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Home Organization
Downsize & Relocate

Interior Redesign

  Tammy Atchison
Certified Professional Organizer
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July10, 2014
 

Welcome to The Busy Corner's June Newsletter.

Loving Your House Again In 2014 
Each month we will pick an area of the house to work on.  You can follow along or set your own path, either way we will do our best to help you get and stay organized by 12-31-2014 

Our Summer project was to give your morning routine a make over.  Cleaning out old cosmetics and toiletries was the perfect organizing project for June.  Has it made a difference in your morning routine?  Make sure to tell us about it!
   
Share your comments & photos on The Busy Corner Facebook Page.

It's time to put together your Emergency Preparedness Kit.

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Let's Celebrate 
Your Success 
BiIG OR SMALL, CELEBRATE THE VICTORIES ALONG THE WAY!
It is important to step back and take a look at the progress you have made.  When it comes to organizing, as with any goal, the small victories add up and before you know it, you are where you wanted to be!

MAINTAINENCE IS A DAILY CELEBRATION! 
A common mistake is to work so hard to get to your goal and then forget regular maintenance is key to keeping the area from getting out of control. 
Backsliding is easy to do, so remember to pat yourself on the back every time you take that extra step. You can add this task to your routine by stating, "before I go to bed...", "every Saturday morning...".

KEEPING TRACK OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

It is easy to forget how hard you worked to achieve your goals.  Here are some ideas to see just how much you have accomplished. 

  • Before & After Pictures
  • Check off those items on your To Do List
  • Invite a friend over to share in your enthusiasm
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Really Mean To Be Prepared?
WHAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS  KIT?
Put your kit together before the hurricane season starts, revisit once a year.  Keep your supplies easily accessible, but out of the way.  If you have to evacuate quickly, you can grab and go.
Most emergency centers recommend having food, water, medications and other supplies to last at least 72 hours.
This standard applies whether you are home without power or at a remote location.

Suggestions for your kit are: 
  • WATER. Store 1 gallon of water per person per day. 

  • FOOD and UTENSILS.  Non-perishable food that could
    include ready-to-eat meats, 
    juices, high-energy foods such 

    as granola or power bars.  Peanut butter is also a good choice.

    (Include a can opener for food if kit contains canned items.) 

  • FLASHLIGHT and extra batteries, and/or light sticks. Do not use candles/open flame during an emergency. 

  • WEATHER ALERT RADIO, either hand crank or battery powered, and extra batteries, if needed. 

  • WHISTLE for emergency signal that can hang around your neck.

  • FIRST AID SUPPLIES.  An assortment of bandages, ointments, gauze pads, cold/hot packs, tweezers, scissors and sanitizer.  
  • MEDICATIONS to include prescription and non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, stomach remedies and etc. You may also include medical history information on each family member.   
  • MOIST TOWELETTES or Baby Wipes for sanitation. 
  • DUST or FILTER MASKS which are readily available in hardware stores 
  • CASH/ATM AND CREDIT CARD.  Have enough cash for immediate needs in small denominations. 
  • PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS to include at least one change of clothing/shoes/outerware. 
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE LIST. 
  • IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.  Copies of Identification Cards, Insurance Policies, etc. 
  • PETS.  Include your pets needs when putting your supplies together.
These are just some of the recommended items to include in your kit. 
For more detailed information on what to do in an emergency, visit sites such as:
 
 
IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP A FULL TANK OF GAS 
IN ALL OF YOUR VEHICLES

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REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR PETS NEEDS WHEN PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY. 
Make sure your pets have ID Tags with your name and current contact information.  Also, consider a pet microchip which is permanent pet ID.
If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code in order to contact you. 
 
EMERGENCY ITEMS FOR YOU PETS:
  1. Food, Water & Bowls
  2. Medications
  3. Toys & Bones 
  4. Blanket/Towel
  5. Collar & Leash
  6. Recent Pictures
  7. Disposable Bags for Clean Up
  8. Crate/Carrier
 
 August Already?
It's Back To School And Back To Basics 

Sincerely,

Tammy Atchison, CPO
The Busy Corner
"Turning The Chaos of Clutter Into Elegant Efficiency"

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