Professional Organizers’ Christmas Wish List

Professional organizers' Christmas wish list

At this time of year, it’s normal for service-based providers to share gift ideas with their clients and followers.  Every holiday season they spend hours searching for the best products and resources to recommend.

As a Professional Organizer, I’ve shared countless ideas for Christmas presents, from clutter-free experiences to the best organizing gifts.  So have many of the other wonderful Professional Organizers I know.

But then I wondered, what would a Professional Organizer want for Christmas? They give so much not only at Christmas, but all year long,  so what would they like to see wrapped up under the tree?  To find out, I asked some of my fellow organizers and their answers ranged from the practical to the hopeful!

What a Professional Organizer Wants for Christmas

Here, in no particular order, are the holiday dreams and wishes of some of the best organizing experts around:

“I wish we would choose to travel lighter in life. That we would shop consciously for the things we allow into our space. To gift ourselves the freedom to let go of the things we feel so charged about, but end up in a closet or the garage collecting dust; so that we could live less stressed out lives and spend more time savoring the moments.”  – Elva Fonseca, Sensational Organizing

“A massage!” – Clare Kumar,  Streamlife – Organizing & Productivity – Consulting & Coaching

“Freedom from guilt about letting go of things. No matter who gave it to you, how much it cost, what a great bargain it was, or the story behind it, it is still just a thing. If it doesn’t improve your life, it can go in peace.” – Seana Turner, The Seana Method

“I’d love a weekly cooking service to have our dinners made, grocery shopping included. ‪I can keep my house clean in a cinch but the menu planning, grocery shopping, and all the cooking still take a lot of time. Add that to work, driving kids and all the practices, I feel like a hero for having dinner at the table daily.” – Helena Alkhas, Instructor at National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals

“I wish my clients would make self-care a priority! So many times the “mess” developed when life got crazy and the client has stopped taking time to focus on their own needs and care.”  – Melissa Rogers, Modified by Melissa

“I’d say I want a house cleaning service. We all know there’s a difference between cleaning and organizing and while I love to organize a space, I’m not big on dusting and mopping. And with being so busy with clients my house gets neglected!” – Sarah Soboleski, Classically Organized Counseling

“I’d love for clients to be guilt-free for asking for help. I suppose the other way to look at that would be to be confident enough to ask for help; be proud of themselves for being smart enough to ask for help. Any way you want to word that works for me.” – Debbie Pendell, Down Pineapple Lane

“Tickets to a concert (or any clutter-free gift!)” – Hilda Rodgers, From Overwhelmed to Organized

“Understanding Brain Based Conditions, like ADHD, depression, and bi-polar. With these conditions, it’s all about learning and education.” – Ellen Delap, Professional-Organizer.com

“I want others to be appreciative of what they have, let go of what makes them sad, and recognize that there is joy in their lives regardless of the external factors.” – Sabrina Quairoli, Sabrina’s Organizing

“Tickets to an event/refills of nice soap or favorite hand cream/movie passes (popcorn included)/wine gift cards/chocolate… Also, TIME! Babysitting?” – Debbie Bunze

What a wonderful and varied list! Thank you to all the Professional Organizers who contributed to this post. I hope that your holiday wishes and dreams come true this Christmas!

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The Best Organizing Gift Ideas for the Special People in Your Life

Gift ideas

It’s no secret that professional organizers love to suggest gifts that promote an organized lifestyle. That type of gift-giving is just in their blood!

While some people may not cherish the clutter-free gifts and experiences that most organizers recommend,  there are some great organizing gifts that are a perfect fit for those special people in your life.

Organizing Gift Ideas

Rather than knocking yourself out trying to find them a “unique” gift, why not bestow them with a gift that not only aligns with their passion, profession, hobby or interest but will also corral the clutter that goes along with it?

Here’s a list of organizing gift ideas for those often hard-to-shop-for family and friends:

Teachers

We love our teachers, but honestly, they don’t want any more candles, candies, or perfume. That’s why an organizing product makes a perfect gift for them! While it may not seem like the most memorable gift they’ll receive, there’s no doubt they would appreciate anything that can help them manage kids and the clutter that comes with them, better!

Time Timer

World Travelers

Die-hard travel lovers know that to freely roam the world they have to do so with very little baggage. That’s why it’s important for them to have the right tools to organize and maximize the small amount of space they have for their worldly belongings. These practical organizing items allow your world traveler to head out on their next adventure at a moment’s notice:

Sholdit scarf

Fashionistas

In reality, the fashionistas in your life don’t need more clothes, shoes, or jewelry. What they really need is a way to manage everything they already have. Help them appreciate and find the items they love the most with these stylish organizing gems:

Threads tax

Chefs

While cooking can be a messy endeavor, professional chefs maintain an organized kitchen at all times. By having a space that is orderly and neat, chefs can easily create masterpieces that tantalize our taste buds and keep us begging for more! Show the cook in your life some love with these handy kitchen resources:

Pan Organizer

New Parents

Everyone loves to shower new parents with cute clothes, books, toys, and keepsakes at Christmastime. Although these are great gifts parents will surely treasure, why not give them gifts they don’t even realize they need? They may not be the flashiest gadget or the most adorable present, but new parents will be thanking you a hundred times over for making their lives so much easier and orderly with these helpful organizers:

Aquatopia bath caddy

 

Co-workers

There’s often a fine line to watch when giving gifts to co-workers. You don’t want to spend too much, spend too little or offer a present that promotes the wrong idea. Stay professional and on the safe side of the work line with these creative gift ideas:

 

Don’t let the pressure to find the “perfect” gift rob you of your holiday joy! Consider choosing one or more of these organizing gift ideas to let the special people in your life know how much you cherish and care for them.  After all, isn’t that what the giving spirit is all about?

