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Red Carpet Awards Gala to Reveal Readers' Choice Winners

Red Carpet Awards Gala to Reveal Readers' Choice Winners

A Red Carpet Awards Gala features Lake Oconee Living's Readers' Choice Awards Friday.

Gala-goers can warm up with the cocktail hour beforehand, hear the winners and then relax at the after party with food and drinks from the local winners.

The event is free and open to the public. Black tie optional.

For details, see the Facebook event page.

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?

 

In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

It always seems as if the holidays always sneak up on us. After all, Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away! So whether you are getting ready to host 35 people for a Thanksgiving dinner or if you are preparing for the celebrations of Hanukkah or Christmas, you can get ready early and simplify your work and enjoy the holidays so much more.

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As we get ready for the holidays, let’s take a minute to remember why we celebrate this time of the year. It’s not about gifts, parties and obligations. It’s a time to give thanks for our many blessings, to celebrate the wonderful miracles of Christmas, Hanukah; Kwanzaa; to celebrate the coming of a brand New Year full of possibilities. Try to keep this in your heart and mind this season to keep things in perspective.

Book Organization: Murder in the Bedroom

Book Organization: Murder in the Bedroom

Recently I was listening to a National Association of Professional Organizers’ conference presentation by Debbie Bowie about using feng shui in the organizing process.  Whether you believe in the validity of this ancient Eastern practice or not, there are definitely some good ideas that came from this talk.  One of the things Debbie spoke about was items in your home having static energy, meaning they don't add anything good to the life of your home or to your life in general.  One group of the items she discussed as a static force in the home was books. Now books tend to be one of my vices.  I like to collect them and I love to go to used book sales but currently I am trying to cut back on the actual physical books that are in my house. As a result I have taken to reading a lot of books on my iPad.

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.

Read more here...

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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.