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Organizing a Student’s move to University or College

Panic maybe starting to set in.  This is the time of year for back to school.  Some of you maybe moving a student to a school close to home, some may have a long drive to the new school and others may have to fly.  Whether you may be able to make multiple trips to your student’s school or if you have one chance to get it right,  Anne Wynter’s    How to Cut College Clutter  shares my tips in this lovely blog post about:

  1. Clothes
  2. Documents
  3. Mini Kits
  4. Sentimental Items
Having an over abundance of possessions in your dorm room or apartment can contribute to poor time management and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed, Click To Tweet

Make your move a successful, low stress enjoyable event.

dorm room organizing

How much should I take?

 

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Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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Learning about the overwhelm of stuff – hoarding disorder

Here is a great article about living with the overwhelming need for stuff.  If you have a hoarding disorder or live with  someone who has a hoarding disorder  this information may help you to better understand the situation.

Hoarding living with the overwhelm of stuff.

 

Looking for some more information on hoarding disorder?  Go to the Institute of Challenging Disorganization website. Share your stories with us. 

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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Lack of abundance

 

Are you stuck in a mindset of “lack”?

Do you sometimes feel that you will never get ahead.  That life is holding you back.  I feel that way some days when I am working in my  business.   There can be a number of stumbling blocks to becoming successful.  Some we may not have any control over.  One of the biggest stumbling blocks can be our own attitude.  This short video gives you an insight into how to examine your attitude and move from focusing on what you don’t have (lack) and focusing on what you do have (abundance).

Click here to learn about an attitude of abundance. 

How do you overcome those feelings that you can’t achieve  something that you want to accomplish? 

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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3 Alternative ways to get rid of your clutter

My guest blogger is Haley Kieser from Zog Digital helping us to reduce our clutter in environmental friendly ways.

The moment you realize you’ve accumulated way too much clutter and then need to take action, is common. It happens.

It might be the cheap coffee table you bought (it was too good of a deal to pass up) or the endless number of t-shirts you’ll never wear. Or maybe you’re moving and need to get rid of old kitchen appliances and mattresses. No matter what your clutter consists of, it’s important to know how to get rid of it.Let's keep our clutter out of the landfill and recycle it in environmental friendly ways. Click To Tweet

Why? Let’s look at Hamilton but it could be anywhere.

To keep Hamilton beautiful, of course! If you live near or close to Hamilton, these are the best alternative ways to get rid of your waste. (Other than the local trash collection.)

Let’s get started.

1. Donating your clutter in Hamilton

Donate clothing in good repair to thrift stores and older items can go to textile recycling. Let’s keep it out of the landfill

Is there any better feeling than giving back to the community?

Anytime you purge your closet, or your kids outgrow their clothing, bag up what needs to go and bring it to a thrift store.

But don’t stop at clothing!

Thrift stores collect all sorts of personal items. Such as books, toys, dishes, jewelry, and much more.

Some organizations like Habitat for Humanity will even collect construction and building materials.

Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’re unsure about what you can donate, give them a call.

Another great way to donate is the old-school hand-me-down method. Shoot a message to family and friends to see if they could use your old coffee table or winter coat.

Need more direction? Use this thrift store directory.

2. Host a garage sale or sell online

If you enjoy meeting people and bartering then a garage sale is for you.

If your clutter still holds value, why not cash in on it? Host a garage sale or sell your items online.

One of the best times to have a garage sale is in the summer. Before you begin setting up, always check the weather.

Tip: Set a fair price on your goods. Don’t let the thought of making money distract you of your main goal – getting rid of your clutter.

Get cash before the event in case the buyer needs change. Additionally, if you have time, promote your garage sale on social media up until the event.

If you have leftover inventory list everything on Craigslist. If time doesn’t permit, donate the rest.

Hosting a garage sale is a great way to make some cash and can even be fun. Get the family involved, play some tunes, and hangout with each other for the day!

3. Hire someone to do it for you

For items that aren’t as easy to donate or even throw out, like an old over or cabinetry, hiring a service to pick it up may be the best route.

A full-service junk removal company will come to your home or business and do all the work for you. All you have to do is tell them what to get rid of.

Before choosing a company, make sure they have an environmental program in place, where they donate or recycle as much as possible.

If you’re constrained by time or have too much clutter to deal with, this will let you rest easy knowing you disposed of your clutter responsibly.

Note: You will have to pay for a service like this. Yet, they’re not very expensive. Especially if you have a handful of heavy items, it’s worth the money.

Decluttering your home or business can be a huge task and should be applauded. The next step is to take care of that clutter responsibly.

Use the motivation to become organized to keep Hamilton beautiful!

Need help identifying what’s clutter and what isn’t? Let us help you.