Which of these organizing gift ideas are you going to give to that special someone in your life?

Leave a comment and let me know! Don’t worry your secret will be safe with me 🙂

 

Need more Christmas organizing help? Grab a copy of my 25 Ways to a More Organized Christmas! This short guide will show you how to plan and prioritize your activities so you can focus on what matters most this Christmas, as well as help you organize all the details of the holiday season.

 

 

 

** This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small commission if you purchase any of the items I’ve suggested to you.

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10 Tips to Keep Your Holiday Sanity

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Or is it?

Studies show that most people find the holidays to be the most stressful time of the year:

  • 69% are stressed by the feeling of having a “lack of time”,
  • 69% are stressed by the perceived “lack of money”, and
  • 51% are stressed out by the “pressure to give or get gifts”**

At a time when there’s so much tension, how can you keep your mind, body and holidays sane?

10 Tips for Holiday Sanity

While you may not be able to get off the holiday roller coaster, there are ways you can make the ride a little smoother.  Here are 10 tips that can ensure some holiday sanity:

  1.  Set boundaries – What are you willing to do or participate in, and what are you not? Don’t be afraid to set boundaries of what you will and won’t do this holiday season. In addition, don’t forget to say, “No, thank you” when something you don’t want to do or participate in arises.
  2. Know your priorities – What is most important to you over the next few weeks? Family, faith, giving back? Determine early on what your priorities are and then filter all your activities through that.  If any activity or event doesn’t align with what is most important to you, then know it probably wasn’t meant to be.
  3. Don’t let negative emotions dictate – Guilt, fear, tension.  These are all negative emotions that often dictate our actions.  If you are doing something because you are led by one of these feelings, ask yourself if that’s the right response.  Odds are it isn’t, and you should stop doing it or find something that elicits are more positive vibe for you.
  4. Don’t expect perfection.  It’s easy to want that “ideal” holiday get-together, meal or gift.  But perfection is a myth that can rob us of our joy.  While trying your best, know that “good enough” is acceptable.
  5. Don’t compare or compete.  Your neighbor’s outdoor decor may shine brighter than yours and your best friend’s gingerbread house may stand taller than yours,  but comparing yourself to others or trying to equal other’s attempts may flat out ruin your holiday season.  Do what you can do and be content with that.
  6. Know your limits – What are your limits when it comes to time, energy, and money? During the holidays, most people exceed their limits and suffer for it.  Know how much bandwidth you have available and stay within your limits to experience the fullness of the season!
  7. Plan ahead as much as possible – The best way to be present this holiday season is to plan ahead as much as possible.  When you take time to plan out your activities, shopping, and events you’ll find that you aren’t as rushed, frantic, or distracted.  In turn, you’ll be able to cherish the time and the festivities.
  8. Make room for Christmas –  With our homes and spaces already full, it can be overwhelming to add in even more.  Schedule some time to declutter and make room for all that will be coming in so you don’t have a Christmas hangover once the presents are unwrapped.
  9. Take time for yourself – Yes, it’s okay to take time for yourself! Whether it’s catching a quick nap,  curling up with your favorite book, or watching your favorite holiday movie, don’t get so caught up in everyone and everything else that you forget to take care of you.
  10. Remember there’s always next year – Christmas comes every December 25th. While none of us is guaranteed tomorrow, if things don’t go the way you’d hoped this holiday season, you can always try again next year. So ease up a bit and take comfort that before you know it, the holidays will be upon us again!

“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind….” – Calvin Coolidge

If you long for a holiday season that leaves you in a positive state of mind, then I hope you’ll implement one or more of these holiday tips.  While there’s no guarantee these tips will keep the craziness of the holidays at bay, they can help your days be a little merrier and bright!

Which of these tips can you implement this year to keep your holiday sanity?

 

Looking for more Christmas ideas? Be sure to check out my 25 Ways to a More Organized Christmas ebook.  This short guide can help you focus on what matters most and organize all the details of Christmas with more peace and less stress this holiday season.  Grab your copy here: https://gum.co/OrganizedChristmasebook

 

 

** Source: www.allonehealth.com/znews-media/2014/12/15/holiday-stress-guide.aspx

How to Give THANKS – An Organizing Perspective

One of the things I love about Thanksgiving, besides the family, food and football, is the spirit of gratitude that fills our hearts as we reflect on the abundance in our lives. Many people like to say that Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, and I completely agree!

From an organizing standpoint, here are a few ways you can Give THANKS:

Give…

To gain. Getting organized and letting go isn’t about what you’re losing. It’s about what you’re gaining -freedom, peace, and joy to name a few things.

Happily. When you give with a happy attitude and spirit you’ll find that it’s much easier to let go. Plus there’s nothing better than a cheerful giver.

Abundantly, if possible. We truly have more than what we need. The average American household contains 300,000 items. Even if you got rid of 300 items, that’s only 0.001% of what you own!

Now. We all know what happens when we say, “I’ll do it later”!

Knowing that what you no longer want, need or use can be a huge blessing to someone else.

Smart. Most people don’t give because they don’t know where to donate their stuff. Don’t let lack of knowledge keep you from giving! If you aren’t sure, check out “Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff”

Giving thanks is more than just counting our blessings. It’s also a way for us to view how we give from the plenty that we have. May this Thanksgiving not only be a time for you to be with loved ones, but also a time for you to embrace a new perspective of giving.