RedFin.com recently asked Adele Tusson-Gross, Chief Executive Organizer at Simple Solution Organizing, to contribute to their article, Small House Space Saving Solutions.
The article included 22 best tips from recognized organizing professionals regarding how to make the most of living in small spaces by making it look and feel more spacious, The tips from these professionals emphasized maximizing space while making your home more conducive to your lifestyle.
While most of us are homebound due to Covid-19 stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, many are finding themselves up close and personal with the short-comings of their living space. Living with your family or roommates on a 24/7 basis for an extended time in shared space in these circumstances can reveal the desire and need to purge and organize your home, home office or study area for students to make it more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient now and in the future,
Please see if any of the 22 tips in the article inspire you to make the most of your time at home right now to tackle these projects.
Tip 23: If you need help or inspiration for making your space more functional and enjoyable, Adele is available for Virtual Office Organizing Sessions via Zoom, or FaceTime.
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This is a very troubling time. I personally am struggling with Anxiety about the Coronavirus. Thinking a lot about me or someone in my family contracting it. My husband is still working at his job at Hard Labor Creek Golf Course. It is a State run golf course. It’s a little shocking to consider golf as a necessary business. I’m also afraid that I could be asymptomatic with the virus and could give it to someone else. So many things to be worried about. All I can do is be very careful, hope, and pray for the best outcome.
Here is my list of COVID-19 Necessities:
Supplies: I was fortunate that I had a large supply of Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer and Paper Towels stocked up. I did not need to rush out and buy these items because I already had them. The photos in this post are my personal stash of supplies. I was not preparing for the worst, I was just being prepared for life in general. I keep hand sanitizer in my car, purse, work bag and extra supply at home to replenish.
Masks and gloves: I had these items because I use them occasionally on Downsizing projects. Now, I use my gloves when getting gasoline. I’m using a mask and gloves at the Grocery Store (I look fabulous) and Post Office. I think you will agree…It’s surreal.
Social distancing: is definitely a necessity and for a lot of people very hard to comply with. I recommend using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Houseparty and/or Google Hangouts to spend virtual time with friends and family. I have attended 2 Zoom and 1 FaceTime parties in the past couple of weeks. It’s an emotional life saver.
Finding Purpose in the storm: People who are quarantined are diving into projects like never before. Projects provide a purpose and can distract us from the current events. We can get lost in a project, feel accomplished, and feel like we have some control over something.
My projects are listening to NAPO, National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, conference videos on a variety of topics like Virtual Organizing and Technology. NAPO is offering some videos to their members free of charge in response to COVID-19. I’m also taking the online course The Science of Well Being offered by Yale through Coursera.
I’m fortunate to have a few clients that I am working with during this time for Daily Money Management services. Bills still have to be paid, credit card, banking, insurance and investment statements still need to be reviewed. I am working remotely and keeping my distance.
Be Safe & Stay Well,
Chief Executive Organizer
Simple Solution Organizing LLC
Scams are popping up everywhere. There is even a coronavirus scam that is starting with Robo Callers on the West Coast, but it will probably make it to the East Coast. I have a link below about the coronavirus scam.
Scammers have tried to defraud three of my clients as well as myself in the past month. Here are their stories:
One of my clients was trying to sell a Power Chair through Craigslist. Let’s call her Ann. One of Ann’s Helpers listed it for her. Someone contacted Ann gushing with excitement about purchasing it. The woman sent Ann a check for 3 times what she was selling it for. The check was mailed overnight by Fed Ex. The check was from a country club in the northeast. I called the club and asked about it. I took a photo of the check and texted it to them. They told us please do not cash that check because they did not know anything about it and the bank listed on the check is not the bank they use. It’s a scam.
I was contacted by a scammer wanting to hire Simple Solution Organizing LLC. Luckily, my NAPO colleagues had shared their experience online. I knew it was scam immediately. The person texted me asking if I did home organization. I texted back “yes, we do” and could I call them back in the evening. They answered back that they would send a check for our service, but she could not be there because she was going to have lungs surgery. Not just lung, but lungs.
