15 tips & tricks to move like a pro

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Congratulations on finding your new home! Next comes the fun part, the actual move.

Now that you know you will be moving, it is time to start getting those boxes and packing away your items. You know that you should pack fragile items together, use packing tape instead of masking tape, and to label your boxes, but there is more. We thought of some unique moving tips and wanted to share them with you.

Utility move

Avoid a weekend in the dark without water by scheduling a transfer as soon as possible. It can take a few days to set-up electric, water, gas, and more during your move, so when you know your move date, call your utility companies.

Overnight ready

Odds are, after your move you won’t want to start unpacking boxes to find your essentials. Instead of searching for your toothbrush and favorite pajamas, pack an overnight bag. Keep your overnight bag in the car with you, and you’ll be able to say goodnight without hunting through boxes.

New home prep

If possible, try to get to your new place and clean the kitchen and bathroom before you move.  Try to clean more if you can, but those two rooms are the most important. Also, set-up your bathroom with your shower curtain, clean towels, and don’t forget the toilet paper.

Pack ahead

Packing can be stressful, but it is even more stressful to pack on the day of your move. Don’t be extra sleepy on moving day because you stayed up all night packing. Be ready for your move in advance.

Leave the drawers

Instead of emptying all of the drawers, pull them out and wrap them with saran wrap. You’ll save box space and can avoid having to unpack and reorganize them.

Create a number system

When packing your boxes, also create a numbered spreadsheet. Label the box with the number and put a list of items for that number on a spreadsheet. This will keep you from having to dig through every bathroom box to find your hairdryer.

Purge unwanted items

When packing, don’t just throw everything into a box thinking you will donate items as you unpack. It is easier to discard and donate unwanted items before you move. As you pack, decide if you really need the items you are boxing up.

Bag it up

When taking down TV mounts, removing doors, or other hardware, make use of sandwich bags. Put all of the nuts and bolts in the bag, use a Sharpie (https://www.sharpie.com/) to label the bag, and tape it to the item.

Take a photo

Before removing the cords from appliances or technology, snap a photo. It will be easier for you to plug the cords in the right spots later if you can glance at a guide.

Use what you have

Make use of baskets, trunks, hampers, luggage, and more for packing. Not sure you can carry a box of heavy books? Use a rolling suitcase to pack your favorite reads.

Color coding

Color is your friend when it comes to moving. You can write the room each box goes to on the box, or you can use easy to see color. Grab a few rolls of different color tape and add it to the box. Write the name of the room on the tape just to be safe.

Schedule a pick-up

At least a week or two before you move, schedule a nonprofit to come pick-up your unwanted items. It will keep you from having to load up the items and take them over for donation. Not sure who to donate to? We recommend Focus On Home.

Be a good host

If your friends and family are helping you move, make sure you have plenty of water, drinks, and snacks. Also, opt to buy pizza for your helpers. If you’ve hired movers, it is still nice to offer treats and drinks.

Change your address

Don’t forget that you need to update your address. Have your mail forwarded by USPS, update your address on all of your credit cards, store accounts, magazine subscriptions, PayPal, your bank, and driver’s license. Try to get this done within two weeks of moving.

Schedule LifeSquire to organize

Now that you are in your new home full of new spaces, it is time to get organized. Schedule LifeSquire to come organize your new home. We specialize in organization and can set-up any room or closet for easy use.

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For more moving tips, see our previous post 8 ways to make moving a breeze.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

10 tips to get you prepared for your summer vacation

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As the weather heats up, you’re likely beach dreaming. But before you can put your toes in the sand, you have to prepare for your trip. Forgetting to do something as little as taking out the trash could dampen your vacation.

With all the excitement of exploring somewhere new or returning to your favorite place, you can often forget some essential tasks before you board your jet plane. From packing to preventing a moldy fridge, LifeSquire is sharing some tips on how to get you ready for your summer trip.

