The 7 Best Practices of the Facial Mask Guidelines for COVID-19 Public Safety

facial-mask-guidelines-for-covid-19-public-safety-in-order-to-succeedThe CDC has given guidelines recommending that we wear facial masks when we go out in public spaces since we don’t know who has the virus and who doesn’t.

This week Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut both announced that residents of their states are required to wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t feasible.

As a former Critical Care and Operating Room Registered Nurse, I am keenly aware of how important it is to put on and take off face masks properly. Here are 7 key points that highlight key dos, don’ts and best practices to ensure our safety:

  1. Masks do NOT eliminate the need for social distancing. Face masks offer protection against spreading disease from yourself to others in your immediate vicinity but don’t let a face mask give you a false sense of security that causes you can lessen other mitigation efforts. Be sure to continue maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from others whether you are or are not wearing face protection.
  2. As you prepare to put on a face mask you need to first cleanse your hands. Wash them with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Also make sure your hands are dry before donning face protection. If your mask has pleats, the folds should project downward. Don’t touch the central fabric part of the mask — that’s essentially the germ filter, and you don’t want to spread any pathogens that may be trapped within.
  3. You’ll want to use the ear loops or ties to secure and remove the mask. Make sure that the mask fits as snugly as possible against your face. The coverage should go from the bridge of your nose to under your chin. Both nose and mouth areas need to be covered.
  4. Once your mask is on don’t fidget with it! Resist the urge to touch the central or fabric portion of the mask as this is the germ filtering portion, and you don’t want to spread whatever it has trapped
  5. If you need to take your mask off for short periods, fold it so its outer surface goes inward and against itself or that the inner surfaces fold together. The rationale is to prevent the inner surface of the mask from coming into contact with the outer surface during storage.
  6. Cloth masks should be washed daily and can either be air or machine dried. Use the warmest water possible and avoid chemicals like bleach or hydrogen peroxide since these chemicals will make a mask less effective by degrading fabric fibers.
  7. If you have multiple masks, the best strategy is to rotate use of the masks over several days, which gives time for any virus to die as the mask “airs out” since it’s understood that virus can’t survive on fabric for more than several days.

This YouTube video demonstrates the detail of the above recommendations:

 

Wearing a mask surely takes some getting used to but this socially responsible practice is worth the effort.

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5 Houseplant Styling Tips for Your Space

Professional organizers may work with you to declutter spaces by removing unwanted home accessories and artifacts that do not serve a purpose or bring joy. Creating more breathing room with a simplified and cleaner atmosphere is generally one of our goals. Bringing indoor plants into your home or office is a great way to liven up your space while introducing color and texture. Figuring out how to style your plants can be a challenge. You want everything to look intentional and put together, but it should also look effortless and cohesive with the rest of your home. Find some inspiration and simple solutions for plant design to freshen up your space with these houseplant styling tips.

Let Plants Do What They Do

If you have a vining plant like a Hoya Australis let it do its thing. Place the plant near the edge of a table or bookcase so the vines have room to grow, reach and drape over the table. Routinely prune the ends to keep the vines lush and full, or skip the trimming and give the vines free rein to grow and sprawl.

If you have a small window sill or shelf with barely any space that is also completely void of style, place a Syngonium Coral or a Fern Chrissy. Tall, narrow space? Fill it with a Chinese Evergreen Tigress or a Ponytail Palm.

When selecting plants for a specific space just make sure the location and the plant are a good match. A window that gets a lot of bright sunlight may not be the right fit for the low light-loving Fern Chrissy and a cramped corner or cluttered table that doesn’t give a Hoya space to stretch out will not allow the plant to do what it does best.

Up Your Container Game

Containers and pots are a great way to inject some visual interest and instant style into your space. Containers can add texture and color and help set the tone. Houseplant pots come in a variety of materials, colors and styles from rustic to modern and anything else you can think of. The right houseplant pot will be something you enjoy and want to look at, but it will also tie into your home or office and look like it belongs.