Before you go, here are some additional resources:

Use these links as inspiration to  find out if your community has similar resources.

Share your  best tip for reducing and recycling your clutter inthe comment box.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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Organize your desk in 5 minutes a day

Decluttering your desk at home and at the office is not just about having a space that looks good.  Desktop chaos can take a toll on your productivity — and even lead to making unhealthy choices. Four in 10 workers say that having a tidy, organized space helps them behave more productively. Click To Tweet Another study published in the journal Psychological Science found that those who spent their time in an orderly office made healthier eating choices.

This week my guest blogger is Jessica Pyykkonen of Ghergich & Co. She has teamed up with Quill to create an infographic on decluttering and organizing your desk. It shows  research on messy workplaces and benefits of a clean, clutter-free desk. Then they break down several strategies to keep your desk clean and organized. For instance, you can take advantage of vertical space with cork-boards, shelves, and pegboards to help keep your desk clear.

Enjoy these office organizing tips and become more productive, healthier and happier.

 

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life of your dreams. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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Grid It – A Great Organizing Gadget

I enjoy travelling and have travelled to Europe, the East, Australia, throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

I am going to give 2 tips for travelling with an organized purse.  (It works for backpacks and briefcases too)
  1. Buy a purse that has a light lining.  When the inside of the purse is dark it is very hard to find anything, organized or not.  A lot of items are black or dark in colour, make-up, pens, phones, keys, wallets etc.
  2. Try purchasing a gadget called Grid It.  It comes in many sizes but the small one fits lovely inside a purse and keeps all your small items that you need for flying and travelling neat and tidy.  It is wonderful for holding a pen, earbuds, adapters, candy, phone, keys.  You pull it out of your purse everything is contained on the Grid it and you pull out the items you need and put it back in your purse.  No digging around in the corners to find the thing you want.

How do you keep all your small items easy to find and use? Share your tips in the comments.

Grid It

Use it to organize your electronic devises when you are travelling

 

Grid It

Great for organizing items in your purse when you are travelling

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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Organizing your medication for your health and safety – medicine cabinet 101

Medicine Cabinet 101

How to Store Pharmaceuticals

My guest blogger is Laura Schwecherl who is writing for  Health Perch a digital magazine from the USA.  Many of the tips in this article apply no matter where you live. BY

Cholesterol-lowering pills and allergy eye drops may reside on the bed stand. The medicine cabinet probably holds a cluster of medications (antacids, asthma inhalers, antibiotics) and a few stray ibuprofen may even float around the bottom of your handbag. More than one third of American adults regularly use over-the-counter medications and 65 percent of all adults in the U.S. (roughly 131 million people) use prescription drugs. But not all of us know how to store and dispose of medication safely.

We’ve got your medicine cabinet covered with a comprehensive guide on storing and disposing prescription and OTC drugs. Read on to learn how to stay out of harm’s way.

The Best Way to Store Your Meds

Store it right: How and where to keep your medications

Up to 50 percent of chronic disease patients (for instance people with arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes) fail to follow directions and take their medicine as prescribed. A simple misstep can lead to higher health risks and medical bills.

One way to avoid this problem is to stay organized. While some households store meds in a number of locations, it’s easier to keep track when they’re all in one place. Try to make medicine taking a part of your daily routine (whether it’s right after breakfast, before dinner, or before bed—whatever your doctor suggests based on the requirements of each medication) and stick to a schedule. Pill organizers are another great way to prevent confusion if you or a family member takes multiple pills a day. It’s also a great idea to take an inventory of your prescriptions at least once every six months.

When choosing a place to keep prescriptions, seek a spot that stays cool and dry, such as a kitchen drawer away from appliances (heat and moisturecan damage pills). For this reason, a medicine cabinet in the bathroom may not live up to its name, unless the bathroom is well ventilated with fans or windows.

Travel poses its own obstacles. If you’re traveling in the car, don’t keep medicine in the glove compartment, which can get very hot. If you’re jet setting, pack prescriptions in a carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost or temporarily delayed. Pack medicine in the original bottle and take a copy of your prescription to avoid any trouble with security.

The Best Way to Dispose of Meds

How to properly dispose of medications

This isn’t a simple toss in the trash situation. Discarding pills is a matter of safety: Many medicines are unsafe if taken by the wrong person. Medications that have passed the expiration date can also be dangerous.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) provides specific guidelines to dispose prescriptions safely.

Take old, unused, or expired prescriptions out of the bottle and throw them away. It’s best to mix them with icky garbage such as coffee grounds, cat litter, or compost. This helps prevent others from getting into those pills. (Every year, more than 60,000 kids go to the emergency room because they took medicine that wasn’t theirs.)

