Well another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, do you save your cards? People save birthday, holiday, etc. cards for a variety of reasons. I am as sentimental as the rest of them but there comes a time (why not now?) when we might want to ask: ? Do I display them, and for how long? ? Why am I keeping the cards? ? How and where should I store them? ? Do I look at them again, and when? ? Do I need to keep them all? ? How can I throw them away? There are some strategies that will help you make the decisions that are right for you. Let me know what your thoughts are…
If you don’t love it then maybe it’s time to donate…sell…discard it. The spaces that we live, love and work in should make us feel good. Sometimes that means that we are surrounded by beautiful things, but sometimes that means we have less things in our surroundings to make room for the flow of energy, fun, and productivity. Do you love the spaces that you are living and working in?
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!
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
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
I am clearly not the only one with ideas for gifts this season. See Martha Beck’s article: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Affordable-Pleasures and comments on Oprah.com.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, feeling organized is important. In order to enjoy the holidays you might consider the following: 1. Schedule time to create and write down your budget. 2. Schedule time to make your list of who you want to acknowledge and how (purchase, gift card, personal coupon). 3. Identify priorities based on who needs their gift shipped and who celebrates a holiday beforeChristmas. Don’t forget to give yourself time to relax, exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. Happy Holidays to you and yours.!
It’s clear that everyone can benefit from organizing their space, their stuff, and their time. ‘Tis the season to think about giving more by giving less! Most people have the things that they need, in fact, most people have too many things…things that don’t fit, don’t work anymore, don’t get used or displayed and so on. Give your loved ones, friends and colleagues a different kind of gift, one that doesn’t cause clutter (and therefore stress). Instead of a wrapped present, you can gift special time together, sharing time means creating memories. TIPS: Help a friend organize their time by giving a motivational partner, agree to walk with them for an hour every week. Help someone organize their finances by going shopping with them in both of your closets! You can swap clothes you haven’t worn, help eachother donate to a cause that will help someone in need, and identify items that can feel like new with some updated accessories. Lots more ideas from the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers.
Don’t forget one of the most important things that you can do BEFORE the holidays is to organize the trunk of your car. That’s right, you need space for storage and easy access for groceries, flowers, gifts and so on. It is a waste of physical energy and time to have to keep moving items that you regularly keep in your trunk to add seasonal items. Do not underestimate the benefit of organizing when it comes to safety and injury prevention. Avoid reaching over things and lifting heavy items because you don’t have space near the front of the trunk. TIP: Create zones or areas for specific items. For instance, an area up front for groceries, gifts can go in the back so that the receiver doesn’t mistakenly see them before they’re wrapped, on the side you can store items for work or school, and so on.