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Make the Entry "Pop" With Color

You may have a valuable property, but do buyers want it upon the first look?  All it takes is chipped paint or an empty porch to give an impression that cannot be improved no matter what is inside.

Keep the outdoor “clutter” away just as you would inside.   Touch up areas needing painting and clean furniture.  Make use of plants for added “pop of color” and replace old, worn cushions.

If planting beds are overgrown, replace with mulch and easy to maintain ground cover.  Have gardens at their peak during beautiful summer months.  It does not take much to have your property the most desirable in the area.

This Knoxville – Tennessee River – property is available through Tom Pettitt, Realty Executives, 865-588-3232.

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Imagine having a phone call with your best friend.  Then upon hanging up your wife tells you that the friend you just spoke with has been dead for 25 years.  How confusing and upsetting would that be?

This is how those living with Alzheimer’s feel when corrected.  I have experienced this in my family.  The impulse is your loved one needs to be corrected, but in truth the sense of reasoning is just not there.  They become confused, angry, and embarrassed.  When you experience an older adult with memory loss confused or just wrong in their statements gently find a way to just leave the topic. 

The spring NAPO Organizing Conference in San Diego last week had several workshops to better understand the needs of older adults and those with memory loss.  My colleague and friend Margit Novak had an informative program on this subject.

Novak shared when moving parents, it is helpful to have the new space arranged as similar as possible in their new surroundings.  Other tips include facing older adults when speaking with them and cut out any competition – televisions or other background noises.

The best example I heard to understand how Alzheimer’s affects a patient is to imagine a closed fist is actually a brain.  As Alzheimer’s progresses, the fingers on the fist are not damaged but actually completely disappear.  The short-term memory goes first, but with proper medicines this can be stayed for a long time. 

Understanding the fear and confusion being experienced by dementia and other related memory loss will be helpful in relating to your friends and loved ones.  It will not be easier, but patience and compassion will go a long way in sustaining their quality of life.

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It may be the first thing you do for Get Organized Month in January; putting away this year’s Christmas.  The last of the ham is now a sandwich, the relatives have headed home,  and the tree looks lonely now that the presents are gone.  As New Year’s Day nears, your family is enjoying the decorations and you realize it’s just a few days before the work of putting all the holiday remnants away until next year.

Before starting the disassembly process, take pictures of your tree, mantle and other decorations.  These pictures, packed way with the decorations, will help you remember how to easily create the same look for next year.  Also review all the decorations not used this year and see if there are old lights, ornaments or other holiday items that are just no longer wanted.

Now that Christmas is over, purchase extra hooks for next years ornaments and pack away with the decorations to have for next year.  This is also a great time to take advantage of sales should new tree lights be needed next year.

As decorations are coming down, sort them into categories before packing away.  It only takes a few minutes to have all the tree decorations together, outdoor lights separated from tree lights, mantle decorations apart from table scaping; just the things that are unique to your home.

Now find the perfect container for their long winter, summer, and fall nap and carefully wrap fragile items in acid-free tissue.  Label containers to make preparing the yuletide for 2011 fun and easy next year.  Now that is finished you can concentrate on your resolutions and goals for 2011.

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Every weekday morning,  entrepeneurs gather in cities around the world to network and grow their business by passing referrals to each other.  Most of these networking groups keep member’s business cards collected in a container to be passed on to colleagues who need their products and services.  

You have probably seen these card boxes at BNI (Business Network International), Le Tip, or your chamber of commerce.  Most I have seen are haphazardly arranged, making it difficult to find the services needed.  If this reminds you of your group’s business card box, check out this easy solution.   

from The Container Store

The Container Store offers an acrylic Baseball Card Case with adjustable dividers and lid.  Simply cut card stock for your category dividers and label with printed file labels or by using a label maker.  Arrange member’s cards by their profession.  It is easier to think of the services needed than an individual name.  After all, that has worked for the Yellow Pages all these years.  

Even if you are not in a formal networking group, you can organize the cards you collect and become a better referral source to your clients. The results of organization in your networking group will benefit everyone’s bottom line just as your organized closet or desk makes your life easier.

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What did you not get to today?  If there is not enough time in the day try to manage your time differently.  For the next few days keep a list of what you wanted to accomplish.  Did you miss paying bills or maybe you wanted to create a marketing piece for your business?

Create a block of time on your calendar for the following day dedicated for what was neglected.  Oh, you are not using a calendar?  Schedule your day as if a doctor schedules his patients.  Your calendar should be your guide as to how the day progresses.   Schedule 15 minutes for paying bills, 25 minutes for returning calls, etc. 

There are free tools online available such as  Outlook Express, Google or Yahoo Calendars.  Others calendars may come with your computer or could be purchased like ACT.  If technology is not your friend don’t wait to start. 

Buy a simple calendar at your local office supply store.  The important thing is to give this first step of time management a try.  You will be surprised what will be added to tomorrow when you follow your calendar.

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This weekend I enjoyed going to the movies and seeing Star Trek.  It seems others thought it would be a good place to send text messages and check e-mails.  Even the week before the person next to me was continually using his Blackberry during the first act of a play.

During the “Time Management at the Age of Speed” session at the NAPO Conference in Orlando last month, Harlod Taylor shared that the fast devours the slow.  Think about it, we have more information to manage than ever before.  Not so long ago, we became overwhelmed by the fax machine.  Now we are averaging over 190 message a day because of the phone, email, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Need to See Time?

Need to See Time?

Time is essential to staying organized.  Do you find it is difficult to see time as it passes each hour?  Are you constantly running in circles to meet deadlines?

Visit TimeTimer.com and check out their products available to actually show time as it passes.  This especially helpful to those with ADD.
If we don’t respond to an inquiry quickly we stand the chance of loosing an opportunity.  But how is clutter effecting your schedule by multitasking throughout the day?  As the saying goes, “stop and smell the roses”.  The same can be said for enjoying the movie or texting your friends.  Don’t dilute your activies and productivity by not focusing on one project at a time.

Check out our latest “O-Tips” for more information to make your life easy. 

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cropped-closetA reach in closet will have more room if all the wall space is utilized.  Home office closets may have several uses.  Extra coats, office supplies, family photographs, and shredder just don’t work in a closet with one rod and shelf.

Once you identify your needs, a good closet designer and make your “prime real estate” work for you.  Cubbies for paper supplies, adjustable shelves get things in sight.  If over-sized times are stored, have a “home” designed for easy access.  For example, extra table leafs for the dining room table are now easy to reach.

Even if your system is melamine, choose a finish you like.  There are many options other than white.  Fun containers, like these form The Container Store,  will finish off your project and make working at home more fun and productive.

This closet was designed by Get It Together LA!

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