Colette shares financial advice in business section article

On Monday, August 8 Colette was featured in an article by  Alison Griffith in The Chronicle Herald’s business section, offering advice to keep your business and personal finances organized and on track.

What’s the biggest impediment to financial stability?

Bad spending habits? A love affair with plastic? Family troubles? Job loss? Too much month at the end of your money?

None of the above — it’s disorganization.

We tend to blame financial woes on a host of factors that often seem too monumental to tackle, as if they are addictions or circumstances beyond our control. So we do nothing.

However in many, perhaps most, cases, the cause of financial problems is right under our noses — in drawers, boxes, files, envelopes and lodged in a host of bookmarks on our computer. In other words, a great, big, fat money mess is getting in the way of your financial stability.

“People have a fear of money,” observes Colette Robicheau, an organizing consultant and coach with Organize Anything in Halifax.

“The big issue is that they really don’t have a grasp of their (financial) situation.”

That lack of grasp, says Robicheau, often results in a paper pileup from unopened or unread mail and what she calls a digital disconnect.

“A lot of my clients say they can’t handle the paper but if you’re not organized on paper, you won’t be digitally,” she says.

It’s really easy to pay bills online or set up automatic payments, but it’s equally easy to lose track of whether or not they’ve been paid or paid properly.

“I’m a tree saver like the next gal but there’s nothing like a piece of paper with paid marked on it,” Robicheau emphasizes.

That old-school approach — paper, files, sticky labels — is a great place to start if your financial life is in shambles.

… to read the rest of the article click here.

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About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

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