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Month: December, 2011

Cleaning-up the Holidays

The presents are open, the leftovers are slowly being eaten and you are dreading the clean-up process.

It’s never as fun to put everything away as it is to put everything up. However, it must be done and I’ve come up with a few tips to make the process a little easier. If you have ideas that have made your clean-up easier please add them to the comments section.

  • Turn on your favorite music on to ease into the process – pick something up beat and fun… dance your way through the clean-up!
  • Sort and edit the decorations – only pack up the items you love and donate the rest… or
  • Throw an undecorating party – invite your family and friends and have a decoration swap and use the extra hands to help with the clean-up
  • Use clean bins to pack away decorations – they’ll be easy to identify next year
  • Number storage bins if you have decorations you want to open first next year
  • Twinkle lights last about 90 days so if you’ve had them more than three years they are not worth keeping – after the holidays is a perfect time to stock up because they’re usually a fraction of the price
  • Like the way a certain decoration looked this year? Take a picture and put it in the box with the decorations for next year – no need to reinvent the wheel if you know you like it
  • Don’t know what to do with the holiday cards you received this year, but you don’t want to throw them away? Punch two holes in them and hold them together with silver rings – a holiday card book!

Clean-up doesn’t have to be painful – just have fun with it and the more organized and clearly labeled your storage bins, the easier it will be to unpack next year!

Happy New Year! 2012 is going to be your year to live your best life… Organized!

Happy Organizing!

The Spirit of Giving

Happy holidays to your and yours! This is a wonderful time of year. People seem to be in a better mood overall, you get to see friends and family that you might not get to see everyday and you get to give and receive gifts.

I am lucky enough to be in the business of giving. When I work with clients I always encourage them to take a long hard look at the items in their home and to donate items they no longer use. I am always pleasantly surprised at how good people feel giving away items they no longer need or use.

I encourage you over the next week to do a bit of evaluating in your own home. Take an hour to go through your closet or your children’s toys and make a pile to donate to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, women’s shelter or even consignment shop.

You will feel great about giving, but you will also feel great to have more space in your home, increased functionality in your space and your stress level will decrease the next time you go to your closet to search for something.

Get in the spirit of giving and see the immediate benefits in your life!

Happy Holidays and as always… Happy Organizing!

Clutter-Free Gifts

Happy Holidays! We are officially in the full holiday swing. I’m sure your to-do list has grown two-fold and you’re wondering how to get it all done in three weeks without running yourself ragged.

I’ll post a few blogs between now and the end of the year full of tips and tricks to actually enjoy the Holidays instead of worrying, running around, stressing yourself out – then the next thing you know it’s January and all you have to look forward to is a long winter and a pile of gifts you don’t know what to do with.

As you can imagine I’m a big fan of clutter-free gifts. I love giving… and getting gifts, but I’m not a big fan of having to create space in my home for the influx of the Holidays.

Here is a list of clutter-free gifts that I’ve compiled this year. Please feel free to add any of your own ideas to the comment section, I’d love to hear from you!

  • Giftcards – itunes, Amazon, Indigo, Borders the list is endless – at most grocery stores now there is a wall of giftcard options for national and local options. Check it out the next time you’re grocery shopping – Multitask your gift shopping
  • Spa Certificate – Find out your Mom’s, Bff’s, Girlfriend’s, Wife’s favorite spa and get them a special treatment. It’ll get used and you’ll earn bonus points – THIS is a good one!
  • Top Chef University – Learn how to cook this holiday season. This is an amazing product with hundreds of recipes and each one comes with a video that actually teaches you how to make it… BRILLIANT! Check out: http://www.topchefuniversity.com/site/
  • Kindle Books – Books are always a great idea and if you purchase them for a kindle, kobo, nook etc. Books are a great gift and it goes right to their device
  • Apps – Buy the latest app for your children or your spouse. Who doesn’t love a new app on their phone or tablet to play with or be more productive with
  • Donation – This has become a popular option. I would suggest finding something you are very passionate about or the receiver is passionate about. It is a very meaningful gesture.
  • Experience – Provide your receiver an experience either with you or someone they love. The ballet, a play, sporting event or a concert. Creating memories are priceless and will last a lifetime
  • Services – Provide them with a service they need – handyman service to complete odd jobs, an organizer to get them off to a great start 2012 on a clutter-free start 🙂 Or maybe a dog walker for their pooch
  • Baked Goods – Bake your receivers favorite, cookie, bread or cake. Who doesn’t love baked goods… especially during the holidays!
  • Volunteer your time – Give your time as a gift. Do they have kids? Babysit to give them an evening out. Do they need help shoveling snow? Offer to shovel their walkway and driveway. Do they need help tidying their house? Offer up a few hours of cleaning services

Be creative this Holiday Season and give your receivers a reason to smile and save yourself the stress of finding a meaningless trinket they would rather regift than put in their home!

Happy Organizing!