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Clutter-Less Gift Ideas

November 2017
time for action
“It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.”
-Walt Kelly

Gifts that Don’t Create Clutter

In a perfect world, holidays would be thoroughly enjoyed and have very little evidence remaining after the holiday ends (and that includes dirty dishes and trash!).
Now that Black Friday and hard-core shopping season is upon us, consider these ‘non-clutter’ type gifts for the special people in your life (these ideas were taken from 10 Heartfelt Holiday Gifts for People Who Don’t Need More Stuff). Below is a condensed version of the article for those of you who are in a hurry to go shopping NOW:
1. Restore a Prized Possession – restore/reframe an old photo or jewelry or watch.
2. Handmade items – knit, sew, brew beer.
3. Research family history and present findings in a book.
4. Donate places where you can see your money at work – donate a specific animal in someone’s honor, buy a book for a literacy program, support a job training program, be a part of supporting research, plant a tree.
5. Treat someone to an experience like a trip, dinner out, concert, cooking class.
6. Bake or buy dessert, dinner or create a cookbook filled with your favorite recipes to give to someone else.
7. Purchase a membership to a museum, aquarium, AAA, Angie’s List, Netflix.
8. Plant a tree or shrubs or flowers or make a bird feeder.
9. Buy a dividend stock or contribute to a 529 college savings plan.
10. Give the gift of yourself – allocate time to spend either having fun or helping with a project around the house.
Reminder to all the shopping enthusiasts out there –
  • Take inventory of what you already have at home in bags and boxes from previous gift shopping trips so you can save time and money by finding what you need at home.
  • Consider skipping Black Friday and spend the time deciding what you can get rid so that you’ll have more room to breathe at home.
  • If you must shop on Black Friday, try bringing a list of who you need to buy for rather than getting lured by ‘good deals.’
  • When in doubt, leave it out – or at least pause and wait a few minutes before impulsively buying something that you may never use. (technically we’re told to wait at least 24 hours, but that’s not always possible with Black
    Enjoy the season and Happy Holidays to you and yours! Friday)

Enjoy the season and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Cindy Bernstein, Owner and Professional Organizer

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