November 2021 – Clutter-Free Gift Ideas
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” -Erma Bombeck
I miss Erma Bombeck’s humor. She had a way to capture human behavior in the kindest and cleverest words. Here’s to buying what we intend to buy – and nothing more!
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 hard-core shopping season is upon us, consider these clutter-free gift ideas 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.
- Restore a Prized Possession – restore/reframe an old photo or jewelry or watch.
- Handmade items – knit, sew, brew beer.
- Research family history and present findings in a book.
- 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.
- Treat someone to an experience like a trip, dinner out, concert, cooking class.
- Bake or buy dessert, dinner or create a cookbook filled with your favorite recipes to give to someone else.
- Purchase a membership to a museum, aquarium, AAA, Netflix, Disney Plus.
- Plant a tree or shrubs or flowers or make a bird feeder.
- Buy a dividend stock or contribute to a 529 college savings plan.
- 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 in person shopping 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, 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.)
Enjoy the season and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Declutter Challenge Club
“I am motivated because of your positive feedback, encouragement and suggestions. Little did I realize when I walked into your class 1 1/2 yrs ago, that I would be decluttering my house. You have been a blessing to me.” -Diana, Club Member
The Aim 4 Order Declutter Club members are making great progress and
- Appreciate the short, motivational daily emails.
- Love the twice per month B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Clutter) Zoom calls.
- Interact and share decluttering challenges and achievements
- Feel accepted – no judging or shaming permitted
- Are making steady progress
Membership is open to all, you can start today or whenever you want. Would love to see you there!
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