As an organizer, I deal with people's clutter year-round. Among this clutter is usually a TON of gifts my client has received from a loved one that isn't their style or they do not really have a use or space for, but they feel obligated to hold on to out of guilt or fear of hurt feelings.
The last thing we want to do when we give a gift is place pressure on that person and create guilt and negative emotions.
This year I challenge all of us to make a resolution early - to make our holiday gift-giving clutter (and guilt) free.
Here are a few ideas for some clutter-free gifts you can give the person who really does have it all (or wants to have less):
Paying for services to improve the home, relax and de-stress them or help out with difficult chores can be a great gift that will be remembered for years to come. Professional Organizers, maids, carpet cleaners, handymen and more will often accept prepayment for services as a gift.
Step ONE: Do the biggest nastiest task first. Eat that frog!
I don't know about you but if I have a big nastiest ugly toad looming over my day.... it makes everything harder. I've built it up into something paralyzing.
Doing that tiny but nasty little frog first, I'm a success! I feel like a winner!
Also, you are already quite productive because you have to identify which task is the frog. It's amazing how wonderful this time management tip is!
Computer work, emails, phone calls, project work. This is four different types of work, requiring your brain to flip from one thing to the other. Draining your mental energy.
While it's not a huge amount of time, if you can be within one system you can complete more tasks altogether without brain drain. Allowing you to focus more.
I even schedule my batching so that I know the time I'm going to fill. Check out my bullet journal or rocket book posts to learn more.
A huge concept. Planning for things...
Do you find yourself missing out on the Joy of the Season due to being run down, over busy, or just blah? You're not alone. For all the sparkle and presents, the Holiday season can be hard.
I previously mentioned the book The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. Well, she's also the author of The Happiness Project. In that book, she mentions that the secret to fully experiencing happiness has three parts.Anticipation, being in the moment and then looking back with gratitude. Being in the field of professional organizing, I can add that all that is fine and good, but if your spaces are overwhelmed then you will be, too. Regardless of how hard you try to be in the moment.
Easily enough. Next time you're out, get into a peaceful frame of mind and then consciously step into your space. Let yourself be open and listen to how you feel. Stepping into your home, are you welcome? Do you want...
Traveling with kids is for the BRAVE. They present a whole new adventure.
Kids come with extra details that you must absolutely pay attention to! I learned this the hard way..... Trust me when I say the story is too much for your delicate hearing. Plus if I told you we'd all need drinks and we're trying to stay sober for this, so pay attention....
They need diapers, wipes, strollers, toys, the pack n play, a mommy strap on sling thingy, a car seat, or do they? While it's true you don't want to get caught without the diapers and wipes there are still ways around this.
Diapers and Wipes are available all over the world. You can buy them anywhere. You don't have to pack a month's worth in your suitcase. If you're visiting family you can easily ship to them from Amazon. Or ask them to go to the store in advance of your arrival. (send them a picture of what you need along with instructions)
This goes for formula and all other forms of baby food. Snacks...
I've shared tips before and you can find them on this blog, Facebook or YouTube but this time I want to go over my absolute favorites!
I've mentioned a ton of tips and the point isn't to use them all. It's about finding solutions that work for you! So please don't let all these tips and tools overwhelm you. They really aren't meant to be used by one person in one day but rather tools you can pick and choose from to be your best you.
Sometimes my brain is like kittens on red bull and I need help staying on task. Focused.
This week my brain is all over the place. I'm having a hard time focusing which in turn leads to procrastination. Which is a great segway to my first tool!
The key here is to pick one that does NOT tick. Ticking just feels like a time bomb. Don't add anxiety to your tasks, go for the silent timer. I use this in different ways.
If you're like me, getting off track, (Facebook anyone?), in order to stay on top of work I...
These are not in any special order just so you know. I mention in the video where to get these items, most of them are available on Amazon. However, I'm not an affiliate of these products and I haven't linked to them this time cause I want you to stay here.... and not click away.
1. Cord Organizer. Frankly, we all need one of these.
2. Sprocket HP photo printer. These are tons of fun!
3. Solar Powered Backpack. Useful for powering phones and laptops this is a great lifesaver! My guy has one and loves it.
4. Music for the Car - an FM / Bluetooth transmitter. Get them in the habit of not using their phones while driving. Use a separate device.
5. Custom Lighting. For their TV, computer monitor, headboard, whatever. Get creative!
6. Cell phone magnet. Either with a dashboard connector or an air vent magnet, these are genius. Consider getting more magnets because you can put them on the wall outside the shower, by the bed, on the wall to create a charging station. It's...
I don’t know about you, but I live in Florida, which no matter where you are in Florida makes most people think immediately about Walt Disney World. I’m no different in that respect. Right now, it’s Halloween season which means, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween. In the parks on any normal day, you’ll see more Disney t-shirts on tourists and locals than you’ll see anywhere else in the world. However, this time of year, they take it to another level and come in full costume. It’s wonderful. It’s fun and delightful.
Stick with me, I’m not crazy or trying to make you join the awkward cult of throwing things away. In the same way, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween fun lets people take doing Disney to another level, minimalism is taking organizing to another level.
It’s surprisingly just as fun.
Minimalism is a way of thinking and living just as much as it is a design designation. When...
I don't know about you but there is something magical about morning routines that include coffee.
Okay, your morning routine can include tea and still be magical... if you insist.
No matter, what we're here to talk about is functionality! You might drool over those perfectly designed coffee/tea stations on Pinterest but when it's 6 am do you really care if all the mugs were turned the same direction when they are all still dirty in the sink?
So instead of just making this part of your home something to brag about let's make it something that functions well. Which is totally braggable too, FYI.
Let's start with where - where is your stuff?
Is your stuff, mugs, sugar, coffee, pot, all in one place or scattered about the kitchen? This makes a time difference.
I understand your kitchen may have been configured a certain way at one time but it's not against the law to move things. I promise. Feel free to use more than one cabinet. The point is to...
Organizing precious memorabilia can leave most of us shaking in a cold sweat. Afraid to do anything in case we mess it up!
You're above average. You've probably never had such an irresponsible thought. Trust me, it's tempting. However, you need to deal with this before our lovely Florida weather makes the decision for you! Otherwise, mold, heat, humidity, will destroy our precious photos, lovely dresses, and fabrics. See below how professionals deal with these issues (in the video).
After watching the video, I'm inspired to press flowers. Aren't you? What a simple, inexpensive, yet extremely romantic way to make a moment in time precious. In our high-tech world, it's...
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