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The Holidays are Almost Here. Are You Prepared?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

We all know the holidays are coming. Television and email ads have bombarded us for months now. My local tv station gives a countdown – and today marks 9 days until Christmas and only 8 more shopping days. Nothing like a little pressure. Are you overwhelmed? Gifts need to be purchased and delivered, holiday parties given and/ or attended, holiday dinners organized, and holiday outfits put together. Giving Gifts: While the intentions of the massive amounts of advertising are to give us ideas of things to give our loved ones, they also give us the feeling that if we aren’t…

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Start Your Holiday Planning Now!

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I know, it’s still October. However, the truth is that the holidays are right around the corner. Start your holiday preparations now to avoid stressing out during the holidays. I asked Alexa to give me the numbers today (Sunday, October 20th). As of this date there are 11 days until Halloween, 39 days until Thanksgiving, 62 days until Hanukkah, and 66 days until Christmas. Halloween is not officially a holiday but to me it feels like Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. I recommend beginning your planning now so that you set aside time to: Plan Holiday Meals:…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed at this time of the year. There’s so much going on! There are always work projects, household projects, and then add to that preparing for the holidays. How do you get these things done without stressing over them? I have a few tips to share with you. Let’s talk about shopping for the holidays. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of everyone you’re shopping for. If you’re shopping online, make a note by the person’s name of what you purchased, how much it cost, and when it is expected to arrive….

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10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Decorating

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I love to decorate my house for Christmas! I love to get out my decorations and scatter them around the house so that most of the common areas have some kind of decoration. So many of these decorations hold beautiful memories for me. Some my children made through the years, some I received as gifts, some I purchased as reminders of places we traveled, but most of my ornaments are needlepoints that I made. I tried to add one or more needlepoint ornament every year! I even get out the children’s read aloud holiday books and display them on a…

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Now What? What do you do to take care of yourself?

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Did you have a good and fun Halloween? I hope so! When my children were young we had the best time on Halloween. A friend of mine invited us all – my family and 3 other families – to come to their home, have dinner, and then go trick-or-treating. It was a blast! The children dressed up and went as a group knocking on doors, shouting “TRICK-OR-TREAT”, collecting candy and going on to the next door. We moms loved watching our young ones, making sure they all stayed together and took care of each other, and sharing our thoughts as…

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Now What? Backwards Planning

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Backwards planning? Why plan backwards? Why not just plan ahead? Well, backwards planning is really planning ahead – it’s called backwards planning because you start with the end result in mind. More details to come. I have four siblings, many nieces and nephews, and two sons (one is married). This time of year brings lots of birthdays mixed in with all the holidays. Every time I look at the calendar I’m noticing that one of these relatives has a birthday coming up. So, I use backwards planning to stay on top of all these events. First, I plot all the…

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Do you have time to…?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Do you get that deer in the headlights dazed look around this time of year when someone says something like ‘Do you have time to help me …’? There is always so much going on in the fall. Reconnecting with friends you haven’t seen much of during the summer at meetings, like the Garden Club or Book Club.  If you have children in school then there are the school parents nights to attend and parent/teacher conferences.  How about making or finding your child’s halloween costume? Following Halloween is my favorite of fall celebrations: Thanksgiving. But, leading up to Thanksgiving for me…

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