Archive for 2015

Trip Preparation- How To Take The Madness Out Of Packing

Its 48 hours till I leave for the holidays and I am not packed. Am I worried? Not at all. You see, as with most things in life, I have a travel system. That is just how I roll. I am sure that you aren’t shocked. It starts a week before I leave on any... Read more »

How to Organize Medical Paperwork

Whether your are a senior or a parent with a child with special needs, you have paper! Lots of paper. There is no way around it! Its essential that you keep a good system. Especially if you or your child is under the care of multiple doctors. The first thing to do is to identify... Read more »

Being a Frugal Shopper- How to Get The Most For Your Money

I confess. I am a “Frugal Freddy” by nature. I do love the art of shopping when I have a need for things. Being single and on a budget, I am always on the look out for deals. Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to save some dough! Enjoy!! 1. Read more »

Five Tips To Help You With Your Holiday Shopping

I did it. I blew out all my shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! I am done. For the rest of the month, I can write out a few Christmas cards a day and just relax(oh yeah that’t not in my personality). So with that being said, I thought I would give you some... Read more »

Freecycle- The Do's and Don'ts

Love me some Black Friday. Its also known as “Erin Kelly big purchases day”. Yup, this frugal Freddie buys her bigger ticket items on this day every year. Last year it was a vacuum cleaner and blender. This year on the list was dishes. I had already picked them out and just had to enter... Read more »

A Few Helpful Tips When Organizing Seniors

A few years ago, I was asked to be a preferred organizer for an assisted living center in my neighborhood. I was to help people downsize their homes and move them into their new condos. As easy as it seems, it comes with its own set of challenges. I quickly learned that I need not... Read more »

The Case For Donating Items Vs Letting Them Sit In Your Home

I am a big believer of “purge” as you go in life. This means getting things out of your home when you no longer use them. When you deem that they are no longer viable to you, let them go. The longer they sit, they risk the chance of being unusable, getting ruined and damaged/dirty.... Read more »

Resources For Donating or Selling Books In Chicago

I am finding more and more than the traditional donation centers don’t want books. Its seems with every big purging job- there are books that need to go! So where should you donate or sell your books? We are lucky, in Chicago there are several different resources to help us probably donate/sell our books. Here... Read more »

Purging With Your Partner

In a perfect world, two people would spend time purging their respective residences before moving in together. They would go through each room and get rid of duplicates and define a decorating style. They would donate or sell, all the excess before combining their space. This isn’t always the case! So what happens when you... Read more »

Did You Know That October Was ADD Awareness Month?

October was ADD/ADHD awareness month. A cause near and dear to my heart. There are 11 people in my family that have been “officially” diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I am sure there are more. Obviously, its inherited. So it was natural when I started organizing , that ADD would be one of my specialties. I had... Read more »