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Archive for May, 2012

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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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.

 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.

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.

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