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Monday, December 29, 2008

Time to Elfa-tize

If you're thinking about closet make overs, now's the time. The Container Store's annual Elfa shelving sale is on and you can get a good deal on a great product. I find Elfa far superior to any other "do it yourself" shelving units.

When my client moved into her new house her bedroom closet was a large empty space with a very long pole running through it. We designed this Elfa system to hold all her clothes, knitting supplies and the TV.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy holidays

I'm going to take a vacation from blogging for the next week or two. We wish all of you the very best for the holidays and a very happy new year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday cards

My holiday cards are sitting in their box on the floor, waiting for me to sit down and work on them.

I will, and I am looking forward to it. Several years ago I made the decision to only send cards to those people who really mattered in my life and only to those who do not live close enough for me to see over the holidays. So with a short list of VIP's, it's not a chore to write them a short note thanking them for being in my life.

For those of you who feel that writing holiday cards is a chore, ask yourself why... if it's because you are sending cards to people who really don't matter to you, then you might try dropping them off your list. Concentrate on those who really do matter and then see if it feels good to get those cards in the mail.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Surviving the holidays

Q: Here we go again, another holiday season how do we ever stay organized at this time of year?

A: The holidays are suppose to be a joyful time, but often we feel stressed and anxious over trying to keep up with it all. Give up "perfect" and accept that there is a certain amount of chaos that comes with the holiday season. Look for small areas to declare victory:

Immediately toss catalogs in the recycling bin that you've placed close to the mail box or front door. Like wise with solicitations that you do not recognize or participate in.

Use up the wrapping supplies you already have before buying more. Don't buy rolls of paper that are too big to fit in the drawer or container where you store them. The bag of 1000 bows is not a bargain if most of them end of crushed and scrunched on the floor of the closet.

Check your pantry and make a list before shopping for party snacks. Keep party supplies separate from your everyday foods - label a cardboard box "Party Foods" and store those items you want on hand for the open house you are planning. Toss in the crackers, cookies,nuts and bottles of cider.

You don't have to accept every invitation - learn to say "let me check my calendar and get back to you" rather than the automatic "yes" that you regret the minute you say it.
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