t used since? In fact, did you come across others from previous years while looking for that one special ingredient? Well, it’s time to organize your pantry and spice racks so that you are only cooking with fresh and healthy items. Try these 9 easy pantry organizing tips for your kitchen now: 1. Remove everything from the pantry. Throw away spoiled, expired items. Remember to put the items that will expire sooner towards the front when you put them back. 2. Clean out the pantry shelves and doors. Funny odor? Place an open box of baking soda near the front (don’t want to accidentally knock it over). 3. Have a plan before you return items to the pantry or racks. 4. Place like items together (ex. breakfast items, baking ingredients, oils, vinegars & condiments, etc.). 5. Place items you use often at eye level whenever possible, especially those in jars so they don’t fall and break. 6. Place lighter items at the bottom (no reason to lift heavy items). 7. Contain smaller items in plastic, washable containers. Clear containers allow you to see what is inside making the items more accessible. That reduces the need to label the containers. 8. Put the specialty spices and items that you don’t use often in the same container. Find easy to make recipes online (I love foodnetwork.com), bookmark them or print them out and keep them with your specialty items. Try those recipes and enjoy the specialty items while they are fresh. There is no point wasting your money, right? 9. Keep a double-sided sticky pad on the inside of the cupboard door. When you are running low on an item be sure to jot it down and start your… read more →
If you wake up in the middle of the night and don’t want to have to turn the light on to find something, try this. A little light on the inside of a drawer. Just tap it and the light goes on. Get what you need and go back to sleep. It is also terrific if you lose power because it runs on a battery. ‘great for your guests, too.
As a Professional Organizer I am attuned to working with individuals who have special needs. That may include health issues, disabling conditions, aging, and emotional issues. All individuals have special needs to lesser and greater extents, and all of us can benefit from regularly organizing our space or our time. Some considerations… Do you start things and get distracted, finding it difficult to finish tasks? Do you feel scattered and don’t know where to start; feel overwhelmed or discouraged? Are you frequently reaching and bending to access items that you use frequently? Do you have difficulty estimating the time that you need to get places or get things done; often late for appointments? The process of organizing may include ways to label and store items. Using clearly marked, easy to see labels and clear containers is often very helpful. Organizing for safety means placing items within easy reach and limiting the height of piles to prevent things from falling. It may also require removing items that pose a danger such as areea rugs. Lowering hooks and racks make it easier to hang clothing and backpacks up, too. Do you have a question about a situation you are contending with? Write or call me for assistance!
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We all know people who don’t seem affected by piles of magazines, clothes on the closet floor, or unopened mail. One person’s clutter may be another person’s breaking point! So, what’s so bad about clutter? Like any kind of excess clutter can be create a health risk, safety hazard, time waster, money loser, or social embarrassment. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers suggests that you consider the benefits of keeping things uncluttered on a regular basis. There is a difference between minimalism and what looks like a natural disaster. I suggest a happy medium so that you can enjoy: moving safely in a space opening cupboards and closets without things falling out a dust-free environment an aesthetically pleasing home or office, and more. If you’re overwhelmed, recruit help from a non-judgmental friend or hire an Organizer. Use the 1 at a Time Rule, work in one area at a time and don’t distract yourself by trying to organize more than one space. Set a timer to take breaks or simply establish a limit. Make it fun, put on some energetic music, wear comfortable clothing, take before and after photos!
Everyone experiences some level of anxiety about getting rid of, or as I prefer to think of it, letting go of things. The reasons are as varied as the individuals: “I might need it some time.” “It was a gift.” “I spent a lot of money on it.” Letting go of things that you don’t or will likely never use is a process. Here are some Outside In Organizer tips for reducing your anxiety about decluttering: TIP #1: If it’s in disrepair and more costly to fix than replace, discard it. TIP #2: It you have duplicates, donate or sell some of the items. TIP #3: Get a bag or box and find any 5 items that you are able to let go of (perishable trash doesn’t count, just get rid of it), just experience letting go. Over time, begin including items that are more difficult to let go of. TIP #4: Give something that you don’t use or haven’t used in a year or more, but find difficult to part with, to a worthy charity such as Hospice or Goodwill. My clients find it easier to let go if it’s going to someone in need.