Choosing the Perfect Clothes For Your Job Interview ~ A guide to savvy style for men

Suit for Interview

With the economy still struggling to get back to normal, many people are redefining their careers. Many because they have been let go by their employers and don’t have a choice, but many others because the time simply feels right to make a change.

As a professional change agent, I feel that this is the perfect time to make significant changes in your life. When there is chaos and disorder, change (more…)

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Savvy Interview Style for Women

Woman in Suit

With the wide variety of clothing choices for women, it is often difficult to determine what to wear during the job interview process.  I always advise clients to research the company they are interviewing with to determine (more…)

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Scrapbook Organizing Tips

scrapbook shelf

Many of my clients are stuck in the muck of their scrap booking projects. Scrapbook inertia is a common phenomenon. It often comes from wanting to make your pages perfect or simply not knowing where to begin.

Perhaps you can’t figure out how to (more…)

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Seven Tactics To Create More Time For Fun


1. Learn to say NO

“Life is a journey, but it is not a race. Do yourself a favor and slow down.” Richard Swenson, MD

  • Don’t volunteer until you take a moment to (more…)
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Storing Seasonal Sports Clothing

Off Season Sports Clothes

Hi Kathi,

Thanks for the great tips on sock organization…. It seems to be working great…but I have a challenging question in regards to seasonal clothing.  My family of four is deep (more…)

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Mommy Tips for Surviving Teenage Schedules

Teens going out

This one is from Maria Bailey of Blue Suit Mom fame and BSM Media. I love it!

If one of her four (God bless her!) teenagers want to go somewhere or do something, they have to answer these questions:

Who are they going with?

What will they do?

How will they get there?

Where will they be?

When will they be home?

Over the years she has had to abridge these rules a bit. Now her teenagers have to write it down on an index card before they ask. If their wish is granted, the card goes on the fridge for the duration of the event. When they call at 9 pm saying they will be late, she no longer has to hear, Mom, I said 10 pm since it is in print!

Another addendum to the rules is, no changes to the agreement once the wheels of the car are in motion. Savvy parenting, go Maria!

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What Items Should I Place in the Different Sizes of Moving Box?

Moving Boxes

I received a question the other day that made me search for more information. You might have wondered this as well so I thought I would ask an expert and answer in detail.

Dear Kathi -I ordered moving boxes and supplies and received three sizes of moving boxes in my moving kit. I am not sure what I should place in each of the different sized boxes?

Professional movers use standard sizes of moving boxes so they can consistently pack specific items into each different size with the goal of providing  the maximum level of protection. Also, professional quality moving boxes are sized to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. These boxes effectively stack on top of each other in a moving truck or a storage unit. The 3.0 fits on top of the 4.5 etc. This helps save you money on the cost of your move, as movers are faster and more efficient.

It is a fact that if you pack your belongings in the right size of moving box, you will have greater protection of your valuables from moving damages.

All Purpose Moving Box-1.5 Cubic- The most important size of moving box is the 1.5 cubic, otherwise known as the All Purpose Moving box.  This size of moving box is actually the smallest of the moving boxes, but it is the one that is recommended by professional movers for most of your belongings.

The reason why this box is so valuable is you can put just about anything in it, fill it to the top and not worry about it becoming too heavy to lift. After all, one book is not heavy on it’s own, but 100 books are.  The great news is with the All purpose moving box, you can put any items that you want inside of the box, fill it to the top, seal it and know your valuables are protected and it isn’t too heavy.
Examples of what to put in the All Purpose Moving Box include: books, cans, photo albums, plates, office supplies, music, small electronics like phones, answering machines, 85% of your home can be packed in this size of moving box. etc.

The Kitchen Moving Box-3.0 Cubic- This size of box is most useful in the kitchen to put large woks, large pots and appliances in like toaster ovens. This size of box can also be used to pack folded clothes.

The Large Pillow Box- 4.5 Cubic- This box is a size that some professional movers chose NOT to recommend to their clients. The reason is that so many people think that bigger is better and they want to pack most of their home in this box. This is a big mistake.

The box will easily become too heavy to lift if you put anything other than very lightweight items like pillows or light plastic toys.  This box is great to have to put pillows is. Other than that, be very careful.

