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Keeping Spirits up With The Tradition of Baking Cookies For The Holidays

By |2020-12-15T10:04:59-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Holidays, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

I think baking cookies is a tradition for most, if not all of the year-end holidays. This has been a difficult year to be sure, and traditions are important to keep up with to lift our spirits. And what better way to make your spirits bright than baking cookies with family or friends. This is an activity that will surely take your mind off of your troubles, even if it’s only for a short time.  If it’s not been a tradition for you in the past, maybe this is the year to start a new one. Every year for many, [...]

Gift Cards – The Benefits of Giving & Receiving Them

By |2020-11-17T13:41:08-06:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , , |

Gift cards are so versatile and make wonderful gifts for any occasion. They can be used online or in-person. A lot of businesses also allow for purchasing them online as well. Giving and receiving gift cards is also a great way to prevent clutter. This is especially true for a gift of service.  There are no tangible items to assign a home to, except maybe the card itself if it’s not a digital card. The benefits listed below just came off the top of my head. If you have others, please share them in the comments box below. Giving Match [...]

Holiday Priorities

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Holidays, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

What are your holiday priorities? We all have them.  As we get closer to the actual day, or start of the season, we need to check in to see if we are on track to get all the preparations done in time.  Holidays are a stressful time for many people.  Getting everything done can be nerve wracking, depending on our individual standards. Hopefully you created a plan, did you? It’s always a good idea to have a plan. It can be as simple as jotting down tasks, prioritizing them, and then scheduling them in a planner. Plan the work and [...]

Give Yourself a Break

By |2020-11-17T13:41:23-06:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

You have my permission to give yourself a break this holiday season.  Maybe if you have permission from a fellow human that has been there, and there are many of us, you will give yourself a break.  That means if everything does not work out as planned, nothing will happen. The sky will not fall, the world will not end.  Ok, there are some prophets that may disagree, but that is a philosophical discussion for another time and place.   The holiday season is upon us and there is so much to do. It’s time for the hustle and bustle [...]

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Gifting Experiences

By |2020-11-17T13:41:23-06:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Gifting experiences instead of giving material gifts makes sense for so many reasons.  The most important reason is that experiences = memories.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Experiences create memories, and the feelings from those memories, like the memory itself, will last a lifetime. The holiday season is upon us which signals the start of ads for holiday gift buying.  Black Friday kicks off the sales with Cyber Monday close behind.  Everyone is looking [...]

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Purging Holiday Decorations

By |2020-11-17T13:41:28-06:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Donation, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

The holidays are upon us and there is much to do.  From creating menus to shopping for gifts to putting up holiday decorations.  The earlier we start on our to-do list the better.  Decorating is one of those things that can be done early.  We may not think about purging as we decorate but it’s a great way to reduce the amount of decorations as well as creating more storage space. Not everyone decorates for the holidays but many of us enjoy showing our holiday spirit in this way.  We accumulate many decorations over the years.  We acquire holiday decorations [...]

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Top 3 Benefits of Giving The Gift of Service

By |2020-11-17T13:41:36-06:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Holidays, Reduce Stress, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Image courtesy of digitalalert / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Trying to figure out a gift for that special someone? We put so much thought into finding the right gifts for everyone on our lists. Whether they are naughty or nice, we want to show our love for them by presenting each one with that perfect gift. Each one of us is unique, and the perfect gift for one, may not be the perfect gift for another. There are those that have so much that adding one more ‘thing’ to their spaces may not really be a wise choice. My recommendation is to consider [...]

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‘Tis the Season’……of Giving

By |2020-11-17T13:41:40-06:00December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Donation, Downsizing, Holidays|Tags: , , |

The holiday season is in full swing and so is the season of giving.  That’s what the holidays are all about… giving.  To give of one’s abundance, is the definition of giving, as shown in www.Dictionary.com. We give thanks during the Thanksgiving holiday for the abundance of blessings bestowed on us throughout the year.  Charity food drives are prominent at this time, as a means to give of one’s abundance. Donation drives to give away your excess things are also in full swing.  This is a good time to purge not only your things, but to have your kids go through [...]

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Yikes! Only 79 days ‘til the Christmas Holiday – Will you be ready?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:40-06:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Holiday Organization, Holidays|Tags: , , |

Do you flinch at the very thought of the coming holidays? Are you afraid you won’t select the perfect gifts? Or forget to prepare a favorite dish? Or maybe miss sending a card to someone you have not seen for a long time? Are you so busy rushing around performing tasks that you don’t get a chance to visit with your guests? Holidays can be very stressful events for a variety of reasons. The most popular main holidays, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas are probably the most stressful, but they don’t have to be. It should be a festive time for families [...]

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After Christmas Sales

By |2020-11-17T13:41:43-06:00December 17th, 2012|Categories: Holiday Organization, Holidays, Storage|Tags: , |

These after Christmas sales are almost as popular as Black Friday sales.  I say almost.  That is if you have any money left after Christmas.  The retailers use this day to mark down mostly holiday decorations, to get rid of the last of the current year’s inventory.  They do have other items that are significantly marked down, but most of it is pretty much picked over. I’ve seen after Christmas sales in the past that are as much as 75-80% off the regular price, or sometimes even sale prices. It’s a great time to stock up on holiday paper products, [...]

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