Category Archives: Preparedness

Household Stuff

Do You Know What You Own?

The alert sounds. You have 15 minutes to remove your most valuable belongings from your home, toss them into your compact car and drive to safety before the flood/tornado/hurricane hits. What do you take? Maybe the warning offers you two hours, and you have an SUV and your strong son to help you carry things.

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Lightning Striking Disaster

When Disaster Strikes

As a professional organizer, most of my posts are intended to help readers gain control over their time, space and belongings. Unfortunately, life periodically casts us into unexpected and sometimes devastating circumstances: illness, death, accidents, job loss, broken relationships and catastrophic weather can leave us feeling anything but in control. When disaster strikes, it is

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The Lost Art of Memorization

Since the beginning of time, man has accumulated information. Historical finds have documented this fact with discoveries in art, writing, the printed word, and song. Due to limited literacy, most societies have relied at least somewhat on oral tradition and memorization to capture and retain the important. Recently, the advent of the Internet, handheld computers,

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Off Balance

Recently I watched a TV clip about a newscaster taking a try at tight rope walking. She did well, but at one point lost her balance and fell (safely, to the net below.) As I watched, I was struck by what “off balance” looks like: vulnerable… out of control… awkward… anxious. At one point or another,

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Turn ONs and Turn OFFs

In daily living, as in romance, several actions can make a big difference in how we are perceived. Each of us wants to put our best foot forward, but if we are not careful, we may give off a negative vibe. In order to make a positive impression (and reap the rewards of having done

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