 

  • Check your passport. If you have summer travel plans, don’t forget to check the expiration date on your passport. Don’t wait until you’re about to board the plan to renew. It often takes longer during summer months to receive your updated passport in the mail.

  • Book your pet sitter. Don’t forget about your furbabies! Make sure you schedule a pet sitter in advance to care for your pets. LifeSquire offers pet and home sitting, contact us (https://www.lifesquire.com/contact) to schedule.

  • Call your bank. When traveling, make sure you call your bank and let them know when you are traveling and where you are going. Don’t get locked out of your funds because you didn’t make the call.

  • Stop your mail. While you’re away, have USPS (https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/) stop delivering your mail to your house. Alternatively, you can have your LifeSquire bring in your mail when we check on your house.

  • Skin protection. Your skin doesn’t want to go to war with the sun. Now is the time to stock up on sunscreen before you spend your time soaking up the Vitamin D.

  • The great purge. Before you put the luggage in the car, make sure you won’t come home to refrigerator mold. Check expiration dates and remove everything that will go bad before you get home. You won’t want to clean up right after your trip.

  • Copies, copies, copies. Even if you don’t like paper, you should make copies of important documents before traveling. Consider making copies of your confirmation numbers, itineraries, passports, credit card information, insurance cards, and emergency medical information. These can come in handy if you happen to run into any problems.

  • Make a list. When packing right before your trip, it is easy to forget essential items. Before you pack, make a checklist so that you don’t forget your most important items. Don’t forget your phone charger and portable battery!

  • Roll your clothes. Roll all of your clothes for maximum luggage capacity and minimal wrinkles. If you don’t like to roll, you can also use compression bags and roll the air out by hand.

  • Prepare your house.  Close the curtains and blinds, set the automatic lights, leave a radio playing, unplug appliances, and set the alarm before you leave.

 

Not having to worry about forgotten items or coming home to horrid smells will help you enjoy your time away from home. If you need help planning and preparing for your vacation, LifeSquire is here.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

8 ways to put the fun in summer break

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As the school doors close for summer, you’ll be the main component for entertainment for the next few months. As the days go by, you might hear the words, “I’m bored,” come out of your kid’s mouths. Keep the boredom away by preparing for a fun summer break. Here are some tips on how to get ready:

 

  • Annual passes. From the local zoo to amusement parks, several places offer annual passes. Consider purchasing some passes for fun activities throughout the summer.  Also, check to see what summer events those places have and put them in your calendar.

  • Summer camp.  There are a ton of different summer camps available, but they usually fill up fast. If you’re sending your children to summer camp, get them enrolled as soon as possible. Once enrolled, make sure they have all of the necessary supplies to have a good time at camp. Also, get your children any identification they may need for the travel.

  • Keep track of get-togethers. Summer is the perfect time for families and friends to plan get-togethers, reunions, and parties. When the invites come in, make sure you mark your calendar. You don’t want to miss out on the fun. Get your kids excited for the parties by having them help prepare food and other party favors.

  • Book challenge. Explore distant lands in your own living room. Inspire your children to read this summer by creating your own book challenge. Take a weekly trip to the library to check out a new book. Once they read a pre-set amount of books, reward them.

  • Swim like a fish. With warmer weather comes water activities. Make sure your children know proper pool safety and how to swim before summer is in full swing. Enroll your children in swim lessons, so that pool parties are more fun than terrifying.

  • Travel local. Take short road trips to state parks and local hotspots. Pack a picnic for even more excitement on the road. Before you go, also prepare an emergency kit, bring extra clothes, and don’t forget the water.

  • Learn something new. Consider enrolling your children in some classes this summer to learn something new. Art classes, cooking classes, or music lessons can keep your children entertained and still keeps them learning.

  • Activity books. If you’re worried about the long summer break, consider getting some age-appropriate school activity books to keep their school content fresh. Set aside some time daily to work on these books.

