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Organizing a deep freeze by Rowena List Professional Organizer of Getting it Together

organizing a deep freeze When was the last time you thought of organizing your deep freeze? Never? Years? You aren’t alone. In the day to day rush many of us don’t remember that organizing a deep freeze is actually really important! image via (a)artwork

Organizing a deep freeze is one of those 15 minute tips I like to share.

Most of us have our deep freeze in a basement, or room we don’t frequent. That leads to out of site out of mind! And that leads to trouble. Organizing a deep freeze can mean less waste, and that means money saved! And if you could bring down your grocery bill and waste wouldn’t you?

Be sure to use the oldest items first. Toss anything that is older than a year or has major freezer burn.

Check out this video for some other hot tips on organizing a deep freeze.

Do you have unmarked items in your deep freeze?

What is the most interesting thing you have found in there? My grandkids put their hampster in the deep freeze until they were ready to bury him. I really should check on the statis of that!

Would love to hear your interesting stories about the contents of your deep freeze. Please leave them below in the comment box.

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By |May 30th, 2012|Articles, Blog, Home Organization, Organizer, Videos|6 Comments

What to do with your grown kids stuff by Rowena List Professional Organizer and Speaker

kids stuffSo many people are wanting to downsize these days. Are you one of them? Are you starting to see the benefit of a smaller space, and easier to care for home?

Have you been in your family home for 10,20 30 years? How much room does your kids stuff take up? Do your grown kids use your basement as their storage locker?Creative Commons Licenseimage via Ed Yourdon

You are hardly alone in that either. We keep our kids stuff while their lives are in transition. It seems like the right thing to do. Then they settle down and get more stuff. Suddenly the kids’ stuff in your home has become a permanent fixture that no one wants to deal with or talk about!

Now that you are thinking of downsizing you will have to deal with your grown kids stuff…….or they will!

 

Check out this video to get some tips on what to do with your grown kids stuff.

My girlfriend has her kids school year books. Both her daughters have moved away and clearly do not miss,need or want their year books.

Best to ask them before tossing.Be sure to give your grown kids a deadline. Please clear out yur items before this date or I will donate them.

What do you still have of your kids? Is it time for them to come and clear out their clutter?

Let me know by leaving your story below in the comment box.

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What to do when a family member has passed away – checklist

organizedThe death of a loved one imposes cruel demands on the closest survivors. You need time and space to handle your emotions, gather your thoughts and say goodbye. Demands are suddenly coming from all sides.

You need to make quick decisions, from funeral arrangements to financial matters, from how to feed out-of-town guests to what to say in the obituary. None of us likes to think about dealing with this sort of thing, however the reality is that at some point in our lives we will probably have to.

It is difficult to think of practical matters when there is a death in the family. There are important things to be taken care of that may have significant effect on the rest of the family’s future. This is where being organized is extremely beneficial.

The following is a checklist of steps to be taken by the survivors and/or executors:

  1. Obtain an original copy of the deceased person’s last will. Notify the executor. (If at this date your will is outdated or you do not have one please treat this as a reminder to get the job done.) Did you know that 55 – 60 % of adults do not have a will?
  2. Make funeral/memorial arrangements.
  3. Put notifications in the local paper. Contact close friends and family. Ask them to spread the word.
  4. Obtain certified copies of the death certificate. Make a few copies. You will need them.
  5. Notify the life insurance agent/company. Look into notifying the house insurance and car insurance companies.
  6. Search likely places (safety deposit box, brief case, desks, filing cabinets, safes, etc) for important papers such as stocks, bonds, bank records etc. This is where it is really helpful if the person is “organized”. You might want to consider having all of your important documents and papers in one file marked “Important Papers”.
  7. Notify your lawyer and accountant.
  8. Cancel SIN #, passport, credit cards, and any services such as phone, cell phone, newspaper delivery, bottled water delivery, etc. Keep an eye open for any pre- authorizations. You do not want the Hydro being cut off if there was a pre-authorization going on the credit card you just cancelled.
  9. Inform the employer to check on benefits available under group plans and or pensions.
  10. Contact the local Canada/American pension office to arrange a claim for any benefits available.
  11. Start collecting material related to income tax. A final return will need to be done.
  12. Contact CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) and OAP (Old Age Pension).
  13. Remove deceased person’s name from any joint bank accounts.
  14. Contact companies where the person has any unpaid debts or loans.
  15. Send notices to business associations, clubs and other organizations to which the person belonged.
  16. Verify all debts and determine cash on hand.
  17. Downsize the persons belongings. This is not something that needs to be done right away unless they are in a rental unit. At which point you will want to give notice to the rental company.
  18. Accept help from family and friends. If people offer to cook, clean, sort, drive, make calls whatever. Accept it with gratitude.
  19. Take time for self care. When there is a death in the family it usually brings some level of stress. Take time for a relaxing bath, coffee with a friend, an afternoon nap or a walk. You will be better able to take care of all the items on the above checklist.
  20. Ask for help. If you are having troubles coping with the loss of a loved one (and who wouldn’t) seek out the help of a grief counselors.  I work with a couple of very well educated, compassionate, and qualified counselors.

I am available to help you get your papers in order so that it’s easy as possible for both you and your loved ones in the event of illness or death or any other type of tragedy.

