Archive for May 2017

Tuesday Tidbit – Clutter-Free Graduation Gift Ideas

Clutter-Free Graduation Gift Ideas

With graduation parties and open houses upon us, here are a few useful (some are clutter-free) ideas for gifts:

  1. Cash: Rates as number 1, but there are other ideas too
  2. Gift cards: Gas is a big one, along with iTunes, Amazon, restaurants, movies, coffee shops, and VISA/Master Card
  3. Oil changes for a trusty car hauling almost an entire bedroom and precious cargo off to school or to a new job
  4. Tool box. Just the basics to get them started. Has anyone else used the heel of a shoe/boot to hang a photo? If you really want to make a difference include a power strip as often college housing is shy on outlets
  5. Small vacuum
  6. Parking (on campus), bus, light rail pass
  7. Classes: Fitness, self-defense or tutoring
  8. A bike and a lock to get around campus
  9. Monthly streaming fees: Netflix, Hulu, Spotify
  10. Check the school website and find local stores and restaurants and give gift cards
  11. Laptop, iPad: These make a great group gift

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Fold the American Flag

Me·mo·ri·al Day
məˈmôrēəl ˌdā/
     a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

My grandfather, grandmother, father, husband, and son are all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Army, Navy and Air Force are represented within their ranks and my father’s flag is pictured here.

The American flag is an important part of any military funeral. You are invited to click here to learn what the American Legion writes about flag folding procedures and explains the meaning of the 13 folds.

As we celebrate Memorial Day with picnics and time off, please pause, thank our veterans for their service, and take a few moments to learn more about the American Flag.

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Tuesday Tidbit – How to Celebrate NO Dirty Dishes Day

How to Celebrate No Dirty Dishes Day

There really is a No Dirty Dishes Day. It’s on May 18th and here is how to celebrate.

One of my clients had enough dishes to fill the sink, fill the dish drying rack on the counter, fill the dishwasher, and still have many around the house. It became an art form for the teenagers in the home to stack more dirty dishes without anything falling over.

It also became a battle – a real battle to enlist the help of anyone to wash the dishes.

The solution was S I M P L E… reduce the number of dishes.

When you have what you need on a daily basis you will wash dishes, and it won’t take that long. When dishes pile up and up and up it can take hours to catch up and no one wants any part of that chore.

Sharing the bounty of your dishes will bless someone else and in the end, it will be a relief to you and your family. Sometimes it is tough love with an easy solution that creates new habits.

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your downsizing and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – May is Moving Month!

May is Moving Month!

If you’re selling your house, consider “staging” it to sell it more quickly, and typically at a better price. This process of neutralizing and decluttering allows potential buyers to picture their belongings in the rooms instead of being distracted by stuff and clutter.

Staging also starts the “letting go” process for you as the seller, as you create a more neutral-looking home. I can help you with this “letting go” process. Schedule your Cut Out Clutter strategy call today by clicking here.

Tuesday Tidbit – Get Past Perfectionism

Perfectionists make awesome procrastinators. Unfortunately, delayed decisions can keep you from moving forward.

This week, recognize that nothing has to be perfect, just good enough. Set a time limit to make a decision or to tackle a task that you’ve been avoiding, and then just do it.

Test the theory that the most unpleasant tasks don’t take nearly as long as you think they will and most pleasant things tend to drag out a bit longer than you’d expect.