Women, here are some simple ideas to update your holiday wardrobe: Add sparkle – You can find great jewelry and antique or retro pieces in consignment shops. Adding sparkle to something classic is a great way to make it pop! A large brooch on a jacket lapel will look great, but keep the earrings simple so that they’re not competing. Dress up a casual outfit – wear dark jeans with a white shirt with cuffs folded up. Add a belt with a jeweled buckle, several bangle and cuff bracelets on one arm, and heels. You’ll have that slimming, sophisticated look.
People hire POs for a variety of reasons. It’s not unusual to think that you can do it yourself and after repeated attempts (or perhaps, procrastination) realize that you need a professional to come in and help. That’s why most of us hire professionals to help us in various aspects of our personal and professional lives. Outside In Organizer & Makeovers treats each client with the utmost care. Most of my clients are organized but due a variety of life circumstances have just gotten behind with certain tasks or projects. Need someone to get you started? Help you prioritize? Hold you accountable? Do the research and look for a Professional Organizer who is trained to assess your needs, create a plan of action, and help you develop a system of organization that you can maintain over time.
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
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.
In most places summer is only two months long. If you’ve waited for summer to address big organizing projects then it’s probably a good idea to pick only 1-2 to work on. Try to break each project up into smaller ones and work on one per week. For instance, maybe you want to organize your garage… Weeks One and Two: Go through everything in your garage and sort those items that you want to discard (this can be done the same day unless you need a hauler), donate (do this in 2-3 days), and sell (list these items within 4-5 days; anything that doesn’t sell within a week needs to be donated). Week Three: Designate sections of the garage for specific storage. One area might be for holiday decorations, another for camping gear,and so on. Create a list of what you need to store these items. Do you need clear plastic bins so that you can easily view the contents? Do you need hooks to hang garden tools or bicycles on the wall? When your list, including any measurements that you will need, is complete…go shopping! Week Four: Remove everything that needs to be stored from the garage and place items in their specific storage containers. Sweep out the garage so that the items go back into a clean space that is ready for an organized system.
You know all of those photos that are sitting in boxes somewhere in your house or garage? Why not consider making your father an album of favorite memories for Father’s Day? You don’t have to go out and purchase anything except the album. Fill it with photos that span time, or have a theme like favorite family vacations. Tie a lovely ribbon around it and present it to the first important man in your life!
At this point, what does Dad want or need? Perhaps the gift of time to organize? Maybe an organizing buddy or coach? Think of creative gifts for your father…if your father have a hobby, perhaps he needs an organized place for his supplies, materials and equipment. If your father is thinking about moving into a smaller place, having a Professional Organizer might be the perfect gift. It’s a systematic and compassionate way to decide what he wants to keep, sell, donate or discard.