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By Donna D. McMillan

Donna

Today, becoming and staying organized are not a luxury, they're a necessity. These hot topics appear frequently in books, magazines, newspapers and TV shows. Unfortunately, from these sources, readers/viewers can not ask sensitive questions, discuss details about their specific situations or benefit from customized solutions. Also, the impression is often given that it takes very little time, effort or resources to eliminate the problems and confusion.

In both offices and home offices, clutter and chaos happen for a reason, sometimes for several reasons. Many people say they were never taught organizing skills. Our non-judgmental, experienced professionals focus on solving your organizing puzzles, recommend solutions and products, help you sort out the jumble, create personalized systems, and work side-by-side with you teaching you how to stay organized.

An organized workspace increases concentration, effectiveness and productivity. Organizing decreases wasted time, energy, space and money. It is possible to reduce the stress, chaos and clutter.

Do you really want (or need) to get organized? Would you like to be in control of your time, paperwork, information, space, computer & electronic information, and life? Do you feel paralyzed? Are you committed to making a change? Great ... you don't have to get organized alone!

When you need services for your business, home, car, health, financial or legal matters, you want to hire professionals who are experts in their industries. It's best to choose those who specialize in the issues that are relevant to your unique needs and situation. Choose pros who have multiple years of experience and a range of abilities.

Visit our website for details. Contact us for complimentary 20-minute consultation to see if our services are a match for your needs.

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   September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). It's the time of year when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds us to "be prepared." We say:  "Think about it ... what would YOU grab if you have to dash out the door in a minute's notice?"

   We asked a few people: "What happened with you (mentally & physically) when you experienced a disaster or emergency or catastrophe situation?" 

  • Nancy said her immediate reaction was panic and confusion when she heard the storm warning sirens.
  • Sam shared that he felt dazed and couldn't focus when his wife fell and broke her hip.
  • Paula admitted she was scared and lost control when her neighborhood was engulfed by a blazing fire.

   On the contrary, a calm, automatic reaction for Nancy, Sam and Paula would be to reach for his/her "Grab & Go Bag." In this bag are their Very Important Papers and People (contacts). As professional organizers, we help folks to create this Go Bag in one-on-one sessions and our webinar "Organizing Your Vital Documents." Clients discover that when there's a "system" in place, stress is eliminated. We advise them to include in the Go Bag: Wills, Health Care Proxy, Powers of Attorney, Insurance Policies and more.

   The LifeinCase tote is the perfect document organizing solution! This portable caddy makes a perfect Grab & Go Bag. It's durable, water-resistant, lightweight and holds 500-sheets. With five tabbed folders, there are checklists that suggest 10 vital documents in major categories: Medical, Personal, Financial, Estate & Property. Related information can be added, as well. 

   Far too often, we all see devastating disasters and heartbreaking emergencies reported in the news. "It's better to be safe than sorry" is always the moral of these stories. Are YOU prepared? Avoid confusion and stress by creating a "Grab & Go Bag" along with a Disaster Plan. Do it now, BEFORE you need it. When an emergency occurs, your thoughts and energy can then be focused on taking care of yourself and others around you. When you know what to do, it's much easier to stay calm. Remember practicing fire drills in school? They taught you to be prepared by knowing what to do.

   The principals of Island Organizers are Donna D. McMillan and Karen L. Simon. Their expertise delivers organizing and productivity services to manage time, space, paperwork and digital information. 808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392

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By Karen Simon, Island Organizers2014 npm

     September is National Preparedness Month. The theme for 2014 is "Resolve To Be Ready." This year, President Obama has declared two days- April 30 & Sept 30- as part of America's Prepare-A-Thon to encourage everyone to take steps to prepare for any type of disaster.

What Is A Disaster?

     In recent months there have been a few devastating disasters: Malaysian Airlines' missing plane & plane crash in Europe, a 6.0 earthquake in California, 3 hurricanes in the Hawaii... the list goes on.  Consider what a disaster is to you. What if you, a family member or close friend were in a major accident? What if your home was ransacked & robbed? What if your neighbor's house caught fire and it spread to yours? Would you consider these events to be disasters?

Being Prepared For Anything

     Recently, a friend told me about his brother-in-law, Joe (name has been changed), who passed away due to a terminal illness. On the day that Joe had an appointment with his attorney to sign his will, he died before the appointment. He is survived by two sons, a grandson and a live-in girlfriend. His major assets are a home with a mortgage and a business with seven employees. Joe's estate is now in Probate.

