Archive for December 2017

Tuesday Tidbit – Organize Your Ornaments – A Free Gift

Organize Your Ornaments - A Free Gift  outtaspaceorganizing.comIn my family, ornaments play a role in remembering travel, life events and experiences.

To make keeping track super simple, all of this information is now on a spreadsheet. It is easy to add pages for new family members or friends and is easily updated each year.

Please accept my gift of a customizable ornament tracking template to record your own ornament history to help simplify your holidays.

Click here to download your gift.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

Tuesday Tidbit – A Holiday Survival Message

A Holiday Survival Message outtaspaceorganizing.comThe hustle and bustle of the holidays can quickly sap our energy. Parties/open houses, choir concerts/dance recitals, the usual family sporting events, music lessons, faith-based events, and perhaps travel to see family and friends. All of these activities make demands on our time and energy.

Because we have a finite amount of energy, it is important to recharge and to be kind to YOU. Have a cup of tea, read a good book, take a bath, listen – just listen – to music, turn off your phone for a few hours, or just sit and be present.

Sometimes the quiet moments are the most magical of all.

Wishing you time to experience those quiet moments along with time to fully enjoy your faith, family and friends this holiday season.

Tuesday Tidbit – Just Like Herding Cats

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This Friday, December 15, is Cat Herders Day. Who knew? While this is a relatively new idiom – “it’s just like herding cats” – we understand the reference is to a difficult or seemingly impossible task.

For some, this brings up visions of their excess stuff and clutter!

You start, you try, you mean to accomplish something, but…you feel like your clutter is those cats. Right?

In your planning, separate one “cat” or “task” from the others, concentrate on it and let the others go. Decide on the steps you need to take to move ahead, gather the tools you need, and then schedule it in your calendar. Just go for it!

To help you even further with this step, I’m sharing a helpful document usually reserved for my clients. It is the Simple Steps to Start Any Organizing Project document. Feel free to download and print it out for your own projects.

Take a deep breath and remember you don’t need to do this alone. I’m taking new clients in January 2018 so if you are curious, let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should herd those cats together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Giving Less Clutter This Christmas

Whether your family enjoys the tradition of filling Christmas stockings or you just prefer clutter-free options, the ideas below should get you started.

Gift cards for: Restaurants, clothes, groceries, gasoline, bookstores, online shopping sites, movies, massage, haircuts, manicure, pedicure, theater productions, coffee shops, hobby and craft stores, pet store, bus pass.

The basics: Batteries, stamps, journal, pens, pencils, food, fruit, wine.

Personal care: Shaving cream, blades, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hand lotion.

Memberships: Gym, Children’s or Science Museum, Historical Societies, Art Centers, Water Park.

Lessons: Dancing, riding, driving, yoga, martial arts, swimming, music, sports, cooking, water color/painting, photography, quilting.

IOU’s for: Babysitting, chores, clearing out the garage/basement. (If you need help with this one, remember I love to organize!)

And of course, cold hard cash!