 

Summer is a great time for your kids to keep learning and try new things. If you find yourself struggling to create activities or get them from one place to the other, LifeSquire can help. We offer children transportation services and creativity.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

9 ways to get your home ready for the summer heat

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While it may seem like the most important thing you need to do to prepare for summer is to pick out the best sunscreen, there is more. As the temperature heats up, your home should be ready to beat the heat. No one wants to come home to a scorching home, an algae-filled pool, or a cracked foundation. Besides getting a standard A/C tune-up and the regular home things you do, here are some other ways to make sure you stay cool this summer:

 

  • Gutter gleam. Your gutters are clogged from all of the leaves that fell during the fall. Keep your gutters from overflowing by having the debris removed.

  • Shingled out. Cold winter temperatures and spring storms can take a toll on your shingles. Avoid finding leaky spots by having your roof inspected. Get any repairs completed as soon as possible to keep your home in tip-top shape.

  • The white stuff. When your windows let in air, your air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool. Have the LifeSquire handyman add a fresh coat of caulking around your windows to beat the leaky window heat.

  • Water more than the plants. When the ground under your home dries out from summer heat, it can mess up your home’s foundation. During dry summer days, make sure to water your home’s foundation at least once a week. When in drought, water the foundation several times a week.

  • Fix your tools. During the summer months, you break out a lot of tools and equipment. Have the tune-up on your lawnmower taken care of. Clean your grill before your next meal. Have your pool inspected so that you can spend the summer in the cool water. Whatever tools you use, give them a check before they are regularly used.

  • Waterworks. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing. It is always a good idea to have a plumber come out for a pipe inspection to stop and prevent any leaks.

  • Trim around the bushes. Your trees will bloom and grow all season. Have them trimmed to avoid problems with power lines and other objects that don’t need to be consumed by branches.

  • Streak-free. After the winter weather and spring pollen, your windows aren’t exactly spotless. Book window cleaners to come out and put the shine back in your glass.

  • The cool down. Your attic holds a lot of heat. Before the temperature gets too bad, have your insulation checked. Add extra insulation to your attic to help beat the heat.

 

When you get all of the maintenance and chores out of the way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the summer months. If you don’t have time to complete them all, LifeSquire can help. 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Tips on how to prepare for severe weather season you probably didn’t think about

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From damaging winds to tornadoes, it’s the craziest time of the year in Oklahoma. You already know that if a tornado is coming, you should seek shelter and watch or listen to the news until you know you are safe, but there are several things you should do before the bad weather hits.

We spoke with Hail Trace’s Lead Meteorologist John Choquette for some tips on severe weather safety.  Here are some of his tips to stay safe this tornado season:

  • Go into your storm shelter and clean it out. Make sure it is ready if you need it.

  • Put all of your important paperwork and medication in one spot so that it easy to grab if you have to take shelter or evacuate.

  • Purchase a portable phone charger and make sure it is charged.  A portable phone charger is “pocket juice,” according to Choquette.

  • Download weather apps and make sure to have the “loud, annoying, and scary notifications turned on your phone. Those noises will definitely wake you up if a storm comes in the middle of the night,” he said.

  • Create an emergency kit or go-bag that has products you need to survive for a few days.

Weather apps LifeSquire recommends

More and more weather apps are coming onto the market, but when you live in a state with high severe weather activity, you need apps that work when you need it.  Here are a few of the apps we use and trust:

  • MyRadar: This is an animated radar for your phone. You can easily zoom in and out on the app to see what is going on in your area. The radar is professional quality. This app will also send you push notifications about weather warnings in your area. Available for iOS or Android.

  • News 9 Weather: This app centers around the Oklahoma City area. It has been recently updated and shows you everything meteorologist David Payne is forecasting. You will get severe weather push notifications, you can set up to 5 preset locations to receive notifications about, and you can listen to local weather forecasts. Available for iOS and Android.

  • KFOR 4Warn Me: This app provides you with warnings and information about the weather, but it also includes live streaming of newscasts, breaking weather and news events. Available for iOS and Android.

