GO AHEAD . . . GET ORGANIZED! December 2017 Has Minimizing Holiday Clutter been on your To Do list for years? We're dealing with that clutter once a

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GO AHEAD . . . GET ORGANIZED!

December 2017

Has Minimizing Holiday Clutter been on your To Do list for years? We're dealing with that clutter once and for all in this month's Organizing Tip. Happy decluttering!

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In the mood for getting rid of your seasonal clutter now? Let us know how you'll go about it in this month's Get Organized Survey. Scroll down to the "Get Organized for Christmas" image to participate.

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December's Organizing Tip

Minimizing Holiday Clutter

As you gingerly open all your trunks, boxes and various storage bins of holiday décor this month, why not look at this yearly chore as an opportunity to take stock of your inventory with the aim of minimizing it to a manageable amount. And perhaps a chance to finally get rid of the things that are broken, unused, unloved and unwanted?

Let's get started. Here’s a list of a few items to instantly minimize:

• boxes of items that haven’t been opened in years
• all those stubby, mostly-melted candle nibs
• front-yard ornaments and inflatables that are in need of repair
• bulbs, bobbles and ornaments that no longer give you joy
• all broken and tangled-beyond-repair lights
• cards and wrap from past years
• crumpled bags and tissue
• CDs you no longer listen to
• things you didn’t put up last year, and probably won’t put up this year
• maybe have a look at your unused baking supplies too, while you're in the mood

Storing all these items just takes up space in our homes and in our heads. Although some things will need to be trashed, there are lots of options for items that are in good condition. Donate these items to a local thrift store, repurpose cards into gift tags, make new tree ornaments with your kids, regift or recycle them.

The best part of this process is that you’ll thank yourself when it comes to putting away and storing a much smaller collection at the end of the year, and then again next December when you will really enjoy the fruits of your labour. Don’t forget to label the storage bins before finding a home for them. And perhaps think about leaving a little extra room or even one empty container should you decide to take advantage of post-holiday sales on decorations...or not!

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season!

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GO this Christmas

Get Organized Survey

Decluttering your Christmas stuff. Click on the image at the left to participate in this month's survey. We'll bring you the results next month.

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In November we asked for your thoughts on disorganization. Here are the results:

The top 3 approaches identified as leading to further disorganization:
* 75% resist putting things away because you'll forget about them
* 36% put everything away but then can't find anything
* 25% love having all your things around you all the time.

77% of you indicated that letting go of possessions was difficult, particularly when there is sentimental attachment.

Specific areas that you'd love to see organized besides closets and entryways of your homes, include kitchen cupboards/counters, home offices, garages, crawl spaces, computer/filing areas, and craft rooms.

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Here is what one of Jane's clients had to say:

Has anyone ever compared you to Santa Claus? Every time you come to our house, it feels like Christmas! Thanks for the great stools.
~ JB – Kitchen/Living Room Renovation 2013

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Our professional services can help you declutter, redesign, redecorate, renovate and reorganize your home or office,
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