Ron Ouellette
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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 7/25/2019

Checklists are like that chore list your mom used to give you. To-do lists can help keep you on task when you want to accomplish many things in a small time-frame. Lists can also help you start and maintain new daily routines. Putting the power of time management systems to work for you. Whether you need to get yourself packed for traveling, develop a healthier lifestyle, or cut down on the family mayhem. When you work out a routine for developing habits for time efficiency, the outcome becomes predictable. Teaching your kids this skill set will enable you to hand off some of those household to-do lists. 

Get Packed and Out the Door

Getting ready to head out of town can be stressful between making sure you secure your home, pets are taken care of, and your bags are packed. Having a system to get you on your way helps reduce stress and uses your limited time effectively. A method to secure your home while you are gone, another for your house/pet/plant sitter and a system for packing what you will need for your trip. If you have a household binder or management files, you can add your printed checklists. If you do not have one, consider putting one together. Having a pre-made list to check off what needs to happen makes everything run a little smoother. You can also delegate things to other people with confidence.

Healthy Routine Checklists

One thing you cannot delegate is your health. Only you decide what level of commitment you will invest in a healthy lifestyle. You already start each day off with a routine; whether it is intentional or unconscious, you do the same things usually in the same order every morning. You may only need to add one or two small things to reap the benefits of a healthier you. Using your personal goals as a guide, pick a few simple changes to your morning routine that will add health to your life. For example, putting a bottle of water by your bed a night and drinking it first thing in the morning is an excellent start to the day. Consider taking five minutes and stretching out before you get dressed. Let it be your warm-up for your busy, stressful day ahead.

Look at your daily habits or routines and write down the morning routine that sets you up to conquer the day!




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 3/21/2019

O.K. Clutter has been overtaking your life long enough, and you have determined to end its grip. Your problem is that it has become so overwhelming that you don't know how to tackle it. No problem there are superheroes for that- professional organizers! Yes, that is a thing, and they do not come in to clean or organize your stuff while you go to the spa or play golf. They come in as someone with a different perspective, training and years of experience in organizing, decluttering and helping us ordinary folk to escape the overwhelming grip of chaos. Maybe it’s not chaos, but you still want to get it taken care of, and you need a little help. Whether it is junky hard drives, an overflowing attic, an office where you can't find the papers you need when you need them, hoarding or seniors with a house that they have lived in for decades. Professional organizers bring different things to the table to help succeed with whatever your goal is. 

They’ve seen it all 

If you are concerned that an organizer will judge you based on what they see when they come in, don't be they have seen it all. They are professional so you can expect a nonjudgmental, respectful time to conquer your tasks. They will still tell you what you need to hear, and that might be tough, but it will be done to support your goals in hiring them. No need to be embarrassed about what they see there either. The career that they are in means they have probably seen far worse.

There are some questions to ask when hiring an organizer: 
- Have they been trained
- What kind of approach do they take (how hands-on are they)
- What method do they follow (no joy throw it out?)What is their charge and what, if any, deposit do they require
- Do they have references, pictures
- What is their policy for small spaces like a closet or pantry
- Do they give initial consultations

Now that you know that you can have help-go for it

If you have thought "if only I had help I could actually do this," then a professional organizer might be just who you need. Go to a reliable source to seek information like an organizing association's website or home service provider directories near you for a reliable source to help you find an organizer for you. You never know but that you will find treasure under all that clutter (uncashed checks anyone) so go treasure hunt and free up all that time and mental space and enjoy that feeling of accomplishment.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 10/18/2018

Although some families are more organized than others, most homes are plagued by at least a moderate amount of clutter.

While it may seem like only a minor annoyance, household clutter can have a major "ripple effect" on several aspects of your life. Disorganization and clutter can be insidious problems for homeowners to deal with because its impact is not always obvious.

When you stop and think about it, having a cluttered home can take a heavy toll on everything from your finances to your family relationships. Here are a few reasons to set aside some time, this month, to begin decluttering your home.

Time and Money: One of the most frustrating experiences in life is to try to find a misplaced tool, an important document, or anything you might need to complete a task, solve a problem, or meet a deadline. When you add up the hours you and your family spend on searching for items that are stuffed in drawers or buried in closets, it becomes increasing clear why everyone's productivity is down and stress levels are up. You may have also noticed that you're spending money on personal and household supplies that you already have somewhere in the house.

If you've lived in your home for more than a few years, you've probably accumulated stacks of clutter in every imaginable storage space. Three ways to drastically reduce the amount of clutter in your home in a relatively short period of time is to either sell, donate, or throw away things you no longer need. The first step, of course, is to sort through your belongings to separate what's useful from what's just taking up valuable space.

Although organizing a garage sale can be a time-consuming activity, the benefits can far outweigh the time and effort involved. Preparing for a garage sale not only results in finding valuable things you forgot you even had, but your home will end up feeling cleaner, more spacious, and more welcoming. As long as you don't hold a garage sale every year, it can be a fun and profitable family activity.

