Seminar and workshop training programs have been developed to integrate space and storage strategies in conjunction with time management and life balance issues. The goal is to transfer organizing skills and inspire a change in behaviour.
The Priority Pizza
How to break down what you have to do into manageable chunks to make time for what you want to do. Separating obligations from priorities. Learn to separate obligations from priorities with the fun priority pizza graphics.
Tackle It Now!
Learn family organization and motivation using a deceivingly simple, but highly effective annual plan to motivate your family into a "lean, mean organized team, willing to participate in all aspects of family life including laundry and grocery shopping.
Disaster-Proof Your Life
Do you have a personal safety net? Who would you rely on if faced with a disaster? Who would do your job at work? Who would help you care for your family? Learn easy to follow strategies to shore up your defenses against personal disaster.
Clutter Free Workspace
Learn what to keep and where to keep it along with simple storage strategies for every sized space. Become a Filer, not a Piler. Learn once and for all how to deal with the paper in your life.
Havoc to Harmony – One Week at a Time
Based on the booklet by the same name, hear author Karen Sencich outline simple life balancing strategies covering time and space management at home, work or school.
Personal Effectiveness – Creating “Plan B”
Learn how to have a plan and an emergency backup plan for all possible contingencies at home and at work using the Family Management Centre. Covers time, space and storage strategies.
How to Get Out of the House in a Hurry
Everyone wants to be more efficient and more effective in getting it all together to get things done. Utilizing time management and storage techniques along with a little morning motivation to get the troops moving and you have a recipe for success. Perfect for working parents.
Donate it! Don’t Dump It!
Learn environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your unwanted possessions. This is especially important with regards to electronic equipment that may impact our security with regard to identity theft.
Holidays Without Hassles
If gearing up for the holidays makes you crazy, take some time to organize ahead of time using these easy-to-implement ideas from the Holiday Without Hassles booklet. Learn strategies to manage time, money and expectations so everyone can enjoy themselves.
Time, Energy and Resource Balance Made Simple
We have finite amounts of Time, Energy and Resources. Learn how to overcome obstacles and tap into the surrounding "Resource Rings." Strategies for networking and expanding your resources.
The Organized Image
Based on the self-published booklet "The Organized Image - Make it Matter". Topics covered include how image is perceived, body image goal setting and strategies on how to enhance your image at home, work or school. There is an optional portion covering figure enhancement - the 4 different body types and how to best dress them.
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Pack and Go
Now that winter is winding down, many families are planning a spring get away. The key to a relaxing get away is to pack effectively. A personal packing list simplifies the packing process.
- Buy sturdy, lightweight suitcases on wheels, ones that nest together for easy storage.
- Invest in luggage straps to securely strap smaller luggage onto bigger rolling pieces.
- Pack only what you can comfortably carry and lift by yourself.
- There is lots of walking through airports, so wear your most comfortable shoes (remember that you'll have to take them off to go through security).
- Dress in layers for comfort on the plane.
- Plastic compression bags are the best new invention for compact packing. Vacuum pack or roll wrinkle-proof items like underwear, bathing suits, bulky sweaters or socks. Coming home, use the bags to compress dirty laundry to make room to pack souvenirs.
- Pack a roomy, waterproof tote or backpack for necessary carry on items, ID, tickets and mini sized cosmetics. You can use it again as a beach bag or when sightseeing.
- Carry personal prescriptions with you at all times. Include motion sickness remedies available in pills, patch or a magnetic bracelet.
- Remember that you can only carry on a total of 100 ml. of liquids, stored in a see through zip lock baggie. Obtain current international luggage restrictions regarding carrying fluids at www.tc.gc.ca . Also check with your airline for their specific baggage weight regulations and charges since the rules frequently change.
- Have a friend or family member drive you to the airport so you can leave winter wear in the car until you return from the sun. No sense lugging the extra weight of bulky coats.
SAFETY & SECURITY
- Label identification tags using a work address and cell phone number in case luggage is misplaced. (For security reasons never use your home address.)
- On bus tours and cruises luggage is often left unsupervised, so invest in good quality locks.
- Will a safe be available in your room? This may determine whether you travel with real or costume jewellery.
- Don't take a bulky wallet, instead pare down to the essentials: license, health card, ATM and charge cards.
- Code your cell phone with an ICE number (In Case of Emergency contact)
- Pack a flashlight or nightlight to navigate in dark, unfamiliar places
- Check if your destination or cruise ship has a dress code in effect requiring dress jackets and ties for men. When sightseeing find out if there are clothing restrictions, i.e. shorts may not be appropriate in some locations and women may have to cover their heads to enter a church. Be prepared with a pashmina that can double as a scarf or evening shawl.
- Begin with the "Classic Packing Rule of Nine"
- 3 bottoms (skirts, slacks or shorts)
- 4 tops (shirt, blouse, T-shirt, shell or tank top)
- 2 jackets (one weatherproof windbreaker and a jacket, blazer or cardigan)
- Mix and match outfits starting with coordinating classic colours: black, navy, white, and then add bright contrasts. Accessorize to glamorize using belts, scarves, or shawls for a burst of colour. A dressy cardigan with a bit of glitter can dress up any outfit for evening.
- Plan double duty items - an oversize shirt can double as a bathing suit cover or a housecoat.
- Pack one pair of dressy, low heeled sandals
- Pack flip flops instead of slippers and tuck them into your backpack for comfortable sightseeing when your feet tire of walking shoes.
Professional Organizer Karen Sencich is owner of Havoc to Harmony. www.havoctoharmony.com