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 fronm 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!  These, too, inform both my personal life and my professional life as a financial organizer / daily money manager. Weekly fresh-baked bread …

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, …

Paper-organizing is a big challenge. Here are tips for overcoming five of these challenges.

5 Paper-Organizing Challenges … and How to Overcome Them

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing

In my 10 years of financial organizing / daily money management, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to people’s attempts at paper-organizing.   Here are the top paper-organizing challenges that have tripped up my clients, and the solutions I have shared with them and helped them implement: One of the first questions I ask …

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 …

Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizers

Daily Money Managers: No Longer the Best-Kept Secret

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing, Paperwork Organizing

Daily Money Managers (and the important financial organizing work they do with clients) are in the news! In case you missed it, here’s a short roundup of what’s being said about DMMs with links to the complete articles. In Consumer Reports (April 6, 2017) “When Your Elderly Parent Needs to Give Up Control of Her Finances, What Do You Say to …

Credit Cards, track spending, manage your credit card accounts, debit cards

5 Ways to be Credit Card Savvy

Karen Caccavo Credit Cards, Paperwork Organizing

Remember when credit cards were for travel, not grocery shopping? Recall the days before debit cards? We are all using plastic more than ever—for both large and small purchases. And, so are scammers and fraudsters! About 31.8 million U.S. consumers had their credit cards breached in 2014. Last year, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked reached an all-time high …

Take Control of Your Desk! (Part 2)

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing

Last time I shared some general ideas for organizing your desk: how to take a backhoe to the disaster area many call their paperwork “home.” Here, in Part 2, I want to dig down with ideas for the problem areas which might be getting in the way of being productive or denying you the satisfaction of having a clear workspace. …