If you don’t live in Oklahoma, look for apps from your local news stations. They often offer warnings and immediate coverage of your area.

What to include in your emergency kit

To be prepared for an emergency you need more than a few band-aids and an Ace bandage. We consulted the experts, Ready.gov, to find out what you should include in your kit. Ready.gov recommends:

  • At least 3 gallons of water per person, for sanitation and hydration

  • At least a 3 day supply of food for every person

  • Battery-powered or hand crank weather radio

  • Flashlight and batteries

  • First-aid kit

  • Whistle for signaling for help

  • Dust masks

  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags

  • Manual can opener

  • Portable batteries for cellphone

Extras we suggest:

  • Plastic ponchos

  • A small amount of spare cash

  • Emergency blankets for each person

  • Advil/Tylenol and wound care products

  • Extra batteries for flashlights

This is just the basic list, there are other things you can include. Visit their site for a full list to get you emergency ready.

How can LifeSquire help?

You have enough on your plate, so have your LifeSquire help. Your personal assistant is available to check your storm shelters and get them ready for you. Your assistant is also available to get the supplies you need and create your emergency kits. Just add a task to the LifeSquire App.

Don’t have a personal assistant? We can also help you. We offer assistant service on demand, by project, or on a monthly package basis. Contact us for more information about personal assistant service.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

10 Spring cleaning hacks to spruce up your home

As the temperature warms up, you can’t help but get in the mood to clean up your home. From opening the windows to scrubbing the floors, it’s time to let the fresh air in and get the dust-out.

While you already know you should clean the ceiling fans and the baseboards, there are plenty of other tasks you may not have considered.  We have compiled 10 of our best Spring Cleaning hacks and wanted to share them with you.

Beat the kitchen sink stink

Does your kitchen sink have a smell you just can’t get out? Cut the rind of a lemon in thin slices and run it through the garbage disposal. Follow with cold water, and the stink will be gone.

Microwave magic

Heating up food can be so messy. Have you ever fought so hard to get those pesky stains off of your microwave that you ended up with a sore arm the next day? We have a trick to make it easier. In a microwave safe bowl, add a cup of water and a half a cup of vinegar. If you want you can add some of the lemons you didn’t use for the sink. Put it in the microwave and cook it for at least five minutes (maybe more). The solution should be boiling. Let the solution cool for 15 minutes before opening the door.  Remove the solution and wipe out the inside of your microwave.

Grocery bag grime

You’re saving the planet cutting out one plastic bag at a time, but did you know those reusable bags can hold bacteria and lingering food? Regularly run your grocery bags through the wash to keep the grime and germs away.

Get your stainless steel stainless

Keep those fingerprints at bay with an easy solution. Mix one teaspoon of dish detergent and one quart of hot water. Use a microfiber cloth and the solution to rub small circles on the spots. Rinse with hot water and dry immediately.

Junk busters

Go through your junk drawers and discard anything you haven’t used or needed in the last year. When replacing the leftover objects, use small organization containers to keep everything easily accessible. Your junk drawers will look less junky and more organized.

Makeup managed

It is important to keep your makeup current. Check expiration dates and discard anything that is expired. Not all products will have a specific date on the package, but they will say how many months they are good for after opening.

While you’re in your makeup storage, you should also clean your brushes. Put a drop of shampoo or dish soap onto your palm and rub the bristles into the soap. Gently work the suds into all of the bristles and hold the bristles down to rinse under the faucet. Gently shake and lay the brushes on a paper towel to dry.

Vacuum the hidden places

There are a lot of hard to reach places throughout your house. When you’re doing your deep cleaning, move your furniture and vacuum behind and underneath it. Even though these areas aren’t high traffic areas, they still collect a lot of dust.

Beautiful bookshelves

After reading your books or magazines, you may just throw them on the shelf. Instead of alphabetizing them (yes, we really do discourage this), organize by size and color. Your shelves will be more aesthetically pleasing. While you’re organizing the shelves, don’t forget to dust and remove any unwanted marks or stains.

