Tag Archives: Holidays

It’s the Holidays, Who Wouldn’t Want More?

It seems everyone I’m coming in contact with lately is adding one more task to their list or one more activity to their calendar.  There’s even a commercial on tv that challenges us, “Who wouldn’t want more?” As someone who is actively minimizing I’m paying close attention to the idea of “more.”  We’ve been conditioned […]

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Gratitude on Mother’s Day

My husband and I aren’t big on exchanging gifts of tangible things, so Mother’s Day at our house has historically been about gifting time and attention. It’s a day where we typically do what I feel like doing. As such, I probably could have lounged in bed this morning reading, while my dear husband cleaned […]

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Our Skipping Christmas Experiment & Its Results

I recently attended a monthly meeting where a couple of people stopped to ask me how my holidays were.  This wasn’t casual conversation though.  They were genuinely curious because they had last seen me in mid December when I shared that my family was experimenting with skipping Christmas in 2014.  When I shared the results, […]

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New Year, New Beginnings…Set Yourself Up For Success!

I wasn’t planning to write a post this morning on New Year’s resolutions.  In fact, when a client asked my opinion on New Year’s resolutions a few weeks ago I replied, “My feeling is that if you want to create change in your life there is no reason to wait for a traditional day, such […]

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Creating Peace of Mind This Holiday Season

There’s a saying that, ” you can’t buy peace of mind.”  Probably true, but you can create it.  In fact, creating / experiencing peace of mind has been a recurring theme for me over the past week or so. Yesterday was filled with work obligations, but the opportunity presented itself to invite my parents and […]

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#GivingTuesday: A Great Way to Cut the Clutter this Holiday Season!

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that since becoming a professional organizer I’ve really changed my outlook on gift giving.  It’s astounding to me how many unused and often unopened gifts fill the closets, basements and even entire rooms of individuals I’ve worked with.  The waste can be measured not only in terms of money spent, […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Activities

Today I’d like to focus on editing your holiday activities. I used to measure the success of my holidays by how full my calendar was. The above image is from a holiday journal from about 10 years when my kids were younger.   Cookie exchanges, white elephant gift exchanges and neighborhood gatherings filled the blocks […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Gift Giving

Today we will focus on Editing your gift giving. One facet of my life that has changed significantly since becoming a professional organizer is how many gifts I give. I spend many hours each week working with people who have accumulated way too many things. Two categories if things that pop up at house after […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Meals

Here we are back for day three of my edit your holidays series, where we’ll discuss editing your holiday meals. In our home the holidays have always been about food. Up until a few years ago, it was typical for our small gathering of 8-10 people to sit down to a meal that would have easily […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Decorations

Welcome back for day two of Editing Your Holidays. Today we’ll discuss editing the decorations. When I was first married I loved decorating for the holidays, probably because I didn’t have that many decorations. As timed marched on though and our family and house grew, the number of decorations grew too. This has resulted in […]

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Gratitude Journals: A Portal to the Positive

There are a lot of pessimistic people in this world.  I know, I used to be one of them.  Ok, I wasn’t pessimistic all of the time, but when confronted with a challenge, I found my mind would typically focus on the negative.  Or when I had a bad day, I would lie in bed […]

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A creative way to give gift cards…

I won’t see my family on Christmas day, so we celebrated with them last weekend.  I just had to share the gift that my very clever sister came up with for me, this gift card wreath!  Gift cards, though very practical and it this case very appreciated because I love to read, aren’t necessarily a […]

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What’s Most Important About Decorating this Holiday Season?

When I was growing up I used to love to decorate the Christmas tree.  Dad’s job was dragging the tree in, setting it up and putting on the lights.  My little sister Amy and I helped him with the lights, but then he typically disappeared while Mom, Amy and I decorated the tree.  We loved […]

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Before you UNdecorate…

Many people will be putting away their holiday decorations this weekend.  Before you do though, I would encourage you to go around your house and take photos of the decorative displays that you were particularly fond of and might want to recreate next year.  Store these photos in a file called holiday decorating and next […]

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Recycling Holiday Lights

I took the day off to get my holiday decorating started.  First task was to put up the outside lights.  I’ve learned over the years to test all the strands of lights inside before I venture into the cold.  So glad that I took the time to do this because apparently half of my lights […]

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Simplifying Thanksgiving

I love this photo of my family at Thanksgiving a number of years ago.  The meal was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxed.  I wasn’t working at this time though and had plenty of time to plan for and prepare the meal.  Not the case anymore.  Therefore my mom and I agreed to simplify Thanksgiving […]

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