Christmas Cards

November 28, 2008 by  
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The Family Christmas cards – Do you send them anymore?
This is the picture I am putting on our card this year. I just ordered my cards online last night. I used Snapfish this year. I have used them for several projects and have been pleased with everything they have done for me so far. The pictures will be in next week.
I need to get my Christmas card list and update any addresses of people who have moved in the last year. Then I will write my Christmas letter. Yes, I do send one. I love getting them from other people and I have been writing one for many years. Personally, I get a little upset when I get a Christmas card from an old friend and its signed with no note, picture or letter. I send the family picture with the letter and a small personal note at the end of that. Just to let them know I am thinking of them when I am sending their card.
I will get my cards out the 2nd week of December.
This is the age of internet but lets not forget some of the old traditions of Christmas! I say…”Get those cards out this year!”

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Holiday Decorations

November 21, 2008 by  
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Holiday Decoration Storage

Is Your House A Mess At Holiday Time?

christmas bins

Storing Holiday Decorations

What do you do with all those Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations, Halloween ghost and goblins, Easter baskets, New Years Eve and 4th of July decorations? They can take up a lot of storage space (especially Christmas if you are anything like me). But stores are gearing up and selling a lot more decorations for all holidays and it is easy to jump into the decorating phase. I saw a house this Halloween that had more decorations and blow up characters and lights than you usually see at Christmas.

**You need to make sure you have the room to store them if you buy them.

thanksgiving bin

 

Clear Colored Plastic Containers work best.
I suggest that you look for the clear colored containers they have out for that holiday. I think these are great!! I can go down and immediately find my Halloween decorations because they are the ones in the orange and black (clear orange) containers. Of course they are still labeled..but it makes it so easy. My Easter containers are pink and Christmas is red and green. Again I still go for the clear over solid non-see through bins. So if you can’t find the colored clear ones, then just get clear. Being able to see what is in the at a glance is time saving!
So before you buy any more decoration, make sure you have the room to store them, then find clear colored bins to store each separate holiday in. Still label it and getting out decorations will become a very simple thing!

If you realize that you do not have the storage space for the decorations, that you have decorations in many different areas of your home (due to lack of adequate storage)… then what you more than likely need to do is to sort out your holiday decorations into what you really need each year and what you haven’t used in several years.

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Decorating for Holidays

November 19, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Family & Friends, Holidays & Special Events

Is Decorating for Christmas -Fun Or Stressful?

decorating the christmas tree

Christmas Decorating

Christmas lights and trees, candles, Santa mugs, stockings, garland, ornaments….ahhh the Christmas decorations! The time is almost here! Usually this is a time that is really exciting and fun. The expectations of getting out the Christmas decorations and decorating the house is something that children and adults look forward to – right?

Where are the Christmas Decorations?

But what if you aren’t sure where all the decorations are? Are they together? I seem to remember seeing a box of ornaments under Jimmy’s bed sometime this year…I think. Katies stocking may still be in her room from last Christmas, I don’t think she ever put it away. Does that sound familiar?
How about this – How in the world am I even going to put a Christmas tree up? There is literally NO room for it. If I move the pile that is in the corner where the tree used to go, I don’t know what to do with it. I can’t move it to the basement – that is full. The garage is over flowing, we can’t even get the car in there. You can’t walk into the spare bedroom!! Does that sound more like you?
Either of these situations (and there are many more) are VERY stressful. There are expectations for Christmas. Having family over, sitting by a fire and enjoying family time. But if you have too much of a mess to decorate or have people over – then you are going to feel even more stress than most people do at the holidays.
So what do you do?
Depending on how much “stuff” you have and need to move you need to find some help! If its family or friends or hiring a professional organizer – you probably can’t do it yourself. Don’t plan on being able to tackle all of your house before the holidays, that is probably an unrealistic goal. But sit down and think about how much you NEED to do so that you can have family over or if nothing else, get some decorations out for your kids.

Start Small
You just have to start out bit by bit. Pick one little corner, or chair or table top and start there. You need to be tough with yourself at this point. Do you REALLY need it? Especially at the holidays there are a lot of people who could use your things. They would actually get used and be appreciated. They wouldn’t be stuck in the back of a room unused for years collecting dust.
Many people feel like as Professional Organizers we will come in and throw everything out. We won’t do that – but if you have 3 times the amount of stuff in your house than can fit – then you have to be realistic and do the math….something has to go to be able to change your home.
Get out your bags for donate and trash. You can feel like Santa and fill up lots of bags to give to other families to help them. That may make it easier to part with things that you feel an attachment to.

Win Win
It can be a win win situation. By decreasing your “stuff” and making room for the holidays to come into your house and make your family and yourself happy – you are increasing the little bit that many families have. This year is worse than any other since the depression for families. Many, many people have just been laid off and need your help.

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Kids Playroom

November 12, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Playroom, Products for Organizing

Organizing the Kids Playroom

Have you gotten stuck when it comes to ideas for organizing your kids playroom?  Their playroom might be in their bedroom, or in the basement, but it doesn’t matter; you can still “fun” up the area.  I love going to Ikea and looking at the neat ideas they have for all rooms, but I love the colors they have for the kids rooms. Personally I like to use a lot of them in other rooms of my home just to brighten them up. Be sure before you purchase something to “organize an area, that you have a place to actually use it though.

ikea hanging storage

Would this be cute in a kids playroom or what? It would be great for keeping all those little stuffed animals in.
Although there may be bins and baskets and toy boxes in most playrooms, what usually happens is that you get too many different toys together and everything gets mixed up. When you have one container with 5 different toys with little pieces in it….it takes too much time and is not fun to dig out all the pieces necessary to play with the one toy that the child may want to play with. Its much easier to pick up the toy beside it that is altogether. So many times there are toys that aren’t played with anymore, just because its more of a pain than its worth to get the toy out.
A toy unit like this would help in that there are several smaller drawers that you could separate toys into. Its at a good level for most children. It is bright and colorful, so that they may remember that their legos are all in the big red bin and their race cars are in the smaller blue bin.
It would make clean up very easy also.
This is something that I found at the Ikea store that really stood out to me and looking fun and cute and the cost was not that bad.

You can find these at Ikea.com

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Ikea Expedit

Ikea Bookshelf – Great Organizer

I could spend all day in an Ikea store. There are so many cool ideas and I see something new every time I go.

ikea expedit

I love this piece! It is so functional. The cubbyhole’s can keep your books neater than a regular bookshelf. You either need bookends or you have all your books fall over when you take out several on a regular bookshelf. You have spaces to display things and the size of the cubbyholes are big, so that taller books and albums will fit.
I would love to see this in a playroom. It does come in white so that it may go better in a playroom with that.
You can add either doors (like on the bottom ones) in different colors, or you can get the little bins to go in to hold little things. It would work especially well if you have several ages of kids. The younger ones can use the toys at the bottom but would be unable to access the upper levels (where games that had small pieces and books could be kept).
If and when I get a different office, this piece is going to be in there! (At least I hope so).

You can get this at Ikea.com

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