What Do You Take In An Emergency?

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flood2What is the first thing you will grab from your home if your house floods, catches on fire or comes tumbling down in an earthquake?

Whether your answer is the family photo album or your grandmother’s quilt, most of us wouldn’t even think of our medical and financial records, the very things we would need to rebuild our lives. And yet, who keeps their files in something so compact and portable it can be grabbed in a moment’s notice?

There are also a number of technology solutions for backing up all of your data on flash drives (can’t get more portable than that!) that are quick and practical and can be completed over a weekend. A regularly updated flash drive can be kept with your emergency supplies for a quick departure. Read more

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Organized Medication Disposal

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medsWhere or how do you dispose of expired or unneeded OTC (over-the-counter) or prescription drugs?

For awhile we were hearing to flush them or put them down the drain, and while this prevents any mis-use of the drugs, it also has adverse effects on water and the wildlife in it. Sometimes it can even cause unintentional ingestion if the water is re-used. (Check the drug information sheet that came with the prescription to see if it is safe to put down the drain.) Read more

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Get Organized for Tax Season!

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Buttoned Up Tax FilerTAXES. The very word is cringe-worthy! But no matter how much you dread them…how long you procrastinate on doing them…how often you put off calling your tax adviser…eventually, taxes must be done!

Thankfully, there are products created specifically for the tax hater in all of us. Products like the Buttoned Up® Tax Filer™ (available online here) are designed to help us get organized for tax season and eliminate the stress associated with the April 15th deadline! Read more

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Product of the Week: Jewelry Cabinet

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jewelry-cabinetThis is one of the best jewelry storage ideas I’ve seen!

It’s a solid wood cabinet with a mirrored front. You’d never know that there’s a huge storage space behind it! It’s about as deep as a medicine cabinet and it’s lined in a rich forest green fabric. It’s big enough to hold a ton of jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, even rings! It comes in different wood finishes and you can order it with or without a lock. You can find it here.

I want one!

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What’s for Dinner?

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The other day I looked in the fridge and found a bunch of miscellaneous ingredients and was trying to decide how to morph them into dinner. I went to my computer and typed in my secret weapon: Allrecipes.com. After typing my ingredients into the search box I was given a bunch of possibilities. This site is made up of a community of cooks that submit recipes and photos. It’s also a forum for comments. Sometimes the comments are pivotal in deciding if it’s the right recipe for our family or if someone else’s additions or corrections sound like a good idea. Read more

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The De-Cluttering Transformation

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rosesOur recently befriended neighbor across the street is 70 years old and without any family to speak of. For years, she cleaned her own house and did her own shopping without help. It was wearing on her, though. Her age and her weight made it difficult to do things the way she wanted them done. The clutter slowly took over her home, which led to depression. When we first met her a few months ago, she was mired in clutter, sleeping all the time, and barely leaving her house. Read more

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My Favourite Organising Tools #1 – Notebooks

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This is a new series that I’ll be posting on the blog, one post per week.

Why do I love notebooks and pens?
It is easier to jot some notes down immediately without losing the thought than to have to try to remember it.
I have notebooks all over the house, one next to my bed, one on the entrance hall table, one in my handbag, one in the car, etc.

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Some uses for notebooks:

  1. Notes for your helper or gardener
  2. To-do lists
  3. To-blog lists
  4. Client notes
  5. Meeting notes
  6. Great ideas – business and other
  7. Recipes to try

What else do you use notebooks for?

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Product of the Week: Stacking Bins

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binsWe recently added the cutest little stacking bins to our Stacks and Stacks website!

These handy little bins come in three different sizes; small, medium and large. They’re made from a hard but not brittle plastic that’s super chip resistant and crystal clear. They’re great for CDs, craft or office supplies, seasoning packets in the kitchen, in the bathroom for hair ties.

Their only limit is your imagination!

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