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December 2014: Tips and Tricks

Quote of the Month

“Out of clutter. Find simplicity.”
Albert Einstein

My husband used to frequently say, “Less is More,” whenever the subject of toys came up for our brood of children. As difficult as it is to admit he was right, he was! Who among us can’t remember seeing the joy of a small child banging a spoon against a pot or discovering the joy of an empty cardboard box to decorate or crawl in? This ‘Less is More’ philosophy can definitely be applied to office supplies, kitchen utensils, coats, shoes, bags and boxes….need I say more? It is gratifying for me to see the relief on a client’s face when we pare down their items to restore immediate order and calm. Save time, save money, simplify.

A great big “WELCOME!” to all of our new subscribers this month. Thanks for joining us – it’s really great to have you with us.

Clever Ideas from the Charlotte Observer

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We are visiting our oldest son in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend and while eating my leisurely breakfast, reading the Charlotte paper, I came upon some really clever ideas that I want to share with you:

1. Use a ‘grabber’ to position decorations in hard to reach places.

2. As holiday cards arrive, rip the address labels off and tape them to a piece of paper or in a spiral notebook. You can have different pages for family, friends, co workers, etc. I like this much better than saving ALL the envelopes and cards that end up getting shoved in drawers. Just remember to place the papers or spiral notebook in a file marked “HOLIDAY CARD ADDRESSES.” If you don’t have room for a file in your file drawer, contact me.

3.  One woman shared that the first ‘present’ she puts under her tree is a decorated Christmas box with a lid that holds her gift bags, tissue paper, scissors, tape, ribbons, etc. Easy access for when you have another gift to wrap.

4. A mom mentioned her annual ‘Before the Sleigh Comes’ tradition. Each family member gets a bag to fill with items to donate, all in an effort to make room for the new items that will be arriving. They set a timer and hit each room in the house. After everyone’s bag is filled, they head over to a local donation drop to complete the deal. Then, at the end of the holiday, you can more comfortably say, “Ok, time to put away all your new stuff.”

Clutter-free Gift Certificates from Aim 4 Order

For the person who has too much of everything, consider purchasing an Aim 4 Order Gift Certificate. Certificates start at $100 and can be just the thing to bring peace and order to your loved one in 2015. Please email me for more details.

“Helping Baby Boomers and their Parents Lighten their Loads.”

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home, contact me. Together, we can transform your home into a happy, tidy place where you can feel at peace. We can also get you ready for your next move more enjoyably, faster and easier!

Special Free Offer

January is G.O. Month, which stands for Get Organized. I thought it would be fun and helpful to email 1 easy ‘To Do’ each day for the month of January.  I would do it right along with you (familiar with the term ‘shoemaker’s children’)? If you would like to receive a daily ‘To Do’ from me in January, email me and I will add you to the list. I’m looking forward to getting a lot done with you!

Best Client Comment of the Month

After completing both closets in her master bedroom, Shelly exclaimed, “You should change your name to Aim 4 Joy!”

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Cindy Bernstein, Owner and Professional Organizer

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