Monster Guard to a great game for kids age 7 to 11. It’s designed by the American Red Cross to teach what to expect and how to prepare for an emergency.

Not all my kids have cel phone…YET.

Because they are young, I need to make sure the little ones first know Mom and Dad’s Cel phone number and then they must know where to go in an emergency. The kids could be at a play date, or in the library with a friend. They need to understand to stay with an adult, if at all possible contact us.

If they are alone or with friends head to the “safe meeting” place we’ve already discussed.

I’m hoping this never actually happens, but if it does, the peace of mind you will get from knowing your family is safe and prepared is worth the hour you put into your emergency kit/plan.

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After this spring’s forest fires in Fort McMurray I’ve given a lot of thought to being prepared. I know there are times when I think, Really is it really going to happen?

But, the truth of the matter is, it does happen and if you are prepared for an emergency you will be better off then most.

Think short term and long term.

So here’s a question…someone knocks on your door and says you have ten minutes to get out of your home. What do you take and is it accessible without climbing up to the attic?

Erin ( the voice of reason) responded with – My passport.

That’s it. That’s what she would grab. Why? Because it’s her lifeline to her identity, her finances and all the important info that authorities need to see.

Pauline’s response – My fire safe. Again important documents and necessary emergency id. Is it accessible? She’ll never tell 🙂

Rebecca’s response – Wallet and Phone. It’s always about ID. Then it’s about being able to contact my kids/family.

These three responses are great, but in the event that there is no power, you have no transportation and there is a lack of communication. Where are you going to go now?

The banks are not going to be able to hand over cash and if by some miracle they do have a limited supply you are not going to get all you want. Credit cards and ATM are not going to be working. The local drug store will not be handing out medications on a whim.

And then you’ve got to remember there will be people everywhere. So do you have a “plan” with your family? Make sure they all know where a meet up point is.

On a good note if you stopped into your local dentist, I’m thinking they’d give you a toothbrush and toothpaste!

So….Create a plan. Write it down, step by step because the hardest thing in an emergency is not panicking.

Get a “Grab and go” bag ready

Medications, over the counter/prescriptions. Copies of Birth Cert. Cash. Toiletries. Pre-packaged food. Small first-aid kit. List of Phone Numbers. Change of clothes.

Now put this bag in the front hall closet and tell your family where it is.

Get Prepared Guidekit

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.

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May the sunshine send your kids outdoors….so that you can go through their rooms on your own???

No way! Don’t do it!

Teaching our kids from a small age about purging and de-cluttering will be a life skill that they will thank you for later in life.

Number #1 Keep those “Stuffies” under control. Rebecca’s rule – One comes in – Two go out! I know she’s harsh but her kids know that they really , really need to love something if they’re going to bring it home and into their rooms.

A pet net or animal clip are great organizing products to use that will still allow the kids to access their furry friends.
Number #2 Clothes, those darn kids never seem to stop growing! So every change of season this is an opportune time to go through their drawers and closets for clothes that can be donated to those less fortunate.

Remember if they barely fit them now, there’s no way they’ll fit next winter.

Tote and store off season clothes to make room for the present day outfits.

Number #3 Toys – Well let’s be honest it’s all the grandparent’s fault , isn’t it?!

Have your little one go through their toys with you. Anything broken or missing pieces? – Out it goes!

Contain all those precious small bits in small plastic containers so that it’s easier to label and clean.

Now….you’ve worked hard so go out and play!stuffies

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Why Hire a Certified Professional Organizer BEFORE Listing!

“Purging, packing and assisting with the house before listing

 and the move will save your client time and money.” 

“Give your home the competitive edge!”

“Show well, sell quicker”

Difference between a Home Stager and a Professional Organizer

Professional home stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for resale. They work with the “flow” of a home, eliminate clutter, edit and arrange furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb-appeal.  With the aid of a professional home stager, your house can make a notable first impression on potential homebuyers.