Another alternative to storing things at home that you no longer need or want is to donate them to a charitable organization, such as The Salvation Army. Churches, veterans groups, and other community organizations often accept donations of clothing, furniture, electronics, appliances, and other household items. Making a few trips to nearby clothing collection bins is another way to unclutter your closets and pass along useful things you no longer need.

One type of clutter you can neither sell nor give away is "junk." If you have enough of it, you might consider renting a dumpster or calling a reputable, reasonably priced junk hauling service. Regardless of the method you use to get rid of things you no longer want, you'll be amazed at how energizing it can be to restore order, cleanliness, and a sense of pride to your living space!





Posted by Ron Ouellette on 2/1/2018

When you stop and think about it, there are a lot of aspects of our lives that need continual organizing. The ideal scenario is to set up an organizing system when you first move into a new home, and then maintain it on a daily or weekly basis. Unfortunately, many people wait to organize their closets, pantries, or home offices until those areas are in a state of utter chaos. By then, the clutter has taken on a life of its own! Not only is it difficult to find things you're looking for, but your frustration can spill over into other aspects of your life. Kitchen Organizing Tips Being organized is the bedrock of a well-managed life. While it's far from a panacea, the results of organizing your home and work space can be far reaching. Take your refrigerator, for example. How many times has perfectly good food been wasted because it was pushed back into a corner and forgotten about until it turned into a "science experiment"? Although refrigerators are designed with organization in mind, it's all too easy to throw vegetables in the meat drawer and haphazardly wrap up leftovers without labeling them. As a side note, if you write the current date on the label, you'll be able to keep track of how long it's been in the fridge and whether it's time to throw it away. (Note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises that cooked leftovers be used within four days. Its food safety "window" for raw poultry and ground beef is even shorter: only one or two days.) Whether your goal is to organize your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, bedroom closets, or garage, the benefits are worth the time and energy. Before getting started, though, it's helpful to make a trip to a local office supply outlet, kitchen retailer, or dollar store to pick up an assortment of small containers, canisters, drawer dividers, a marking pen, and labels. The Benefits of Organizing Your Home Getting started is the hardest aspect of home organizing, but there are many sound reasons for taking the initiative:

  • Improving the appearance of your home rewards you with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of personal satisfaction.
  • When you organize closets, cabinets, or other storage areas, you'll stumble upon things you thought you misplaced or lost, long ago.
  • You'll get rid of miscellaneous junk and clutter, which will free up space for things you want to save, refer to, or use in the near future.
  • Organizing your household supplies, tools, and kitchen accessories will also prevent you from having to buy replacement items that you already have. Knowing where things are will save you time, money, and aggravation!
Maintaining a Semblance of Order Getting your family to clean and organize their own rooms and work spaces is a separate challenge, but setting a positive example is one of the first steps. In the case of children, clear expectations need to be set and daily routines established. When all else fails, bribery has been know to work, too!





Posted by Ron Ouellette on 9/28/2017

The thought of trying to declutter your home could stress you out. If you put off the act of organizing, however, you could end up even more stressed out. Clutter in the home is proven to be a cause of stress. Not being able to find what you need can cause you to feel that you’re living in chaos. There’s a few tips that you can take into consideration to help you declutter, destress, and get organized for good! 


When Planning Storage Solutions, Measure First


If you shop for containers and other storage organization tools first, you’ll never know what will fit properly. Taking the time to measure things out and get the right size containers can help you to avoid creating more clutter for yourself. Measuring spaces helps you to come up with a plan for what your vision is for that space.


Declutter For Less


You don’t need to go into a huge debt to declutter your home. You can shop at the local dollar store to find containers, hooks, and bins to help you stay organized. Organization doesn’t need a lot of fancy tools. 


For Kids, More Is Better


When it comes to finding containers and bins for a child’s room, more is definitely better.  Having many separate compartments really helps the kids to stay organized and find what they’re looking for when they want it. 


A Junk Drawer Is Actually A Good Thing


You can actually keep that junk drawer or bin that you have in the house. A junk drawer is a great place for collecting items. Just learn to keep it organized. If you have a bin, make sure that you clean it out from time to time so that tons of things don’t end up building up there in a pile. If you have a junk drawer, try to compartmentalize it with categories and separators for a “lost and found” or “things that need to be put away.”


Every Door Is An Opportunity


In your home, think of each and every door, cabinet door, or closet door as an opportunity to create more storage. You can hang things on the backs of these doors including spice racks, shoe racks, hooks for coats, and so much more. Don’t miss out on a simple yet very effective space saver.


  

Create Zones


In each room, there’s places where the same activity is done over and over again. Creating zones helps to reduce clutter and increase organization. In the kitchen, for example, you probably have a dedicated prep space along with a clean up station. In bedrooms, there’s a place where you get dressed, throw your dirty clothes, and get ready for the day. Have everything that you’ll need in each “station” or “zone” so that you can stay on top of being tidy.




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