Category: Organizing Your Life

Home Renovation from an Insurance Agent’s Viewpoint

Home Renovation from an Insurance Agent’s Viewpoint When we begin planning our home renovations, we are careful to take into account interior design, budget, schedule, contractor references, etc., but are we as careful when we think about how our insurance will be impacted? Probably not. It’s not as interesting, and frankly, it isn’t the first thing you think about when you consider renovations. According to insurance specialist Scott Spencer, writer for Insurance Journal, homeowners should take just as much time considering their insurance coverage as they do their interior design or budget. This is especially true when the renovation involves hiring outside help, changing the structure of the home, or adding on square footage. These activities all involve some measure of risk which savvy homeowners will protect themselves against. Protect against fire For one, did you know that a third of all house fires happen when contractors do work on a home? It isn’t something you can protect against, but it is something you can prepare for, which is why additional insurance might be purchased to cover damage done by contractors or in the course of construction. Bodily injury Spencer mentioned other hazards, including, “Bodily injury liabilities from nosy neighbors venturing onto the property and then tripping over equipment or building materials.” You might also think about “invited friends and guests, including people making deliveries to the house.” Damage...

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Clearing the Mind Clutter

Clearing the Mind Clutter Mind clutter is overwhelming. I’m just arriving back from a Conference with over 500 Entrepreneurs in my industry. I have to say that I was a bit nervous…thinking about how that many “organizers” would act in one place. (Of course, I was assuming that they would be OCD!) I was able to meet several hundred of them and now I’m left with the daunting task of following up with everyone.   Conferences are great. They are energizing and motivating and leave you with great and awesome intentions. Taking those intentions and turning them into a plan...

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The Advantages of Social Media for Your Business

The Advantages of Social Media for Your Business I have found that the advantages of social media for business are limitless. Just 4 years ago, I had no idea what the term SEO meant, had no idea what a Blog was and was totally ignorant (and scared) of the entire idea of social media. A six week Emarketing 101 course changed it all for me. Now, I blog frequently, am a contributor to many local online newspapers and write at least 12 blogs a month. Who would have thought it? I call it my mid-life change. I won’t say...

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Get Ready For Spring Warmth Through Organization

Get Ready For Spring Warmth Through Organization Spring activities are in full swing. However, if the winter has taken a toll on your house and you find your stuff unorganized you may not be as ready for Spring and Summer as you’d like to be. Use the following tips to get ready for the warmth and fun of Spring through and organization. Declutter: Start off by cutting down on the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. Throw away and/or donate things that you won’t use again. Ask yourself when the last time you used something was. Deep Clean:...

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Are You Toxic?

Are You Toxic? How you begin your day will dictate your day and it can all be related back to the question, Are You Toxic? Have you ever been in the room when a person walks in and you can just feel the energy in the room change…literally? Everyone become on edge, gets nervous, or just disappears and, all of the sudden, finds somewhere else to be?  Could this be because they are toxic? We hear about toxins in our foods and how they are in our body and that they affect our lives. I’m just learning about this type of toxins. What I really want to talk about is the personal toxins that you allow into your day. I have had toxic people in my life. They made me feel sad, depressed and sucked the life out of me. I would watch their number come up on my phone and think (sometimes out loud)….ugh! What do they want now? They just could not seem to find anything to be happy about. (I wonder if they have heard Pharrell Williams song yet?) A toxic person can sap you of your energy and spirit. I know that it isn’t easy to keep your positive attitude, when they are just so negative. A negative attitude can be even more contagious than a positive attitude. The negative attitude and mood of a...

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How to Organize For a Trip

How to Organize For a Trip Once you put in your vacation time there’s no turning back. The trip is happening and you are so excited about taking a break from your job and relaxing. However, very rarely do vacations end up being an oasis that allows you to escape from your daily routine. This is partially due to stressful preparation of packing. If your home is anything like mine, the day of, everyone is running across the house trying to not forget to pack a toothbrush or underwear. To help you reduce some of that stress, follow the list of tried and proven tips to help you organize for a trip stress free. Start Early: I know, we all say we are going to pack early and end up waiting until the last minute. Try something different by making a list of all the things that you will need a week before you leave. Making the list a week early will allow time for you to remember all the little items you may have forgotten when making the initial list. Three days before you leave, pick out the luggage that you are planning to use and pack items that you won’t have to use before the trip. Simplify: It never fails, you always pack more clothes than you end up using. Take whatever you packed and put half...

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