How appropriate that I finish my ADD coursework during ADD Awareness Month…completely coincidence I swear! I enjoy reading and learning more about the struggles of my ADD clients, because unexpectedly many of my clients are struggling with ADD and I really enjoy working with them. ADD brains just work differently, not wrong. I enjoy learning from my clients about ways that they have failed and succeeded. It fuels our discussions on projects we are working on and helps guide us to solutions. As with anything…it can be a lessing and a curse! Here is the list of classes that I submitted to earn my Level I Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues With the CD Client
I earned this certificate by participating in teleclasses through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). The ICD is the leading academic source for professional organizers and related professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of working with clients struggling with chronic disorganization. This certificate is a Level I accomplishment. There are five Levels of coursework. For more information, please feel free to contact me and have a look at the ICD online:
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For many people, winter is a tough time of year. There’s lots of work to be done outside and not a lot of willpower to do it. With the holidays and snow piling up, it’s easy to want to stay inside during this time of year. However, with a little prep work in your garage, you’ll be able to make outdoor jobs in the cold quick and easy.
Get everything up and off the floor. With melting snow, a wet floor in the garage is almost ensured. To avoid items getting water damage, get everything off the floor. Yes, this even means the boxes that are piling up in the corners. Once everything is up and off the floor, consider getting modular flooring that will decrease the chances of slips and falls in the garage. Modular flooring with vents will allow the water to flow below them, and will make your garage a safer place.
Where are you going to put all your items if not on the floor? It’s simple, take advantage of wall and ceiling space. Hook shelving systems will allow you to store a lot of items in a small amount of space because of their stackable nature. Have a lot of less frequently used items or holiday decorations? If so, overhead storage is going to be your best friend. It’s a great way to get those big rubber totes up and out of site.
Create a de-snowing station. It’s a no-brainer, but how many of us have it? Use hook systems to store all your shovels and brooms, and other items that you might need. This will decrease the amount of time that you’ll be looking for items, and will get you out of the house faster. It’s also important to have salt and sand at hand. Consider using a bucket storage system that will allow you to grab a handful of salt at a moment’s notice.
Take advantage of winter weather with winter fun! You know that those skis and snowshoes have been cluttering your garage for years, and have only been worn a few times. By creating a sports gear area, with easy access to this gear, you’ll have more fun this winter. Using a hook system to store your winter sports gear will allow it to air dry between uses. It will also allow for quick and easy access.
Creating a garage that is ready for winter isn’t hard when you follow the above steps. Have another expert tip? Tell us about it in the comments section below. For more garage storage inspiration, follow Monkey Bar Storage on Pinterest.
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Working as an organizer, I get to wear accessories! In the safety world they are most commonly referred to as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment.) For me that most often means gloves, but can also be masks and shoe covers. When ever I feel it is necessary to don the glamour, I always offer the same level of protection to my clients as well as leave supplies behind for them to work while I am not there.
When do I usually have to wear PPE?
Simply put: Make it look like you have room to spare in your closets.
Contrary to belief, buyers will not loot at a full closet and think:
"Wow, look at all the stuff they fit in there!"
More likely than not it would be something like:
"Where would I put all my stuff?"
It is hard to visualize the sellers stuff out of the way, so you literally have to give the buyers some space to move in!
Garage organizing. Purging.
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