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Yes, Summer is going to come to and end. Don’t shoot the messenger!

We love our summer days, but there’s something about fall that makes us feel like we’re in for a new start. It’s like the “New Year” for us.
We push ourselves all summer, entertaining, travelling and living the good life. Back to school hits and all of a sudden we get that tight feeling in our chests. Moms and Dads get overwhlemed at the thought of pulling their schedules together and making everyone happy.

Then you glance back over your shoulder at your home and realize that the summer blew through it like a tornado. Putting systems in place during September does help in many areas. Your kids start school back knowing where everything is, what is expected of them when they go to “Drop” their stuff in the hallway.

Remember to try small areas of change first. It might actually help if you get a few “guidelines” in place now before all the rush in September. Give the backpacks, lunchpails and notes from school a HOME. You know the first week back you’ll be flooded with slips and requests from school so make sure nothing gets lost in the chaos by having a home for all those incoming papers before school starts.

A few well prepared meals ahead of time will help with the first week back as well.
There’s nothing like getting back into the “runnning” and knowing that the family will have a healthy meal waiting for them atleast once or twice that first week back.

We can help with organizing your September and we also know a thing or two about meal preparation!

#indiansummer #keepitcoming #parentsarentready

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Mornings are such a “make or break” part of your entire day.
Whether you have kids, retired or are an empty nester the way your mornings start will either send you out the door smiling or you’ve got your head down hoping no one sees the defeat in your eyes.

I started my day with a snooze button ( twice). That should have been my first sign, but no…I didn’t listen to that inner voice.
I dragged myself out to the kitchen only to find that my husband had taken the last drop of milk, but thoughtfully enough returned the empty bag to the fridge. Seriously!

So the lack of coffee was going to do some damage to an already lack lustre morning.
As a family we had had a great weekend, busy and tiring by Sunday night. So I opted to skip making lunches thinking I’d be bright eyed and bushy tailed for a morning chore that was not in our regular routine.
Now I ask you Why? Why on earth would I think that.
Routine is how I get out of the house without anyone loosing a limb.
Adding three lunches to that already time sensitive schedule was NOT going to make this morning successful.

My inner voice at this point is stepping up the volume and trying to coax me back to that warm bed. But, No I press on.
Three kids, three different buses, three different pick up times. Come on, I yell to myself you can do this!!
Lunches were going to be sim pickings due to the fact that our weekend activities allowed no time to grocery shop, but who was going to argue with me! Basic food needs and a water bottle, I’m sure the littles would survive today, if I could just get them up and fed!
I managed to scrounge up a cup of tea which I set down on the counter when I heard the buzzer go off on the dryer. Heading to the laundry room to fetch the next of the never-ending clothes swap, I flip lights on and nicely ( not really) try to coax my kids out from under their soft secure blankets. I reach the laundry, but before I can stop myself I start cleaning out the litter box that had been sadly overused during our weekend out and about.
Taking the cat litter outside I realize it’s not a bad temperature outside and maybe the kids should wear their spring coats today. Searching through the front closet, my head buried deep into the unknown I start to raise my voice slightly louder because there’s sibling love going on in the bathroom and it’s not going to end well.

I do find two of the three jackets and happiness abounds when a pair of rubber boots are discovered – correct size and all! I feel a small victory! I sense that I might just turn this day around!
Heading to the bathroom to settle WW3 and I pick up three socks and a pair of shorts from the hallway. Shorts? Did we not just have -15 degree weather last week? Where did these shorts come from and why are they on the floor in my hallway?
Ever so gently I push the children in the direct of the kitchen telling them toast is available for their nutritional start of the day, don’t ask for cereal your father drank all the milk!

Briefly I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the bathroom mirror and this is where that feeling of victory vanishes down the toilet. How is it possible that someone ,who got a decent 6 hour sleep looks like a main character in a horror film? After spending precious minutes pulling at my skin and raising my eyebrows I decide maybe if I brushed my teeth things would start looking up. Yeah, sure that’s the ticket!

Back to the master bedroom and I hear some serious grumbling in my teenagers room.
No clothes! It’s a nightmare, but she has no clothes!
Ugh! I do manage to get dressed before thinking I forgot to grab the clothes out the dryer! I make my way down the hall and am corralled into the kitchen where the kids are expressing high distaste for what’s in their lunches. Why can’t they just wait until they get to school to open it and then I’m a good 20 miles away and don’t have to listen to the complaints!
Pushing, shoving with loving guidance and the teeth are brushed and two out of three have coats on. Not bad considering I have one eye with make up on and am sporting two different socks.

The alarms go off. Yes this well oiled morning machine has alarms set so that the kids have exactly 5 minutes to get from our door to the bus stop without any major injuries.
Front door closes….and I’m in the kitchen staring at my cup of tea that has now lowered to  room temperature and I think to myself – It’s a good thing I’m a Professional Organizer or THIS morning could have gone really bad!

