Four Simple Reasons to Give the Gift of an Experience

 1. Save Money

Giving experiences does not have to cost a lot of money or put you into debt.  An experience can be as simple as an afternoon in the park, inviting someone into your house for a homemade dinner or going for a hike together.  No one wants you to go broke purchasing material gifts for them.

2. Make Memories

The memories created when you spend time one-on-one with friends or family are kept forever. The anticipation alone of an experience can bring much more joy than a material gift. They are not tangible like a bottle of wine or a set of decorative towels that will soon be used up or packed away into storage.

3. Quality Time

Time with a loved one brings you closer and allows you to focus on the relationship you hold dear.  Friendship is spending time together listening, learning and helping.  Memberships, lessons and outings together are great quality time.

4. Less Stuff

Material gifts soon find their way into storage or are left to feel more like clutter.  Toys are left on the floor to be tripped over and pieces lost. Eventually, a material gift can add stress and burden to the recipient.

Still not sold on the idea of giving an experience instead of a material gift?

Start slow.  Consider a fun photo frame to give with the experience so a photo of them enjoying the experience can be placed in the frame. Create a memory book of the past year’s activities, outings and experiences. Give a puzzle or game that you can play with your friends and family.  These options still give you the opportunity to spend time and create memories together.

Have fun and enjoy making memories.  If organizing and planning are overwhelming, a professional organizer can help.  See if Top Shelf Home Organizing can help you on your journey.  Contact Jayme to schedule a consult or chat about organizing.

How to Easily Organize Your Holiday Décor

Organizing DecorationsTake some time to organize your holiday décor this year.  You likely have décor and ornaments that you have in storage, but typically don’t display them.  Here are some tips on getting them organized.

Get all the ornaments and décor out from storage including the attic, basement and storage unit. Then, unwrap, touch and hold each piece.

Sort each piece into groups:
1. Use this year – I love these decorations.
2. Not going to use this year – I am keeping it simple this year, but love these decorations.
3. Not going to use this year – Actually, I never want to use these.
4. Not going to use this year – Family heirlooms, I must keep these forever, but will never use.

After the sort is done, plan for storage. Allow storage space for the décor and decorations you will use this year. Then, carefully pack up the family heirlooms that you want to keep, but will not necessarily display often. Lastly, take careful considerations to remove the items that do not bring you joy.

Have fun and enjoy this process. If organizing your holiday decor is overwhelming, a professional organizer can help.  See if Top Shelf Home Organizing can help you on your journey.  Contact Jayme to schedule a consult or chat about organizing.

How a Professional Organizer Can Help You and Your Personal Relationships

How Professional Organizing Helps Personal RelationshipsWhen is the last time you snapped at your husband or were short fused with the kids because the house was a mess? Are you hanging on to old bad relationships and old stagnant items?

There is a link between organization and personal relationships. Overall, organizing improves how you feel. This can have a positive effect on your personal relationships.

How Does Organizing Help Relationships?

Being disorganized distracts you from your priorities. Whereas, removing clutter frees space for fresh ideas and fresh relationships. It helps you move onto the next step in your life. Clearing the clutter also helps you to rid the people and things that bring bad memories and bad feelings. Plus, getting organized isn’t about the stuff. It is about what the stuff does to you and your personal relationships. Being organized will help you stay focused, achieve your goals and seek clarity. In addition, it will improve the relationships that matter most to you.

Having an outsider help you get organized will provide an objective opinion. Then, you won’t strain or stress over the organizing process.

How Professional Organizers Can Help

Professional organizers can help those of us too busy, too confused, too tired, or too stressed to deal with clutter ourselves. In fact, getting help from an organizer is no different than getting help with any other thing you may not be able to do, or have time to do on your own. Organizing requires professional help just like taxes, real estate, legal matters, investments, and retirement accounts. More importantly, organizers have effective systems and processes. Which make them more efficient, improve time management, and improve daily routines. Organizers can also provide professional resources such as; closet companies, movers, art appraisers, garage companies, and painters. They also have resources such as; auction houses, organizing products and stores, junk companies, shredding companies, consignment stores, photo and paper scanning companies and contractors.

If you need help reducing your clutter to improve your personal relationships, see how Top Shelf Home Organizing can help you on your journey. Contact Jayme to schedule a consult or chat about organizing.