Maybe you already have a pot, but you don’t like it or it just does not fit in your space. Take a DIY approach to give your planters a custom look with paint or glue and anything you already have on hand.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the traditional container. If you have a vase, a jar, or really any sort of interesting container then you have a potential plant pot. Any vessel you plan to use as a planter should be able to stand up against water and moist soil. So you can still use that awesome wooden box you have laying around, just place your potted plant inside of the box.

Go Up

Hang plants from the ceiling to add dimension and fill empty spaces in your home or office. Hanging plants are a great way to display the flowing vines of Pothos or Philodendron. Keep in mind that the plants can drape and hang down, but they can also wrap around the hanger itself and grow up, creating an interesting jungle-like look.

Plant hangers also allow you to take advantage of an area with great light that may not be ideal for a table or other pieces of furniture. Most houseplants can adapt very nicely to a hanging planter, as long as the right light requirements are met and as long as you can easily reach the planter for routine waterings. The ideal plant and hanger matchup will not encumber the plant and allow the branches and leaves to reach and stretch out naturally.
Plant hangers are also a great way to bring in texture and color. Plant hangers are available in a wide array of colors and materials, so select something that matches the rest of your decor or make a statement with something bold that really stands out.

The Rule of Three

The rule of three is a design principle which basically calls for items to be organized in groups of three. Two items tend to look random, four items can seem too cluttered or busy, but three is that magic number that just works. Styling items in groups of three creates visual interest and establishes a discernible pattern.

Nestle together two houseplants on a table, and place a larger plant, like a Monstera Deliciosa or an established Sansevieria Black Coral on the floor, next to the table. This gives you a group of three while still giving each plant space. Or mix in coordinating items, like decor pieces that coordinate with the pot to create a group.

Start Styling

Houseplants add style all on their own but taking the time to find the right space and the right container can really up the style factor. Find more videos about plant care and styling for tips and inspiration to turn your home into a lush, inviting and relaxing green space.

This blog is a repost from our friends at Planterina. For more information visit Plantarina.com.

Renovate Responsibly – Sustainable Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Recycling Evaluation: The First Step Of The Deconstruction - In Order to SucceedThe importance of sustainability has become extremely relevant in today’s world. Most of us already recycle, metals, plastics and cardboard but did you know that entire kitchens can be recycled too? Especially when dealing with luxury cabinetry brands and top-tier appliances and fixtures there is often a “second life” for these when they are new or gently used.

According to the NYC Department of Sanitation, facilities for processing construction and demolition debris handle over 2 million tons of waste per year, representing about 20 percent of all trash.  Some environmentally minded homeowners, designers and contractors however choose to take things apart more carefully — a process known as deconstruction. They then may donate the materials to salvage operations, so they can be reused by others. For budget-conscious homeowners willing to do a little hunting, and to be flexible about design decisions, that means there’s a ready supply of high-quality building materials available for surprisingly low prices.

In NYC and CT we have worked with buyers of multimillion-dollar residences who are willing to do whatever it takes to create a home that reflects their personal taste so our organizing and moving coordinators at In Order to Succeed have seen brand-new or like-new kitchens and bathrooms removed.  Unfortunately, the traditional way of dealing with unwanted appliances and materials is to demolish and dispose.

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Fortunately, there are organizations that provide eco-friendly demolition and repurposing.  A leader in the field since 2005 is Renovation Angel. Steve Feldman, a recovered addict of thirty-two years, came up with the idea for recycling kitchens and baths when he witnessed the demolition of the Queen of Iran’s 10,000 square foot residence in Greenwich, CT. He was fundraising at the time and thought “why not recycle the luxury kitchens, fixtures, and furniture from homes being demolished and earn the money rather than ask for it.” So, here is how their process works…Renovation Angel offers a free assessment so homeowners may determine their financial upside.  If a kitchen is approved for donation, they provide white-glove removal, pack, and transport, free of charge for luxury kitchens, appliances, bath fixtures, furniture, home decor, and architectural elements. This turn-key process is completed most often in one day by insured, experienced professionals. The money saved on the demolition and disposal fees may go toward the remodeling project while the removal, transportation, and resale of these items creates construction, logistics, and retail jobs as these items are prepared for re-purposing. Steve says that this is how to “get rid of your kitchen for GOOD”.

