Do you have photos or momentos that you keep stored in the house or garage? If they mean something to you and when you look at them, they make you feel happy, then by all means get them out of hiding. I love these easy gift ideas that help my clients feel more organized. Check out these clean, simple and inexpensive display frames… http://www.containerstore.com/shop/shelvingSale?productId=10020474&N=247+1000040&Nao=20
Many of my clients have an abundant supply of gift wrapping supplies. Recently I worked with a wonderful client to create a gift wrapping station. She has a terrific table with a wide space for not only gift wrapping, but also craft-making. We gathered all of her supplies then: Purged the worn tissue paper, wraps, and gift bags. Sorted the seasonal items from the generic ones. Grouped like items such as ribbons, tissues, bags, etc. together. The top drawer will be a great spot to store the supplies that should be within easy reach such as scissors, tape, and labels. There is plenty of space for a trash bin underneath so those small clippings don’t escape! Check out this helpful guide from Good Housekeeping: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/gift-wrapping-station#slide-1
It’s gratifying to see people embrace ideas and strategies that you share with them. I had an opportunity to talk with the San Diego Society of Women Engineers recently. Check out my friend Louise Julig’s blog on http://www.thoughtshappen.net/2011/09/how-do-you-really-spend-your-time-only-one-way-to-find-out.html All of us, including myself can benefit from doing a weekly time audit. Discover how you really are or are not using your time. This is powerful information that you can use for making the changes you desire!
I always think that everyone can benefit from a little bit of organizing! There are some great gifts that you can give to others and thus, share those benefits. Travel organizers for out of town visitors are fun. There are great items that make packing much easier like zip up mesh bags that h0ld like items (lingerie, sportswear, etc.). If you are buying someone a piece of clothing, add on accessories that expand their use of the piece such as a scarf that also can be work as a shawl or belt. Get creative…get organized.
One of the most personal ways to say that you care is by creating a coupon book. This type of gift not only shows that you care, it also demonstrates that you know what that person would appreciate. Imagine receiving a book of coupons that include some of the following: A home-cooked meal. A foot massage. A tank of gas. A night off, baby sitter included. There are so many creative ways to express your appreciation!
It’s never too soon to organize for the holidays…update your list of people you want to include. Highlight those that will require shipping. Jot down possible gift ideas and consider giving experiences, rather than things. For example: tickets to see a show, cooking class, a massage, and so on.