How to organize a coat closet by Rowena List Professional Organizer and Speaker

how to organize a coat closetWhen was the last time you organized your coat closet? When the season changed? Four seasons ago? When you moved in? Not sure how to organize a coat closet?

Has your closet become a dumping ground for more than coats? When doing my hands on organizing I find some of the most interesting things in the hall coat closet. After you learn how to organize a coat closet I would love to hear what your best find is. I’m guessing you’ve got something interesting hiding in there too!  Creative Commons License image via M I T C H Ǝ L L

Please take a moment to watch this short video on how to organize a coat closet.

These quick and easy tips can be done in 15 minutes or less.Why not set the timer and go for it.

I get asked to help organize a lot of coat closets. It is a favorite spot for dust bunnies not to mention old, non fitting coats,boots,hats and mittens.

Be sure to donate any items that are no longer serving you or your family members.Feeling stuck? I’ll come and help you. All you have to do is ASK and book me.

I’ll show you in no time flat how to organize a coat closet.

What is the most interesting thing you have found in your coat closet? Please leave your comment below in the comment box.

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How to Organize Your Golf Bag

how to organize your golf bagHow much do you love to golf?

Are you ready to golf at the drop of a hat? Part of being able to do that is having your golf bag organized at all times. Doesn’t sound like fun? You would do it -if you knew how to organize your golf bag easier?

This short video will give you some tips on what to carry in your bag and how to organize your golf bag.

Take a look.

As many of you know I have golfed all over the world. It is a neat way to pick a travel destination. For example who would have thought that Egypt had golf? We know they have endless amounts of sand which I found myself in some of the time! Egypt is by far one of the most exotic places I have golfed.

Knowing how to organize your golf bag is even more crucial when you travel.

How about you?

Please leave your best golfing story below in the comment box.  I would love to hear them.

Any extra tips on how to organize your golf bag? I would love to hear those too!

If you like this video, click the “like” button and then share it with your friends.  And if you’re not in the “Getting it Together” community, head on over to GettingItTogether.ca and get on the list.  You’ll get instant access to a free ebook that outlines a simple 10-day plan for organizing 10 different areas of your home in 15 minutes or less.

By |May 9th, 2012|Blog, Organizer, Travel Organiztion, Videos|0 Comments

How to Organize Your Car: Honk if Yours is a Mess

“They” say you can tell a lot about a person by the way they keep their car.

What does your car say about you? What would your car say if it could talk?

“Please get me out of here or thank you for taking good care of me or can we please get an air freshener.”

How much time do you spend in your car? Are you a sales rep, a busy mom driving kids all day long or a business executive?

It is important to make sure your car is a good representation of you and the image you would like to project. I’ve had people refuse to let me inside their car…and we were going to carpool! This type of unnecessary stress and potential embarrassment can be avoided.

Simply follow these quick tips and learn how to organize your car.

organizeTIP #1: Have a small garbage can or plastic bag in your car. Toss all finished coffee cups, gum wrappers or any other garbage items in the plastic bag or garbage can. When you stop to fill up for gas simply toss out the trash. This small detail, done once a week or so will keep your car looking and smelling fresh.

TIP #2: Keep a small basket in the front passenger seat floor area. This basket will come in handy for CD cases (if your music is not on an iPod), mobile device chargers, flashlight, etc. I like to keep a small tube of hand cream and nail file in mine. If I am stopped in traffic I like to apply hand cream or file the odd nail. In the summer I carry sunscreen in my basket as well. This is really important if you like to have your sunroof open. Here in Vancouver the day might start out cloudy and then turn to sun. You do not want to get burnt. Be sure to not let your little basket become a dumping ground for unwanted car items. For example your kids homework or kids toys, etc.

TIP #3: What does your glove box say about you? If you were to look in mine you would find healthy snacks. I keep a couple of protein bars and a bag of dry nuts. I also store my sunglasses in there along with a small note book and pen. This is not the place to keep your car insurance papers and documents. If someone were to break into your car you do not want them to have access to your home address. Store your important papers in your trunk under the spare tire. Along with a first aid kit.

organizeTIP #4: Let’s talk about your trunk. What is in yours? It is amazing how trunks can become a dumping ground for all sorts of things. It is important to clear out your trunk at least twice a month. You’ll be amazed at what you will find.

I like to keep a collapsible plastic box in my trunk along with a collection of reusable shopping bags. I also have a spare pair of runners, a pair of gloves, an old sweater, and warm ear protectors. It never gets that cold here in Vancouver however being an ex-girl guide I like to always be prepared. If I were to ever break down I could walk for help.

TIP #5: This tip is for those of you who live in very extreme weather conditions or maybe your car is a little older. You will want to make sure you have the items required for snow removal and icy conditions.  Jumper cables, small tool box and like new spare tire…or a valid triple A/BCAA card!

I would love to hear some of your funny car stories. What have you found in your car when getting it organized and cleared out? One of my clients found a piece of toast! She had wondered where her daughter’s breakfast had gotten too.

We all know how it feels to sit in a brand new car. The smell of a brand new car. The look of a brand new car. Even if you have never had a brand new car you might know of someone who has or you might have gone to a dealership to check them out. Keep that feeling/smell in your mind while organizing your car. Make it a goal to keep your car in the nice new state. Keep the outside shiny as well. You’ll be amazed at how many compliments you get on your car.