KBIS - Renovation Angel - In Order to SucceedNow located in Fairfield, NJ, Renovation Angel sells recovered kitchens, baths and furniture from their 43,000 square foot showroom as well as online at www.renovationangel.com. Proceeds go toward protecting the earth, creating jobs and supporting charitable programs that focus on addiction recovery, youth-at-risk, job training, and social entrepreneurship. 

Since Renovation Angel is a 501(c)(3) organization, product donations are tax-deductible. Estimated donor savings range from $10,000 to $20,000 or more depending on the age, condition, and number of items. “We give people an estimate of the value of the items they donate,” explains Steve Feldman. The organization also has the names of appraisers, since the IRS requires that property donations valued at $5,000 or more be verified by an independent entity. Donated goods are charitable contributions homeowners get a full tax deduction for the fair market value. Restoration Angel recovers and sells some 600 kitchens per year from homes across the country and operates throughout the U.S and Canada.

Other companies in the New York area specializing in this field of repurposed kitchens are BIG Reuse and ReStore (a division of Habitat for Humanity New York City) Restore’s Queens location will pick up donations without charge, but don’t offer deconstruction. Even without the deconstruction option, homeowners may experience savings on removal and disposal fees that would otherwise be charged by their contractors.

George Oliphant, host of NBC Universal’s Home renovation series George to the Rescue teams up with top designers and contractors to help deserving families and communities with much needed home renovations. He says: “A big part of what makes a kitchen renovation so expensive is that high quality items come at a premium. Natural stone countertops, custom cabinetry & top of the line appliances are made to last and shouldn’t end up in a landfill just because they don’t meet the taste of the homeowner. The beautiful thing about recycling a high-end kitchen vs throwing it away, is you’re giving savvy consumers an opportunity to incorporate luxury elements in their kitchen that would normally be out of their budget. This is a win/win for all parties involved. The client/GC get a tax right off for recycling plus they are doing their part to protect our environment & the new owners get superior caliber materials at below market value”.

As part of our company’s commitment to sustainability, In Order to Succeed is offering Recycling Evaluations to homeowners who are renovating, remodeling, and relocating within the NYC tri-state area. We’ll source the best charities to receive contributions, outline the recycling process and whenever possible, provide estimated donation values.

Reusing and repurposing makes solid sense from an environmental perspective and many people wouldn’t be able to afford a lot of these products at retail prices. Remodeling in this sustainable manner requires some retro-fitting and compromise but it’s an option to seriously consider if a kitchen has not yet lived fully. A smart and socially responsible way to create new spaces with gently used high end products.

In the secondary market, consumers find that most items are priced at about half of what they would cost new. The trade-off is that there is more work involved in reuse, because you have to make what you find work rather than having new cabinets or floors built to your exact measurements. And the discards, however high-end, may not come with a warranty. Still many find the pros outweigh the cons. Reusing things just makes sense from an environmental perspective and many people wouldn’t be able to afford a lot of these products at retail prices. Remodeling in this sustainable manner requires some retro-fitting and compromise. It’s an option to seriously consider for kitchens that have not lived fully and a smart way to create new spaces with gently used high end products.

Denise Caron-Quinn is now an Evernote Certified Consultant

Evernote is a remarkable productivity tool that offers cloud-based storage, flexibility, and multi-platform support. We’re pleased to announce that In Order to Succeed Founder, Denise Caron-Quinn, has become an Evernote Certified Consultant. Having completed the comprehensive Evernote Business training, Denise is recognized as an Evernote expert. She can help show clients how to quickly get Evernote Business set up for their team and guide them towards maximum productivity.

