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HOME ORGANIZATION

HOME ORGANIZATION Organizing your entire home is a big project.  Different people approach it in different ways, depending on their personalities.  Take a week off work and attack the whole house?  Or 30 minutes a day?  There are many ways to succeed, but the one thing they all have in in common is; you need to get started!  And the best way to start is with de-cluttering so you end up with a lot less to organize. Whether your project is home organization, garage organization, closet organization; these all have something in common.  They usually have TOO MUCH! Stuff Clutter Chaos Losing things Stress Frustration OBSTACLES TO DECLUTTERING Sometimes we find that de-cluttering is not as easy as it looks as it is very emotional.  Some of the problems are: Getting hung up on emotional attachment to things we don’t really need to keep Keeping things “just in case they might come in handy” Keeping unwanted gifts because we might offend the giver Expecting to lose weight so we can fit into those smaller size clothes Keeping something because it was expensive, even though we don’t use it Keeping way too many things to remind us of someone special So, let’s get started!   Create a calendar and start with one room at a time.  Set a timer if you are on a tight schedule.  15 minutes a day or more if you can.  Have plenty of trash bags and boxes available for things that you will either discard or donate to charitable organizations. Have storage containers for items you will keep.   As you complete each task on your calendar,...

MOVING WITH PETS

Moving With Pets Sometimes we become overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done during a move and overlook the needs of our pets. With a little planning and a few simple items, however, your trip can be pleasant for both you and your trusty companion. • Call your vet and schedule an appointment as soon as you can. • If your pets are due or almost due for shots, now is a good time to get them. It may take you a while to find a new vet and you may need to have updated shot records for boarding, traveling, etc. • Get copies of vet records and vaccination certificates. The rabies tag will not serve as proof of vaccination. You may need to show the documentation. Make sure your pets get the kennel cough vaccine or other vaccines that will be necessary for travel or boarding. Ask what you will need to do to have these vaccinations recognized in your new state or if they will carry over. • If your pet is traveling by air, you will probably need a health certificate from the vet, and there may be a time requirement (for example, the health certificate may need to be dated within 30 days of the travel date). • Get a sedative for your pet. If you are traveling long distances, flying, or exposing your pet to a means of transportation they’ve never experienced before–unless the pet is traveling in the cargo area of an airplane, in which case sedatives should be avoided. Again, discuss with your vet. • Call the airline directly and confirm...