Be Grateful for What Matters

The things that matter most are not made of matter (2)

We first posted this in November 2015 and I still love it. I hope you enjoy it too.

I love Thanksgiving –or at least the idea behind it.  It’s a day to celebrate and give thanks for our blessings. Asking the question, “What are you grateful for?” is a simple way to discover the core of what is important to you. This is what matters. The rest is probably clutter.

Family, friends and good health are important to most of us. These things cannot be bought.

Would You Give a Closet Organizing Session as a Gift?

Organizing Coach gift certificateA closet organizing session may not be at the top of your list of gifts to give but ask your special someone this: “Would you appreciate a closet organizing session as a gift from me?” You might be surprised at how easy and meaningful this kind of gift giving can be. The important thing in giving such a gift is that you find out first if the recipient will appreciate it.

Organize Your Guest Room for the Holidays

GuestrmChances are your guest room may need some organizing before your guests arrive for the holidays. If you use the space for other purposes during the year, now is the time to spruce it up so your guests feel welcomed and comfortable. Follow the tips below to create a restful and serene environment for your guests this holiday season. Do it now and after your guests leave you will like spending more time in this room yourself.

Tis the Season for Organizing

organizing for the holidaysThe holidays are a hectic time for many of us. On top of an already busy schedule we add shopping, baking, volunteering, decorating and entertaining.  Organizing skills can help you manage the season and keep focused on the true meaning of the holidays.

Get time on your side

A successful holiday can be organized by using a calendar to block out times for baking, decorating and shopping as well as social events. Call friends now to get your dates scheduled.  If you are already overscheduled you will be able to see it earlier, set priorities and scale back if needed.

Best Gift Ideas That Don’t Take Up Space

yoga classUnclutter your holidays with gifts that won’t take up space.  Here are some great gift ideas that won’t break your budget or take up space. Think consumables, outings, and experiences for everyone on your list.

For the book lover … an e-book giftcard allows you town downloads of books or magazine subscriptions on your electronic device

For the fashionista … tickets to a fashion show or a style makeover

For the sports fan … tickets to a favorite team’s event are always a good choice, but what about their favorite football fare or treats in the team colors

Gift Giving Guide From a Professional Organizer

Air balloon I like giving experience gifts. They bring people together, don’t require shelf space and are often remembered far longer than anything contained in a box. For these reasons, I’m offering this gift giving guide filled with out of the box experience gift ideas for everyone on your list. It can be as easy as visiting a website and purchasing a gift certificate. The receivers of your gift can arrange a time that suits their schedule. For a central source to find experience gifts in the Chicago area visit Funsherpa online.

Experience Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Holiday Organizing Tips Last Beyond the Season

holiday organizing tipsHoliday organizing reduces stress and brings peace to the season. Be mindful. Become aware of how long it takes you to find your favorite decorations,  buy and wrap gifts, prepare food and include favorite traditions. Avoid the last minute rush by organizing first. A well organized home is a long-lasting gift that keeps on giving season after season.

Holiday Traditions

Be you. Bring a special meaning to your holidays by keeping your traditions center stage. Holiday candles, music, recipes, movies and games can reflect your values and the true spirit of the season. Keep all items that belong to such traditions contained together and store in a familiar location. Label the container.

Add ‘Happiness’ to Your Holidays!

Nature Photo of Golden Forest

As we anticipate the holiday season, we reflect on the current of our lives and those around us. Although we have been experiencing some tumultuous times recently, we still have the power to choose many of our experiences.

We do not have to get caught up in the commercialism that seems to overtake the season. Instead, we can choose to get back to the basics, and focus only on those holiday activities we really enjoy.

Out of the Box Gift Ideas

In the book “Five Essential Elements of Happiness,” published by Gallop, researchers found that experiential purchases brought a higher level of well being than material purchases.  According to the authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter, Ph.D., if we use our money to buy experiences we get the benefit of looking forward to the event, the experience itself and also the memories.   happy woman

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Holiday Welcome

Holiday Welcome

In contrast to the picture perfect homes you see in magazines, I often talk to clients who are ashamed of opening their homes to entertain family and friends.  They are stuck amidst the clutter unable to dig themselves out.  Truth be told, most of us have some difficulty getting our homes prepared for holiday entertaining, on top of our already busy schedule managing work and family responsibilities.