Benefits of Working with an Evernote Certified Consultant:

Custom-designed workflows tailored to meet your needs
Guidance on how to best deploy Evernote in your business
In-person assistance to ensure fast adoption of Evernote among your team
Access to a personal go-to expert when you have questions
From small tasks to major projects, Evernote is where you’ll achieve your best work, day in and day out. As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the most productive office for modern teams.

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Five Tips to Help You Settle into Your New Home

It can take a long time to settle into a new place after you move. Someone once told me you’re not really home until you can walk around in the dark without bumping into anything. That might be true, although it seems impossible I can walk around in the dark without stepping on a dog toy. But there are things you can do before you even move that will make settling into your new home easier.

Here are five tips to help you settle into your new home:

  1. Get to know the neighborhood. This one is easy if you’re not moving far. Simply take a drive to your new area and walk around. It gets a little trickier if you are moving hundreds of miles away but it can still be done through Google maps. If you like to run, walk, or bike figure out what your new path will be. Find the closest place to stop and get your coffee, the nearest drug store. Read reviews on sites such as Yelp. Having an idea of what your new routine will be, will make it easier to settle in.
  2. Fill out a change of address form. Go to the United States Postal Service website and change your mailing address. Set the start address for a few days before you actually move. Make sure you also update financial institutions of your new address. Don’t forget to send friends and family either an email or a postcard with your new address.
  3. Take time to relax. Everything in your new place doesn’t have to be set up within a day or even a week. Make sure you take time to relax during the moving process. It’s exhausting.
  4. Set up utilities. Set up you electricity, gas, water, cable, Internet and anything else you need at your new address and set up a turn off date for your soon to be old place.
  5. Meet your neighbors. Make an effort to introduce yourself to your neighbors. They can be a great source of advice as you get to know your new hometown and can make you feel like you know some people.

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Give The Gift Of Simplicity This Father’s Day

Dads are busy people. They often have too much to do and not enough time to enjoy the summertime.

In Order to Succeed can simplify things and give dads the time to focus on the people and activities they love.

Our professional organizing experts can make the summer stress-free by taking care of your travel arrangements, office organization, event planning, shopping, gift wrapping and so much more.

In Order to Succeed also offers customized gift certificates to give to the dad in your life.

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Simplify Your Life: Give The Gift Of Simplicity This Father’s Day

Dads are busy people. They often have too much to do and not enough time to enjoy the summertime.

In Order to Succeed can simplify things and give dads the time to focus on the people and activities they love.

Our professional organizing experts can make the summer stress-free by taking care of your travel arrangements, office organization, event planning, shopping, gift wrapping and so much more.

In Order to Succeed also offers customized gift certificates to give to the dad in your life.

Think of us as your personal time provider and the way to simplify your life.

Wouldn't You Love To Know You're In For A Smooth Move

 

We know that most moves are stressful but they don’t need to be. In Order to Succeed has been helping individuals and families coordinate the logistics of their moves for more than fifteen years. Our seasoned team of relocation specialists can take the pain out of the process. We’ll help clear the clutter, find homes for items you wish to sell or donate, be a liaison between you, your movers, architects, storage facilities and contractors and can make recommendations and handle the purchases of furnishings and storage items for your new home. Some of our clients are out of town when their move takes place wheras others prefer to work with us – we’ll work however you feel would be best for you and your family. Wether we coordinate and oversee All aspects of your move or only assist with a specific part of the process – we are ready to lend a hand!

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Moving Organizers Can Help You Relocate

We know that most moves are stressful but they don’t need to be. In Order to Succeed has been helping individuals and families coordinate the logistics of their moves for more than fifteen years. Our seasoned team of moving organizers can take the pain out of the process. We’ll help clear the clutter, find homes for items you wish to sell or donate, be a liaison between you, your movers, architects, storage facilities and contractors and can make recommendations and handle the purchases of furnishings and storage items for your new home. Some of our clients are out of town when their move takes place wheras others prefer to work with us – we’ll work however you feel would be best for you and your family. Wether we coordinate and oversee All aspects of your move or only assist with a specific part of the process – we are ready to lend a hand!

Visit us online at www.inordertosucceed.com