Wardrobe Boxes
This box is wonderful to have on moving day. There is a bar inside of the wardrobe box that is designed to hang clothes inside of. Literally you can take your clothes directly from your closet to your wardrobe box-almost like a portable closet. This saves you time when you are unpacking and you will not have a pile of clothes that have to be ironed after moving day has been completed.

The wardrobe box is more expensive than the others because it is designed to support the heavy load that clothes has on it.

Hope this helps!

Article compliments of Moving Box Delivery:
Kirstie Berzanski, President-Owner

Moving Box Delivery provides recycled moving boxes and moving supplies to help take the stress out of moving and make moving easier and less costly.

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How to Organize Before a Move

Dog in Moving Box

When preparing to move, many folks don’t know where to start. The key is to establish a plan to stay organized leading up to and during the move.

Many people think of moving day as being a “day event,” otherwise known as “moving day.” When in actuality, effective planning of your move should be looked at more like the planning of a wedding. It is an event that requires planning weeks and sometimes months in advance. The more you are able to chunk what is needed to be done into smaller parts, the less overwhelming it will be.

Organizing a move breaks down into 8 major parts.
1. Changing addresses- You will need to contact 20-100 different places to change addresses depending on your stage of life. Create a spreadsheet and list everyone that you will need to contact to change addresses for. You can do this well in advance of your move.

  • DMV
  • Social Security
  • Post office for a forwarding address
  • Friends/family
  • Schools/churches/day cares
  • Bills (Phone, cable, Internet, trash, electric, cell phones)
  • Speciality delivery services like Netflix
  • Doctors
  • Magazines/newspapers
  • Credit cards/banks/estate papers/wills

2. Donating or Recycling Items You No Longer Want
Before you even start to pack, it is advisable to go through your entire home and select which items you want to keep, and which ones you want to donate, throw out or give away. A good rule of thumb, if you have not used it in the last year, you should get rid of it. There is no point to moving items that you no longer want.

In San Diego you can donate to many wonderful charities, one of my favorites being the following:

  • Father Joes Village will come to your house and pick up belongings and donate to several different causes of your choice.


3. Selecting your moving vendors
It is good idea to select and find your moving company 1 month in advance if you have the time. Many moving companies, particularly in the summer, get full booked. Schedule in advance, and then change the date if you need to.

  • Check with your local BBB for the ratings of your moving company. Only go with a moving company that has an A rating and is fully licensed and insured.
  • If you are moving locally, you will save money going with a local company that charges by the hour and who is fast and efficient. When you are paying by the hour, efficiency and experience matters.

4. Start packing early
Order moving boxes on-line to save time and start packing early. Most people create a lot of stress simply by waiting too long to get moving boxes and start packing. Areas that can be packed weeks ahead of time are the following:

  • The garage
  • The bathroom and laundry room (you can not move open cleaning products though)
  • Winters clothes if it is the summer, or summer clothes if it is the winter.
  • Fine silverware
  • holiday decorations
  • anything you will not use for a few weeks

5. Don’t change your routine during the moving process
A big part of organizing effectively during a move is keeping a level head. Make sure that you continue to keep your normal routine of exercise, reading, or soaking in the bath. These moments of relaxation will help you organize in a calm and effective fashion. Many people stop engaging in these activities the month they are moving, which helps increase the stress level.

6. Make Sure to Have Everything packed in moving boxes BEFORE your movers arrive.
Local movers charge by the hour. Therefore, if you are fully packed and ready to be moved, the total cost of your move will be less than if the movers have to wait for you to seal moving boxes or collect loose items off the floor. Time is money when you are moving and you are totally in control.

Happy moving!

Note: My colleague Jerry Berzanski, President of Discount Movers has graciously provided these professional moving tips.

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California Casual Business Attire is Still Professional

Office Appropriate Look

Hi Kathi,

I do not wear any makeup and have long hair. Is there a minimum amount of makeup that is considered appropriate (i.e. lipstick, mascara, etc)?

I have also noticed professional women tend to have short hair.  My hair is always clean and tidy, but I’m not sure (more…)

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Clothing Sizes and Fit ~ why it is difficult to find the right size


Finding the right size clothes is often a very mysterious and painstaking process. Today, a woman who always used to fit into size 8 clothing will probably find clothes that fit and are labeled from sizes 6-10.

My clients often ask – how does this happen? Well, chaos (more…)

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