Experts have mixed feelings about flushing prescriptions down the toilet. Some question it due to trace amounts of drug residues found in surface water. Groups including the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have closely monitored this issue and so far have not reported any apparent safety or environmental issues.

The simple rule of thumb? Only flush medications if the label or your doctor says it’s safe. (Here’s a list of meds that can take a trip down the toilet.)

To ensure safety on all fronts, head to a designated drop off site. There are also many community take-back programs for old medicines. Head to theDEA website to see what’s available near you.

Check with your local pharmacy.  If you are a customer, they will take your expired medication and get rid of it for you.

Safety First!

Rx safety tips for effective prescription use

Popping pills isn’t a one-and-done endeavor. There are some easy guidelines to make sure you take prescriptions the intended way. Additionally, you can pledge to store medications safely and learn more about pharmaceutical safety at Up and Away.

So without further adieu, here are 14 tips to make sure you store and take medications safely.

Always ask. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They’re the experts when it comes to the proper way to take, store, and get rid of them.

Check the expiration date. Always check the expiration date on the bottle. Expired medicines may not only be ineffective, they could be harmful too.

Look for warning signs. Check for pills that look discolored or dried out. If anything looks funky, take a picture and call your doctor to make sure it’s still safe to consume.

Never reuse and recycle. Still have that prescription cough medicine that expired in 2012? Always discard leftover medicine even if you think you may use it again. It’s always best to have a doctor prescribe new medicine despite any similar symptoms.

Keep it in the same container. The bottle’s tint helps protect pills from light and lists important information including the name of the prescription, when to take it, and your pharmacy’s number for when it’s time for a refill.

Don’t mix meds. Many pills look similar, and it’s easier than one might think to accidentally pop the wrong one.

Remove the cotton. Some pill bottles come with cotton inside to help protect pills that are shipped from online pharmacies. Remove the cotton as soon as you open the bottle. The cotton attracts moisture, which could decrease the medication’s strength.

Separate from your spouse. Keep your medicines separate from your spouse or other family members to lower the chances of mixing.

Open in a safety zone. Open meds on a countertop so you can rest the bottle on a flat surface. There’s always a chance of a pill slipping out of the bottle, and you don’t want to lose it on the floor or down a drain.

Keep the lights on. Don’t take pills in the dark or in bad lighting. Good light helps ensure you take the right pill and correct dose.

Lock ‘em out. It’s crucial to lock your prescriptions in a drawer if you have small kids.

Close it tight. Use that arm strength to close the lid tight. This also helps childproof the bottles.

Be prepared in case of an emergency. Call your poison control center immediately if you think a child may have taken one of your prescriptions. Save the number in your phone so you can dial right away.

Conclusion

By now, you should be an expert on pill safety—from storage and use to proper disposal. Stick to these guidelines (and some common sense) and you’ll be on the fast track to health.

Share how you organize your medications in the comments.  My 91 year old dad made an excel spreadsheet to track the timing of his eye drops after he had cataract surgery.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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Organizing for a road trip

This advise appeared in the P.O.S.T Professional Organizing Strategies and Tips newsletter. To learn about Professional Organizers in Canada  click this linkhttp://www.organizersincanada.com/.  

There’s something about summer, the lure of the open road and the promise of a change of scenery that makes us want to load up the car and just go some place. If there’s one time you really want to be organized, it’s when you’re travelling. Travelling requires more organization than we may possess in our daily lives, so cut the stress by following an organizing checklist for inside the car.

Planning & Prepping

  • Make sure your car is good condition –  oil checked, tires inspected and filled – test the air conditioning and wiper blades.
  • Driver’s licence, passports, insurance card, ownership and registration, and contact numbers for roadside assistance should be readily accessible. Make spare copies and leave with a travel companion.
  • Spare tire and jack – are in good shape and are easy to access. An emergency car tool kit should include an orange flag or pylon that you can use to signal for help if needed. Learn how to change a flat tire.
  • Spare set of keys – in case they get locked inside the car or drop out of your pocket. (Even if you have to call a locksmith to open the car, you’ll be able to drive when it’s unlocked.)
  • Plastic grocery bags for garbage – always!

    Back seat organizer

    Keep your backseat organized with a portable blue bin

  • These blue bins fit between two seats and can hold a lot of gear. Each young member of the family can have their own bin for a blanket, sweatshirt, hat, sunglasses, spare shoes. They can access anything that they need on their own and have a place to wrangle their souvenirs.
  • A file box with a labelled folder for each section of the road trip.

Maps

  • A traditional map or print custom maps for your journey at GoogleMaps or MapQuest Route Planner. CAA or AAA will also provide route maps.
  • (GPS) A Global Positioning System – some travelers say they wouldn’t leave home without one!
  • APPS are available on smartphones to find everything from restaurants, hotels, parks, other points of interest as well as weather reports and plenty of games, quizzes and puzzles for young ones.
  • Book the hotel ahead so you don’t have to find a place at the end of the day. Find hotels with generous cancellation policies.

