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5 Tips to Manage an Ever-Changing Family Schedule

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Creating a family routine and schedule to follow can be challenging for a couple in the best of times. Throw a couple of very young children into the mix, along with working from home, and it feels next to impossible. Do you have children? If you have lived through the baby stage, you know that it’s difficult to create a firm schedule when you have babies. Just when you think you have a schedule in place to follow, the baby regresses and starts waking up again at night. If you also have an older child, they are probably used to…

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6 Tricks to Better Organize Your Day

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Do you know what you want to do tomorrow? Is there an idea in the back of your mind of what you hope to accomplish? How long is your list of things to do? If you’re anything like me, you are always doing something. I admit I pack lots and lots into almost every day. Sometimes the list of things I want to do is longer than time will allow and other times I accomplish everything with time to spare. As a certified professional organizer, I can honestly say that organizing my day is integral to my successfully accomplishing my…

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How to Keep Holiday Traditions Alive During Covid-19

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Holiday Traditions are very important to me. Are they to you? I like to go to parties and have fun during the holidays but more important to me than the parties are the time-honored holiday traditions that have been passed down through the generations. These traditions are intended to be shared with family and friends as we gather together to celebrate. I’m missing the gathering together. I recognize that I am not alone feeling this way. How could I be when we are all experiencing the pandemic together. If you follow my blog, you know that I am a glass…

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Rightsize Your Expectations as You Age

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I believe that most of us are under the impression that if we are in good health; physically and mentally fit, that whatever it is we are able to do now, we will always be able to do. These are my expectations. My grandfather lived by himself up until he passed away at 94 years young. He played golf regularly and even went skiing from time to time. That is how I expect to age. No one I know ever envisions themselves as old with creaking bones, arthritis, and other medical and/or mental problems but it can happen. Aging is…

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Why Rightsizing is Important No Matter What Your Age

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No matter how old or young you are, it’s important to rightsize. Are you asking yourself “What is rightsizing?” It’s a fairly new expression which can refer to a number of different things. A company rightsizes when it reduces the number of employees to fit the anticipated earnings. In this case I am referring to changing the size of your home. You can say that a family rightsizes when they move to a bigger home to accommodate their growing family. You can also replace downsizing with rightsizing when a couple moves to a smaller home once their children have moved…

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Difficult Conversations with Your Parents: Why They are Necessary & How to Have Them

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I don’t know about you, but I avoid difficult conversations like the plague. I would rather do almost anything other than have a difficult conversation. In fact, I have become talented at skirting around any topic that borders on introducing a difficult topic. The fact is, though, that it’s necessary to have difficult conversations with your parents so that you know how best to support them and what their wishes are should a delicate situation arise. I wrote a blog about a year ago after visiting with my son and his family in San Francisco. As a parent visiting my…

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What Do You Know For Sure?

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Do you read Oprah’s magazine? I do. I count myself among the millions of Oprah fans and read her magazine cover to cover almost every month. One of my favorite articles is on the last page of every issue. This page has an editorial from Oprah in which she talks about a topic. Typically, the article uses this phrase “what I know for sure”. I was thinking about this the other day. There are so many things right now that none of us knows “for sure” about the global pandemic. This corona virus has us all spinning in circles. Conflicting…

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Are You on Track to Accomplish Your Original Goals, Or Have They Changed?

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The first quarter of the year ended last week. None of us could have predicted that life would change so dramatically in late December, January or eaven early February. In fact, life was good late in 2019 when we were thinking about our goals for 2020. We did not know that Covid-19 was going to rear its ugly head and cause us to shift our plans. Rethink our priorities and make accomplishing our goals difficult if not impossible. What were your original goals? Do you remember the goals you set out for yourself late last year? Have you been able…

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What Changes to Your Daily Life Will You Keep?

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Have you thought about what changes to your routine you’ll keep once social distancing ends? We’ve all made changes in how we live our lives during this covid 19 crisis.  Think about them. We’ve had to make considerable changes to every aspect of our lives including our daily routines Are some changes worth keeping? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. From everything I’ve read and heard on the news, it seems like things will start opening up in the next month or two. For that I’m eternally grateful. I want to have something to look forward to. In…

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Downsize Your Files By Weeding Them

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Since many of us find ourselves practicing social distancing by staying home, take advantage of this time to downsize the amount of paper in each file folder and weed your files. Control those paper piles  If you’ve been following the blog this month, I’m talking about paper. I started out by asking you to consider controlling the paper piles on your desk and in your office by assigning an action to each paper. From there I moved to talking about an action file holder which could sit on top of your desk. Your next steps are to schedule time each…

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