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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

A LifeSquire Christmas

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'Twas a month before Christmas, & all through the town
the Squires were hurrying and rushing around;
The gifts were all purchased & wrapped with great care,
To Do lists were handled, no need to despair!

The houses were clean.  They had made all the beds,
The laundry was folded. And the pets were all fed. 
The dog had been walked. The clothes put away. 
They had dinner ready at the end of your day.

They replaced burnt out light bulbs from atop tall ladders,
You’ll know when they come that nothing’s the matter.
They polished the silver and took out the trash.
They moved through the houses as quick as a flash,

With a mix of assistants, all lively and quick,
You know in a moment that they’re the best pick.
More rapid than eagles, the Squires they came, 
And organized everything, so order could reign.

"Now, DISHES! Now, DUSTING! Now, done with the kitchen!
With checklists for tasks, there’s nothing that’s missing!
We’ve swept the front porch and tidied the hall.
Now cross it off! Cross it off! Cross it off all! 

They handle it all, those tasks under roof, 
And send you a wrap-up, in case you need proof.
They come to your space, and they turn it around,
They tidy, declutter, organization abounds!
 
Your tasks are all handled, So go and be merry!
Rest easy; they’ve got this! They’re your personal fairy.
And surely your mouth will draw up like a bow,
When you see all your ducks that they’ve put in a row.

They sprang to their sleighs, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Now hear them exclaim, as they drive out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!


Poem Reimagined By Ashlyn Johnson

Give the gift

of more time

A LifeSquire gift card truly gives the gift of more time without the hassle of constructing a time machine. When you purchase and give a LifeSquire gift card, you are giving a gift like no other. You can give your loved ones as little 2 hours or a whole month of service. Contact us for more information.

Why technology can’t replace your assistant

Assistant vs Smart Assistants

As technology advances, offices are constantly changing. It’s no lie that smart assistants are rapidly joining the workplace, and they are quite attractive. They offer the freedom to talk to your phone, they will place orders for you, they will research topics for you, they will set-up conference calls without much effort, and they even offer help without having to pay a salary.

And while this all sounds very nice, the reality is that this technology just can’t do it all. Your assistant does way more for you than the Alexas, Siris, and Google Homes of the world. So before you start thinking about cutting that salary, we want to explain why your assistant is more beneficial to you than you think.

The right connection

Building a strong connection with your assistant is important.  With a strong connection comes good communication and mind reading. Ok, so not really mind reading, but instead anticipating your needs. How would it make you feel to have someone that knew exactly what you needed before you even knew it?

For example, your assistant will see on your calendar that you have a meeting with XYZ client and can pull all of the files and history you may need about the client and the topic for the meeting. Instead of having to go to your assistant’s desk and ask for those materials, the materials will be there waiting. This is the kind of connection that is important in the assistant/boss relationship.

With a smart assistant, you have to tell it everything you want and sometimes more. And even after you ask, there is a chance the information it provides will still be inaccurate. Questions have to be said in short, extremely clear sentences instead of in the language you are accustomed to. Your smart assistant can’t read your mind, and it will never shave time off of your day by anticipating your needs.

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Smart assistants just aren’t that smart. There, we said it. How many times have you pulled out your phone and asked Siri a question and she gave you the most random answer? No Siri, I didn’t ask for computer reliability, I asked for company resilience. While Siri does her best, she just can’t keep up.

You can spend your time arguing with your phone about what subject you really need, or you can hand it over to your assistant. Your assistant won’t be holding a magic wand that convinces Siri to look up the right information, but he/she could easily find the information or more for you while you get back to other tasks and forget about your phone.

Until technology gets smart enough to distinguish accents and other speech barriers, you can’t rely on a smart assistant to always find the answers you seek.

Calendar control

When running your own business, your calendar quickly becomes the life source of your job.  Without a proper calendar you could lose track of your meetings, overbook, or constantly stay in a state of confusion. So why not have your smart assistant handle it?

That sounds good in theory, but your smart assistant won’t truly have control of your calendar. Sure it can add and remove tasks off of your schedule, and send reminders, but that is about the extent of it. A good assistant can maintain your schedule, prepare you for meetings, rearrange your schedule when needed, can reschedule canceled appointments, book travel arrangements for upcoming trips, and anticipate all of your needs with calendar access.

Task matters

We don’t have to tell you that your smart assistant abilities are very limited, but we are going to tell you anyway. Having a real assistant provides more benefits to you than an Alexa.

Your assistant will come with a varied background, and with the LifeSquire Academy training program they will know how to help you in both your office and your home.  This type of work can range from making copies, working on projects, doing errands, and so much more.

Since your smart assistant is a piece of technology and it cannot help you with all of your needs. This means that you will be putting in more hours to fulfill them. More work means less family and personal time. That leads to higher stress levels and unhappiness. It’s a spiral that can easily be stopped with support from the right person.   

In the end

You have a lot on your plate, and while a smart assistant is an asset that will benefit your company, it isn’t one that can replace your assistant.  Your assistant is the support system that helps give you your time back, so don’t be lured by the hype of a smart assistant. Until we enter the IRobot era, you need your assistant more than your phone.

If you need help finding the perfect assistant or if you need help training your current assistant, contact LifeSquire, your resource for all things assistant.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

Tis the season for a holiday helper

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And while it is the time of the year we all look forward to, it also can bring a lot of stress. Ugh, stress. But instead of being a stress ball just waiting for the holidays to be over, you can be as bright as your star tree topper.

