Managing and Sharing an Aging Relative’s Schedule

Managing and Sharing an Aging Relative’s Schedule

There can be many complicated issues when a family cares for an aging relative, but managing their schedule doesn’t have to be a struggle.  I’ve been working with a family who has been caring for their elderly mother who recently suffered an injury.  They were relying on long email and text message chains to coordinate.  I suggested that they use a shared calendar to aid in their scheduling efforts. 

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How to Manage Mail When Space is Limited

How to Manage Mail When Space is Limited

Whether you have a small or large home, many people find it difficult to manage incoming paper.  One of the keys to success is creating a "Life Management Center."  This is a designated work area that is functional and has all necessary supplies.  This article focuses on solutions when limited space is available.

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Journey to Paperless: Receipts

Journey to Paperless: Receipts

Do you hoard receipts?  Are you not sure what to do with them, or how long to keep them and how to store them?  Many people hold on to their receipts "just in case."  This could be just in case of needing to return an item to a store, being audited by the IRS, or providing proof of purchase for a warranty.  Whatever the reason, ask yourself, "If this 'just in case' scenario came up, would I be able to find the receipt I need?"  If you answered "no," then your piles of receipts aren't serving a purpose and it's time to reconsider how many you keep and how you keep them.

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Journey to Paperless: Getting Started

Journey to Paperless: Getting Started

I will be writing a blog series on my journey to going (semi) paperless.  I will chronicle my process, struggles, and successes.  My hope is to help others find the momentum to begin their own paperless journey and to pass on my lessons learned.  I'll be discussing my journey, including tackling my receipts and thirteen binders of personal records.  There are many benefits to going paperless (or semi-paperless), including reducing the amount of paper clutter in your home or office, being able to access your records from anywhere and on any device, sharing documents with others, the ability to edit and markup your records, reducing the risk of loss in a disaster, helping the environment, etc.  Despite all the benefits, paperless or semi-paperless isn't for everyone.  Before beginning this process, it's important to be honest with yourself if this is the right path for you.  Consider, would you feel lighter and your life simpler if all your business cards were scanned and imported to a contact list, you could pull up a receipt on your phone at a store, you could send your receipts digitally to your accountant, you could find your scrap notes on any device and dispose of the scraps, you could find all your medical records in one place?

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Staying Organized When Sending Holiday Cards

Staying Organized When Sending Holiday Cards

Holiday cards are a great way of staying in touch with friends and family.  Photo greeting cards from those you care about can make a great keepsake.  But for many people, the annual tradition is a struggle.  With a little planning and organization, you won't have to scramble at the list minute to get your address book up-to-date.  You can create a system that you use each year that will help you save time and stress.

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6 Tips for Staying Organized When Hosting Thanksgiving

6 Tips for Staying Organized When Hosting Thanksgiving

The holidays are upon us, and that means a lot of celebrating and merriment, but it can also bring a lot of stress. Here are some tips for staying calm and organized this Thanksgiving (and they can be applied to hosting any meal, not just Thanksgiving!).

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