You might be wondering how this scam works. When I heard about it… I was really confused. The scammer sends a check for significantly more than the Item or service is listed for. Then they ask for the overage back. It takes 2 to 3 days before your bank discovers that their check is bad. The bank usually sends a letter so it could be a couple weeks before you are notified. The scammer has already charged your credit card or cashed your check. That is how it works.
One of my clients received an email saying it was from Apple Support. It included a link to a fake Apple website. I told him not to answer that email. Always look up phone numbers and websites of companies yourself. You can always call back to find out if the email or phone call is legitimate.
Last week another client received a call from someone claiming to be Apple Support. She gave them access to her computer. There are programs where you can invite someone to view/access/control your computer by giving them an access code that shows up on your screen.
They were able to access her username and password to her checking account. Luckily, one of her helpers walked in on her conversation and unplugged her router to stop transmission of additional information. They called her bank immediately and they told her the scammer tried 20 times to gain access to her bank account. I called all three credit reporting agencies and froze the credit reports for her and her husband.
Another popular scam: Text messages from Federal Express that you have a package. I got this scam message. Lots of people have. If you question it, Call Fed Ex yourself by looking up the number. Never use the number the possible scammer provides.
These scammers keep getting more and more sophisticated. They know that people are short on time and patience. Don’t let this happen to you. These people go to work to scam us. They can change phone numbers so it looks like they are calling from inside the U.S. or in your town, but they might be calling from another country.
I want everyone to be aware of potential scams. Be safe online. Working to keep my clients safe is one of the most important responsibilities I have as a Daily Money Manager.
Be skeptical! It may save you a lot of money, headaches and heartache.
Simple Solution Organizing LLC
Daily Money Manager * Professional Organizing * Senior Downsizing
Federal Trade Commission
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Coronavirus Scam – Yahoo Finance
Coronavirus Scam – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Here I am at The White House Press Room. My family had a private tour over the Christmas Holiday. This is my favorite photo.
How To Make a Habit Stick
It’s a new year and decade. So, what do you want to change or improve this year? My gym has been really crowded since January 1. I wonder how long it will last. New Year Resolutions and intentions are easy to make but hard to keep.
I listened to a really good Podcast recently:Creatures of Habit by Hidden Brain published December 30, 2019. The theme of Creatures of Habit is about Will Power. Will Power does not determine how successful we are at achieving our goals and New Year’s Resolutions. Well... what does? Making your goal a habit. Making a new habit involves consistency so it has to be easy and uncomplicated for you to do it consistently.
The Scientist interviewed on the Podcast gave some examples. Exercise goal: Research revealed if the gym is 3.5 miles away then most people went to the gym 3 times a month and if the gym was 5 miles away they only went 2 times a month. Wow! That’s not much at all. I love exercising and I belong to a gym with 2 locations. I have no problem driving to the gym that is 10 miles away but this is a long standing habit for me.
When the Scientist wanted to begin a new exercise routine she had to figure out how and when she could work it into her busy schedule. She had a full time job and a family. The only time she could exercise was first thing in the morning. She slept in her exercise wear to make it easier for her. She decided on a time that did not conflict with work or her children and by sleeping in her exercise clothes she minimized the effort to get out the door. She was successful because jogging became a habit for her.
Just like anything else it takes planning to figure out how to make it work for you. Removing obstacles from derailing you. Another goal is getting better organized. It’s important to be specific not vague.
My one word for 2020 is Positivity. What’s yours? My intention for 2020 is to add weights to my workout routine 2 times a week. I also want to spend more time on my finances. I scheduled a recurring appointment into my own calendar for every Friday to work on Mint and Quickbooks. I also want to try more variety in my diet. I want to try different fruits and veggies. I plan to buy an interesting looking fruit or veggie one to two times a month. If I don’t like it, I never have to eat it again.
I hope you have a positive and prosperous 2020. Contact me for Professional Organizing, Professional Downsizing, and Daily Money Management services.
Daily Money Manager, Professional Organizer & Downsizing Expert
Simple Solution Organizing LLC
New Year New Office
Here is a photo of my new home office. I used to have my office in our Bonus Room and it never felt quite right. I love my new office. The morning sun streams in through the large window. I'm usually working at a Clients Home or Office so I don't get to enjoy it that much.