In-Car Diversions

  • Music –  A playlist or CD collection if you’re travelling through an area where radio signals might be sketchy.
  • Audio Books, DVDs and a laptop are great to have because it means you don’t need to spend time uploading content to your phone or ipad before the trip when you may be busy.  Check out your local library.
  • Spare batteries, charging cables and electricity power converter for electronics.
  • Healthy Snacks: fruit (apples can keep well for a long time), pretzels, granola bars, crackers and nuts, along with a few fun treats. A trip to the grocery store along the way can help you save money too, because the costs of dining out can add up.
  • Beverages: A soft-sided cooler packed with water bottles and low-sugar soft drinks.

Toiletries within easy reach

  • Tissues, paper towels, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer and a roll of toilet paper, in case the rest stop isn’t well-stocked.
  • Prescription medicines as well as basics like pain relievers, antacids and remedies for motion sickness.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • A first aid kit with antiseptic and band-aids for minor cuts, cortisone cream for insect bites, and bandages.

Clothing & Comfort

  • Wear comfortable clothing – no items which restrict or bind.
  • Wear shoes that are easy to take on and off. Always have a pair of closed toe shoes available.
  • A sweater or jacket over a T-shirt for instant respectability in public areas.
  • A small blanket if you disagree on the temperature setting within the car.
  • A pillow from home for an unfamiliar hotel bed.

Finally

  • Think twice before posting about your trip on social media if your house is currently empty!!

What is your best travelling tips? Share it with us in the comments.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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10 Apps to help get your family organized

My guest blogger is Olivia Cordell from AppsGrooves

AppGrooves, just published this article on the Best Apps for Making Digital To-Do Lists which I thought would be super helpful to busy person like you! AppGrooves has one of the most comprehensive collections of app-related analytics data, and we use it to rank the top apps on the App Store in over 600 categories that we designed. We do this to save you the time and stress of figuring out which apps are best to download and use.

Best 10 To Do List Apps

Best 10 To Do List Apps

AppGrooves has filtered the best 10 apps for “To Do List” in Productivity from 1,939 apps. Check it out !

Any.do: To-do list, Calendar, Reminders & Planner1  Any.do: To-do list, Calendar, Reminders & Planner  

By Any.do

 To-do list, Calendar, Reminders & Planner ✅📅🔔 Free, and Simple. All-in-one app
  1. An intuitive, straightforward planner! Instantly create quick memos & organize your monthly calendar in a matter of seconds
  2. Need to buy fruit next time you visit a grocery store? Set up a smart reminder that will alert you when you reach a specific location
  3. With the powerful Home Widget you have your entire, neatly organized to-do list right on the home screen

    How to manage time⏳, get things done ✔ and accomplish tasks! 🙌🏻

    Why we love this

    1. Thanks to Smart Date Parsing, adding notes via voice or type input automatically sets a reminder without you having to do anything
    2. Be smart with your productivity! Discover useful statistics that turn your working schedules into beautiful graphs

      3. To Do List

      By Splend Apps

       SplenDO is smart task list for everyday use. Truly usable, splendid in action!

      Why we love this

      1. The ability to group tasks in neat Task Lists makes sure your to-do list stays organized no matter how many notes you add
      2. Staying organized made easy! Quickly set up due dates, view tasks that are past due & check off completed tasks to stay efficient
      3. In a hurry? Instantly add tasks to the Quick Task Bar whenever you need to schedule something important

       

Coaching Column 1 – Focus

Thank you for the question “How do you recommend managing mechanical “mesmerizing” tasks like data entry that can literally put me to sleep?”

I think we all have tasks that we find difficult to concentrate on and begin to daydream.  Here are a few suggestions to try, let me know if any resonate with you.

  1. Use music with or without words, this may make the setting you are working in more enjoyable and help you to feel like working
  2. Do this task at a time of day when you are most productive and can focus well
  3. Break the task into smaller tasks (batches if data entry, invoicing etc) do a little each day instead of a lot all at once
  4. Add white noise to your working space so you are not distracted by other sounds that can draw your attention away from what you are doing
  5. Set a timer – agree to work until the timer goes off and then change tasks or take a break.  Do this until the task is completed.  Getting up and moving can really help to let you be able to go back to the task and concentrate again.
  6. Give yourself a reward, when it is done I can …….
  7. Change the place where you do the task, perhaps you need a cooler space, a better lit space, an out of the way space, etc

I hope you find that these suggestions can  help you to focus and get it done quicker.  If it takes less time because you are focused you will need to focus for less time.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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