Disinfect the toys

Make use of the dishwasher to wash your children’s and your pet’s toys. You can run all the plastic toys in the dishwasher on a quick cycle, just make sure you skip the heated dry. For stuffed toys, read the instructions on the tag. If the tag is missing, put the toys into a mesh bag or pillowcase and wash on the gentle cycle.

Appliances need love too

While you’re cleaning every crevice of your home, don’t forget about the big ones. Make sure you share some of the cleaning love with your appliances. You can get packets of cleaner to run through your dishwasher and your washer. Also, run the clean cycle on your oven, and make sure you clean out and wipe down the inside of your refrigerator. 

 

Don’t have enough time to get all of these tasks done? Put the tasks in the LifeSquire App, and your LifeSquire personal assistant will tackle them for you.

 

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s time to get your clean on, so download our free Spring Cleaning Checklist to keep you on track.

LifeSquire’s mission is to be a blessing, but how?

How many times have you had to use that old saying, “sometimes life gets in the way,” when your friends or family mention they haven’t seen you in a while? We all say it, and we all say it often. Unfortunately, the part of life that gets in the way is the long hours in the office, the chores and errands, and all of the other requirements of adulting. Adulting often leads to less time with your friends and family that you used to.

When life starts impeding on your time, this is where LifeSquire steps in. We are passionate about easing the burdens that come from time poverty. You are overextended. We can help. Here’s how:

LifeSquire Direct

LifeSquire Direct offers a variety of services that will fulfill the needs of your home or office. We cater to busy individuals, working professionals, and businesses big and small to provide you with a top quality personal assistant, personal chef, and handyman.

How it works: LifeSquire offers services on a project basis, or you can have regular service by selecting one of our monthly packages. Are you not sure what all LifeSquire can do for you? The short answer is, practically anything, but here are some of the many tasks we constantly conquer:

  • Meeting service providers

  • Grocery shopping

  • Household management

  • Transportation

  • Home and office organization

  • Moving coordination, support, and packing/unpacking

  • Cooking and meal prep for any diet

  • Errands and shopping

  • Administrative Assistants for your office

  • Event planning

  • Travel planning

  • Break-up support and move coordination

  • Pet care

  • … and more!

LifeSquire Connect

Finding the wrong employee and turnover gets expensive. LifeSquire Connect draws upon our experience working with caretakers to recruit the right support staff employee to meet your individual needs.

How it works: Our job placement program doesn’t recruit for every position; we are specific to support staff team members. When we say support staff, we mean administrative positions, professional positions, personal assistants, virtual assistants, nannies, and more.

Once you are ready for us to find your next employee, we custom create an ad for your position and begin to recruit. We comb through the resumes and select a few qualified candidates to get more information from. We bring the selected candidates in for the first interview and send them home with homework, including two personality tests. Once we feel we have found a potential fit, we send you all the of the information we have gathered and set-up a meeting with you. After you pick your new employee, we will have them agree to a background check. Your new employee then will be eligible to enroll in our LifeSquire Academy assistant training program.  

LifeSquire Academy

Backed by over eight years of assistant experience, LifeSquire has developed a professional online (coming soon) or on location training program for your current and aspiring assistants, called LifeSquire Academy

The details: Through this training program, your assistant will learn how to meet and exceed your expectations. Some of the topics LifeSquire Academy covers include the psychology of assistants, etiquette, how to set and maintain professional boundaries, organizational styling, and time management.

LifeSquire On Demand

Never find yourself in a bind again. LifeSquire on Demand provides immediate assistant service seven days a week. When you use our S.O.S. function, a Squire will stop what they are doing to make sure your task is done right away. You can use this service for any tasks you can’t handle at that moment; some examples include picking up your children, picking up and bringing over forgotten party supplies, grocery shopping, feeding and taking your pets for potty breaks, and more.

