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Are You Prepared For An Earthquake?

Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and/or fires, can have disastrous and far reaching effects on our lives. Especially if we are not prepared!

Watching the news and seeing images of people who lost everything, their houses, cars, clothing, family heirlooms and photographs, in the aftermath of a natural disaster, has always made me think about how they were going to put their lives back together. While we can’t prevent or stop these events from happening, we can be prepared so that we can mitigate the damages.

Since we (at least most of the people getting this newsletter) live in California, earthquake territory, I put together a list of five important tips for how to be or how to get prepared for an earthquake. Hopefully this will provide information and motivate you to do something, anything, towards getting you and your loved ones ready, just in case…:

• Know your risks: Learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. www.ready.gov is a great resource for emergency related information.

• Be Proactive: Make sure to have an earthquake kit. I have one in my car just in case I’m not home when an earthquake hits. See below for pre-made earthquake kits.

• Take action: Make a communications plan with other family members or friends NOW so you’ll have it when you need it. (notice I said when!)

• Fema.gov has great article entitled “How to Prepare for an Earthquake”. Here’s the link: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1408632135401-3d0521fa59d0dd4016e82f08fe7f3732/PrepareAthon_EARTHQUAKES_HTG_FINAL_508.pdf

• Make sure that you have all of your important documents together in one place so that you can recover your losses quickly (ie, insurance policies, photos of valuables, emergency contact list) I keep mine in a 3 ring binder that is easily accessible. If you want more detailed information about which documents to keep and how to get it all together, sign up for my newsletters (see the link below) and get a FREE Emergency List File.

10 Tips to Get More Done in Less Time

  1. efficiency Turn off email and text alerts to avoid interruptions. 
  2.  Check your emails at scheduled times throughout the day.  NOT ALL DAY!
  3.  Limit social media time to 30 minutes per day, preferably after work.
  4.  Don’t schedule an in person meeting when you can Skype or simply make a phone call.
  5. Combine meetings with breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  6. Record your favorite TV shows so you can skip commercials (15 minutes savings per 1 hour show.)
  7. Stop multi-tasking.  Instead, practice time chunking–focus on a project for 30 minutes without interruption, then take a 5 minute break.  Repeat as necessary.  
  8. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you be more efficient.
  9. Check traffic on Google maps before hitting the road–if you see red, pick a different route.
  10. Adjust your commute time to off hours so you avoid sitting in traffic. 

The Holidays are Upon Us – Ten Tips to Keep Your Sanity Over the Holidays

1.   Plan:  Make a list of the things you need to do.  Keep this list with you so that you can refer to it while you’re out and about.
2.   Calendar:  Schedule some time on your calendar when you can and will actually do these things.
3.   If you’re overwhelmed with the amount of things on your list, break it down into smaller, more do-able pieces.   You don’t have to do it all in one day (which is why you’re making this plan-See #1 above)
4.   Consolidate:  When planning and calendaring, group items in the same area together.  For example, if you’re going to the mall, perhaps you can make a bunch of stops while you’re there.
5.   Delegate:   Your husband, your children, your significant other or another family member who will be involved in the festivities can and hopefully will be happy to help.  LET THEM! Afterall, the holidays are for everyone.
6.    Get help:  You don’t have to do it all.  Free up some time by hiring someone to do something that you just don’t want to do.  One thing that comes to mind is to hire a cleaning crew instead of doing it yourself.
7.   Re-think it.  Maybe you don’t have to do something that was on your list.  Just because you did it last year or the last several years doesn’t mean you have to do it every year.  If there was something that didn’t work out or wasn’t necessary, cross it off your list.
8.   Get started.  The earlier you start, the less stressful it will be.   Sh-t happens so give yourself ample time.
9.   Make it fun.   Some suggestions: listen to great music while you’re doing whatever it is that’s on your list, ask a friend to meet you for lunch when you’re in between your errands, treat yourself to something nice when you’ve completed something on your list.
10.   Keep this list so that you can refer to it when the holidays are over.  Same rules apply!

 

How we can help: Estate sales

Liquidating the belongings of a family or estate is one of our strong suits. Whether you’ve been left an estate after the passing of a loved one or you’re moving and just can’t take it all with you, we have the experience and skills necessary in order to liquidate your belongings with care and ease.

