Well another holiday season has come and gone, hopefully it was filled with fun and loved ones. Was your holliday also filled with more “stuff”? More cards, gift wrap, bows, toys, household items, clothes, and so on? This is a great opportunity to organizer your closet before you put those new clothes into it. When you take down the holiday decorations do you have a storage system for those seasonal items? SIMPLE TIPS: What would make your closet easier to use… 1. Organize clothing by color, business versus casual versus formal, and so on. 2. Sell/or donate clothing & accessories you have not worn in a year or more, those that do not fit you now, & ones you just don’t love anymore. SIMPLE TIPS: Ideas for storing seasonal items… 1. Put like items together in clear plastic bins for visibility. 2. Recycle used wrapping paper and holiday cards; you really don’t need to save them. Lots more ideas available from Outside in Organizer!
What would be the 2 most important areas you would (re-) organize? Would it be your calendar and schedule? Would it be your car trunk and garage? Whatever your top two are, let it be a manageable project that gives you an immediate feeling of calm and sense of accomplishment. TIPS: 1. Have a plan for your priority areas. 2. Schedule no less than 10 minutes to work on the project each day or week. 3. Contact a Professional Organizer to get ideas and help. 4. Eliminate distractions during your organizing time (no phone calls, emails, pets, children, television, etc.) 5. Be proud of small accomplishments…they lead to larger ones.
There is so much suggestive selling during the holidays, enticing us to buy things that we don’t really need. What if you could really use it, but don’t need it right now? Before each purchase ask yourself, “Do I need it now or can it wait until after the holidays when it goes on sale?” I know, you are wondering if it will still be there after the holidays. Second question, “If it is not there after the holidays, did I really need it at all?” The reason that I relate this to my passion for organizing is that the less stuff you accumulate, the less clutter you will create. The less money that you spend on “stuff”, the more that you can save, donate to an important cause, or spend on experiences. Finally, if you are going to buy things after the holidays you can begin to think about how and where they should be stored if seasonal. Happy saving and spending!
Enjoy whichever holidays you celebrate by keeping them low key and stress-free. TIP: If you are cooking you can organize & simplify your menu by including tried and true recipes, especially those that can be prepared ahead of time. Also, make sure that you have a combination of dishes that can be served chilled or at room temperature so that the oven is not holding your menu hostage! TIP: Too busy or just don’t want to cook? Find a casual restaurant and not only will you support the economy, but you can let someone else do the clean up! TIP: Consider organizing a gift exchange with friends and loved ones. You can spend more on the one gift rather than having to buy everybody gifts. It’s always a good idea to agree on a spending limit ahead of time. Happy Holidays
Traveling typically goes much smoother when well planned. Think of it like a project and organize backwards from your departure date. You’ll need to have your itinerary, and depending upon your mode of transportation items like tickets, boarding passes, information about security requirements and so on. Going abroad? Check your passport expiration date well in advance and monitor currency exchange rates. Use the internet to check the weather forecast at your destination on a regular basis the week before you depart. That way you pack items that you need for those conditions (boots, umbrella, etc.). Create lists for: (1) things that you will need to have on hand that would be difficult to access if lost such as medications and remember to fill your prescriptions in advance; (2) things that you need to do prior to leaving, ex.: share your itinerary with family or neighbors, stop the newspaper and the mail, set up automatic bill payment online; (3) clothing for various activities or special events. Think about creative ways to mix and match so that items can be worn repeatedly but in different combinations, or varied by accessorizing. TIP: Bring your list(s) with you. Throughout the trip jot down things that you wished were on the list before the trip! Revise it for the next time.
Great minds think alike, so in this season of giving, share your ideas. Check out more ideas about reducing the holiday overload. It’s never too late to organize. http://www.oprah.com/home/Organize-Holiday-Cards-and-Gift-Shopping