Lesson learned. Even the best have bad days! 🙂

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Yes, it’s here and you’re lovin it!

But with summer comes schedules, play dates, holidays and camps. It can be very overwhelming and it can start to bring your summer experience down.

As Professional Organizers number #1 rule – stay on top of activites with a large printable calendar that can be posted two weeks out on your fridge or command centre.

We use google calendars and they do work really well, but sometimes SEEING the on-slot of events right in front of you for a two week period will help you stress to your family

” It’s just too busy” and you might actually be able to book some “DOWN TIME”.

We’re all about digital calendars, but we also find that grandparents and babysitters cannot always access family calendars, so having a large printable one helps everyone.

Another hint: Highlight each activity with a different colour and correspond that colour with the person doing the activity. Annie ( Red) going for a play date on Thursday gets highlighted RED, so that even youngsters can look at a calendar and know that if they see their “colour” coming up that they have something going on.

 

Enjoy your summer days. It will be gone in a blink of the eye. Slow it down. Pay attention to those around you. They are growing up and soon those summer days will be gone.

good day

 

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INCOME TAX TIME

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2011 Tax Information Checklist

Please check all that apply and keep receipts and information with checklist.

  • Personal information about yourself, your spouse and dependents
    • Name
    • Address
    • Birth dates
    • Social insurance #
    • Email address
  • T-slips
    • T4 – wages
    • T5 – Interest & Dividends
    • T5013 – Statement of partnership income
    • T600 – Canada Savings Bonds, etc…
    • T3 – Trust & mutual fund income
    • T4OAS – Old age security
    • T4E – Employment insurance
    • T4RIF, T4A, T4RSP – Pension and annuity income
    • T2202A – Tuition receipts (if transferring, signature and name of designation required)
  • Union/ Association Dues
  • Notice of Assessment for 2010
  • Details of foreign property owned (shares of foreign companies, rental properties, etc…)
  • Investments on which interest has been earned, but not received
  • Capital dispositions (sale/redemption of mutual funds, sale of shares, real estate)
  • Details of rental income earned and expenses
  • Details of business income earned and expenses
    • Bookkeeping services available
  • Child care expenses
    • Name, address and social insurance number of daycare provider required
  • Children’s fitness receipts and sports club registrations
  • Alimony/ child support paid/received during the year
    • Name, address and social insurance number of person receiving payments required, and a copy of the separation/ support agreement if not previously submitted
  • 2010 income tax instalment receipt – including your December 15th payment
  • Property tax OR rent paid on your residence (receipts are imperative for claim)
  • Interest on student loan payments
  • Health and dental plan costs (self-employed)
  • Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant Notice

OTHER Information Slips

  • RRSP Contributions
  • UCCB (Universal Child Care Benefit – RC62)
  • Charitable Donations (Registered Charities)
  • Medical Expenses (certification required for prescriptions, travel over 40 kms, meals, etc…)

Business Use of Home Office

Compile these expenses for a yearly total to be prorated for the use of space in your house to earn business revenue

  • Heat
  • Hydro
  • Mortgage interest
  • Property tax
  • House insurance
  • Telephone and internet
  • Repairs and maintenance

Business Use of Vehicle

Compile these expenses for a yearly total to be prorated for the use of your vehicle to earn business revenue

  • Car insurance
  • Parking
  • Gas and oil
  • Car/ lease payments with amount of interest if included
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • KM’S driven for the year total and KM’s driven for the year for business

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New Year 2012

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Organizing for Back to School

 

It is that time of year again and whether you have a child in Elementary, High school or going off to College or University, you need a plan for the next few weeks.

 

Elementary

 

Make sure you have any childcare arrangements made so there are no surprises on the first day.   When it is your child’s first year at school and the first time for before or after school, you may need to take them to that babysitter for an afternoon for them to get familiar with a new place.

 

Go over safety issues of coming to and from school and have a code that only you and your child know for picking him or her up.

 

Make a spot for when they come home, they unload their back pack – dishes go in the sink, lunch pail goes away, homework goes in a specific spot and back pack goes away.   This way when it is time to do homework we know where everything is.

 

Check over their clothes to make sure they have what they need, mending is done, pants are hemmed and a fall jacket is ready for the cool mornings.

 

Check over school supplies and get what they do not have for this new year.  Staples store has a great list for all grades.

 

The last week before school starts, gradually get them into the proper sleeping pattern for back to school.

 

Go over the daily routine for morning and night, have a check list if your children are at the age this works and have a reward system.

 

Establish weekday rules, after a summer of freedom and not so much structure it is good to remind them when they are back to school we need more of a routine.

Do your best to get caught up on all the laundry and house work the week before school so your evenings can be devoted to getting everyone back on track the first week.   There is so much that starts in September we have to keep focused and organized.

 

Most of all make this a happy, organized and memorable time for your children.

 

 

Next time we will talk about high school, college and university.

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