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Plan Your Appointments

March 27, 2015
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After Pilates class on Saturday, I walked to my local nail salon eager to revise my Frankenstein looking chipped black nails for something, well a little more polished. To my horror (literally you should have seen my face) they were booked. The manicurist asked if I had an appointment —- an appointment, hmm what a novel idea. My nails (still chipped) were the impetus for this post.

For the most part, each year you’ll have the same type of appointments — two dental cleanings, one doc visit, six hair colorings, 25 nail appointments. What if you got organized and actually booked these in advance? Think about the time you would save, the preferential dates and hours of appointments you’d secure and a whole lot less stress from begging for someone to “fit you in”.

Here are our five best tips for getting your appointment life organized:

1. Make a list of what appointments you’ll need for the year and categorize them. For example:

Beauty:

Hair, Nails, Waxing

Medical:

Dentist, Doctor, Acupuncturist, Optometrist

Other:

DMV, Accountant, Psychic

2. Look at each individual type of appointment and decide in what month you’ll need to have the appointment.

For example:

Hair: Every Other Month

Nails: Every Month

Accountant: Once Per Year

3. During the first week of each new quarter: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 – book all of  your appointments for that three month time period.

For example:

Quarter 1: 2 hair appointments, 3 nail appointments and an accountant appointment need to be made.

4. Store your appointments on an online calendar like Google Calendar so you can access it from any computer.

5. Set a reminder two weeks before each scheduled appointment to confirm it still works with your schedule — we get it, things come up!

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Are You a Hoarder?

March 7, 2015
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Can’t get rid of stuff–ever? Do you have a room in your home stuffed with anything and everything — a place where you just hope no one ever enters…ever thought you could have a bit of a hoarding problem? The Mayo Clinic says hoarding is “the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them.”

There are even animals that are hoarders. The Arctic Gray Jay stores 100,000 mouthfuls of berries, insects and spiders so that he has enough food for the winter. A male species of bird called Black Wheaters, spend time piling up heavy stones before mating season–a way to advertise to their potential mates that they’ve got Darwinian fitness.

Researchers have recently discovered various patterns that many hoarders have:

  • hoarding runs in families – so it could be genetic.
  • hoarders tend to be emotional.
  • they tend to attach to things very sentimentally.
  • they think of their stuff – like coffee cups and newspapers – like you think of your finest jewelry.
  • they are often intelligent and well educated.
  • they have a profound inability to make decisions.
  • they are overtalkers.

Psychologists say hoarding is different than OCD because people don’t respond to treatment with antidepressant drugs and hoarders actually like being surrounded by their stuff. In a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, hoarders were shown to have lower activity in the cingulate gyrus—a structure that runs through the middle of the brain, front to back—particularly in areas known to be involved in decision making and focusing attention. Researchers now think drugs like Ritalin (used for ADD) could help by improving concentration and attention.

Perhaps you’re the opposite of a hoarder — your home is so tidy and neat you don’t have a single piece of excess. Researchers say some people are the opposite of hoarders and have a compulsive need to discard — called compulsive spartinism. But that’s for another day.

Consignment Shopping

Consignment Stores: Cash and a Cleaner Closet!

January 6, 2015
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It’s a little easier to get rid of ‘stuff’ when you’re making money off of it–and one of the best ways to get organized is to have less to actually organize. Enter: the consignment store.

There’s a big difference between resale and consignment. Shops like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co. are resale — because you literally sell your items to the shop. If they like your stuff, they’ll give you a check right then. With consignment, you don’t get paid until the shop sells the item. Why choose consignment over resale? Because you’ll probably get more money and if you’ve got designer items consignment stores can specialize in selling particular brands.

Consignment Selling 101

The Pros: You’ll make money, with little effort.

The Cons: If you’re not good with ‘confrontation’ it can be a bit hard to hear someone tell you that basically, no one wants to buy your stuff.

Our favorite virtual consignment store: TheRealReal – just email them the items you want to sell and if approved they’ll send you a prepaid Fedex label to ship them your items. Once your item sells you’ll get paid the next month. You can track the status of your items with their account login system.

Our favorite in-person consignment stores:

Southern CA: On Que Style

Northern CA: Cris

New York: Second Time Around

Dallas: Revente Resale

Tips for consigning:

  • Ask what brands the store carries.
  • Ask what seasons the store is currently accepting (if it’s freezing outside, it’s hard to sell a cotton sun dress).
  • Ask how soon you’ll get paid.
  • Ask if they’ll notify you when an item sells or if you have to check in.
  • Ask how long they’ll keep your stuff before giving it to charity or back to you.
  • Ask what brands sell the quickest.
  • Ask if they accept accessories.
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WORD! Each other not Eachother?

December 20, 2014
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Pierre Metivier  PMDoes anyone else have a problem with the word (or words) eachother or is it each other.

According to Mignon Fogarty (our favorite Grammar Girl)…  In standard English, “each other” is always two words. Sometimes people who are learning English find this confusing because the pair can sound like one word in spoken English.

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