In the midst of everyday life, don't forget to have a little fun. Challenge yourself to make it a part of your life in some little way.
Feel good about donating or editing your clothes and household items. With so many in need right now it's a great time to help others!
Is this your typical incoming holiday card pile? Is there no rhyme or reason to your process of handling those cards and letters?
This year you can prepare yourself so that those cards (and other mail) get dealt with by creating a process and place for everything.
First things first. Where to you display or put your holiday cards? Do you have a place for them? The back of your front door? A basket on the dining room table? A holiday card holder? Your windows? Where ever you decide, make sure everyone knows where the landing spot is. That way they won't end up in several areas.
Second, if you tape your cards to a wall or door, make sure you have the correct tape or adhesive on hand near where you will display them. If there is not a location for the adhesive near your location, place it where you will be able to find it when you open your mail.
Do you hang onto the envelopes for addresses? Where is your landing or holding spot for those? Do you have an address book? Is it handy with a pen at the ready? Perhaps find a basket or bin for those envelopes to hold until you are ready to update or check addresses. Then, most importantly, schedule time before New Year's to update your files and recycle those envelopes!
To your organizing success,
You are officially a Jr. Paper Police officer! We need YOU to help stop the junk mail bandits.
According to www.41pounds.org, the average US citizen receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year. 41 pounds of junk mail also creates about 274 gallons wastewater, consumes 5 million BTU's and creates 316 pounds solid waste.
That amount of paper robs the average person about EIGHT MONTHS of their lives dealing with junk mail! (www.donotmail.org). They also report that:
Having to manage mail can be difficult for many people. But you can diminish the amount you have to manage each day by policing what gets mailed to you. Here are a few tips and links to get you started.
Take back your time and privacy by stopping the junk mail bandits!
This time of the year it can feel like you need an army of elves to get everything done. House to decorate, outdoor lights, gifts to buy and cards to write. How can you get it all done?
You just need to find you inner elf using the Eleven Easy Elf-Help tips.
For more the Elf lifestyle and how to find your inner Elf, you can access the following ink.
The other day I was cleaning up after dinner the other night and was cleaning the front of the oven when I noticed the top of the oven drawer was really dirty. I opened the drawer and wiped it off only to notice that the front of the drawer was dirty too. So I sat down on the floor and started cleaning. it was then that I noticed all the places that I missed on the front of the oven door!
It is only when we look at things from a new perspective that we see things differently. Sometimes this new perspective comes to us by a physical change to our space.
Have you ever bought something new and then had to find a place for it? Did you have to move something out to make room for your new item? What became less important? Would you have thought that item was less important before you purchased your new item? Probably not. But because you had to look at things from a new perspective (physical location of prime space) you were able to see your other item from a different perspective.
If you had to make space for a new item, what might become less important to (re) move? What if you had to make room for 5 new items? Or 10?
Today's goal. Make a list of at least 100 things that you are thankful for in honor of our veterans!
Here's my list
When you see (or make) a cute greeting card, buy it! Then bring it home and file them in a specific location. When you need a last minute card, you will already have one on hand..
Another great idea? Keep forever stamps and a couple of pens in the front of the file. Now you're ready for any occasion.
Want to start your day happy and organized? By keeping your clothing neat and tidy, you can have both.
A less expensive way to keep your clothes neatly organized is to make the inserts yourself. You will note the dimensions on the bottom of the page. You could easily cut some posterboard or, if the shirts are small enough, use a clipboard!
This would be a great resource to teach small children how to fold. Plus it gives them a sense of responsibility and being able to do grown up chores.
Two weeks from today you may be gathering together with family and friends for thanksgiving. If you are the host this year, here are some tips and resources to help you prepare.
If you have any other Thanksgiving preparation tips, I would love to hear them. Please share in the comments section!
Welcome to my blog. I am glad you are here to read the musings on organizing and finding balance in your life. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating.