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Tuesday Tidbit – What is Career Gear?

What is Career Gear?

A current client is an avid, I mean, AVID recycler. She told me this before we started our weekly organizing journey and she meant it!

One of the challenges with this heart-felt dedication is her reluctance in letting unneeded items go if she doesn’t know “just the right place” or “just the right person” to give them to. As a result, items are kept and excess stuff has accumulated.

One area that was a concern to her was passing on the professional wardrobe that belonged to her late husband. He was a well-loved college professor with an extensive wardrobe and she felt a huge responsibility to find the “right” person or organization.

Enter Career Gear. Career Gear started in 1999 in NY with the goal of helping men in need by providing business-appropriate attire for job interviews, along with career development skills and job-readiness training.

We are looking at this as a very viable option for blessing many young men with the power of the right clothes for a job interview.

If you click here you will see the drop off dates (in NY) and the address for mailing your tax deductible donations. Great option!

Tuesday Tidbit – A Place for Everything

A Place for Everything

Really, what does “A Place for Everything” mean and how do you achieve this? It sounds simple and it can be with some intention and practice.

First, you need to decide on a “home” for a specific category of your stuff. You do this because a core skill in organizing is knowing where to find something and where it goes when you’re finished with it.

Everyone needs to participate.

If you need a hammer and it is hanging on a pegboard or sitting in the toolbox, you have eliminated frustration and the need to search for it. This feels awesome! Either the peg board or toolbox would be the “home”. Simple, right?

It is important to make sure the “home” is convenient, makes sense to you and others, and has enough space to hold the items you want to put there. If you need to move things out of the way to first find, and then return, the hammer, you won’t. Instead, it will be put down “someplace” and we all know what that means. Searching and frustration the next time it is needed.

If you need help to create these “homes”  or have questions about how we might work together, let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your downsizing and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – 2 Minutes to Show Your Love

Donor Day ~ Please Join Me

It seems fitting that February 14th is Donor Day. As we express our love for those we know this Valentine’s Day, let us consider expressing our love for those we will never know. We can, however, give them a priceless gift.

In Minnesota there is a spot to indicate on your driver’s license if you are an organ donor. I am.

However, I had never officially registered until now.

Click here to access to register and make it official. All you need to do is grab your drivers license, then select your state from the list and fill out the brief form.

If you are compelled to join me, I’d love for you to let me know. Together we can make a difference.

Tuesday Tidbit – Send a Card to a Friend Day

Send a Card to a Friend Day

When I spoke with an out-of-state family member after a recent illness, she said she really appreciated getting cards. Yes, cards in the mail. She explained that she could reread them, nothing was required of her (no text or email to reply to) and she felt cherished and remembered.

With Valentine’s Day next week you may be buying cards for family and friends. This might be a good time to also thoughtfully select a few “just because”, birthday, thinking of you, get well, and sorry for your loss cards.

When you need a card, it is a real time-saver to have a few on hand.

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your downsizing and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – How Long to Keep Tax Records and Other Documents?

On a March 21, 2016, Consumer Reports posted a helpful article titled “How Long to Keep Tax Records and Other Documents.” It was also interesting how the article pointed out why it is important to have your documents organized.

While this is not the only information available, it is a good start. For additional guidance, please discuss your questions or concerns with your personal legal counsel and/or tax professional.

Click here to read the entire article.

With an insurance background, along with additional training as a Financial Organizing Consultant, I am able to help you organize your papers, documents and records. It can be overwhelming to create the order you crave. I can help. Let’s simply start the conversation by either calling or emailing me to learn more.