     Since none of Joe's family was involved in his business, no one is left in charge to manage it during the Probate. What happens to the business in the meantime? About the house, who makes the mortgage payments? We hope that someone can find his life insurance policy. We hope that someone has access to Joe's financials and other funds he may have. We hope that...

Prepare Your Paperwork

     Gathering vital documents & paperwork is a necessary step to being prepared for anything. Leaving behind a legacy like Joe's is not what most want for their heirs. It's not what you want someone to leave to you. Trying to recover documents is not what you'll want to be doing after any type of disaster.

     This September, pledge to prepare your vital documents & information. Scanning and filing them electronically will keep them safest, make for easier access and allow you to share with the VIPs in your life. Do it for yourself and your loved ones - don't delay!

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REGISTER for our Vital Documents Webinar on Sept 30, 2015!

A Shortlist of Resources:

Replacing Your Important Papers at FEMA

Document Checklists at SafelyFiled

Organizing, Scanning & Digital Filing at IslandOrganizers


 
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by Donna D. McMillan, Island Organizers

    As a childhood Girl Scout, I learned so many life lessons - such as “Being Prepared.” That motto means to always be in readiness to do your duty.  As a longtime Professional Organizer, I’ve seen via countless client experiences, how valuable it is to be ready for disasters and medical emergencies. They usually happen without warning, anytime and anywhere. 

    "That'll never happen to me," people believe. They just don't want to think about the possibility! In reality, it's better to be prepared and never need it. According to AARP, a medical emergency can be a frightening, all-too-frequent experience that few people are prepared for. Are you??? 

    Recently, a client was unexpectedly told that she was to have surgery in six days. We helped her to get ready by organizing …

     • VIP (very important paperwork): Advance Directive, Power of Attorney, current list of drugs/supplements, allergies, eyeglasses prescription, up-to-date medical history, health insurance card, drivers license and credit card.
     • People: inform key persons of plans, list of personal & professional contacts, phone numbers & email addresses: family, friends, doctors, insurance agents, and ICE (in case of emergency) contacts added to cell phone. Appoint one or two organized individuals to assist and manage: tasks, people, research and paperwork while recovering.
     • Tasks: pay bills in advance and keep list handy, do bank deposits, get cash, backup digital data, ensure business will continue, do laundry and prepare home for absence, pack personal bag & electronic equipment for hospital.
     • Post-Op: grocery list, supplies & home medical equipment list, Home Care services if required, schedule friends/helpers to visit at hospital & home. Set-up a portable file to collect medical paperwork, etc. 

    All vital personal and legal documents should be updated frequently and stored together in a safe, convenient location. Inform loved ones of access to emergency documents. Make copies for special people or use & give access to a web service like SafelyFiled. Create ongoing lists of questions to ask doctors, insurance agents and other professionals who can help and support. 

    Organizing all of this, for some, is time-consuming, overwhelming and emotional. Are you prepared? Got other tips for our readers? Share a Comment.

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Resources:

Hear our Teleclass: Your Disaster Plan Is Not Just A Kit

Get a discount on SafelyFiled & Learn about SafelyMD

Contact Us:  808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392


 
Posted By IOTeam

By Island Organizers

 

September is 
National Preparedness Month

     We've all heard the phrase: “Hindsight is 20/20.” It means when you look back at something, there’s a whole lot of “woulda” “shoulda” “coulda” going on.

     When it comes to disasters, we seldom have a warning. Therefore, we need to prepare, just in case. When you’re putting together an Emergency Kit or Plan, use hindsight as much as you can. Ask yourself, “What will I wish I had?” and “What will I wish I did?”

     People usually think that being prepared means just having an emergency kit, but the plan is just as important, if not more so! In celebration of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013, Island Organizers is hosting a teleclass entitled, “Your Disaster Plan is Not Just A Kit." You will learn:

  • How to designate a "Ready Zone"
  • What goes into your "Go Bag"
  • How to make a "Grab & Go List"

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A recording and copy of class materials of our September 11, 2013 tele seminar is available for download. Take a listen to this informative and vital session. Get it now

Get help Organizing your Vital Documents & creating a "home" for your most important information & paperwork.

Get a discount on SafelyFiled & learn about SafelyMD for emergency medical data

Get a discount on LifeinCase ... ask us how to use it in your "Go Bag"

Contact Us:  808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392

 


 


 
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