Paper clutter grows like weeds

Getting into the Weeds With Your Paper Clutter

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing

“Clutter” is one of those words that gets tossed around (guilty as charged!); but what exactly is it? A gardening friend recently told me:  Do you know what a weed is?  It’s a plant you don’t like that’s growing where you don’t want it. As a financial organizer, I’ve transplanted this definition from the garden to the house. After all, …

Financial paperwork is no laughing matter. People must get it done. But the best way to get it done is to have some fun doing it.

Financial Paperwork — Get it Done, With Belly Laughs

Karen Caccavo Working with Clients

No question about it, the financial paperwork that accumulates on my clients’ desks and kitchen tables—from tax documents to medical bills—is no laughing matter.  It all has to be taken seriously. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t also have fun.  As a financial organizer, I get my best results by actively engaging clients in the process, and making the …

Staying independent and in control of one's life is a common desire as we age. How do *you* define independence?

Celebrating Independence Day — for Seniors

Karen Caccavo Living Independently

Recently, my Personal Money ManagerSM workweek included discussions with three of our clients.  At ages 68, 78, and 92, each of those clients has differing degrees of health and capacity.  But for them and many other seniors, the issue of how to maintain independence in a way that meets both their needs and those of their families dominates the discussion. …

Bonding with our possessions makes decluttering challenging

Possessions: Why Decluttering is So Challenging

Karen Caccavo decluttering, Possessions

A few years ago, I was asked to speak about decluttering and organizing.  As my audience took their seats, I offered a basket of letter openers bearing my company name, and invited them to help themselves.  Then I began my talk.  I mentioned the trap of freebies, suggesting that “a freebie isn’t really free.”  Once we take them home, they …

Cognitive Decline Can Force Couples to Change the Way They Handle Their Financial Paperwork

Papa’s Bank Account: Financial Organizing and Dementia

Karen Caccavo Cognitive Decline, Working with Clients

It was a typical assignment for me as a financial organizer—help a senior couple simplify their paperwork and household finances.  The husband had recently been diagnosed with dementia.  Now that she had to handle all of the work herself, the wife wanted to streamline the bill paying and more. The discussion over his stopping driving had already taken place before …

Should I stay or should I move

How to Decide: Should I Stay or Should I Move?

Karen Caccavo Home & Moving

Now that we have survived another Northeast winter, many of my senior clients are wondering, “Should I stay or should I move?”  They often ask me for my input as their trusted advisor (daily money manager/ financial organizer). Here are some ideas I share with people going through this decision-making process.  If you are a senior contemplating whether or not …

What I do as a financial organizer

My First 100 Days as Your Financial Organizer

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Working with Clients

I’m often asked what I do as a financial organizer / daily money manager.  (Understand, first, that I am not a financial planner or advisor; I don’t work with your investments.)  So what should you or a family member of yours expect from working with me?  What is my role? In short:  to gain, or re-gain, control of their financial …

I have too many books. What should I do?

“What Should I Do With All The Books?”

Karen Caccavo Books, decluttering, Financial Organizing

I grew up in a home full of books.  My parents —  avid collectors — took us to book fairs the way other kids are taken to the zoo. But my real education in the book world occurred when my mother moved into assisted living and eventually passed away, leaving thousands of books behind.  I was left to figure out …

Assistance from a daily money manager can help seniors remain independent as they age.

What is a Daily Money Manager … and Why You Need to Know!

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers

Late payment notices, overdraft fees, missed deadlines, confusing medical bills–you don’t have to be a senior to encounter these unwelcome surprises in your mailbox.  While keeping up with paperwork is something people of all ages must do, it can be especially overwhelming for seniors and the disabled.  A trusted family member or friend can help, but people often do not …