How it works: If you live in the Oklahoma City metro area, you can take advantage of our On Demand service. On the LifeSquire App, select the S.O.S. button. Fill out your request and hit send. This request will instantly go out to all of our assistants. Once it is accepted, you’ll get a notification. This service is available for the low price of $1 a minute.  

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Top 5 characteristics of a good nanny and how to get one

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When you think of nannies, you probably think of nanny extraordinaire, Mary Poppins. As much as we would all love her to give our own children a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, she can’t help all of the families in the world.

Before you fret, we have good news. You don’t need Mary Poppins. There are a lot of amazing and talented nannies out there that haven’t graced the big screen. But what characteristics, other than a magical umbrella, should a nanny be blessed with?

Loves children

This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but a good nanny should love being in the company of children. The majority of his/her day has very little adult interaction and is mostly consumed by time with kids. If you have a nanny that doesn’t enjoy children all that much, they aren’t the nanny for you.

Safety advocate

Safety should come first and foremost when your nanny is on duty. Adventurous children can end up in a lot of precarious situations if their caretaker doesn’t have safety on the brain. Your nanny should also be CPR certified.

Communication aficionado

A nanny doesn’t just have to communicate with adults; they also have to communicate with children.  A good nanny should be able to relay and receive information from people of all ages. As a parent, you are going to want information about your children, and you will want your nanny to understand your requirements and wants for your children. Your nanny should also receive and expect feedback from you.

The double R

Reliability and responsibility are two traits that should be at your nanny’s core. You’re a busy person, and you have hired a nanny to care for your children while you focus on the tasks at hand. You need a nanny that you can rely on, not one that calls in or skips work regularly. Since your nanny will be caring for your children, it is also pertinent that they are responsible and capable of providing proper childcare.

Personality match

A personality is more than their attitude. It is important to know that their personality traits and strengths match that of a caretaker.  One thing to keep in mind is that skills can be learned, but the right personality traits last forever.

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Want a nanny?

LifeSquire Connect offers a curated job placement service specifically targeted at finding you a perfect nanny match.

Have a nanny? Want the relationship to work better? LifeSquire Academy and Association ongoing training and support for those in support roles.

Contact us for more information.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

10 quick and easy ways to practice self-care every day

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With the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to neglect yourself. After spending extra hours in the office, your nights end up looking like a whirlwind of activity from cooking to wrangling children into bed by bedtime. And after all that, your bed and Netflix look more and more attractive.

While it is extremely important to get those tasks done on a daily basis, it is even more important to make time for some self-care. Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t have the time to spend days at the spa or going on regular shopping sprees, but self-care is more than just an outing.  Here are some self-care ideas to add to your daily to-do list:

Write about it

No matter how bad your day has been, there will always be something that makes you feel grateful.  So whether it is the fact that you are still breathing or you won the lottery, grab a journal and write down five positive things in your life each day. When you write down positive things in your life, it puts more emphasis on the things you are grateful for instead of the stressors in your life. Focus on the good.

A positive morning

Start every day with something positive. Whether you read inspirational quotes, stories or you indulge in your favorite coffee drink, try to start each morning with something that makes you feel good. You can do this while sipping your morning coffee and not have to add any extra time to your already busy morning.

Give back

If you want a quick positivity boost, do something for someone else. Volunteer once a month or help a friend or loved one out with a project they can’t do alone. Sharing your talents and giving back to the community is good for your soul.

Go on a technology detox

In most situations, you can’t imagine turning your cellphone off and taking a break from social media, but sometimes one way to make the craziness of the world stop turning is to take a break from the center of it. As much as you love social media, it can play a real role in your mood. Don’t be afraid to take a break, even if it is just for one hour.

Just say no

To all of the overachievers out there, it is okay to say no when someone asks to make plans with you. We often find ourselves wanting to do more than we are actually capable of doing. So while you don’t have to give a solid no, don’t be afraid to ask for that night out for a later date.

