We’ve just finished decluttering during the annual 31-Day Get Organized Challenge, so why bring clutter and mess right back in with Valentine's Day? Here are a few ideas to show your love without dragging along a lot of extra clutter. (And yes: we left out the standard chocolate and roses...you can come up with that by yourself!) Sweet Ideas for your Spouse/Partner or Parent Write a real love letter or poem or song (or read one you feel fits your feelings about your partner).
Kudos to Marin Sanitary Service for their great ideas on ways to increase recycling and reduce your holiday waste. Some of their ideas reprinted here: 1. When shopping for your gifts, bring your own bags. 2. Reuse or recycle baskets, tins or boxes from year to year when wrapping gifts. 3. Try to find tags and cards that are printed on recycled paper, or use partial post-consumer materials or make your own! 4. Wrap gifts in recycled paper - or get creative! Use magazines, kids
With just a few days left to shop (and ship, if you are like me with family on the East Coast), be careful not to fall into panic mode when it comes to buying gifts just for the sake of, well, buying gifts. Your holiday spending budget will go right through the roof! Sure, we know that this year you intended to get a head start on your holiday gift list, but here we are - 12 days out from the big "present festivals" (both Christmas and Hanukkah start at the same time this yea
Why the Client Called A frequent client, who just learned to use Evernote for managing her life, called me to help her manage her gift-giving plan. Yes, she is organized, right? Because she was so excited after learning the basics of Evernote, she wanted to create some templates to use to help her keep track of her gift giving for family who lived out of state and her friends. Challenges The client has a very large extended family on the East Coast, with kids and grandkids in
Did you know that 81 percent of Americans would rather receive experience-based gifts, like lessons and event tickets. In a recent survey by Wakefield Research and SpareFoot.com, a whopping 79 percent of respondents said they never use some of their gifts! When you look at just millennials, that number increases by 10 percent! Check out their infographic below; the findings might surprise you! This guest post comes from SpareFoot.com, the place to find the best deals on self-
As an organizer, isn’t it my duty to suggest some non-thing gift ideas? I’ve scoured the web, and here are some of the best ideas I’ve seen. Borrow the ideas this year - I’m going to! Chronicle your family history by assembling photographs, letters, and important documents. Frame a meaningful photograph or put together a photo album or book of family recipes. Give children a gift of music or sports lessons instead of another toy. As a parent, I know these are NOT cheap experi
Black Friday has come and gone (thankfully) but we’re still smack-dab in the "spending season." Even if you have made a list and checked it twice, it is easy to let holiday spending spiral out of control. Here are 5 tips for keeping your holiday spending under control. (And I’m talking to myself as I write this, too.) Set a budget. And stick to it. It’s important to remember that the holiday budget isn’t just about buying gifts. Parties, food, decorations, treats - and holida
Seriously, an organizer suggesting gifts for the holidays? Before you find it contradictory, check out these cool ideas that will brighten up anyone's holiday - without burdening people with a gift that could end up in the 'donations' box or the 're-gift shelf' in your closet.
My 5 Favorite Non-thing Holiday Gifts...
For my uncle Peter’s 70 birthday this year, we put together a YouAre Video. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when we showed it to him. And