Professional organizers aim to help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life.  When we come in a home we add to the service of a stager, by assisting in clearing the storage areas, clearing the clutter, boxing items that will not be needed until after the move, getting rid of items they not longer need and making the storage areas look larger and more useful. Organizing your home before you list will make it easier for you to tidy up before a showing and make your move less stressful.

– “ From Chaos to Calm!”

Yes! There’s no doubt about it now….Spring is here!

And I don’t know one person that doesn’t love it! As Canadians it amazing how much that beautiful sunshine makes everything feel that much better.

You’ve opened the windows and thrown up the sashes and…..Wow there are some serious dust bunnies under those chairs, beds and behind the doors. Trust us we know, that sunshine we love suddenly lets us see all our winter secrets!

It’s ok! We got this covered. With Spring, comes the desire to get out from under the stuff and the confining feeling you’ve had for 5 months. It’s wonderful! The “honey-do” list gets started and it rolls on and on and on!

We’ve got our own honeys and they have their own ” to do” lists.

BUT…..there’s something to be said for getting it all done in a shorted span of time. Yes, we all go “clean up” crazy and everyone feeds off everyone else’s energy, but it soon peters out and then you’re left with a half finished list and a bunch of half finished jobs.

So, step one. Take it easy! ONE thing at a time

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Decide on a plan of action. Garage sale days are coming up in Lucan and Ilderton – May 7th. So this weekend encourage the kids and your partner to grab a box or bag and fill it with things that have been hiding out of site for months maybe years! Get the kids excited about sending those clothes and toys off to someone who really needs it! A garage sale is a great family event and it helps the kids understand the value of things. They must be fully aware that if it goes out to the garage sale it DOES NOT come back in if it doesn’t sell.

So 25 cents in their pocket is better then nothing!

Be hard cord on this rule. When the sale is over, pack up the remaining items into your car and send them off. Don’t linger! Don’t say “what if” –

trust us, if you were willing to part with it at 7am by Labour Day you’ll have forgotten it even existed!

That’s step one! Next time we’ll chat about that “honey do” list that has now created a rift the size of the Grand Canyon.

Sunday Night “happiness project”.

I’m still stuck on this “fun” thing. I’m pretty much always about FUN. I love hanging with people that are fun, I like seeing others having fun because it usually makes me smile and I often encourage everyone to let their guards down and “go for it”.

Gretchen Rubin states that there are three categories of fun.

Challenging Fun – the kind that takes a fair bit of effort and organization. This kind of commitment can bring on frustration, anxiety and a bit of strain. But research shows it’s the absolute BEST when it comes to satisfaction.

Come to think of it, I guess that pretty much is life in a nut shell. Most often the things you put the most effort into are the things that pay off the most and give you the most “inner joy”.

Moderate Fun – This is kind of the “garden” variety. You know the kind of fun that requires minimal effort. Play in the park, walk on the beach, baking cookies. 🙂

This kind of fun gives you joy and often makes you smile, but let’s face it there’s no bells ringing and nobody is popping out of a cake.

And then there’s Relaxing Fun – This is easy. No effort. It happens without a second thought. Watching a movie, reading a great book…relaxing fun. I’m thinking this one is what gets us through the day to day stuff that drags us down.

My thoughts. It’s important to have all three “funs” in your life. Make the effort and pull out all the stops for some challenging fun. Moderate fun I’m going to say is for that “all in the family” kind of day and then there’s the “me time” – Aka – Relaxing fun.

For me as a Professional Organizer, the challenging fun is almost every BIG job that we encounter. Rebecca and Erin are ALWAYS good for some serious laughing bouts. And it’s these moments that get our clients through some pretty tough stuff. Our team is always planning, scheduling and organizing for our jobs. We put a great amount of effort into our relationships with our clients. They are never far from our thoughts and we can usually find something that keeps them laughing in the months and years to come.

One thing about Rebecca and Erin is that they never truly let a client go. Example: one client has a “thing” for flying pigs! So Erin is always on the look out for the perfect “flying pig”.

Challenging? Yes….worth every minute?

Absolutely!

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