LifeSquire personal assistants are available to help with your everyday tasks and holiday preparation. Hand us the tasks so that you can focus on your family and the gatherings that will bring your holiday cheer all month long. Not sure how we can help during this time of year? Here are a few ways a personal assistant can help you:

Decorating

Nothing puts you in the holiday mood like holiday decorations. From Christmas trees to table décor, the holiday spirit will brighten everyone’s day. While putting the ornaments on the Christmas tree is the fun part, the set-up isn’t. Your personal assistant can get the set-up done, so your family can decorate the tree after dinner.

Gift purchasing and wrapping

During the next month, the lines at the checkout counters will get longer and longer as people purchase gifts for their friends and family. Gift-giving is one of the best feelings in the world, but shopping all day can be taxing. Did you know your personal assistant is available to purchase and return gifts for you?

Also, LifeSquire personal assistants recently took a training class on gift wrapping, so you could pretty much call us experts. So instead of letting those gifts pile up for a last minute wrap fest, let us know you need help. You’ll be able to focus on your family instead of the wrapping.

Pet and babysitting

Holiday parties and holiday travel become worry-free and fun when you use LifeSquire. You can schedule LifeSquires to take care of your pets and children without fear. Our assistants are CPR certified and have experience with both child and pet care.

Party planning

Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings, and a lot of fun. If you need help with planning your events, have your personal assistant help. Not only do our assistants love planning a party, we also have trusted vendors to ensure your party goes smoothly.

Grocery shopping and food preparation

Loading up the list and having your food put away has never been easier. Create a task on our app and put a checklist of items you need from the store. LifeSquire personal assistants will pick up the groceries you need and organize your cabinets too. You can also have our assistants help you with meal preparation and baking. If ordering holiday dinner is more your style, let your assistant know so they can get your order in ASAP.

Office support

Not only is this the season for celebration, but it is also the season for vacation. A lot of workers are using their vacation time to see family members or just to get away. With a lot of people away, you may need extra help in the office. Let LifeSquire know if you need one of our assistants to fill-in and provide administrative help.

 

There are a number of things our assistants can do for you, just let us know what kind of help you need. For more information about personal assistants read our FAQ page

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

October in OK!

If you're like us, you love indulging in a little Halloween fun come October! And we know the kiddos like the sweet treats. But there's more to the holiday than one night of trick-or-treating. Oklahoma has more Halloween fun than we know what to do with! Here are 13 spooktacularly fun things to do in and around Oklahoma City this year.

Storybook Village, Edmond

Lake Arcadia’s Spring Creek Park is the perfect setting for this Halloween fun. The candy trail leads guests to a hayride that takes them to a mini carnival area where the kids can play free games to win cool Halloween themed prizes (glow in the dark vampire teeth, anyone?). The best part of the Storybook Village is the end: individual campfires are set up so you and your family can slow down and enjoy roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire. Runs October 23rd-30th from 5:30-8:30 PM

Castle of Muskogee, Muskogee

This treasure hosts a plethora of haunted houses that range from G-rated family fun to downright terrifying zombie chases! With enough behind castle walls to fill your whole day, this place is really worth the trip. Open Fridays and Saturdays through October 29th, 6-10 PM.

Ghost Tours, Guthrie

Guthrie hosts the most haunt for your gas mileage. There are guided ghost tours downtown, which include a visit to the Blue Belle Saloon. After your ghost tour, check in for a night at the Stone Lion Inn, the funeral home turned B&B. Other stops to make on your Guthrie ghost trek are the Dominion house, First Territorial Prison, Logan County Memorial Hospital and Old Sante Fe Depot!

Fright Fest at Frontier City, OKC

Beginning October 1st, this frightfully delightful events runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween eve, featuring costumed ghouls and monsters, a trick-or-treat trail for the kids and a great haunted house for the older ones. Admission to activities is free with park admission (extra charge for the haunted house).

Haunt the Zoo, OKC

Bring the kids for some top-rate safe Halloween fun! Admission is $7 for kids and accompanying adults get free. Runs 6:30 - 8:30 PM each night from the 26th through the 31st, featuring several days of trick-or-treating.

PumPkinville at Myriad Gardens, OKC

This event is a wonder for kids and adults alike! The Myriad Botanical Gardens has transformed the grounds into a Halloween wonderland! Filled with arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, train rides, and storytelling, the kids will be sure to enjoy. Runs October 7th-23rd from 10 AM-5 PM. Admission is $6 or free for members.

Not-So-FRIghtening-Fun at Science Museum, OKC

Held on October 29th, this overnight event features special experiments, including making swamp goo! Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, and check-in is at 6 PM. Call (405) 602-3760 to register.

Haunt the RiveR Cruises, OKC

For more adult-friendly fun, every Saturday in October adults can get dressed up and enjoy a costumed Oklahoma River cruise. Haunt the River Cruises are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and include entertainment and cash bar.

Booville at Frontier City, OKC

For the younger ones heading to Frontier City (specifically 54” and under according to their website), dress up and follow the Trick-Or-Treat trail in Kiddie Land to grab some goodies. It’s included with park admission. Runs from October 1st-30th, Saturday and Sunday from 4-6 PM.

Halloween Train Ride, OKC

Put on your Halloween costume and enjoy a train ride at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. The train leaves Oakwood Depot on October 31st at 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Brick or Treat, OKC

From 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th, take the kids to Bricktown for trick-or-treating at district businesses. Kids must be in costume and under 14 to participate, and the annual event also includes pumpkin painting.

Haunt the Harn, OKC

This is a classic Halloween experience at the Harn Homestead Museum! Go for hayrides, games, bobbing for apples, marshmallow roasting by the fire, crafts, and trick-or-treating. Family members of all ages can have a great time on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Spooktacular Halloween Carnival, Mustang

Mustang's annual Halloween carnival has petting zoo, train rides, games and more, all absolutely free. Held at Wild Horse Park and organized by the city's Parks and Recreation Department, it includes a special area for the younger kids.