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Twenty Ideas for 2020

Karen Caccavo decluttering, Financial Organizing, Paperwork Organizing

Whether or not you make New Year’s Resolutions, here is a list of fresh ideas (not resolutions!) to inspire you as we enter a new year and new decade. Feel free to pick and choose the ones that appeal to you and edit them to better fit where you are right now. Please let Personal Money ManagerSM know if you …

As a financial organizer, I keep both the big picture and the details in focus at all times. It's a balancing act.

The Big Picture and the Details

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing, Important Documents, Paperwork Organizing, Working with Clients

As a financial organizer / daily money manager, I keep both the big picture and the details in focus at all times.  It’s a balancing act that’s essential to doing the job well. In a typical month-end client visit, I and my client open and review the bank statement. Using this as a jumping-off point, here’s how I zoom in …

Bring that back-to-school energy to your financial organizing

Bring that Back-to-School Energy to Your Financial Organizing

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Organizing Tips

Feel the energy and anticipation of the back-to-school season?  After a long lazy summer, change is in the air!  (And regular readers know that I enjoy any excuse to “hit the refresh button” when it comes to my specialty, financial organizing / daily money management).  So what is it about autumn back-to-school time that can inspire your financial organizing?  Here …

You may remember that I’ve written about what I learned from my new kitten. Rosie Mittens has grown up beautifully. Now I’d like to share some life lessons from another living thing in my house: my sourdough starter! These, too, inform both my personal life and my professional life as a financial organizer / daily money manager.

Paperwork Pointers from an Unexpected Source

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Life Lessons, Paperwork Organizing, Working with Seniors

You may remember that I’ve written about what I learned from my new kitten.  Rosie Mittens has grown up beautifully.  Now I’d like to share some paperwork pointers from another living thing in my house:  my sourdough starter!  This, too, informs both my personal life and my professional life as a financial organizer / daily money manager. Weekly fresh-baked bread …

Can procrastination be good?

Want to Get More Things Done? Try Procrastinating!

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Productivity

Can procrastination be good?  An article by Adam Grant in The New York Times asserted that when facing creative challenges, procrastinating can actually yield better results.  To illustrate, the writer tells of almost finishing an article but putting it aside.  Then, before submitting it, he found new inspiration and ending up submitting a more interesting piece. Surprise!  Procrastination is a …

As a financial organizer, my objective is to bring more ease and order to my clients' lives.

Sometimes It’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing, Living Independently, Working with Seniors

As financial organizer / daily money manager, my objective is to bring more ease and order — to make a difference — in my clients’ lives. I achieve this in a variety of ways. I often start by tackling the big issues that are making life difficult for a client.  Erratic bill-paying? I create a system so bills are scrutinized …

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, Financial Organizing

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 …