Playtime with pets

Pets have this furry covered way of soothing the soul. When you spend time petting and playing with your pets, you’ll easily forget the stresses of the day. If you don’t have a pet, visit your local rescue for all the playtime you can handle.

Have a self-date

It may sound a little weird, but you should always date yourself. Spend an hour alone doing something that feeds your soul. Maybe it is taking the time to read that new book you’ve been dying to start or relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Do something that is for you and only you.

Just dance

Turn on your favorite song, and dance like no one is watching. Not only is music good for your soul, but dancing can put a little bounce in your step. Never deny yourself a mini dance party.

Take a road trip

There are likely some beautiful places within a short drive of you. Do some research for local sites to see and plan a short day trip over the weekend. So when the weather is nice, load up the car with your family or some close friends and hit the road.

Get in the right mindset

Download a meditation app on your phone and start your mornings with some peaceful relaxation before hitting the stress-filled traffic on your way to work.  Better yet, get to work a little early and listen to your meditation app before heading into the office. You’ll be a lot calmer, and it will be easier to start tackling your day.

A little goes a long way

Self-care is vital to your well-being. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair to be considered self-care.   Just do a little something every day of the week, and you’ll quickly feel that stress fog lift. Make sure you add self-care to your to-do list daily and make it a priority in your life. 

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

7 home organization tips to conquer the clutter war

7 home organization tips to conquer the clutter war

Did you start this year off by watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? We did too. You may want to immediately start wanting to find out what sparks your joy, but moving too quickly and taking on too much too fast will turn into organization overload.  Here are some of our best tips to set you up for home organization success:

Start in one place

You may want to grab the trash bags and embrace the minimalist life, but it is important to start in one place. Instead of creating a huge mess by tackling every room at once, pick one place in one room to start. Once that spot has become an organization masterpiece, move on to the next.

Visibility, Accessibility, Flexibility

The most important concepts to remember when organizing are items should be visible, accessible, and flexible. Choose organization containers that are clear and easily labeled to make it easy to identify the contents. You create accessibility by prioritizing the need of the contents. Put the less used items higher on the shelf than every-day items. When you decide on your storage systems, pick containers that can adapt and grow as your needs change. Make sure all of your containers are flexible and able to solve a variety of home organization problems.

Maximize wasted space

Cabinets are an organizers dream come true, but most homes don’t come fully equipped with enough of these little storage miracles.  Luckily there is a solution to the lack of cabinet space, and that is to make use of wasted space. Take time to think about places that can be transformed into organizational havens. Some places you should use include under beds, over and behind doors, closet floors, and more.

Go container crazy

Containers not only help keep your items in one place, they can also dress up a shelf while keeping your items hidden. Make use of baskets, boxes, trays, and more when you’re organizing. We recommend taking a trip to The Container Store to get all the containers you need and more. Variety is key.

Say yes to color

Color coding your life is more than just creating a perfect rainbow in your closet. It doesn’t matter what room you are trying to organize; you can enhance it with color. A great way to make use of color is clearing up paper clutter with a color-coded filing system. You can also use color to help your kids keep their toys in place. If you have multiple children, give each child a colored bin for storage of their toys. You can also use multiple colored bins to organize by type of toy. Never say no to color.

The 2-year rule

Becoming a clothing and shoe hoarder is easy. When it comes to clearing out your closet, we suggest the 2-year rule. If you haven’t worn the clothing or shoes in the last two years, it is probably time to donate it. Once those clothes are out of the way, go through your remaining items and separate them into three piles: keep, discard, and donate.   

Give back

Over the past eight years, LifeSquire personal assistants have been organizing homes and offices throughout the Oklahoma City metro area.  We have helped people minimalize and enhance their homes through organizational bliss. In doing so, we have donated thousands of items to different local nonprofits. This year, LifeSquire has partnered with local nonprofit, Focus On Home.  LifeSquire wants to bless this nonprofit with donations from our organization projects. If you’d like to help us bless families in need, contact us about your home good donations after you’ve minimalized.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager