Organizing your papers may not at first seem scary. Other than a few cobwebs and dust bunnies, what’s the worst danger that can be hiding in the far corners of an attic or file cabinet? You may be surprised!

Does Danger Lurk in Your Paperwork?

Karen Caccavo Important Documents, Paperwork Organizing, Working with Clients

Organizing your papers may not at first seem scary.  Other than a few cobwebs and dust bunnies, what’s the worst  that can be hiding in the far corners of an attic or file cabinet? Does danger lurk in your paperwork? You may be surprised! In my work as a financial organizer / daily money manager, clients have shared with me …

With the aging population, you may find you are called in to help a senior with their personal financial life. If so, here are 3 essential tips….

3 Essential Tips for Working with the Seniors in Your Life

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing, Working with Clients, Working with Seniors

I recently spoke to a local Rotary about my best tips, as an experienced financial organizer / daily money manager, for working effectively with seniors on their financial paperwork. Not everyone chooses, as I have, to make working with clients and their paperwork their career.  But, with the aging population, you may find that you are called in help a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Saving vs Shredding -- Finding Memories on the Back of an Envelope

Saving vs. Shredding: Finding Memories on the Back of an Envelope

Karen Caccavo decluttering, Life Lessons, Preserving Memories, Working with Clients

Clients expect me, as a financial organizer / daily money manager, to be all business, forging ahead with one goal in mind: to work with them and conquer their paperwork clutter.  But my work as a financial organizer is more nuanced.  After all, I am working with people, not just paper!  The key to success in my close-to-10-years in business …

Seeking Life’s Important Papers (Not the Ones You Might Think)

Karen Caccavo Important Documents, Working with Clients

A fellow professional organizer brought me in to locate a client’s important papers during a whole-house packing and moving project. The client had bolted across the country (that’s the only way to explain the dirty dishes left in the sink) for a lucrative new position.  He was climbing the ladder in the financial industry at a speed that left him …