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Making a 72-Hour Kit for Emergencies

Making a 72-Hour Kit for Emergencies

Do you have a 72 Hour Kit? FEMA recommends that each household puts together a disaster supplies kit that “is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.”  But where do you even start when you are ready to make your kit?

If you Google “72 Hour kit,” you will get an overwhelming 4.6 million hits!  So to make things a little simpler for you (and I’m all about simple), I’ve rounded up some websites and blog posts that can help you.

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Organization | Organized to Sell

Organization | Organized to Sell

Ten Reasons To Declutter and Organize Your Home BEFORE You Put It On The Market

1.  It makes a great first impression on the buyer. Usually that’s all you get.

2.  Clutter makes buyers think that the home will need a lot of work.

3.  “White” space in closets and drawers as well as on kitchen counters has great appeal.

4.  Your treasures may be distracting to buyers. Packing away collections can make your space more attractive.

5.  Buyers want to create their own memories in the home. Removing family photos and memorabilia gives the buyers a clean slate.

6.  By getting rid of the “noise” in the home you can highlight the house’s strong points.

7.  When you clear out excess accessories and furniture, you allow buyers to mentally “move in.”

8.  Decluttering and cleaning your home can lead to a more than 400% return on your investment according to Homegain.com.

9.  There are fewer things for you to clean and maintain while your house in on the market.

10.  You will save time and money by not having to pack, move and unpack unneeded items.

When in doubt, be ruthless with your decluttering. It will pay off in the end!

Organizing | Controlling Your Paper Chaos

Organizing | Controlling Your Paper Chaos

Recently a friend told me that her mail and school papers had gotten out of control. She asked for suggestions to help her get control again. My suggestion to her was to create a command center.

Set up your command center in a centralized location such as your kitchen. You will need four basic things:

- a basket or bin to act as a temporary holding spot for mail and papers

- an action file

- a trash can, and

- shredder.

Many people also add a family calendar to their command center to help keep everything one track.

Keeping Your Digital Pictures Safe

Keeping Your Digital Pictures Safe

Last week I was touching base with a client to see how her summer was going and she had a horror story to tell me. During a quick 20-minute trip to take her daughter to camp, their home was broken into. Among the things the thieves took was their computer. The most precious and heartwrenching loss of all was the loss of their pictures and videos from the last 4-5 months that had not yet been backed up. Those can never be retrieved or recreated.
 

What can you do to preserve your precious memories, specifically those digital pictures? A couple of quick and easy steps can ease your mind and I advocate multiple backup systems. You can never be too careful with your pictures.

Farmers Market Open Saturdays

Farmers Market Open Saturdays

Head over to The Village of Harmony Crossing for fresh vegetables, milk, meat and baked goods at the Farmers Market.

The market, open Saturdays, returned for the season in May.

See more information online.

Cut Out the Junk - Mail, That Is

Cut Out the Junk - Mail, That Is

Who would like to get less junk mail in your mailbox? Me, me!! Here are a few ways you can reduce the number of unsolicited credit card offers, catalogs, yellow pages and random of other flotsam that arrives in your mail box daily.

But first a little reminder, that if you have donated to a group or purchased a product from a company, legally they can still send you mail until you specifically tell them not to.  The following options will help with the unsolicited selling and sharing of your name.

Another quick tip is to setup junk email account (think Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo) for doing requests like this just in case your email falls into the hands of a spammer.

Got Photos? The ABCs of Photo Organizing

Got Photos? The ABCs of Photo Organizing

If you are like most people you have pictures in 20 different places in your home, including on your phone, on your camera, in a shoe box, on a couple of random hard drives, in crumbling photo albums, and the list goes on and on.  You probably have mix of traditional printed photos and digital pictures that have never been printed along with a smattering of slides and negatives thrown in for good measure. Sound familiar? You are not alone.

Consider this from 1000memories.com “Every two minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s.” Holy cow! No wonder we are drowning in our photos!

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