Tips on how to deal with clutter…

1. Commit to do something about it – this is an important first step.

2. Set a goal for your room – plan the space to serve you and how you want to live.

3. Start small – begin with a manageable project such as a junk drawer or bookshelf.

4. Edit items – keep only things which serve your goal for the space.

5. Think green – items you no longer need can be donated or sold.

6. Schedule time to organize – even 20 minutes a day will go a long way.

If you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or simply don’t have enough time to tackle clutter on your own, a Professional Organizer can help.

Testimonials

I have known Mr. Poole since January of 2009 when he and his wife became patients at our clinic. Since this time we have built a clinical relationship due to his interest in the field of Ergonomics. I have been practicing in various capacities in health care for the past 20 years. Past interests in cardiac and respiratory health care as well as working in both the hospital and home care settings lead me to be a more preventative and proactive health care model. I have been practicing as a liscenced chiropractor in the province of Nova Scotia for 7 years in Clayton Park and work with various health care practitioners in the HRM.

I am writing this letter in regards to Mr. Poole's capacity to perform quality and insightful ergonomic assessments and recommendations. His ability to assist workers with postural problems and integrate meaningful solutions and cost effective strategies is very detailed and practical. Chris has been very helpful to my patients with regards to performing timeley, on-site assessments. I have witnessed and been impressed with his ability to find quick and cost effective means to create productive and user-friendly employees workstations.

To this end, I feel quite comfortable recommending Mr. Poole as a competent, ergonomic expert. His professional and courteous mature makes it easy for people to like and trust him. Chris has worked as an IT professional and has spent many hours sitting at a desk and as a result has endured the rigors of postural strain and the symptoms associated with it. This is what has fueled his passion for this type of problem solving and what makes him very good at what he does.

If you have any questions or concerns with respect to this letter of reference, please do not hesitate to call me at 902-445-9335. E-mail: dr.fox@glenbournechiropractic.ca

Respectfully,
Dr. Jason T. Fox, RRT, RCPT(p), DC

Dr. Jason T. Fox
Glenbourne Chiropractic

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Home & Business Inventory

Home and Business Inventory Services:

Organizing a home, or managing records for business, includes identifying equipment, electronics, valuables, artwork, etc., that are no longer needed.  These unwanted items can be simply discarded, but it is recommended to donate items in good condition to a school, daycare, or charity.  First, determine the value of the item as you may be able to receive a tax deduction for the non-cash donation.  Also consider other family members who may need the item, or would place a sentimental value on the object.  Consideration can also be made to selling online, such as through eBay, or kijiji, or through traditional yard sales and newspaper ads.

Homeowners can turn their attention to those remaining items.  Ask yourself if you kept it for a useful or decorative purpose.  Identify the room it should be in, how often it is used, and if decorative, does it compliment the space you intend to place it?

Business owners with inventory for resale need to keep annual records for tax purposes.  Small business owners may need assistance recording each item in stock, with description, value, and other details which will also identify slow moving inventory.

In addition to organizing, space planning, and creating custom storage solutions, ArtWORKable Interiors will help you create a record of electronics, artwork, etc., which is very useful for determining content insurance coverage, help manage warranty and maintenance paperwork, as well as, assist the Halifax Police, or RCMP, to attempt to recover any stolen items.  Insurance agents recognize that a number of homeowners do not update their records for new purchases, and as a result, many homeowners are under-insured.  Police agencies cannot guarantee recovery of stolen items, but having serial and model numbers, and even pictures, increase your chances.  Manufacturers may not cover your warranty if you cannot prove your date of purchase.  Keeping records of valuables would also make it easier to prepare your will.  Business owners need inventory of stock and equipment for tax purposes.

Starting an inventory record from scratch can be a daunting experience, and the ArtWORKable team can provide tips and strategies to organize your possessions, determine value, and record details that may be needed suddenly.  Packages are available to help you start the process, and for record maintenance on an ongoing basis.

Storage Tips

 Storage baskets, shelving, cabinets, closets, etc., should be able to hold 20% more than your current storage items.  Home businesses need to have room to expand and room to move, without breaking a nail.  Items no longer required should be recycled, donated, or purged.

Screen Tips

Small spaces usually have limited storage, so a decorative screen in the corner would be a great place to hide items and still be easily accessible.  Large rooms may seem vacant, adding a decorative screen will create style, warmth and reduce echo’s.

Ergonomic Mouse

If your looking for a very effective and comfortable ergonomic mouse, check out this website: http://www.handshoemouse.com/

Contact ArtWORKable Interiors – Ergonomic Division for more information or to order a custom fit.

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Decor & Curb Appeal Accessories

Sometimes a favourite collection starts to overwhelm a room.  To many small items on every surface makes the eye jump around and the space seem cluttered.  Consider organizing collection pieces by colour, size, etc., and display a group of 3, 5, or 7 objects of various height.  Each season switch them with the next grouping in storage.  Each piece of your collection will then receive the special attention you feel they deserve.

Organizational

Organizational Tip: What are you doing in that room?  Is that what you should be doing?  What you need organized in each room depends on the function.  How many functions are needed for the room?  Is there another room better suited?  Once these are answered, you can begin organizing space and items.

Murals and Trompe L’oeil

Murals and Trompe L’oeil Tip: From simple patterns to full wall art, murals add to your room’s decor theme in many ways.  Do you want to expand a small room visually, or add a virtual plant?  Maybe you wish you had a window?  Does the baby’s room need something special?  Each mural is an original artwork.

Home Decor

Home Decor Bedroom Tip:  The purpose for a bedroom is to sleep!  Relax your mind at the end of each day with treasured family heirlooms, your child’s framed art, or a good book.  Storage items can be kept at the in-laws! Wake up in a clutter free room and you’ll have a great start.

Ergonomic Myths

It’s impossible to become injured while sitting.

Wrong. We usually think that a work injury means being hit on the head by a crate or throwing our back out lifting something heavy. In fact, there are very significant strains placed on the body when someone sits for long periods of time, particularly while performing a repetitive activity like regular computing.

Giving everyone a wrist rest will remove the risk.

Wrong. In many cases wrist support will help keep the wrists straight during keyboard use – an important goal. It also helps to have a soft surface for the hands in between actual keying, but many other ergonomic factors of the workstation need to be addressed to achieve optimum prevention.

Serious injuries are always very painful.

Wrong. When we feel an occasional ache or pain our natural response is to think that a couple of aspirin and some rest will cure the pain. Unfortunately, the early signs of potentially serious injuries are exactly these subtle and occasional pains. That is the time to respond, and that is the exact time when they can be controlled, preventing a potentially severe disability.

A safety program will compromise productivity.

Wrong. An effective prevention program emphasizes comfort. It’s when the body is stressed and over-used by poor postures, shallow breathing, tight muscles, and lack of movement that tissues are at risk. When we are comfortable and using our energy efficiently, we get more done, think clearly, and don’t fatigue so early in the day. Onsight also focuses on the efficient use of technology. Too many people waste hand movement and time by not learning key features of their computer.

A prevention program will be too expensive.

Wrong. Many owners and managers of organizations that rely heavily on computer use fear that addressing this issue will involve great expense, perhaps new chairs for everyone. Actually, the centerpiece of a safety program is awareness, teaching managers and workers alike to respond early to persistent symptoms, and to practice easily-learned safe work habits.

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