Anyone who has seen the planet Earth from a satellite photo knows we occupy a finite space in the universe. Inside our own homes we understand the space we occupy is also finite. This is true whether you live in a grand home or a modest one. Here are six eco-friendly home organizing ideas that can help you manage your space well while protecting our finite resources.
One of my very first clients was an art teacher with a studio that she couldn’t walk into. She was not a hoarder, just someone who let clutter overtake her workspace. The objective was to transform her space back into an art studio where she could paint. Crafters often want to create when they get inspired. So finding what they need at a moment’s notice is important to them. Writers may keep piles of paper and books nearby for easy reference. When I walk into any creative person’s work space, it is usually in some kind of disarray. And you know what? That messiness may actually be boosting their creativity according to recent research.
Guest Post from Melissa Heisler, stress reduction expert and author of “From Type A to Type Me”
The concept of work-life balance has only been around for the maybe the last thirty-forty years or so. Work-life balance emerged during this time because more women entered the workforce full-time creating a conflict between roles and responsibilities. Individuals were no longer responsible only for home or only for work. Now they were responsible for both. Adding to this increase in responsibility are also the effects of supposed time-saving technologies like the internet, cellphones, emails and texts. These technologies, instead of making our work days easier and more efficient, tend to bind us to our work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
According to research from real estate brokerage Redfin, single women between ages 45 to 54 were the fastest growing segment of homeowners. The numbers reflect a 120 percent increase over the last three decades. The next fastest growing homeowner segment is single women ages 55-64. When it comes to home organization, single women face challenges as well as advantages.
Here are some guidelines to help you create the space you want and deserve.
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Career women need to manage their work, family and personal life effectively in order to thrive. They may measure success through productivity, achievement, joy, or economics. Either way, a sub-skill of management is organization. Pivotal organization times for career women come when they “launch” in the morning and when they “land” in the evening. Here are some ways to organize that time better in just five minutes each day.
Do not procrastinate. Procrastination creates a crazy mad dash in the morning that causes stress for everyone in the house. Preplanning the night before will eliminate this “running late” scenario. Get a jump ahead the night before. Gather whatever you will need in a bag that is ready to go.
Moving is a big decision at any age. For baby boomers, uncertainty about jobs, family commitments, finances or lifestyle may be heaped onto indecision about what to take and what to leave behind. Feeling comfortable about change is important. Here are 10 organizing strategies boomers can use before they decide to move.
1. Determine what you want
The first organizing strategy requires you to tap into your thoughts and determine what you want. Do you want a simpler life? What does simpler mean to you? What are your must-haves? Do you want less or more space? Answering these types of questions brings clarity.
Moving your belongings from one place to another is more than a matter of logistics. It is time consuming and mentally draining having to make decision after decision on what to take, donate or throw away. However, moving is the perfect opportunity to clear the way for a new beginning that fosters your well-being.
Here are a few inspirational thoughts for staying organized and making your move more serene.
Learn about the connection between your physical space, thoughts and emotions. Consider space, distance and the arranging of objects as a way to enhance your emotions and sense of well-being. If what you plan to take with you does not fit the new space you will be occupying, leave it behind.
Dedicating a few minutes each day for seven days can lead you to a more productive office and lifestyle. A well-organized office will help keep your attention where it needs to be. Searching for files or fumbling through cluttered drawers is a time waster. Here is a one-week schedule to try and meet the office organizing challenge.
Day 1: Assess what you have now and what you will need to be more productive. Get clear about this. Write it down. For example, one client wanted a place to easily access often used, current files.
For nearly 10,000 baby boomers a day who will be retiring over the next 17 years, there are a multitude of decisions to be made. When should I retire? How should I file for social security? How will I pay for healthcare? These are questions that need to be answered, along with one more … Should I move?
In a recently released study from Better Homes and Gardens, 57% of baby boomers plan to move out of their current homes in retirement. Moving in retirement can often mean savings on taxes and lower maintenance costs as well as potential income tax savings if moving to a more tax-friendly state. But even if staying in place, many retirees may find their current home no longer suits their lifestyle.
Instead of watching 1,000 hours of basketball games or running around trying to get ready for spring in March, take a few minutes to organize your life by using lists. Write down tasks and dedicate 10 minutes a day to help you tame March madness and cure spring fever. Lists allow you to use your time wisely. Below are suggestions on when, where and how to use lists.
Change of Seasons List
Create a list for the change of seasons. On it are the tasks that need to be done consistently year after year. Here is an example of what your seasonal winter-to-spring list might look like: