This is a warning! your cell phone provider will be updating your software!

Have you ever read this alert sent to you by your mobile telephone company and then went into a panic because your smartphone with internet service will then be wiped out to its factory settings? Meaning you would loose all of your pictures, contacts, text messages and more. Oh no! what are you going to do? This has happened to several people we know and what they discovered was that they did not have a good system in place to prevent the panic. Let’s say you dropped your phone in a toilet or something and getting it to work again is no longer an option.

To avoid such feelings of catastrophe one would have to be in the habit of backing up their phone. Depending on your chosen provider you may already be using a routine that you won’t be loosing anything if you have to do a factory reboot. But its better to find out sooner than later. If you don’t know how to determine for yourself how your phone is saving these elements then, Its best to ask your service provider to look into your phone and let you know what and how you are saving things. We suggest to use these following steps.

Top 3 steps to preventing cell phone “memory loss”

1. Treat you cell phone like a real computer. Back it up, or, at least the parts that you want to keep as many times and ways as possible. For example, make sure that when you save a picture, see that it automatically goes to your memory card and not saved to your device. Not only will you want to save the photo to your memory card but you can also upload your pictures to an online photo gallery like Flickr, Google Picassa, Photobucket or simply email the photo to yourself.

2. Find an APP (application) for a universal calendar, most phones give you options. Enter in your tasks and appointments into a google calendar, for instance. These dates can be seen from any computer when you log into your account.  Again, make sure it isn’t being saved to your cell phone device’s calendar.

3. When sending or receiving texts that you find important and want to save immediately, copy the pertinent text into an note taking app. It will be saved there for future access. If the text contains pictures, immediately download and save to your memory card. Later, send it directly to your photobucket.

Once these steps are put in place and go about your daily life of chatting on the phone, taking pictures and texting away your plans you can confidently live your life as usual. You won’t notice anything different until something happens to your cell.  When/if a mishap happens is the only time you would thank yourself for taking the time to set things up. This is what being organized is all about. You can’t control everything in life but you can reduce the stress caused by what life can sometimes throw your way.

Welcoming the New Year 2012 … brings new obligations

What will you do with that old cell phone or computer now that you got a new one for the holiday? Don’t toss it in the garbage just yet unless you want to pay a fine. Recycling in Chicago is now a law.  Starting Jan. 1, Illinois residents must recycle their expired electronic equipment under a law aimed at keeping the gadgets — and the toxic metals they contain — out of landfills. These computers and electronic equipment all contain toxic metals that are extracted and reused in the industry. Read more...

As organizers we help out our clients by taking their donations and recycle for them. For those who want to do it themselves we provide some helpful links on our website. Go to our links page and enter your zipcode; the closest site will be listed. ( Click here to search your closest electronic recycling location. ).

Happy New Year! here’s to a healthy planet!

 

 

 

 

Some solutions

We’re getting Cozi with a web-based family calendar.

“There are so many things to do in a day and so many occasions to remember. How does one keep up?”. This is one of the most common complaints we hear. Having a calendar is not the only solution it is how you use it that makes the difference. The paper calendar is a common one I see with people we work with, but, some families are feeling confident and using their smart phones. If you are comfortable using technology and own a smart phone or iPad then you have additional options.

Cozi is a web-based FREE online organizer and mobile app that helps you manage the family schedule, organize shopping lists and to do lists, and capture favorite memories—all in one place. It’s designed for busy families in mind. Cozi is accessible from any computer, mobile phone or tablet. What’s is great about it is that your entire family can see the same calendar and be downloaded to sync with your current calendar. I suggest to give this one a try. Knowing how you spend your time gives you more freedom to enjoy your family instead of stressing over what you have to do next.

Ode to the mop!

Did you know? We love mops, we love the invention and its design. Did you know that the mop was patented by an African-American inventor; Thomas W. Steward in 1893. The history of the mop goes as far back as the Romans. What I enjoy mostly is finding an invention that can make life a little easier. The mop is something that is taken for granted. Its essential in every day life and vital to a clean living.

We really like our name (M.O.P.) but it has nothing to do with mops and cleaning as some people might think. As organizers we create systems and clear out clutter to improve the flow of living or working spaces and help you regain control of your life. The organization leads to a cleaner healthier life. I wouldn’t be offended, however,  if you asked me to sweep or mop your place. When we organize we generally make sure that we leave one’s space cleaner than how we found it.

Family Grounds Cafe – A great place to have a networking series

Hope you can join us at The Family Grounds Cafe.  We’ve prepared a networking series with guest speakers for two dates in August and then in September.  Our organizer Lulu will be speaking on August 9th sharing best tips on how to achieve results using basic organizing methods. On August 16th we’ll feature Beth Grant. She is a speaker, spiritual mentor and Law of Attraction coach based in Chicago. She is one of the most effective coaches in the world at helping people let go of the struggle and usher in a life of ease and grace.  Click here to preview details for event

Family Grounds is a sophisticated Chicago cafe located in the Lakeview area. Moms, Dads, Singles, Students, Neighbors…everyone needs a break. Really. We have something for that. Sit down in our trendy Chicago cafe seating area and call the place yours with free WiFi and superb Intelligentsia coffee and Sugar & Spice pastries, as well as a light menu of sandwiches (adults and kids), salads and soups. Melt away your stress over a latte, tea, house blend coffee and a decadent pastry. Unlike many cafes we have a designated Family Room separated from the main cafe by soundproof glass, kids play in a mind-stimulating indoor playground while you take in the cafe ambiance of the Family Grounds Cafe experience.

We will be joining them in sponsoring this networking series. Did you already know Mercury Organizing Professionals’ purpose is to save you time, money, improve efficiency, and reduce anxiety and frustration levels. We can improve utilization and control of your space;  streamline filing, storage and scheduling systems, and help set sustainable organizational parameters.  Mercury Organizing Professionals provides a personalized plan for you. We put clutter in its right place and create efficient systems that eliminate obstacles, minimize distraction, and allow you to function at your best!

Gift cards, you know you love them

What do you do with the gift cards you receive? I found that the best thing to do is to put them away immediately into your wallet and treat them as cash. Giving a gift card away as a gift isn’t really a personal gift but it sure is practical. Sometimes its better to give someone what they need.

When you come across a gift card that you know you won’t spend at the store try exchanging it for a store that you will shop at. Use the website service called Plastic Jungle.

It is a gift card online exchange. They convert your gift cards into other forms of spending power – including cash, online balances for purchases. honoring merchants that accept PayPal, Facebook Credits and more.

 

Take a minute to teach your kids

Do you wonder if you can ever teach your children how to pick up after themselves? Do you struggle to get your adolescent kids to do their chores. Why not make their chores fun and have them earn something they would enjoy as an incentive. If you start them at a young age, they will actually appreciate it and start a new good habit they will want to keep for the rest of their lives.

Call your game “Minute to Win It ” just like the TV Game Show. This game show airs on TV and has found some success with young viewers. The idea is to complete a task with in a minute and you get to move on to the next challenge. They use regular household items to compete for the big money.

At home, you can use a timer and challenge your kids for a minute to pick up as many items off their bedroom floor for instance. Another, could be to load the dishwasher in one minute with out breaking anything, of course. To list a few more ideas; try some of these yourself and have fun.  Put the groceries away, separate the laundry and start a load.  Make your beds.  All these and more chores can be incorporated into you family’s daily routine but finishing with a few laughs as well.

Summer organizing on a cloudy day

Organizing your garage may be the best use of the summer months. A good way to start is to clear out the clutter. Get rid of those broken items you were thinking that you’d fix one day. Consider the fact that if you haven’t fixed them by now and you are not willing to hire a professional, then maybe that broken old lawn chair is ready for the scrap yard.   If its been over a year, it’s really time to send to the recycle bin.

Remove everything off the floor by adding shelves , bins and hooks to hold your rake, brushes, brooms, mop and other utility gear. Car maintenance items can find a home here too.  Industrial lockers are useful to hold old paint cans and tools.  Once you get this done, you can enjoy those sunny days even more knowing how productive you have been.

Hot fun in the city!

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I was walking my dog in Lincoln Square early in the morning and came across this Mural painted on an outdoor patio. Its awesome! Reminds me of the hot muggy days we’re about to have here this June. The weather man says it will be up to the 90′s and humid. Ugh! I love warm weather but not so much when its this muggy. Hope you all have a great Memorial Holiday!

MOP’s First Annual Shredding Day

Once a year Mercury Organizing Professionals will gather their clients shredding material and have a company shred on site. This year we will be ready to shred all your old taxes and any kind of paperwork with sensitive information. A good way to avoid identity theft. Call us to make arrangements. Elizabeth 312-804-2111