Want to sell items due to downsizing, moving, divorce, bankruptcy, or death? Regardless of the reason for wanting to have an Estate Sale, know that we are ready to help you. Getting rid of sentimental items and/or unwanted belongings might just be the key to living a more balanced and organized life.

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Estate sales are a great service for people who must sell a lifetime of belongings due to a move or a death in the family. If you’ve ever faced having to sell a home and move, you know how time consuming the process can be. In the event of a loved one’s passing, getting rid of their belongings and personal possessions is never easy. Estate sales are not only a great way to earn some additional income, but it can allow you to free yourself both physically and mentally from personal possessions.

We have a full service Estate Sale business to help you “turn your treasures into cash.” We can help organize and host an estate sale from start to finish. With thorough planning and organization, we can help you earn some additional income. We will organize, set up, and price your items for the Estate Sale. We have extensive knowledge in antiques, art, vintage jewelry, crystal, china, silver, and more and we will price your items accordingly. Let us take care of your estate sale and free yourself from the stress, time and energy of having to undertake the process on your own.

Call us at (310) 560-5060 to find out more about how we can help organize your estate sale.

How we can help: Office organizing

Having an organized office can do wonders to your productivity and work performance. Ensuring your office is physically organized and clutter-free can allow you to focus your time on completing tasks that are important rather than spending essential time looking for items and files.

Office organization is IMPERATIVE and will help on so many different levels: financially, physically, and emotionally. If you look around and are overwhelmed with the amount of clutter, including unfiled papers and disorganized desks, then it’s already evident that you need to put some measures into place to organize effectively. Disorganization can take a toll on various aspects of your life including your mental health as well as the success of your business. Therefore, it’s important that you take care of the problem before it becomes more difficult to manage.

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Increase efficiency and productivity by organizing your office. Once you’ve implemented proper storage and organization techniques, you’ll feel much better about the space you’re working in. Additionally, your time management skills and your productivity will be positively impacted.

Get more done in less time. Once your office is adequately organized, you’ll notice that completing tasks will become a lot easier. The things that once took hours to get done may take a lot less time because you know where to find the things you need and you’ve got a clear work area to carry out your operations effectively and efficiently.

Get your office organized with our effective systems. Uncertain about what measures need to be put into place in order to increase your productivity? That’s where we come in! We can implement systems and strategies uniquely tailored to your needs to get you organized and help you stay organized.

We can put systems into place which can be easily maintained. For many people, maintaining the organization and clutter-free environment is a challenge. We can help you develop a system that makes it exceptionally easy to keep your office organized.

Call us at (310) 560-5060 to get more information on how we can help you effectively organize your office space.

Letting go of your uncluttering fears

Many of us are guilty of holding on to personal possessions that merely take up space and add clutter. We often accumulate items which we are emotionally attached to and before we know it, our space is messy and cluttered. The fear of letting go of certain sentimental items may be too difficult for some people to bear. However, know that there’s help available and steps you can take in order to maximize your space and get over your uncluttering fears.

If you don’t need it, let it go. Taking the time to sort through your items can help you determine whether your sentimental possessions are truly worth keeping. People often hold on to these personal possessions because there’s an emotional attachment to them; whether a memory of a loved one or a past experience they want to hold on to. Although it may initially be difficult to let go of these items you have kept for so long, letting go will help you finally simplify your space and benefit from an organized lifestyle.

Make room in your life by getting rid of things you no longer need. Donating or tossing items you no longer need can allow you to declutter your space. By doing so, you can make room for new items that are useful and essential to your life. Best of all, you can finally find what you’re looking for with more ease without having to look through piles of mess.

Letting go of physical possessions is necessary at times. Take a moment and ask yourself if you really need the item, and if you don’t, then perhaps it’s time to let it go. Recognize that these personal possessions may be weighing you down and letting them go can free you from the attachment you’ve placed on them.

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I can help people determine what to keep, what to toss, and what to donate. Sorting through all your items may be overwhelming and difficult at times. We can help you get started on your path to organizing and decluttering your space. Through years of experience, we have the expertise to help you categorize which items are important to keep and which ones are worth donating. Together we can work to eliminate the clutter in your home and help you simplify your life.

I can offer helpful advice on what to do with the items you want to keep. We can provide you with sound advice on how you can store your belongings so they that they don’t accumulate and become clutter in your home or office.

Call us at (310) 560-5060 to schedule a consultation so we can get started on eliminating the clutter in your life. For more tips on getting organized, like our Facebook page.